Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The latest result in the 2018 Gipson Trophy striking competition is a home win on Wednesday 10th October for Linton, who are second in the league at this stage of the competition. The table of fixtures and results is here; please let me know of any results that are missing.

There will be an Association 12-bell practice at Great St Mary's on Saturday 20th October, from 10:30 until 12:30. Meet at the west door of the church. If there's anything in particular you'd like to practise, please get in touch with . The practice completely inclusive, so please do come along, whether it's your first time ringing on 12 or you've been doing it for years. It's also the first Association 12-bell practice in several years, so it would be great to show as much support as possible!

Remembrance Sunday, 11th November, will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The Association is keen to encourage ringing at as many of our towers as possible at some point during that weekend. To this end, the Cambridge District will have no specific District Meeting on Saturday 10th, to enable ringing to take place on that day too. On Sunday, the Ringing Remembers campaign suggests ringing open at 12:30 pm. Then the Battle's Over commemoration includes "Ringing Out for Peace" at 7:05 pm. The Association has a web page detailing the plans for the day. Start planning now to ensure not just that your own tower rings at some point during the weekend, but that nearby towers without a local band can also ring out. All ringing is welcome, whether ringing 100 changes of rounds, a quarter peal or a peal. And please let us know of any ringing that takes place, so it can be listed.

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.

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.

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.

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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