Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The next District Advanced 6-bell practice will be at Duxford on Friday 19th January at 7.30pm. This practice is focused on Minor methods beyond Plain Bob; there will also be plenty of opportunities to learn and practise treble bob hunting. The special method for the practice will be London Surprise Minor, perhaps spliced with other familiar methods. We are going to try a new system of signing up for these practices, to make sure there will be enough people. If numbers are low, we may instead ring a quarter peal or cancel the practice. A decision will be made on Friday morning. So please let us know if you are planning to come; the link to a spreadsheet was circulated by the District email list.

A new Doubles variation has been named Armistice Doubles, rung in a quarter peal of 1400 changes at Birchington. The variation is Camelion Doubles with a That'll do Nicely Bob. The number of changes is a reference to the campaign to recruit 1400 new ringers in honour of the 1400 ringers who lost their lives during the First World War. For more information, see the article about Ringing for Peace - Armistice 1400 on the Central Council website.

There was a great turn-out for the Annual District Meeting, which was held at Litlington on Saturday 13th January. Ringing at Guilden Morden and Litlington was followed by tea and then the ADM. The meeting began with a minute's silence in memory of John Gipson and Alan Ling. After the election of 8 new members, we came to the election of officers; Jackie, Greg and Sue each stood down from their posts and were hailed for their fantastic service to the District over the years. Phil Gorman was elected as President and Shirley Warbrick as Treasurer, but the post of Secretary was unfilled; please get in touch if you can help or know of someone who would be good in the role. There was also a discussion about wedding fees and the meeting voted to approve a recommendation that ringers be paid a minimum £20 each. Jackie received the Gipson Trophy for 2017, on behalf of the Linton team. Subscriptions are now due for the year; £10 for adults and £5 for those under 21.

The 2018 Conference of the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) is to be held in Royston on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March. It is open to anyone, irrespective of ART Membership or even if they are an ART supporter or sceptic. The conference isn't about ART, it's about ringing - sharing what other people are doing and talking about topical issues. The conference is held over 2 days; the first is organised by ART, while the second is run by the Central Council and will cover simulators and new technologies. People can go to both or just one of the days. For more information see the poster or the website, where you can also book your place.

The New Year has been marked in traditional fashion at Trumpington with the ringing of a Date Touch of 2018 Cambridge Surprise Major, composed by Robert Oakeshott. This enabled Stephen Theobald to circle the tower to date touches!

Recent ringing worthy of note includes the peal at Fen Ditton, to mark the 800th anniversary of the earliest known historical record of the parish, and a quarter peal at Bottisham. Derek Latchford rang in the quarter peal, to mark the 70th anniversary of his first peal, rung at Berkhamstead on Boxing Day 1947.

A half-peal was rung at Great Wilbraham on Sunday 10th December, in memory of Felicity Webster, following two earlier quarter peals, at Trumpington (of Felicity Delight Major) and Meldreth. Fliss was a much-loved, enthusiastic and inspirational District Secretary, who died a year ago and is still greatly missed.

The latest ringing in memory of ringers who lost their lives in the First World War was a peal at Ickleton on Thursday 30th November, in memory of local ringer Eustace Webb, who was killed on 30th November 1917, during the Battle of Cambrai. Details of previous ringing marking the centenary of World War I is here.

When asked "What would you like to ring?", you may not realise that your non-committal answer is in fact a method name. Details of "I Don't Mind", "Something Simple" and "Whatever You Want", as well as several more, are given on this page.

The second Cambridge District Dinner on Saturday 11th November was another very enjoyable evening. Held at Quy Mill Hotel, the Waterwheel Room was full of well-dressed ringers - and it was good to meet some non-ringing guests too. Each table was provided with a supply of pipe cleaners, which provided much entertainment, as guests showed their creativity and ingenuity. Stephen B's sparkly silver and gold glasses were rightly applauded, but the model of a bell in its frame shown here was also excellent. After a very tasty meal, Jackie gave the President's speech, which, surprisingly, included an account of events other than Linton's Gipson Trophy success. A short handbell touch was expertly rung by Robert, Stephen C, Jonathan and Catriona. Then our guest speaker, Julie McDonnell, gave an impassioned and inspirational speech, talking about her involvement with "Bellringers Strike Back Against Blood Cancer" which has so far raised over £7 million for charity. Julie had also joined us for a quarter peal at Trumpington in the afternoon, which included firsts for Annemarie and Amanda. Thanks to all those who rang and, especially, to Phil and Sam, who were once again responsible for organising a great event.

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

Ptolemy Egan (at first attempt) - Meldreth, 24th December
Les Hylton (at first attempt) - Great Wilbraham, 12th November

Quarter Peal footnotes

Ian Ager - First spliced - Cherry Hinton, 27th December 2017
Meg Bedford - First on 8 - Meldreth, 5th December
Peter Bailey - First Surprise (Cambridge Major) - Trumpington, 26th November
Peter Bailey - First Grandsire - Great Wilbraham, 19th November
Amanda Cator - First on 8 inside - Trumpington, 11th November
Annemarie Adams - First Major - Trumpington, 11th November

Peal footnotes

Oliver Bardsley - First 23-spliced - Trumpington, 14th January 2018
Owen Johnson - First peal on 8 - Fen Ditton, 30th December 2017
Stephen Burr - First 23-spliced as conductor - Trumpington, 9th December

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