Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


Full Association Calendar


The next District 6-to-8 bell practice will be held on Saturday 23rd March at Melbourn from 10:30 to 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.

The eliminators for this year's Natonal 12-bell Striking Contest will be held on Saturday 23rd March. The Great St Mary's team, who came second in last year's final in Cambridge, will be ringing at Leeds. The test piece is a touch of 252 Stedman Cinques. The top three teams in each eliminator will join hosts Exeter in the final on Saturday 22nd June.

April's ringing event on Saturday 13th April will be ringing followed by a Quiz with Fish & Chips at Little Shelford. Non-ringers will of course be welcome - please bring along your partner and/or friends. There will be prizes for the quiz and also a raffle! The programme begins with ringing at 4 o'clock, before food at 6 o'clock in the North Building, followed by the quiz. We don't need quiz teams to be arranged in advance, but we do need food orders and money. The food available is: Small cod and chips (£7.50), Large cod and chips (£8.00), Jumbo sausage (not battered) and chips (£5.00), Chicken quarter (leg) and chips (£6.50), Chicken and mushroom pie and chips (£6.00) or Mini veg spring rolls and chips (£7.00). Mushy peas are £1.50 extra. Please e-mail orders to Greg and send money as detailed on the District mailing list. The deadline for placing orders for food is Saturday 6th April.

Thriplow Daffodil Weekend is on March 23rd and 24th this year. As usual, this is a valuable opportunity to demonstrate ringing to a wider audience. The plan is to ring a quarter peal at 10:30 on Saturday morning, then have talks and demonstrations at 3 o'clock on each afternoon. If you are able to help ring for any of these slots, please as soon as possible.

There has been a lot of local achievement in the ART Awards this year. Lesley Boyle won the Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing, Jimmy Yeoman won the Learning the Ropes Achievement Award and the Cambridge University Guild won the Award for a University Society that has made a Significant Contribution to Promoting Ringing to Younger People. Also, from just over our westerly border, Geoff Horritt won not only the Award for Excellence in Recruitment or Retention, but also the Award for Innovation in the Effective Use of Technology in Teaching. Congratulations to them all. From what I've seen of each of them, I am sure these awards are highly deserved.

As announced at the ADM, the new District Committee would like to know your views on what the District can do to best serve its members. Please complete this short survey, telling us your views on the District meetings and events we organise throughout the year, and also any personal aims/targets you have for your own ringing that the District might be able to help with. It would be helpful for us if you can leave your name in the final question so that we know who has given which answers. Of course, we will not be making individual people's answers public, but if you would rather remain anonymous then just leave your name out.

Fun With Bells is a new podcast on bell ringing and bell ringers, featuring interviews by Cathy Booth, which launched on 28th February. So far, interviewees have included Ryan Trout (talking about Devon call-change ringing), Emily Hall (of Derbyshire Young Ringers), Nic Boyd (on Learning the Ropes), Diane Smith (a Ringing Remembers recruit) and David Smith (from Australia).

Congratulations to the band of EDA young ringers, who rang a quarter peal at Histon on Saturday 2nd February. Many of the band were from the Cambridge DIstrict and this augurs well for the Ringing World National Youth Contest, to be held in Liverpool in July.

A new series of monthly training sessions entitled "Beyond Bob Minor" started at Stretham Ringing Education Centre (REC) on Saturday 26th January, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is designed to assist ringers move on from Bob Minor to more advanced methods, so come along if you can competently ring plain Bob Minor. Helpers to provide a strong band for the learners are also very welcome. The cost is £2 per session for learners. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available. If you would like to come along or have any questions please contact .

Richard Pargeter writes: "Please note that toilets are being installed at the base of the tower at Balsham, and a new ringing floor is being installed above them. Building work starts this week, and the last practice on the ground floor will be this coming Tuesday, 22 January. The work is hoped to be completed by Easter."

Congratulations to Jo Byers of Thriplow and Stretham REC, who has achieved her Level 1 (Bell Handling) Award in the Learning the Ropes scheme.

The Annual District Meeting was held at Meldreth on Saturday 12th January, with another impressive attendance - and the election of no fewer than 27 new members! A great start to 2019. I'm glad to say that we had some high-calibre volunteers for the vacant posts, with Stephen Burr elected as President, Jonathan Agg as Ringing Master and Dave Richards as Training Officer. Sam and Phil Gorman, Louise Dobson and Ian Ager were thanked warmly for the huge amount of work they had put in during their time in the posts. The Gipson Trophy was presented to the joint Great and Little Shelford team, who narrowly won this year's competition, ahead of Linton in 2nd place.

I'm very sorry to pass on news of the death of Chris Johnson. As well as being a member of the Association for well over 60 years, he was a leading figure in the Cambridge University Guild, being a past Master and Treasurer. Two quarter peals (here and here) and two peals (here and here) were rung at Great St Mary's in his memory, as well as peals at Mawson Road and St Neots and a quarter peals at Wonersh and Bluntisham.

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 Peal

Jason Burnet (at first attempt) - Exning, 24th February

Quarter Peal footnotes

Clare George - First Treble Bob Major - Lundy Island, 15th March
Amanda Cator and Tracy Boyt - First on 10 - Lundy Island, 14th March
Owen Johnson - First Treble Bob - Cambridge (St Bene't'), 10th March
Tom Ridgman - First Bristol - Lundy Island, 9th March
Caroline Louth - First Norwich - West Wratting, 28th February
Alessandra Learmount - First Surprise Major - Cambridge (GSM), 24th February
Miles Bown - First Yorkshire - Trumpington, 24th February
Jo Farmer-Eynon - First inside - Pampisford, 21st February
Les Hylton - First away from cover - Pampisford, 21st February
Duncan MacFarlane - First as Conductor (at first attempt) - Pampisford, 3rd February
Alexander Wilson - First Surprise inside - Great Shelford, 3rd February
Jenny Goodwin - 200th Quarter - Trumpington, 27th January
Kevin Brown - First away from cover - West Wratting, 24th January

Peal footnotes

Samuel Johnson - First Surprise - Great Shelford, 16th March
Greg Pearce, Mark Norris and Stephen Burr - First on 10 - Lundy Island, 12th March

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