Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


Full Association Calendar


Here are a couple of ringing-related kneelers. The one on the left, from Meldreth, was worked by Eira Martin and includes diagrams of two methods - plain courses on the top and a touch round the sides. The one on the right is in Fen Ditton church. If you would like to try to identify the methods, there are more detailed photos on this page, which also includes some other kneelers from around the District. If you know of any others, please let me know.

The District Advanced 8-bell practice will be this Saturday, 23rd September, at Meldreth from 10:30 until 12:30. The special method will be London Surprise Major. I have written a few notes on London here, which may or may not be helpful!

Congratulations to Ronald Cron, Solenn Anthore and Nathaniel Yealands Flint, who have all achieved their Level 2 award in the Association of Ringing Teachers' Learning the Ropes scheme.

Several peals (GSM, Histon and Mawson Road) and a quarter peal (GSM) have been rung as farewell compliments to John and Sue Binns, as they leave Cambridge for Lichfield. John had been Vicar at Great St Mary's since 1994 and also recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination (with quarter peals rung at St Ives and GSM). We wish them both well.

This year's Association quarter peal day will be hosted by the Huntingdon district on Saturday 21st October. There will be quarter peal slots at 2:30 and 3:30, then tea in Houghton at 5:00 followed by a Special General Meeting. The evening quarter peal will be at approximately 7:00. All Association members are invited to ring; please get in touch with the ringing masters, or , giving full details of when you would like to ring, what you are able to ring and whether you are able to conduct, as well as any special requests or requirements. Please give names for tea to , by 30th September.

The latest result in this year's Gipson Trophy striking competition was a home win for Cherry Hinton & Great Wilbraham on Tuesday 13th September, thereby extending their lead at the top of the table. Fixtures and results are here.

Ringing in the District to mark the Centenary of the First World War has continued with a quarter peal at Ickleton, in memory of local ringers Arthur Edward Carder (died 9th August 1917) and Walter Barnabas Carder (died 13th September 1917). Earlier ringing included quarter peals at Sawston and Sawston again on 31st July, in memory of Herbert Reed. A peal of Passchendaele Surprise Major was also rung at Ickleton, in memory of Herbert Carder, who died on the same day. For more details of centenary ringing, see here.

The second Cambridge District Dinner will be held at the Quy Mill Hotel on the evening of Saturday 11th November, 7 for 7:30pm. The meal will be three courses followed by tea/coffee with shortbread; see the menu. This year we are very pleased to announce that the guest speaker will be Julie McDonnell, the ringer behind "Bellringers Strike Back Against Blood Cancer" which has so far raised over £7 million for charity. Non-ringing guests are, of course, very welcome (in fact, encouraged!). The dress code is black tie/lounge suits. This promises to be a great evening and we hope it will be as popular and successful as last year's dinner. Tickets are £38 per person for adults and £19 per person for under-18s. Please contact to order tickets and specify your menu choices by the deadline of Friday 27th October. Earlier in the afternoon, there will be "dinner day" quarter peals. Please contact if you would like to ring, including details of any methods you have a particular desire to ring or call. If you're unable to attend the dinner you are still welcome to join in the quarter peals (and it's also fine to come to the dinner and not ring). There will also be a handbell touch at the dinner; if you can ring in this, please contact .

Ringers are being asked to support the BBC's Children In Need campaign for 2017 by getting themselves sponsored to ring bells. This could be on tower bells, hand bells, or mini-rings and may be anything from rounds and call changes to touches, extents, quarter peals, or peals. The campaign runs from 5th October to 17th November (which is Children In Need night). More details are to follow.

Christopher O'Mahony, President of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR), has written an update on the progress of reform of the Central Council, following the report of the Council Review and Action Group (CRAG), which was adopted at this year's CCCBR meeting. The line-up of the inaugural Executive Team is given, along with details of progress on the Recommendations of the CRAG report.

A StartRinging course will be run at the Stretham REC on Sunday afternoons, between 2 and 4pm, starting on Sunday 24th September. This course is aimed at beginners who have just been recruited. It aims to assist towers by providing recruits with basic training by means of intensive sessions using the ART Learning the Ropes syllabus. Tower captains, please consider sending your new recruits along. And if you have friends or colleagues who might be interested in learning to ring, please invite them to attend the course. There is a poster with details - please do display this where non-ringers might see it.

Meldreth church was packed on Tuesday 25th July, for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of John Gipson. It was great to see so many ringers, past and present. We heard not only about his ringing, but his family life and his contributions to the church and village over many years. Peals were rung in John's memory today at Melbourn, Great Longstone and (by the College Youths, of which society John had been a member since 1947) at Morville, as well as a quarter peal at Hilton. Other ringing included quarter peals at Soham, Ticehurst, OLEM, Pettistree, Orwell, Meldreth, West Wratting, Trumpington, Pampisford, Little Shelford, and St Ed's, as well as peals at Bushey, Meldreth, Bretton, Bardwell, Mawson Road, Godmanchester, Inworth, Bishop's Castle, Aspenden, Meldreth and Henlow.

The latest peal in memory of John was at Meldreth on 2nd August, rung by the Around Ringers. John rang 214 peals on the "Around" peal tours between 1965 and 1999. A quarter peal was also rung at Meldreth on Sunday 6th August, by members of the local band; the first local band quarter for many years.

Congratulations to Derek Sibson, who marked the 60th anniversary of his first peal with a quarter of Bristol at Meldreth on Sunday 9th July. Back in 1957 he rang Plain Bob Minor inside, also at Meldreth (then a 6-bell tower), conducted by Bill Ridgman, with John Gipson on the treble.

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

Kevin Brown - West Wratting, 10th August
Peter Bailey - Trumpington, 30th July

Quarter Peal footnotes

Peter Bailey - First Minor - Trumpington, 17th September
Jayne Norris - First on 8 - Trumpington, 3rd September
William Brooke - First Horton's 4 - Cambridge (GSM), 3rd September
Mick Lock - First inside - West Wratting, 10th August
Jo Farmer-Eynon - First away from cover - Trumpington, 16th July
Ian Ager - First Kent - Cherry Hinton, 9th July

Peal footnotes

Alfie Pipe - First on 12 - Cambridge (GSM), 21st September
June Mackay - 100th peal - Rushmere St Andrew, 9th September
Michael O'Callaghan - 1700th peal - Cambridge (GSM), 31st August
Alfie Pipe - First on 10 - Cambridge (GSM), 10th August

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