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Our AGM was held on-line on Saturday 5 December 2020. Further details will be issued once the Minutes of this meeting are received.


An Interesting Read from our Deputy Ringing Master, Denise Hughes


Hello all


I was recently asked to tell a prospective member, a first year OU Student, a bit about OpUSCR. What follows is what I came up with......


A short introduction to OpUSCR


Our society only has around 70 members but it is really welcoming. We can’t teach as many uni societies do because we don’t have a geographical base but we do ‘encourage’ and try to make things happen for our members as one such member, Claire will testify .... she rang her first peal with OpUSCR five years and three weeks ago approximately (from the date I’m writing this). Any ringer, from Bob Doubles to Surprise Max (although more Minor, Major and sometimes Royal is rung at our meetings) who is or has been a student or on the staff of the Open University is eligible for membership and would be most welcome!


In more normal times, we have four meetings a year in March, June which is sometimes extended, September, our usual AGM, plus a November 1/4 peal day or weekend. All meetings are organised by members for members with The Master or the Deputy Master taking responsibility during the day usually delegating each tower to a different member to run the ringing. There are three levels of membership, full, associate (spouse or partner of full member) or junior. Full and Associate Membership is £5 a year but we also contribute steeplage at meetings of between £1-2 as requested by the Treasurer ...seems a long time since our Spring Meeting in Lincolnshire? People may know from Facebook ringing groups and actively ringing around the Guilds?... David, Chris, Zoe, Joe, Steve, Celia and John, Rosie, and of course Claire (and Bill) and (Tim) and me. Meetings needing to be postponed because of this darn pandemic included a multi day tour in South Wales that I was putting together for a summer meeting, our AGM which should have been in the Birmingham area (this will now be virtual on 5th December with Birmingham on hold for another year), a 1/4 peal day/event in London. and possibly a walking tour of York towers. Hopefully we’ll be able to reschedule these once we are able to ring together again? What else? There’s a Society Facebook Group instigated and managed by Celia, a Society Newsletter that I’ve been involved with and a Website. David is our very able Master.


And last but not least, we are the oldest society affiliated to OUSA having been formed when a bunch of ringing students rang to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Uni in June 1979 at Simpson on the day the Uni was celebrating on campus! Even now, we still have a number of founding and very early members amongst our numbers.


Anyway, if anyone would like to join, the easiest way is via our website where there’s a form to complete and we may even end up ratifying membership at the AGM in a couple of weeks or early next year! It would be lovely to welcome another new member!



20th November 2020


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