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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 compeition, ahead of Linton in 2nd place.

The Blue Peter episode (here on iPlayer) that includes (near the end) the filming done at the Ringing World National Youth Contest in July has finally been shown and was well done. You can also see a few of the Fen Tigers team in the background. For anyone who missed "Agatha Raisin - Hell's Bells" on Monday 31st December, here is a video by the company employed to do the bell ringing special effects. Not only was the rope movement odd, but the shots of the "bells" in action defied all physics! And Father Brown's latest episode (available on iPlayer) features bell ringing too. This was better done, but the audio and video of the bells doesn't always match what the ringers are doing.

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. A quarter peal was rung at Great St Mary's in his memory.

Congratulations to our Treasurer, Shirley Warbrick, on her 60th birthday. A quarter peal was rung at Little Shelford to mark the occasion.

Trumpington ringers began the year in their traditional manner, by ringing a date touch, this year's being Yorkshire.

Congratulations to Sarah Tasker of Great Shelford, who has achieved her Level 4 (Novice Change Ringer) Award, to Stuart Cook of Litlington & Bassingbourn, who has achieved his Level 2 (Foundation Ringing Skills) Award and to Nick Toovey of Great Wilbraham, who has achieved his Level 1 (Bell Handling) Award in the Learning the Ropes scheme.

Congratulations to Richard Green on his 50th birthday. A peal was rung at Trumpington to mark the occasion.

Congratulations to Paul Lambton of Great Wilbraham, who has achieved his Level 1 (Bell Handling) Award in the Learning the Ropes scheme.

Ringing in the District to mark the centenary of the First World War Armistice so far has included ringing at Bourn, Cherry Hinton, Chesterton, Dullingham, Duxford, Fen Ditton (here and here), Fowlmere, Foxton, Great Wilbraham (here, here and here), Great St Mary's, Guilden Morden, Horningsea, Ickleton, Little Eversden, Melbourn (here and here), Meldreth (here and here), Pampisford (here, here, here and here), Sawston, St Andrew the Great (by the CUG), Thriplow (here, here and here), Trumpington, Whittlesford (here, here, here, here and here), Woodditton and Mawson Road. Special congratulations are due to Elizabeth Gibson, who learned to ring as part of the Ringing Remembers campaign and rang her first quarter peal at Duxford on Saturday. Other ringers from Ringing Remembers who rang on Remembrance Sunday include Duncan Curry (Fen Ditton and Horningsea), Madhu Davies (Horningsea and Great Wilbraham), Caroline Hough (Cherry Hinton), David Nicholls (Great Wilbraham), Karen Osterfeld (Great Wilbraham), Rachel Paine (Great Wilbraham), Niamh Roberts (Whittlesford), Mervyn Rogers (Fen Ditton), Melanie Sinclair (Great Wilbraham), Anna Sugden (Little Shelford) and John Willders (Melbourn). For commemorative ringing from the last four years, see here.

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

Elizabeth Gibson - Duxford, 10th November
Robert Turner - Melbourn, 4th November

Quarter Peal footnotes

Miles Bown - First on eight and first Surprise - Trumpington, 13th January 2019
Megan Bardsley - First Bristol Maximus - Cambridge (GSM), 16th December 2018
Alfie Pipe - First Bristol Maximus in hand - Orwell, 12th December
Alessandra Learmount - First Cambridge - Cambridge (GSM), 22nd November
Nathaniel Yealands-Flint - First Minor inside - Exning, 18th November

Peal footnotes

Alfie Pipe - First Bristol Maximus in hand (the youngest ever to do so) - Willingham (Covent Garden), 9th January
Sue Binns - First London S Major (completing the Standard 8) - Clifton, 9th January

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