[Bell Historians] Perspectives

Bickerton, Roderic K (SELEX) (UK) roderic.bickerton at Di82hqxc7092cl2gMad7oIhfu6YRd3wVGgmwkhxB7v6udgeesNn-1NaiSLSFaYb4L8xqMwT2VoRNhqF4eap4nK7Xwpkmr-k.yahoo.invalid
Wed Sep 19 14:48:43 BST 2007

SDGR web site.
It looks pretty but has little direct information
Ours is not the best web sight but at least you can look up a tower and know immediately who to contact if you want to know if having found a free evening, weather the various towers listed as ringing will be so doing.
Try that on the SDGR and you just cant do it.
SDGR have an anonymous contact system which may or may not work. our site has data protection act cleared contacts for most churches.
You cannot get a list of all tower that practice on a particular night either without a lot of fiddling or on one page.
There is not a single direct contact so you cannot use the site for ANY quick checks.
Probably the most useless association sites on the web for any instant information.
No diary of events, just association events and some do not even have times.
Have a look at the HCA site.
Not the best out there but at least it tries to be helpful.


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I think Mark's point about Diocesan and County associations being outdated
is well proved by an average meeting of such an association. I haven't been
to a Yorkshire Association meeting for quite a while, but last time I did
grey heads predominated - what do these Victorian institutions offer younger
people? Very little, it would appear. 


Before you utterly condemn Guilds and Associations think what they can do.
My own Guild (SDGR) is far from perfect but it does produce an informative
report and run a decent website that makes contacting towers as easy as
possible; run a Bell Restoration Fund that offers grants of up to 10% of the
cost of a project; provide funds for training courses and setting up ringing
centres; act as a focal point for the distribution of books and CCCBR
material; produce a very good quarterly newsletter, one for every tower and
on the website.

One thing the Guild does not do is encourage ringers in team/group
ministries to act as a unit to ensure that as many bells as possible are
rung as often as possible. It is difficult fighting a 'my tower and here I
stay' attitude, but it can be done if ringers and clergy co-operate.



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