Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The final of the National 12-bell competiton was held at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 24th June, with the test piece being Cambridge Maximus. The Cambridge Youths team qualified for the final from their eliminator at Sheffield in March and were placed 7th out of the ten teams in the competition. Birmingham won, despite having to ring first on the day. The next striking competition in the calendar is the Ringing World National Youth Contest will take place in Birmingham next Saturday, 1st July. This is an 8-bell competition, featuring both call changes and method ringing. The EDA team is the Fen Tigers, which includes several District members; we wish them luck.

Birthday wishes go to Richard Howard (96) and Monica Lilley (70). Quarters peals were rung at Toft and Ickleton, respectively, to celebrate the occasions.

I am very sorry to pass on the news that John Gipson has died, at the age of 93. He rang his first peal in 1939 and last rang on the rehung bells at Meldreth in September 2015. A short paragraph is never going to be enough to do justice to his life; John gave so much to Meldreth (not just in his ringing, but in his service to the church and to the village), to the District and the Association and to the ringing community nationally. His engineering skills were put to effective use in many bell-hanging projects, within the Association and beyond. He taught several generations of ringers and was always keen to encourage their peal-ringing. This is truly the end of an era. Our thoughts and sympathies go to his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Quarter peals have been rung in his memory at Soham, Ticehurst, OLEM and Pettistree, as well as peals at Bushey and Meldreth.

The Ridgman Trophy took place at Great St Mary's on Saturday 17th June. This is a 10-bell striking competition set up by Bill Ridgman (Tom's father), involving teams from the EDA and surrounding Associations. The Association team retained the trophy, ringing Yorkshire Royal, with an impressive score of 86%. The full results are here.

The Trumpington team have retained the Ludbrook Plate at this year's District Striking Competition. It was held at Linton on Saturday 10th June and it was fantastic to have a double-digit number of teams, with no fewer than eleven, including two teams from the new Sawston band. Judge Lesley Boyle had the unenviable task of concentrating for two and a half hours, as the teams got to grips with the challenge of Linton's bells. Meanwhile it was lovely to sit in the sun in the churchyard, listening and chatting. After an excellent tea provided by the local band came the results...

Trumpington won by a good margin, with a small group behind, with Little Shelford, Great St Mary's and Linton on similar scores. It was a pleasure to welcome a band from the Fen Tigers (the EDA Young Ringers), who won the President's Award and was mostly drawn from District ringers. For the full results, see here. Congratulations to all the teams who came and took part, making it such a successful afternoon.

All are welcome to the next 10-bell practice at Wisbech, at 7 pm on Wednesday 21st June. There is a poster for the event here.

The latest result in this year's Gipson Trophy striking competition is a win for Cherry Hinton/Great Wilbraham. There are five teams in the competition this year, the others being Fen Ditton, Great Shelford, Linton and Little Shelford. It is a league competition, in which each team plays each other twice during the year, once at home and once away, with each match being on the home tower's practice night. Linton and Great Shelford top the table, each with two wins out of two. Fixtures and results are here.

This year, the annual Pampisford ring will be on Saturday 1st July. With ringing from 10:30 until 12:30 and plentiful supplies of tea, coffee and biscuits, this is always a very convivial social occasion. All are welcome to come and ring.

Congratulations to Paul Seaman on being awarded the Diocese of East Anglia Medal for many years of service as tower captain at the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge. A peal was rung to mark his achievement.

The Cambridge District hosted the Ely Diocesan Assocation AGM at Meldreth on Saturday 13th May. This was preceded by the Inter-District 8-bell striking competition, in which all four Districts of the Association entered a team. The judges, Chris McCarthy and Ann Clinton, were given a hard job, with differing method choices and ringing speeds among the teams. Huntingdon District won, ringing Grandsire Triples. The Cambridge District band, organised by Phil Gorman, came a very close third, ringing Cambridge Major. Thanks to all the band for ringing. After a service and tea, the meeting was held. The proposed rule changes in our own Association were approved and the meeting also gave strong support to CRAG's proposals for changes to the Central Council, albeit wwhile expressing concerns about accountability. Thanks to the many people who helped to make the day a success.

I'm very sorry to pass on news of the death of another long-standing member of the District, Alan Ling, who was for many years in charge of ringing at Harston and Foxton. Alan was born in 1933 and joined the Association in 1961. He also assisted enthusiastically in several surrounding towers and will be greatly missed. There was a Service of Thanksgiving at Haslingfield on Wednesday 17th May, with ringing before and after the service, as well as on handbells during it. A quarter peal was also rung in his memory at Little Eversden.

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.

Phillip George has reviewed and revised all the safeguarding documents on the Association website. He comments that he has not yet heard any more from the Diocese regarding the roll-out of new National Church procedures on safeguarding. If you have any further questions, Phillip will be happy to help.

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

Jo Farmer-Eynon - Trumpington, 18th June

Quarter Peal footnotes

Tracy Boyt - First on 8 - Trumpington, 18th June
Henry Morley - First inside - Histon, 13th June
Renee Tanburn - First Doubles - Cherry Hinton, 23rd May
Jason Burnet - First on 8 (Plain Bob Triples inside) - Hemingford Grey, 20th May
Greg Pearce - First 8-spliced as conductor - Trumpington, 14th May
Ian Ager - First Cambridge Surprise Minor - West Wratting, 13th May
Jonathan Spencer - First spliced as conductor (8-spliced) - Trumpington, 30th April
Ian Hamilton - First London Surprise Minor - Cherry Hinton, 22nd April

Peal footnotes

Paul Seaman - 250th peal as conductor - Cambridge (Mawson Road), 3rd June
Jenny Goodwin, Stephen Theobald - First 23-Spliced Surprise Major - Trumpington, 20th May
Jenny Goodwin, Stephen Theobald - Most methods (21 Spliced Surprise Major) - Trumpington, 6th May

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