Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The December 6-to-8-bell practice will be at Guilden Morden on Saturday 28th, which should be a good chance to escape after all the Christmas festivities and enjoy some convivial company and rousing ringing. I'm advertising it early this month to give you a chance to learn the fascinating method that Jane has suggested - Winter Major. This is a principle with cyclic part ends and rotational (but not reflective) symmetry! It's also interesting as each part is an odd number of changes, so different bells do the same piece of work at different strokes...

Congratulations to Mary Forster-Lewis of Thriplow, on achieving her Level 1 (Bell Handling) award in the Learning the Ropes scheme.

Quarter peals have been rung to mark the third anniversary of Felicity Webster's death - firstly at Trumpington, where the method was again Felicity Delight Major, and also at Fairwarp, where the ringers included four of her family.

Congratulations to Miles Bown, who rang his first peal at the first attempt, at Trumpington on Sunday 1st December. Not only that, but he rang Cambridge Surprise Major, inside!

Please note that there will be no ringing at Balsham on Tuesday 10th December, due to a concert in the church.

Phil Gorman writes: "This year the newly formed band of ringers at Brinkley will be hosting our annual District Carol Service on Saturday, 14th December at 6.30pm. Beforehand there'll be open service ringing from 6pm and afterwards over festive refreshments there'll be general open ringing until 8.30pm. As usual there'll be a Choir Practice in the church at 4.30pm followed by a Choir Tea in the Memorial Hall. The Ringers' Choir is open to all. If you'd like to sing then please in order that I may ensure we have sufficient copies of music to go around on the day....... and perhaps more importantly that we have sufficient food for everyone at the post practice tea. For newcomers: The Ringers' Choir is an informal 'rehearse and sing' group who gather annually for this service. The Carols we sing are very basic, generally well known and easy to sing. No formal choral experience is required or expected, so please don't be afraid to join in."

Following on from the news of the proposed new teaching centre at St Clement's in Cambridge, Judith has proposed the excellent suggestion that the treble could be given in memory of Felicity Webster. Felicity was a much-loved ringer in the District and former District Secretary, who sadly died, much too young, in 2016. Fliss was always enthusiastic and encouraging about all aspects of ringing, both practical and social, and I'm sure she would have been keen to support this project herself. Please donate through the St Clements website, but make sure that any donations are clearly annotated as being in memory of Fliss.

The District Dinner made a welcome return this year, being held on Saturday 9th November. A peal and a quarter peal were rung in the morning, then ringers from across the District (and even Essex) gathered at the Quy Mill Hotel in the evening. It was also good to welcome non-ringing partners and other visitors. Proceedings began with a touch of Major on handbells, then a very good meal was served and enjoyed. As too were the table entertainments of modelling balloons and origami; most of the creations were seemly. Our President, Stephen Burr, gave an entertaining speech after dinner, wearing the pipe-cleaner glasses he had made at the Dinner in 2017! Then it was time for our guest speaker, Paul Roberson, former clockmaker for the Palace of Westminster. He gave a fascinating talk, with an accompanying slide-show, of his time working in the Palace, with many clocks, as well as the Great Clock, commonly known as Big Ben. Many thanks to Shirley and Jenny for all their hard work arranging the Dinner.

If you are already thinking about your plans and targets for 2020, have a look at the Ringing World's latest Pathways scheme. There are three routes exploring a variety of methods (and variations) - blue, red and yellow. The idea is partly to encourage ringers to try something a bit different and you can record your progress by a (free) subscription on BellBoard. Do let us know if there's anything in particular that you' like to see included at our District practices.

This year is the centenary of the founding of Save the Children. You may have already seen on the District Facebook page that churches have been asked to ring their bells to commemorate the life, work and vision of Eglantyne Jebb, one of the founders. She is remembered in the church calendar on 17th December (the anniversary of her death in 1928) and it is suggested that we ring either on that date or on Sunday 15th December.

The latest result in this year's Gipson Trophy striking competition is a win for Great Shelford, in a top of the table clash at Linton. The result was extremely close, with both teams ringing very well, but sees Great Shelford claim the trophy. Congratulations to them. The list of fixtures and results is here.

A project to create a new teaching centre in Cambridge has been launched. The light ring of six will be installed at St Clement's church, with new training facilities, aimed at creating a centre that can act as a feeder to other towers and provide a boost to ringing across the Association. Their target is to raise £250,000, some from grants but mainly from members of the Association, the Cambridge University Guild and the Society of Cambridge Youths. This should be enough to pay for the bells, the building work, teaching aids and running costs for the first year, including the salary of a part-time manager. Donations of all sizes are welcome. For more information, see the project website.

Martin Kitson, Chairman of the Association, writes to remind all tower captains need to complete the Ely Diocesan C0, C1 and C2 Safeguarding modules. C0 and C1 can be done on-line, while C2 is delivered in person. There are C2 Safeguarding modules being held on 20th January at Downham Market and on 24th February in Cambridge. Martin emphasises that it's an easy module, with no test at the end, and simple to follow.

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

Hanna Wikström - Cambridge (Mawson Road), 3rd December

First Peal

Miles Bown (at first attempt) - Trumpington, 1st December

Quarter Peal footnotes

Alessandra Learmount - First 8-spliced - Cambridge (GSM), 11th December
John Willders - First away from cover - Meldreth, 8th December

Peal footnotes

Richard Smith - First 23-spliced - Cambridge (GSM), 28th November
Stephen Burr - First on 12 - Saffron Walden, 16th November

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