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You are invited to join Cherry Hinton bellringers and City Singers in a service 'Bells at Christmas' to dedicate the new Cherry Hinton handbells on Advent Sunday, Sunday 3rd December. The service will be held at St Andrew's Church, Cherry Hinton at 4 pm, with tower bellringing from 3.20 pm beforehand. All are welcome.

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, esepcially, to Phil and Sam, who were once again responsible for organising a great event.

Congratulations to Linton, who have won this year's Gipson Trophy striking competition, with an away win on Friday 3rd November. They just managed to edge out runners-up Cherry Hinton & Great Wilbraham, with Great Shelford just another point behind. Fixtures and results are here.

Christopher O'Mahony, President of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR), has written an update on the progress of reform of the Central Council, following the report of the Council Review and Action Group (CRAG), which was adopted at this year's CCCBR meeting. The line-up of the inaugural Executive Team is given, along with details of progress on the Recommendations of the CRAG report. The first drafts of the proposed new Rules and Procedures have now been completed and can be read here.

Congratulations to Stuart Cook, of Litlington and Bassingbourn, who achieved his Level 1 award in the Association of Ringing Teachers' Learning the Ropes scheme.

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.

Congratulations

First Quarter Peal

Les Hylton (at first attempt) - Great Wilbraham, 12th November

Quarter Peal footnotes

Peter Bailey - First Grandsire - Great Wilbraham, 19th November
Amanda Cator - First on 8 inside - Trumpington, 11th November
Annemarie Adams - First Major - Trumpington, 11th November
Vanessa Webster - First Stedman Triples - St Neots, 3rd November
William Brooke - First Glasgow - York, 28th October

Peal footnotes

Greg Pearce - First on 8 as conductor - Trumpington, 15th October
Vanessa Webster - First Yorkshire - Trumpington, 15th October
Alfie Pipe - First Bristol Max - Cambridge (GSM), 12th October

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