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2017 NewsPosted by Solna Burnham Wed, March 08, 2017 10:58:59

The Art of Handbell Ringing

Yesterday we were given a copy of the book of this name written by an American lady called Nancy Poore Tufts. I have only started dipping into it but already have found a number of words of wisdom which I can see myself quoting in a number of articles over the next few months.

Although the book was published in 1962 (before the birth of our chairperson) many of the words still ring true.

In Chapter VI (Management and Policies of Handbell-Ringing Groups) it suggests that the average handbell leader is a busy person. We are fortunate to have found Clair who joined us only early last year and has taken on this role under the new title of musical director.

The book suggests that she should be ably assisted and relieved of the mechanics of operating the group by a dependable slate of officers.

These include a president or manager (in our case Jane, our chair) who should check on the proper functioning of the other officers (I can vouch for that!) and the care and maintenance of the bells.

There should also be a treasurer who collects our dues and makes collections for special needs of the group. He should keep accounts of all the funds and make regular reports to the membership. This is Roger who until 18 months ago was the only gentlemen in our group. He is very efficient in carrying out all his duties.

Beyond this it is suggested we should have a publicity manager to send notices to the press, broadcasters (are we getting ideas above our station?), fans and sponsors and to maintain a scrap book. I suppose this is much what I as secretary do.

The librarian should be responsible for having proper music at rehearsals and readying it for concerts. This is a duty which has been carried out by various members at different times by different members but now is really the duty of Anne who also acts as our bookings secretary.

This all goes to prove however that even a small group such as us does not run itself. However the final suggestion of a costume manager is a step too far and we do appear to be capable of washing and ironing our own polo shirts!