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At our Annual District Meeting on Saturdy 8th January (more details to follow soon) we will be electing the 2022 committee. The committee meet every few months to plan ringing, training and social events, so if you have ideas for things you'd like to see happening in the district next year, please consider joining us. You can read about the different committee roles. We also have a few committee members who don't have a specific role, but attend meetings, suggest ideas and organise events. It's particularly useful to have people from different towers on the committee so that all parts of the district are represented.

This year we particularly need a couple more committee members to join us. Happily the rest of the committee are willing to stand again, but that doesn't mean you can't stand for one of the named roles - most of us would be very happy to let enthusiastic new people take on the job. Speak to one of the current committee members if you'd like to find out more about what we do. If you might be interested in taking something on in the future, now is a good time to find out more (with no big list of vacancies, there's no danger of being forced into taking something on just because you expressed curiosity).


We are sorry to have to report the death of both Brian Pratt, former Tower Captain at Chesterton, and David Webber, former Tower Captain at Cherry Hinton. There's a little bit about their contribution to the Cambridge District in Martin Kitson's Chaiman's Chat for November 2021 and we expect that obituaries will appear in the annual report.


The District now has an Instagram account, @cambridgedistrictbellringers which we will use to distribute news and announcements alongside our existing Email list and Facebook group.

The District also has a YouTube channel which at the moment mainly contains recordings from the seminar series run during recent lockdowns.

Please feel free to subscribe/follow any of these to keep up with what's happening (the Email list and the Facebook group are only available to members of the District, but the Instagram account and YouTube channel are public).


In December, Phil Gorman has once again very kindly agreed to organise the Annual carol service, which will be at 6.30pm on Saturday 11th December at Balsham. We are hopeful that this will be able to take place 'in-person', with plenty of ringing and singing, as is traditional, and as such we are currently planning this as a 'masks optional' event. However, this will ultimately depend on whether the existing COVID guidelines at the time of the service allow us to go ahead, so for the time being please mark the date in your diaries and further details will follow closer to the time!


The project to install a ring of six bells at St. Clement's church in Cambridge and to create a ringing centre took a significant step recently with the arrival of the first batch of steelwork. This was raised into the tower by a group of volunteers and will be installed in the coming weeks. Further building work will follow, with the arrival of the bells expected sometime next year. More details of what's happening, including how to donate to the work, can be found on the St Clement's project web site.

We are sorry to have to report that Richard Howard of Toft has passed away. Richard was born in the same hour as Prince Phillip and had been hoping to reach his 100 birthday - sadly he fell 3 weeks short. Richard was the prime mover in getting the Toft bells restored and augmented from 3 to 6 and raising a band to ring them. He was possibly our oldest member.


Here's the next instalment in my photographic survey of the towers of the District. Following on from the "Beating the Bounds" ride at the end of last year, I was aiming to visit all the remaining ringable towers, as well as taking photos of any other towers I passed. I also grabbed the chance to get day-time photos of the final three towers of the previous ride - and I've slipped in another repeated tower (from a different angle) to try to catch you out. Can you identify all the towers? As before, they are in the order I visited them, but aren't all from the usual side, and don't all have ringable bells...

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