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This week's addition to our Lockdown Learning pages is (yet) more about reading touches, this time looking at touches on Higher Numbers. This looks again at some of the varied ways touches may be presented; how do you use what is written out to tell you what to call? Previous articles include notes on "Non-Standard" Surprise Minor, leading and leads, Stedman on an even number of bells, lapping and more.

Many thanks to Greg Pearce for the huge effort he's put in to organising and running the popular Q&A drop-in sessions on Saturday mornings. Over the last 14 weeks (!) a lot of topics have been covered and many people have found it very useful, quite apart from the chance to meet up and chat with fellow ringers for a change. There will be a break from these sessions over the summer and then we will re-evaluate what training activities we offer later in the year. Arising from this morning's session, here are links to the Central Council's YouTube competition (as May's topic was the best striking on 6 bells or fewer), some listening exercises on the District website and on this website. For the last site, to start off easy, set the method (at the top) to "Rounds" and select the "Listening" tab. Instructions are given on the screen, but the idea is to move the sliders to get the striking perfect, reducing the "Striking Errors Left" to zero. I found it took very careful listening, judging which bell was wrong and at which stroke, to get there. You can also go to the "Settings" tab, to set "Maximum number of strokes with errors" to a lower value.

The latest Central Council statement (11th July) on ringing in towers is here. The Church of England's latest guidance (30th June) is here. Their advice on ringing is contained in this document, which says "Can church bells be rung? Yes, provided that guidance agreed between the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and the Church of England is followed. The advice is here. Please ensure your ringers have read the guidance and undertaken the ringing risk assessment." More specific guidance is expected soon from Public Health England.

Following the success of our District Quiz back in April, I very pleased to say that there will be another quiz, again held over Zoom, on Saturday 18th July. Starting at 6 pm, you'll again need to provide your own food and drink, but it should be great fun. Join here.

I'm very glad to pass on the news from Barry Johnson that a faculty for the St Clement's project has now been granted. The aim is to install a ring of six bells in the tower in Cambridge, to create a ringing centre, with electronic teaching aids and displays to introduce visitors to bell-ringing. Fund-raising is now beginning in earnest and it is hoped that the treble bell can be funded in memory of former District Secretary, Felicity Webster. Details of how to donate are here; if you wish your contribution to go towards Fliss's bell, please make that clear when you donate. And don't forget that Gift Aid can increase the value of your donation.

Links to previous webinars on the District YouTube channel, with slides:

Friday 3rd July Short practice night touches - Jonathan Agg  
Wednesday 24th June The St Clement's Project - Barry Johnson  
Friday 19th June 41 Surprise Minor part 2 - Adrian Sweeting slides - here, here, here and here
Friday 12th June 41 Surprise Minor part 1 - Adrian Sweeting slides - here and here
Thursday 4th June Introduction to Abel - Nikki Thomas and Simon Rudd  
Friday 29th May A Medley of Methods - Peter Hinton slides
Wednesday 20th May Zones and Pathways - Will Bosworth  
Friday 15th May Can I judge a striking competition? - Katie Town  
Thursday 7th May Change-ringing in 18th century Cambridge - Gareth Davies  
Tuesday 28th April A History of Ringing Simulators - David Bagley  
Tuesday 21st April Introduction to Composition - Mark Davies  
Friday 17th April Introduction to Conducting - David Pipe slides
Tuesday 14th April Care of Bells and Belfries - Tom Ridgman slides
Thursday 9th April Blue Lines - Stephen Burr - part 2 slides
Tuesday 7th April Blue Lines - Stephen Burr - part 1

As Saturday 30th May was to have been the Ely Diocesan Association AGM, the Annual Report to members has now been released electronically. If you are a member, you should have received a copy, either through your tower correspondent or via the District e-mail list. If you haven't yet received a copy, please get in touch with the District Treasurer, . No decision has yet been made, but some paper copies may be available for those who need them. If you would like to register an interest in a paper copy, please contact the Association Webmaster, .

Stretham REC (Ringing Education Centre) is also running a Drop in Social, on Saturday mornings, from 11:15 to 12:00. This is open to everyone who rings at the REC and others. There will also be a chance to look at RingingRoom for those who have not tried it before or are having difficulties using it. Please contact for more details and how to participate.

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