Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The next District Advanced Practice will be at Duxford on Friday (18th August) from 7:30pm. The special method will again be Burslem Delight. Please let know in advance if you are planning to come, so he can gauge whether the practice is viable. If numbers are low, a quarter peal could be organised instead, so also let him know if there is any method you would particularly like to ring.

The next District 6-to-8 bell practice will be held on Saturday 26th August at Ickleton from 10:30 until 12:30. All are welcome. The practice is particularly aimed at ringers who are used to ringing on 6 bells but would like to progress to ringing on 8. So expect plenty of rounds & call changes, Plain Hunt and other simple methods. Note that September's practice will be a Surprise Major one, with the focus method being London.

You are invited to take part in a handbell course being run by the Stretham Ringing Education Centre (REC), with Nicholas Small as course leader. This course will provide instruction in change ringing on handbells using the ART Learning the Ropes Handbell syllabus. The course will start with the basics but will also accommodate those who are ringing handbells already and wish to improve their skills. This will be achieved with the help of other handbell teachers within the EDA area, at venues and times to suit those ringing. The inaugural meeting will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Wednesday 6th September at Stretham REC and the course will run to the end of November. Students will be charged £3 for their log book and there will be a £1 fee for each lesson at the REC. To express an interest, whether as student, helper, or tutor, please contact .

Also, a StartRinging course will be run at the Stretham REC on Sunday afternoons, between 2 and 4pm, starting on Sunday 24th September. This course is aimed at beginners who have just been recruited. It aims to assist towers by providing recruits with basic training by means of intensive sessions using the ART Learning the Ropes syllabus. Tower captains, please consider sending your new recruits along. And if you have friends or colleagues who might be interested in learning to ring, please invite them to attend the course. There is a poster with details - please do display this where non-ringers might see it.

Ringing in the District to mark the Centenary of the First World War has continued with quarter peals at Sawston and Sawston again on 31st July, in memory of local ringer, Herbert Reed. A peal of Passchendaele Surprise Major was also rung at Ickleton, in memory of Herbert Carder, who died on the same day, one of four Ickleton ringers killed in 1917. For more details of centenary ringing, see here.

Meldreth church was packed on Tuesday 25th July, for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of John Gipson. It was great to see so many ringers, past and present. We heard not only about his ringing, but his family life and his contributions to the church and village over many years. Peals were rung in John's memory today at Melbourn, Great Longstone and (by the College Youths, of which society John had been a member since 1947) at Morville, as well as a quarter peal at Hilton. Other ringing included quarter peals at Soham, Ticehurst, OLEM, Pettistree, Orwell, Meldreth, West Wratting, Trumpington, Pampisford, Little Shelford, and St Ed's, as well as peals at Bushey, Meldreth, Bretton, Bardwell, Mawson Road, Godmanchester, Inworth, Bishop's Castle, Aspenden and Meldreth.

The latest peal in memory of John was at Meldreth on 2nd August, rung by the Around Ringers. John rang 214 peals on the "Around" peal tours between 1965 and 1999. A quarter peal was also rung at Meldreth on Sunday 6th August, by members of the local band; the first local band quarter for many years.

The latest results in this year's Gipson Trophy striking competition are home wins for Great Shelford, Linton and Cherry Hinton/Great Wilbraham. These three teams are now all level at the top of the table, with three wins and one loss each. Fixtures and results are here.

Congratulations to Derek Sibson, who marked the 60th anniversary of his first peal with a quarter of Bristol at Meldreth on Sunday 9th July. Back in 1957 he rang Plain Bob Minor inside, also at Meldreth (then a 6-bell tower), conducted by Bill Ridgman, with John Gipson on the treble.

The Ringing World National Youth Contest took place in Birmingham on Saturday 1st July. This is an 8-bell competition for ringers aged 18 and under, featuring both call changes and method ringing. There were three heats in the morning, with the EDA team, the Fen Tigers, ringing at Harborne. For the second year in a row, they qualified for the final, which was held at St Paul's in the afternoon. Congratulations to the team, which included several District ringers, who achieved a grade of B. The competition overall was won by the Yorkshire Tykes, to win the Whitechapel Trophy. In addition to the competition, there was also ringing at several of the city's famous towers, including the 16 at St Martin's, and a couple of mini-rings. Thanks to Catriona and Jonathan for organising the team and to all the local helpers who made us so welcome.

The final of the National 12-bell competiton was held at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 24th June, with the test piece being Cambridge Maximus. The Cambridge Youths team qualified for the final from their eliminator at Sheffield in March and were placed 7th out of the ten teams in the competition. Birmingham won, despite having to ring first on the day.

Birthday wishes go to Richard Howard (96) and Monica Lilley (70). Quarters peals were rung at Toft and Ickleton, respectively, to celebrate the occasions.

The Ridgman Trophy took place at Great St Mary's on Saturday 17th June. This is a 10-bell striking competition set up by Bill Ridgman (Tom's father), involving teams from the EDA and surrounding Associations. The Association team retained the trophy, ringing Yorkshire Royal, with an impressive score of 86%. The full results are here.

The Trumpington team have retained the Ludbrook Plate at this year's District Striking Competition. It was held at Linton on Saturday 10th June and it was fantastic to have a double-digit number of teams, with no fewer than eleven, including two teams from the new Sawston band. Judge Lesley Boyle had the unenviable task of concentrating for two and a half hours, as the teams got to grips with the challenge of Linton's bells. Meanwhile it was lovely to sit in the sun in the churchyard, listening and chatting. After an excellent tea provided by the local band came the results...

Trumpington won by a good margin, with a small group behind, with Little Shelford, Great St Mary's and Linton on similar scores. It was a pleasure to welcome a band from the Fen Tigers (the EDA Young Ringers), who won the President's Award and was mostly drawn from District ringers. For the full results, see here. Congratulations to all the teams who came and took part, making it such a successful afternoon.

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

Kevin Brown - West Wratting, 10th August
Jo Farmer-Eynon - Trumpington, 18th June
Peter Bailey - Trumpington, 30th July

Quarter Peal footnotes

Mick Lock - First inside - West Wratting, 10th August
Jo Farmer-Eynon - First away from cover - Trumpington, 16th July
Ian Ager - First Kent - Cherry Hinton, 9th July
Tracy Boyt - First on 8 - Trumpington, 18th June
Henry Morley - First inside - Histon, 13th June

Peal footnotes

Alfie Pipe - First on 10 - Cambridge (GSM), 10th August
Marj Winter - First peal of London Royal in hand - Cambridge (Mawson Road), 4th July
Paul Seaman - 250th peal as conductor - Cambridge (Mawson Road), 3rd June

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