Chair's Chat - April 2021
Welcome to spring! I think the weather is having a bit of a
joke with us – the minute the rules change, and we can meet up
outside again, we have hail, snow and freezing temperatures!
Let’s hope we get some more spring-like weather very soon,
which will enable us to start meeting our friends, and maybe
even start outdoor ringing rehearsals in small groups! For
those not so intrepid, I hope you are keeping in touch with
your team via whatever method you prefer.
You will see an article about some online National activities
which are planned (dates in the diary). While these are not
the same as ringing together in person, for some they fill the
space between ringing and not ringing. If you would like us to
organise any regional online activities (either along similar
lines to the National events, or something completely
different) – please do let me know.
This morning I attended our National AGM on Zoom – it was
good to see a few representatives from our region on the
screen. I would like to draw your attention to couple of things
which were mentioned during the meeting. The first is that
Christine Reid, the National Secretary, is stepping down from
this role next year – if anyone is interested in taking on this
role, please do get in touch. The second that there are a
number of new National roles being set up – Publicity and
Marketing Officer, Education Officer, Membership
Development Officer, IT Strategy Officer, National
Safeguarding Officer. Again, if anyone in interested in
finding out more about any of these roles, then please do get
Talking of AGMs – you may be wondering about our regional
AGM which would normally have taken place in March. At our
committee meeting, we took the decision to postpone this
rather than hold it electronically. You will see a provisional
date for this in the diary. The AGM will take place without a
rally – more details will follow nearer the time.
You will also see in the diary a few provisional dates for
events. If you would like to host something, maybe just for a
few local teams, please do get in touch. You will have seen in
your membership renewal letter (I hope you have all renewed
now!) that we will be running some free events when we get
back to ringing and we are proposing that we run a number of
smaller events across the region so that everyone who wants
to can access it.
As things start to open up and we can do more things, we can
but hope that this continues.
But until we can meet together again - stay safe.