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I hear that last Sunday was Miles Bown's last ringing at Linton. It's been a pleasure to ring with him in recent years and he has progressed rapidly to Surprise Major and I'm sure he will go far. Miles will be greatly missed both at Linton and in the wider District. His mother, Nicola, has moved to a new job as Rector of Cottingham, near Hull.

Which towers have been ringing on Sundays in recent weeks? I know of Balsham, Great St Mary's, Haslingfield, Horningsea, Linton, Little Shelford, Melbourn, Pampisford and Sawston. Anyone else?

This week's Lockdown Learning article looks at the music of bell notes, hopefully in accessible terms. If you have any suggestions of musical combinations of bells to ring while socially distanced, please let me know.

Also relevant to the current ringing on reduced numbers of bells, there is more information here on Singles methods, including the 2003 "Guide to Three-Bell Ringing", published by the Huntingdonshire Church Bell Restoration Society, edited by Ian Chandler from notes by Chris Higgins.

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

Happy Birthday to Chris Seaman. A peal of Cambridge Surprise Minor was rung in hand on Longstone Moor in Derbyshire to congratulate her.

The latest Central Council statement (7th August) on ringing in towers is here. Their summary of the requirements is

Referring to the Church of England guidance on face coverings, they state that face coverings should also be worn for ringing and note that wearing face coverings does not reduce the minimum distances referred to above.

Following the success of our District Quiz, held over Zoom back in April, we held another one on Saturday 18th July, which proved to be another fun evening. Thanks to Valerie Ridgman for the questions, which certainly challenged us all, and to Tom for his work as quizmaster. There were rounds on Food and Drink, Sport and Pastimes, Entertainment, Mountains, Science and Summertime. The results were very close in the end, with "We Forgot" winning on 49.5 marks, just half a mark ahead of "Five Go Quizzing", with "Belles and Clangers" right on their tails.

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.

Links to previous webinars on the District YouTube channel, with slides:

Thursday 6th August Change-ringing in 19th Century Cambridge - Gareth Davies  
Friday 3rd July Short practice night touches - Jonathan Agg  
Wednesday 24th June The St Clement's Project - Barry Johnson  
Friday 19th June 41 Surprise Minor part 2 - Adrian Sweeting slides - here, here, here and here
Friday 12th June 41 Surprise Minor part 1 - Adrian Sweeting slides - here and here
Thursday 4th June Introduction to Abel - Nikki Thomas and Simon Rudd  
Friday 29th May A Medley of Methods - Peter Hinton slides
Wednesday 20th May Zones and Pathways - Will Bosworth  
Friday 15th May Can I judge a striking competition? - Katie Town  
Thursday 7th May Change-ringing in 18th century Cambridge - Gareth Davies  
Tuesday 28th April A History of Ringing Simulators - David Bagley  
Tuesday 21st April Introduction to Composition - Mark Davies  
Friday 17th April Introduction to Conducting - David Pipe slides
Tuesday 14th April Care of Bells and Belfries - Tom Ridgman slides
Thursday 9th April Blue Lines - Stephen Burr - part 2 slides
Tuesday 7th April Blue Lines - Stephen Burr - part 1

As Saturday 30th May was to have been the Ely Diocesan Association AGM, the Annual Report to members has now been released electronically. If you are a member, you should have received a copy, either through your tower correspondent or via the District e-mail list. If you haven't yet received a copy, please get in touch with the District Treasurer, . No decision has yet been made, but some paper copies may be available for those who need them. If you would like to register an interest in a paper copy, please contact the Association Webmaster, .

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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