Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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  The District Quiz was held at Little Shelford on Saturday 13th April. After ringing, a wonderful array of food supplied by Winners was produced; not just fish and chips, but a wide range of options. Valerie had kindly written the quiz questions before going on holiday, leaving us in the capable hands of Shirley and Stephen, who ran proceedings most efficiently. There were eight rounds, as well as an on-going picture round. A lot of teams chose to play their Jokers on the Nursery Rhymes round, which proved a good choice, as absolutely everyone got full marks on that one. After an enjoyable and entertaining evening, the wooden spoon was awarded to the Saddlebacks, but the winners were the Local Heroes. They received a huge hamper, which thankfully was not entirely made up of chocolate, but also contained lots of fruit. As well as those named above, many thanks are also due to Greg for his help coordinating the event, and to the local bands for making us so welcome and supplying drinks and even cake.

This seems to be the year for 60th birthday congratulations. Shirley Warbrickwas the first, in January, then we've had Nick Smith, Sue Marsden and George Unsworth. Now Ali Brooke joins the list; a peal was rung at Great St Mary's to mark the occasion. Many happy returns to all of them.

This year's Gipson Trophy striking competition is now underway, with wins for Linton and Little Shelford. This is a league competition, in which each of the five teams plays each other at home and away, the matches taking place on regular practice nights. The list of fixtures and results is here.

Congratulations to Philip Mead of Horningsea, who has achieved his Level 1 (Bell Handling) award in the Learning the Ropes scheme.

I'm very sorry to pass on news of the death of Tony Parry at the age of just 63. He originally learned to ring at Whittlesford, where he rang his first quarter peal in 1971. He was very active in the District for many years, before moving to Cornwall and, later, to Switzerland. Now we take the existence of BellBoard for granted, it's hard to grasp the ground-breaking nature of the Campanophile website that he set up and maintained. In his later years, Tony suffered from Motor Neuron Disease, which put a cruel stop to his ringing. Quarter peals have been rung in his memory at Mawson Road, Stone, Peterborough, Deerhurst, Kalamazoo and Wisbech, as well as peals at East Huntspill, Winlaton, Great Wilbraham and Meldreth.

The eliminators for this year's National 12-bell Striking Contest were held on Saturday 23rd March, with the test piece being a touch of 252 Stedman Cinques. Congratulations to the Great St Mary's team, who won their eliminator at Leeds by a convincing margin and so go on to the final at Exeter on Saturday 22nd June.

There has been a lot of local achievement in the ART Awards this year. Lesley Boyle won the Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing, Jimmy Yeoman won the Learning the Ropes Achievement Award and the Cambridge University Guild won the Award for a University Society that has made a Significant Contribution to Promoting Ringing to Younger People. Also, from just over our westerly border, Geoff Horritt won not only the Award for Excellence in Recruitment or Retention, but also the Award for Innovation in the Effective Use of Technology in Teaching. Congratulations to them all. From what I've seen of each of them, I am sure these awards are highly deserved.

Fun With Bells is a new podcast on bell ringing and bell ringers, featuring interviews by Cathy Booth, which launched on 28th February. So far, interviewees have included Ryan Trout (talking about Devon call-change ringing), Emily Hall (of Derbyshire Young Ringers), Nic Boyd (on Learning the Ropes), Diane Smith (a Ringing Remembers recruit) and David Smith (from Australia).

A new series of monthly training sessions entitled "Beyond Bob Minor" started at Stretham Ringing Education Centre (REC) on Saturday 26th January, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is designed to assist ringers move on from Bob Minor to more advanced methods, so come along if you can competently ring plain Bob Minor. Helpers to provide a strong band for the learners are also very welcome. The cost is £2 per session for learners. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available. If you would like to come along or have any questions please contact .

Richard Pargeter writes: "Please note that toilets are being installed at the base of the tower at Balsham, and a new ringing floor is being installed above them. Building work starts this week, and the last practice on the ground floor will be this coming Tuesday, 22 January."

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

Caroline Hough (at first attempt) - Cherry Hinton, 7th April
Thomas Green (at first attempt) - Trumpington, 6th April

First Peal

Jason Burnet (at first attempt) - Exning, 24th February

Quarter Peal footnotes

Jo Farmer-Eynon - First Minor - Pampisford, 7th April
Clare George - First Treble Bob Major - Lundy Island, 15th March
Amanda Cator and Tracy Boyt - First on 10 - Lundy Island, 14th March
Owen Johnson - First Treble Bob - Cambridge (St Bene't's), 10th March
Tom Ridgman - First Bristol - Lundy Island, 9th March
Caroline Louth - First Norwich - West Wratting, 28th February
Alessandra Learmount - First Surprise Major - Cambridge (GSM), 24th February
Miles Bown - First Yorkshire - Trumpington, 24th February
Jo Farmer-Eynon - First inside - Pampisford, 21st February
Les Hylton - First away from cover - Pampisford, 21st February

Peal footnotes

Samuel Johnson - First Surprise - Great Shelford, 16th March
Greg Pearce, Mark Norris and Stephen Burr - First on 10 - Lundy Island, 12th March

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