We are delighted to announce that Monica Hollows will be joining the ART Team as Office Manager, in June 2022. Monica in her own words:
"Monica started ringing in 2017, having been inspired to have a go at ringing by the Ringing Remembers recruitment campaign, which struck a chord as two of her great-uncles were bellringers killed in WW1.She was hooked from day one and quickly worked her way through the Learning the Ropes scheme, achieving her first quarter peal less than a year later and completing the scheme in just under two years from her first lesson. She also attended the ART M1 day course in March 2022 and is now beginning to take her first steps into teaching bell handling.
"Monica has undertaken a number of voluntary roles related to bellringing, including administrator for the LtR’s Facebook group, Secretary for the LACR Fylde Branch and the Lancashire Lads & Lasses group and Treasurer for the new North West Ringing Course.She is also Tower Secretary at her home tower (St. Anne’s-on-the-Sea, Lancashire) where, together with the Tower Captain, she is playing a lead role in fundraising for the project to rehang and augment the bells in 2023.
"After university, Monica spent 18 years working in the public and private sector in the IT industry, initially in technical roles, but quickly progressed to project and programme management roles, gaining an MBA along the way. After taking 4 years out when her children were small, Monica has worked in schools for the past 10 years, latterly as a secondary school Bursar.She is keen to use all the transferable skills she brings with her to benefit ART in her new role.
"When not on the end of a rope, Monica enjoys card making, walking and drinking the occasional gin!"
I hope you join us in wishing Monica all the best in her new role.
Lesley Belcher, ART Chair