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Members of the Court - the 'executive committee' of the Guild of St Bride - have been studying a discussion paper aimed at streamlining the future administration and workings of the Guild, following the presentation of a joint report from the Rector, the Venerable David Meara, and one of the churchwardens, Christopher McKane, entitled A Strategy for the Future.
The report referred to a number of new and younger members into the guild in recent years, but argued that there seemed little point in adding to their number if the rotas are full and there was little else for them to do. The Court, the report went on, ought to play a much more dynamic part in the work of the Guild, as well as exercising a more strategic role in planning how the Guild moves forward. The fundamental question to be asked was: what is the role of the Guild in St Bride's in the 21st century?
The Master of the guild, Vyvyan Harmsworth, said that under a new strategy for the future, the Guild would be looking for 'fresh blood' and further discussions would need to take place before decisions were made regarding length of appointments for office holders - including his own position.
The next stage of the discussions will take place when a full meeting of the Guild is held in the next few months.
In the meantime, the Court meeting received a paper from the rector suggesting 10 new members to be sworn in next February. Currently, there are 136 members of the Guild.