Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The latest result in the 2018 Gipson Trophy striking competition is a home win for Fen Ditton & Chesterton. Great & Little Shelford and Linton still top the league at this stage. The table of fixtures and results is here.

The District 6-bell striking competition was held at Balsham on Saturday 9th June. Once again, the weather was most conducive to sitting out in the churchyard, listening to the ringing and chatting. We had seven teams, all of which completed their test pieces successfully, followed by a bit of open ringing. Then a fantastic spread for tea, provided by the Balsham ringers, before the results, from judges Sheila and Phillip George. The Trumpington team retained the Ludbrook Plate, their fourth win in a row, ringing a very fine piece of Cambridge and scored 97%. They were followed by Little Shelford (Grandsire, 95%) and Sawston (Plain Bob Doubles, 93%). The President's Award was given to the Fen Tigers (the EDA young ringers' team), who were the highest-placed Call Change team (91%). The other teams were Pampisford, Linton and a scratch team. For full results, see here. Many thanks to our judges and to Jenny and Jackie for coordinating the day.

Ringing in the District to mark the 65th Anniversary of the Coronation of the Queen has included quarters at Cherry Hinton and Melbourn (and Lyn rang in both of them!). The Royal theme continued previous ringing for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with quarter peals at Great Wilbraham and Trumpington and Sixty on Thirds at Haslingfield. Please let me know of any other ringing that I may have missed.

Here's a YouTube video of an interesting style of ringing, from Gubbio in Italy. It gets especially exciting when the bell is ringing full circle!

The final of the National 12-bell Striking Competition will be held at Great St Mary's on Saturday 23rd June. This will be a chance to hear the finest ringers in the country battle it out for the Taylor Trophy. Teams from the Ancient Society of College Youths, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Guildford, Leeds, Melbourne, St Paul's Cathedral and the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths qualified from the eliminators back in March and will join Cambridge in the final. The event will be organised by the Cambridge Youths, who will need as much help as possible from us, as stewards, bar staff, construction operatives and more. They have set up a website to give more information about the day, which also includes a section to volunteer your help. Please do so.

The Ely Diocesan Association AGM took place on Saturday 5th May, hosted by the Ely District. on Saturday 5th May this year. The programme began with the inter-District 8-bell striking competition at Swaffham Bulbeck. I'm delighted to say that the Cambridge District won the competition, ringing Grandsire (18 faults), followed by Huntingdon District (Grandsire, 24 faults) and Ely District (Cambridge, 44 faults). Huge thanks to our ringers on a great team effort - Jane and Alan Boyd, Pat and Mervyn Brown, Shirley and Jon Warbrick, Barry Johnson and Peter Hinton. The AGM was held at Reach later. Tom Ridgman stood down as Chairman (and earned himself a huge round of applause in honour of his years of service), to be replaced by Martin Kitson. Alban Forster was elected to the new post of Ringing Master. Alan Winter was thanked for his enormous amount of work as Vice Chairman, organising the 10-bell practices for 11 years, as well as the very successful annual handbell day.

Ringing in the District to mark the birth of Prince Louis, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has included quarter peals at Cherry Hinton and Melbourn and a peal at Toft.

There is now a web page devoted to the Association's plans for ringing to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, on 11th November. As well as detailing the national plans for the day, it describes the Association's plan to ring 100 rows (i.e. 100 blows from each bell) at as many of our towers as possible, during the weekend of the 10th/11th November. The focus of national ringing will be at 19:05 on 11th November, "Ringing Out for Peace". The Central Council website also has a page for Ringing Remembers, the plan to recruit 1400 new ringers this year, in memory of the 1400 ringers who lost their lives in the War, which includes downloadable posters (under the 'Resources' tab).

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

June Mackay - First Stedman Cinques - Saffron Walden, 16th June
Sarah Tasker - First inside - Great Shelford, 10th June
Ptolemy Egan - First away from cover - Melbourn, 3rd June
Louisa Egan - First away from cover - Melbourn, 29th April

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