Master's February 2014 Musings

What a month! Four Annual Divisional meetings and ............. In my last Musings I wrote: “The ADMs start tomorrow so I hope that you will be considering joining one of the Vision Teams.” Well I think it is fair to say, in general, that apathy reigned at the meetings. However, there were some volunteers after the meetings which is encouraging. (Since starting my Musings Alan has had a phone call to say that three people volunteered after the Eastern Division meeting. Well done!) If the Association is to move forward, what is needed is enthusiasm and vibrancy. Don’t let any spark, however small, evaporate. There are a number of hubs emerging which is promising.

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Master's Musings January 2014

Just an update on the Christmas presents that I was trying to finish when I wrote my last Musings. I put the last stitch in at 1 a.m. on 28 December, the day the Grandchildren were arriving. Two knitted blankets were then ready for wrapping. It was all well worthwhile to see their faces when the presents were opened. The blankets were in evidence the rest of the holiday.

Congratulations must go to Leslie Weller who was awarded an MBE for his work over thirty years of fund raising for the restoration of Chichester Cathedral. Do read about Leslie’s exploits in his younger days with some other wellknown ringers in the latest edition of Soundbow.

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Master's Christmas 2013 Musings

My Musings are a little shorter than usual mainly because I am trying very hard to finish Christmas presents for our two younger grandchildren.

In the middle of November I spent a morning with the Rye ringers on their outing on the Eastern/Southern Division borders. Having visited Rye for one of the Vision meetings, it was good to renew acquaintances and meet some new people. Unfortunately I was unable to have lunch with them as the Southern/Northern Division joint Vision meeting was scheduled at Newick. This was well attended with some very useful contributions. About ten days later the Vision Working Party met and you should, by now, have the papers resulting from all the discussion groups that have taken place. I trust that you have found these to be useful. These will be presented at the

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Master's September-October 2013 Blog

I have just washed the kitchen floor but cannot face the dusting so, with the smell of the borscht bubbling away in the kitchen (beetroot from the garden) it is well past the time to sit and gaze out of the patio windows to “Muse”.

When it was time for the August Musings I had written two articles for Soundbow and my aged laptop was having a hissy fit so I gave that one a miss. September passed me by with Alan’s birthday, ending in a big “0” when we had a lovely family lunch in a local pub and then all came back home for tea and cake made by Rachel, our elder daughter. There were fourteen of us including Miriam’s (our younger daughter) fiancé, Mervin who was introduced to the family. They are still very happy so I assume Mervin was happy with what he saw! Weddings plans are well on the way for June.

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Master's Musings - August 2013

Whoops! I have just realised that it is time to muse about happenings in July. Time does fly when you are enjoying yourself!

The Northern Division meeting at Lower Beeding was very well attended with a good range of methods. During the afternoon I had a lesson at Hailsham Ringing Centre for two new possible ringers. One of them was a young lad who signed up at South of England show. He showed real promise and seemed very happy when he left. I have since been unable to contact him having left messages on his parents’ phone so, sadly, at the moment I do not have high hopes of him returning. The other person is getting on slowly but lacks confidence so time is spent reassuring her. However, she is still coming! I am sure that some of you have who teach have come across a similar situation. I would encourage you to stick with the slower learner who often proves to become quite proficient and a valuable member of the band.

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