Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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This year's Gipson Trophy striking competition has been launched. The competition, which has been running in the District for more than 20 years, consists of a league, in which each team plays each other team once at home and once away, on the home team's practice night. As well as giving us all a chance to work on improving our striking, the competition is also intended to be a social event, getting ringers to visit other towers' practices. Please do think about entering a team. If you can't enter a team from your tower, consider combining forces with a neighbouring tower, to enter a joint team. More information and an entry form are here. Please return the form to Ann Smith by 1st March.

We are delighted to announce that Tracy Boyt has agreed to be the new District Secretary. Thanks to Greg for filling in for the last month - and indeed for his tireless effort over the last two years; he will be a hard act to follow!

I hope that most of you already know that the National 12-bell Striking Competition will be coming to Cambridge this year! The final will be held at Great St Mary's on Saturday 23rd June and will be a chance to hear the premier bands from across the country fight for the Taylor Trophy. The Cambridge Youths are organising the day and need as much help as possible from us, as stewards, bar staff, construction operatives and more. They have set up a website to give more information about the day, which also includes a section to volunteer your help. Please do so. Before then, the competiton starts with the eliminators on Saturday 24th March, held at Ossett, Selby and Southwell. Note that, as hosts, Cambridge are automatically entered for the final.

Monica Lilley was presented with a certificate to mark her 50 years of membership of the Ely Diocesan Association. Congratulations to her.

I am sorry to have to pass on the news that Brenda Preston, former ringer at Trumpington for over 25 years, has died. She was also treasurer and secretary at Trumpington. Brenda was the mother of Susan (Riley) and Catherine (Hughes-D'Aeth). Her funeral service will take place at 2:00 pm on Thursday 8th February at South Oxfordshire Crematorium. Two quarter peals (here and here) and a peal have been rung at Trumpington in her memory, as well as a quarter peal in London.

Our Education Officers, Ian Ager and Louise Dobson, have again set up a survey, to help them gauge the training needs within the District in the coming year. It's just very short questionnaire (1-2 minutes), so please do fill it in.

The latest ringing in memory of ringers who lost their lives in the First World War was a peal at Melbourn on Saturday 3rd February, in memory of local ringer Henry Brodie Day, who was killed on 3rd February 1918. Details of previous ringing marking the centenary of World War I is here.

Congratulations to Paul Seaman and Ann Smith on their engagement, which has been marked by peals at Mawson Road and Meldreth and a quarter peal at Dordrecht.

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 Treasure. 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.

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 2017

Quarter Peal footnotes

Peter Bailey - First spliced - Great Wilbraham, 3rd February
Peter Bailey - First Yorkshire - Trumpington, 21st January 2018
Ian Ager - First spliced - Cherry Hinton, 27th December 2017

Peal footnotes

Catriona Shearer - First on 12 - Cambridge (GSM), 3rd February
Oliver Bardsley - First 23-spliced - Trumpington, 14th January 2018
Owen Johnson - First on 8 - Fen Ditton, 30th December 2017

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