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This Saturday morning (5th December) sees the next virtual district ringing session using Ringing Room and Zoom, from 10:30 to 11:30, with 15 minutes beforehand for coffee and sorting out any technical issues that may arise. Please note the change of date from the customary second Saturday to avoid clashing with Alan's handbell day running on the 12th. No previous experience of ringing online is needed, so please come along and have a go if you're curious what it's like! We'd especially encourage those who haven't tried Ringing Room yet to come along and give it a go. Join the Zoom Meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83593544591?pwd=ZHg1RkUvWVNzdXQwY3JSQmVQWnRhZz09 (Meeting ID: 835 9354 4591, Passcode: 690778).

We've put together a simple spreadsheet to try and keep track of who wants to ring what - this can be filled in on Saturday morning when you've joined the Zoom. We will run multiple ringing sessions in parallel, so everyone can ring as much or as little as they like, and also choose what to ring, from rounds, to call changes, plain hunt and also other methods. It should be fun and a chance to say hello to other district ringers you haven't seen for a long time! Also feel free to use the Zoom meeting as an opportunity to socialise, ask questions and catch up; there will be breakout rooms set up for those ringing, so the conversation can continue for those in the general chat!

Congratulations to Cambridge ringer Jonathan Shanklin, who has had a glacier in Antarctica named after him, in recognition of his work as a meteorologist at the British Antarctic Survey. He was a member of the BAS team that discovered the Antarctic Ozone Hole in 1985. Carol Pudsey, who rang at Bourn, is also honoured for her work as a marine geologist at the BAS, by the naming of Pudsey Bay. For more information see the BBC News page, which includes a picture of Jonathan and the official announcement from the Antarctic Place-names Committee.

If you enjoyed Thursday's webinar, in which Mark Davies talked about his Methodoku puzzles, the link to buy the book "Methodoku Mayhem" is available from the Ringing World shop. John Loveless's new biography of George Pipe (1935-2020), featured in the previous webinar, is also available here. Links to these and previous webinars are here.

The latest Central Council guidance (30th November) on Coronavirus and ringing is here. As Cambridgeshire is in Tier 2, the Government restrictions on meeting with people from other households indoors also apply to ringing. So no tower bell ringing should take place, other than by members of the same household, or on single bells (either of which would be unlimited in duration). Handbell ringing in any outdoor space including gardens, comes under the "Rule of Six", so is fine for up to six people, socially distanced.

We are planning an online Bingo Evening on Saturday 12th December, starting at 6:00 pm. We hope this will be a fun night for all ages and prizes will be on offer for the lucky winners! Further details regarding registering and receiving bingo cards will be given in the near future, but in the meantime we would like to have some suggestions for ringing-themed nicknames for the numbers. Please send any ideas to and he will select his favourites to use on the night. Also on the 12th, see below for details of the EDA Handbell Day, which starts at 1:30 pm.

These very smart-looking dummy handbells are now available from eBells.co.uk. Following the sale of the last of the ActionXL motion controllers, these new 3D-printed controllers have been developed, to mimic the motion of real handbell-ringing, rather than pressing keys on a computer. They are designed to plug into the USB socket of a computer, for use with Handbell Stadium or, through Handbell Manager (Windows only), with Abel, Beltower, Ringing Room, or Muster. You might also be interested to see that Learning the Ropes also has a learning scheme for change-ringing on handbells.

Matt Thewsey from the National 12-bell Striking Contest Technical Team gave an interesting talk on 5th November, about Recording Bell-Ringing. This is now available on the District YouTube channel, with the slides here. Links to this and previous webinars are here.

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.

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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