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For a number of years, Alan Winter has organised a highly successful Handbell Day each December. This year, it will be in the form of an EDA Virtual Handbell Day, on Saturday December 12th, using RingingRoom and Zoom as the internet platforms. The Handbell Day always caters for a wide range of abilities, from beginner up to almost anything. Please send a message to to express interest, before November 30th if you can. To take part you need a computer and a reasonably fast web interface. It would be helpful to know (1) do you have and use handbell controllers? and (2) are you set up (for example through Handbell Manager) to use RingingRoom? Please indicate your level of confidence with handbell methods and with virtual ringing.

The latest Central Council statement (18th Setember) on ringing in towers is here. Their summary of the requirements is below. Given the low numbers of bells able to be rung anyway, the "Rule of Six" is not expected to make any difference to most towers.

The Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers 2020 AGM will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday 3rd October, via Zoom. The meeting is open to all members of the Association, but you will need to register at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sn5uJ7bAQbOFn4-3GcoGlQ. In order to register your votes at the AGM, members who live in the same household are asked to register individually and 'attend' the meeting on separate devices (phone, tablet or computer). Once you have registered, you will be sent via email a Zoom link for the meeting, and necessary supporting documents. Any A.O.B. items for the meeting should be sent to the as soon as possible, and not later than 25 September 2020.

The latest addition to our Lockdown Learning pages is a tale from 1966, which I had meant to write up for the 50th anniversary of the event, an Invitation Striking Competition. Previous items include Odd and Even rows, Work above and below the treble, Calling Simple Touches, Music, Three-Bell Ringing, Original, Reading Touches, Place Notation and Blue Lines, Handbell Ringing and more.

Congratulations to Jonathan and Catriona Agg, who were married on Saturday 22nd August. The wedding had been delayed from April, due to the Covid-19 restrictions. There was ringing, but only rounds on eight handbells. Good to see this as the Featured Performance on BellBoard - until ousted by the 23-spliced peal.

Referring to the Church of England guidance on face coverings, they state that face coverings should also be worn for ringing and note that wearing face coverings does not reduce the minimum distances referred to above.

Saturday 15th August was the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, marking both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War. Ringing in the District for the anniversary of VE Day earlier in the year was largely on handbells, but it was good to be able to include performances on tower bells this time round; there was ringing at Brinkley, Pampisford, Pampisford, Sawston and a quarter peal in hand at Six Mile Bottom.

I hear that last Sunday was Miles Bown's last ringing at Linton. It's been a pleasure to ring with him in recent years and he has progressed rapidly to Surprise Major and I'm sure he will go far. Miles will be greatly missed both at Linton and in the wider District. His mother, Nicola, has moved to a new job as Rector of Cottingham, near Hull.

Helen Johnson is selling hand-made face coverings, with all the money going to the St Clements project. See her shop on Etsy.

Happy Birthday to Chris Seaman. A peal of Cambridge Surprise Minor was rung in hand on Longstone Moor in Derbyshire to congratulate her.

I'm very glad to pass on the news from Barry Johnson that a faculty for the St Clement's project has now been granted. The aim is to install a ring of six bells in the tower in Cambridge, to create a ringing centre, with electronic teaching aids and displays to introduce visitors to bell-ringing. Fund-raising is now beginning in earnest and it is hoped that the treble bell can be funded in memory of former District Secretary, Felicity Webster. Details of how to donate are here; if you wish your contribution to go towards Fliss's bell, please make that clear when you donate. And don't forget that Gift Aid can increase the value of your donation.

Stretham REC (Ringing Education Centre) is also running a Drop in Social, on Saturday mornings, from 11:15 to 12:00. This is open to everyone who rings at the REC and others. There will also be a chance to look at RingingRoom for those who have not tried it before or are having difficulties using it. Please contact for more details and how to participate.

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