Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The 6-to-8 bell practice this month will be at Guilden Morden on Saturday 22nd September, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. This practice is aimed at ringers who ring reasonably confidently on six and would like the opportunity to progress to ringing on eight. We very much hope that any ringers out there who fit this profile will come along. It is a well supported practice where you will be surrounded by experienced ringers offering any help requested. Priority will be given to eight bell beginners.

Please note that the Blue Peter episode that will include the filming done at the Ringing World National Youth Contest in July (see below for a report on the EDA's Fen Tigers team) will now be shown on Thursday 22nd November at 5.30pm, not this Thursday as originally planned.

The latest result in the 2018 Gipson Trophy striking competition is a home win on Monday 17th September for Great & Little Shelford, who are leading the league at this stage. The table of fixtures and results is here.

Congratulations to Rachel Paine and Melanie Sinclair of Great Wilbraham, who have recently achieved their Level 1 (Bell Handling) Award in the Learning the Ropes scheme.

This year's District Outing will be on Saturday 13th October, starting at Bishop's Stortford, then going on to Stansted Mountfitchet, Manuden and Littlebury. All are welcome to what is always an enjoyable day out. Timings and tower details are here.

There will be a fascinating talk by Alan Regin at All Saints Church, Campton, on Friday 2nd November, 7:30 for 8:00pm. Alan, the world’s most enthusiastic bellringer, was awarded his MBE in the 2017/8 New Year Honours List, for services to campanology and its heritage. With Armistice Day, 11th November 2018, commemorating 100 years since the end of World War 1, just days away, Alan will be giving a talk about his research into the 1400 bellringers who died in World War 1– and much more!

The Fen Tigers, the EDA team for the Ringing World National Youth Contest 8-bell striking competiton, went up to London on Saturday 7th July, for the 2018 competiton. As in the last two years, with 22 teams taking part, there were eliminators in the morning. The Fen Tigers rang Plain Hunt Triples on the very light bells at St George in the East, then went on to grab the rather heavier bells at Southwark Cathedral. The results were released at lunchtime, via Twitter, which saw the team through to the final, for the third year in a row! At St James Garlickhythe, the Blue Peter team were just finishing off their filming of the day. Then the Fen Tigers were first of the six teams to ring and again put in a pleasing performance. They came joint 5th, with Sussex Young Ringers winning overall and Oxford DG the best in the method ringing category. Congratulations to all the team - Henry, John, Jimmy, Catherine, Dan, Alfie, Jason and Matthew - and thanks to Catriona and Jonathan for all their work with the team over the past year and on the day.

There is now a web page devoted to the Association's plans for ringing to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, on 11th November. As well as detailing the national plans for the day, it describes the Association's plan to ring 100 rows (i.e. 100 blows from each bell) at as many of our towers as possible, during the weekend of the 10th/11th November. The focus of national ringing will be at 19:05 on 11th November, "Ringing Out for Peace". The Central Council website also has a page for Ringing Remembers, the plan to recruit 1400 new ringers this year, in memory of the 1400 ringers who lost their lives in the War, which includes downloadable posters (under the 'Resources' tab).

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

Solenn Cron-Anthore - Plain Bob Minor in hand - Cambridge (Mawson Road), 25th July

Quarter Peal footnotes

Jason Burnet - First Major - Cambridge (GSM), 9th September
Miles Bown - First Minor - Soham, 20th August
Nathaniel Yealands-Flint - First on tower bells - Cambridge (GSM), 19th August

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