Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The second part of an article about Twin-Hunt Methods is now available on our Lockdown Learning pages. 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.

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 (16th October) 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. However, ongoing discussions with the Church of England's Recovery Group look set to allow ringing for up to 30 minutes, with spacings of a minimum of 1 metre between ringers.

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. It was good to see this as the Featured Performance on BellBoard - until ousted by a peal of 23-spliced.

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

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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