From a reliable source:
A young COBE - late thirties, maybe forty - has resigned in December 2015, both as the COBE and as an Elder.
Word is that he is a man with a young family who is stressed out and has had enough.
That now makes six ex-elders in the same West country circuit in England.
6 out of 21 in only 10 months. (including the congregation that got disbanded.)
Perhaps those in the "elder-class" are starting to smell the coffee!