Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The popular District Dinner returns this year; it will be held at the Quy Mill Hotel on Saturday 9th November, at 7:00 for 7:30. In previous years, it has been a most enjoyable evening with great food and company, in a very congenial venue. This year the speaker will be Paul Roberson, retired clockmaker for the Palace of Westminster. The menu is here, along with instructions on how to pay and let Shirley have your menu choices.

Martin Kitson, Chairman of the Association, writes to remind all tower captains need to complete the Ely Diocesan C0, C1 and C2 Safeguarding modules. C0 and C1 can be done on-line, while C2 is delivered in person. There are C2 Safeguarding modules being held on 23rd September at Fordham, 7th October at Histon and 20th January 2020 at Downham Market. Martin emphasises that it's an easy module, with no test at the end, and simple to follow.

This year's District Outing will take place on Saturday 12th October, heading towards Bury St Edmunds. There will be ringing at Newmarket, Barrow and Horringer on the way, before a chance to ring on the new(ish) ring of 12 at the Cathedral. All are welcome. More details are now available, including information on parking and toilets, as well as suggestions for lunch.

The peal of Stedman Cinques at Great St Mary's on Saturday 7th September was rung by the Cambridge Youths team that won the National 12-bell Striking Contest there 32 years ago. The test piece in 1987 was also Stedman. A classic band! And all still ringing at standards the rest of us can only dream of, all those years later.

The latest result in this year's Gipson Trophy striking competition is a home win for Little Shelford, who now top the table, although the teams just behind, Linton and Great Shelford, each have a match in hand. The list of fixtures and results is here. Please let me know of any missing results.

Congratulations to Rebecca Glazier, of Thriplow, who has achieved her level 1 (Bell Handling) award in the Learning The Ropes scheme.

Belated congratulations to Rachel Paine, of Great Wilbraham, Duncan Curry, of Chesterton, and Mervyn Rogers, of Fen Ditton, who have achieved their level 2 (Foundation Ringing Skills) awards in the Learning The Ropes scheme.

A new series of the Fun With Bells podcast has started recently, with an interview with CCCBR president, Christopher O'Mahony. The list of episodes available, including a wide variety of interesting topics from the first series, is here.

Congratulations to the Fen Tigers, the EDA Young Ringers team, who competed in the Ringing World National Youth Contest, held in Liverpool on Saturday 6th July. The band featured several ringers from the Cambridge District. They were awarded a level 5, with the overall winners, Oxford, awarded a 7.

Ringing at Balsham is expected to be back to normal from Tuesday 9th July, following building work to install toilets at the base of the tower. The first performance in the new ringing chamber was the annual quarter peal rung in memory of Tristan Johnson (on what would have been his 39th birthday) and all children of Balsham. Some video of the ringing is on the Balsham Bell Ringers Facebook page.

Following the many performances in memory of Sarah Tasker, her sister Angela has written to thank all those who took part: "What a lovely tribute to her from her friends and fellow ringers. Please could you pass on my thanks." Quarter peals were rung at Great Shelford, Histon, Ridgewell, Great Wilbraham, Great Wilbraham, Melbourn and Fen Ditton and there was also memorial ringing at Landbeach and Horningsea.

Greg Shields writes: "Please note that building works in the church at Cherry Hinton are starting on Monday 29th April and the bells will not be available for Sunday service ringing, Tuesday practices or visiting bands until mid-August at the earliest. In the meantime we hope to be holding Tuesday evening practices elsewhere - mostly at Barton and Great Wilbraham. Please see our website for the current list of practice towers."

Ely DA branded clothing is now available. Expertees of Huntingdon have set up a web shop for Ely DA garments, embroidered with the logo of the Association. Under the logo there is space for the name of your tower or District. At present, the available garments are: T-shirt, polo shirt, sweatshirt and fleece jacket with sleeves or sleeveless, all in a range of colours.

Geoff Perryman does a fantastic job, single-handedly coordinating the Practice Night Support scheme, but his band of helpers is dwindling, which means that he can't cater for all the requests that he has from towers for help. So, please get in touch with him (C. 207790) if you can help, as your assistance is greatly appreciated by the towers. Even if you can only ring plain hunt, you can still make a difference, enabling bands to ring things that they otherwise wouldn't have enough people to so.


First Quarter Peal

John Willders (at first attempt) - Barrington, 19th August

Quarter Peal footnotes

Akiko Saito - First on 8 - Cambridge (Great St Mary), 25th August
William Learmount - First inside on 8 - Cambridge (Great St Mary), 25th August
Robert Turner - First inside - Barrington, 19th August
Greg Pearce - First inside on 12 - Cambridge (Great St Mary), 18th August
Louisa Egan - First inside - Barrington, 12th August
Robert Turner - First away from cover - Barrington, 12th August
Erasmus Egan - First Minor (Cambridge inside) - Meldreth, 13th July

Peal footnotes

Max Drinkwater - 100th peal - Meldreth, 30th July
Gareth Davies - 800th peal - Reach, 2nd July

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