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Continuing the theme of striking competitions, next Saturday (22nd) sees the final of the National 12-bell Striking Contest, to be held on the mighty bells of Exeter Cathedral. The Great St Mary's band, who came 2nd last year when the competition was held in Cambridge, qualified from their eliminator, held at Leeds back in March. The test piece will be 252 Stedman Cinques.

The latest result in this year's Gipson Trophy striking competition is an away win for Little Shelford. Linton still top the table with a 100% record. The list of fixtures and results is here. Please let me know of any missing results.

The District Striking Competition was held at Duxford on Saturday 8th June and was won by the Trumpington band, for the fifth year in a row. Two Great St Mary's bands took the remaining podium places, then there was a scratch band in 4th place. Many thanks are due to Max Drinkwater and Jimmy Yeoman for judging and to Maureen Havil and the Duxford ringers for tea.

Dee Smith writes on the District Facebook page: "Are you wanting to have ago at Plain Hunt? Have you had a go at Plain Hunt, but still feeling bewildered by it all? Come along to Stretham REC on Saturday 15th June 3pm to 5pm for an Introduction to Plain Hunt Session. Lovely easy to ring bells and refreshments to sample, alongside helpful tips and activities to try. Further details from Dee Smith".

This year's bumper batch of 60th birthday congratulations has continued with Patrick Brooke's birthday, for which a peal was rung at Trumpington (also rung for the birth of Rosie's daughter, Ada). He joins Shirley Warbrick, Nick Smith, Sue Marsden, George Unsworth and Ali Brooke. Many happy returns to all of them.

It is with great sadness that I pass on news of the untimely death of Sarah Tasker, following a short illness. Quarter peals have been rung in her memory at Great Shelford, Histon, Ridgewell, Great Wilbraham and Great Wilbraham. There was also memorial ringing at Landbeach and Horningsea.

Congratulations to Madhu Davies of Great Wilbraham, who has achieved her Level 1 (Bell Handling) award in the Learning the Ropes scheme.

I'm very sorry to pass on news of the death of Owen Preston, a former ringer at Trumpington. A quarter peal was rung there in his memory.

District ringing for the birth of Archie, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has included quarter peals at Little Eversden and Great Wilbraham (by the Ladies Guild).

There has been much ringing to celebrate the engagement of Catriona Shearer and Jonathan Agg - quarter peals at Guildford and OLEM, and peals at Mawson Road and Great St Mary's. Congratulations to them both.

Greg Shields writes: "Please note that building works in the church at Cherry Hinton are starting on Monday 29th April and the bells will not be available for Sunday service ringing, Tuesday practices or visiting bands until mid-August at the earliest. In the meantime we hope to be holding Tuesday evening practices elsewhere - mostly at Barton and Great Wilbraham. Please see our website for the current list of practice towers."

Ringers in the District have been keen to support the call of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to ring on Maundy Thursday, to mark the dreadful fire at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Ringing took place at Barrington, Brinkley, Cambridge (St Edward), Cambridge (GSM), Cherry Hinton, Haslingfield, Little Eversden, Melbourn, Meldreth and Sawston.

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."

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.

Congratulations

First Quarter Peal

Erasmus Egan (at first attempt) - Meldreth, 16th June

Quarter Peal footnotes

Miles Bown - First Superlative - Trumpington, 12th May

Peal footnotes

Alison Brooke - 500th peal - Trumpington, 8th June

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