Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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This month's District 8-bell practice will be at Meldreth on Saturday 28th October. It is aimed at those who primarily ring on six bells, but would like to get more experience on eight, so most of the ringing will be in fairly basic Triples and Major methods. All are welcome to come to this friendly and supportive practice.

Congratulations to Stuart Cook, of Litlington and Bassingbourn, who achieved his Level 1 award in the Association of Ringing Teachers' Learning the Ropes scheme.

The latest result in this year's Gipson Trophy striking competition is a home win for Linton, who are now only a point behind leaders Cherry Hinton & Great Wilbraham, as we approach the last few matches of the season. Fixtures and results are here.

There will be an ART Tower Leadership Workshop, presented by Pip Penney, at Stretham REC (Ringing Education Centre) on Saturday 28th October. For more information see here. If you would like to attend, please note that prior booking is essential, through the ART website.

Here are a couple of ringing-related kneelers. The one on the left, from Meldreth, was worked by Eira Martin and includes diagrams of two methods - plain courses on the top and a touch round the sides. The one on the right is in Fen Ditton church. If you would like to try to identify the methods, there are more detailed photos on this page, which also includes some other kneelers from around the District. If you know of any others, please let me know.

Congratulations to Ronald Cron, Solenn Anthore and Nathaniel Yealands Flint, who have all achieved their Level 2 award in the Association of Ringing Teachers' Learning the Ropes scheme.

Several peals (GSM, Histon, Mawson Road and Meldreth) and quarter peals (GSM, Great Wilbraham and Swaffham Bulbeck) have been rung as farewell compliments to John and Sue Binns, as they leave Cambridge for Lichfield. John had been Vicar at Great St Mary's since 1994 and also recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination (with quarter peals rung at St Ives and GSM). We wish them both well.

Ringing in the District to mark the Centenary of the First World War has continued with a quarter peal at Ickleton, in memory of local ringers Arthur Edward Carder (died 9th August 1917) and Walter Barnabas Carder (died 13th September 1917). Earlier ringing included quarter peals at Sawston and Sawston again on 31st July, in memory of Herbert Reed. A peal of Passchendaele Surprise Major was also rung at Ickleton, in memory of Herbert Carder, who died on the same day. For more details of centenary ringing, see here.

The second Cambridge District Dinner will be held at the Quy Mill Hotel on the evening of Saturday 11th November, 7 for 7:30pm. The meal will be three courses followed by tea/coffee with shortbread; see the menu. This year we are very pleased to announce that the guest speaker will be Julie McDonnell, the ringer behind "Bellringers Strike Back Against Blood Cancer" which has so far raised over £7 million for charity. Non-ringing guests are, of course, very welcome (in fact, encouraged!). The dress code is black tie/lounge suits. This promises to be a great evening and we hope it will be as popular and successful as last year's dinner. Tickets are £38 per person for adults and £19 per person for under-18s. Please contact to order tickets and specify your menu choices by the deadline of Friday 27th October. Earlier in the afternoon, there will be "dinner day" quarter peals. Please contact if you would like to ring, including details of any methods you have a particular desire to ring or call. If you're unable to attend the dinner you are still welcome to join in the quarter peals (and it's also fine to come to the dinner and not ring). There will also be a handbell touch at the dinner; if you can ring in this, please contact .

Ringers are being asked to support the BBC's Children In Need campaign for 2017 by getting themselves sponsored to ring bells. This could be on tower bells, hand bells, or mini-rings and may be anything from rounds and call changes to touches, extents, quarter peals, or peals. The campaign runs from 5th October to 17th November (which is Children In Need night). More details are to follow.

Christopher O'Mahony, President of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR), has written an update on the progress of reform of the Central Council, following the report of the Council Review and Action Group (CRAG), which was adopted at this year's CCCBR meeting. The line-up of the inaugural Executive Team is given, along with details of progress on the Recommendations of the CRAG report.

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.


Quarter Peal footnotes

Owen Johnson - First on 8 - Fen Ditton, 30th September
Vanessa Webster - 750th quarter - Toft, 30th September
Alfie Pipe & Dave Richards - First London Major - Histon, 24th September
Peter Bailey - First treble bob hunting - Trumpington, 24th September
Peter Bailey - First Minor - Trumpington, 17th September
Jayne Norris - First on 8 - Trumpington, 3rd September
William Brooke - First Horton's 4 - Cambridge (GSM), 3rd September

Peal footnotes

Greg Pearce - First on 8 as conductor - Trumpington, 15th October
Vanessa Webster - First Yorkshire - Trumpington, 15th October
Alfie Pipe - First Bristol Max - Cambridge (GSM), 12th October
Alfie Pipe - First on 12 - Cambridge (GSM), 21st September
June Mackay - 100th peal - Rushmere St Andrew, 9th September

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