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Belated congratulations to Rachel Paine, of Great Wilbraham, Duncan Curry, of Chesterton, and Mervyn Rogers, of Fen Ditton, who was achieved their level 2 (Foundation Ringing Skills) awards in the Learning The Ropes scheme.

A new series of the Fun With Bells podcast has started recently, with an interview with CCCBR president, Christopher O'Mahony. The list of episodes available, including a wide variety of interesting topics from the first series, is here.

There will be a Mini Ringing Roadshow on Sunday 8th September, from 9:30 to 4:30, at Goldsmiths College, London. After service ringing at one of 15 nearby churches, there will be 21 talks on a range of subjects and 17 stands, along with training bells and mini-rings to try out. There is a registration fee of £12 per adult, but no charge for those under the age of 18 on 8th September.

The latest result in this year's Gipson Trophy striking competition is a home win for Fen Ditton & Chesterton. Linton still top the table, although their 100% winning record has recently been sullied with a mere draw. The list of fixtures and results is here. Please let me know of any missing results.

Congratulations to the Fen Tigers, the EDA Young Ringers team, who competed in the Ringing World National Youth Contest, held in Liverpool on Saturday 6th July. The band featured several ringers from the Cambridge District. They were awarded a level 5, with the overall winners, Oxford, awarded a 7.

Ringing at Balsham is expected to be back to normal from Tuesday 9th July, following building work to install toilets at the base of the tower. The first performance in the new ringing chamber was the annual quarter peal rung in memory of Tristan Johnson (on what would have been his 39th birthday) and all children of Balsham. Some video of the ringing is on the Balsham Bell Ringers Facebook page.

Following the many performances in memory of Sarah Tasker, her sister Angela has written to thank all those who took part: "What a lovely tribute to her from her friends and fellow ringers. Please could you pass on my thanks." Quarter peals were rung at Great Shelford, Histon, Ridgewell, Great Wilbraham, Great Wilbraham, Melbourn and Fen Ditton and there was also memorial ringing at Landbeach and Horningsea.

Phil Gorman writes: "Thriplow's clappers and pulleys have now gone to Whites of Appleton for refurbishment and the ropes to Mendip for new sallies and tailends. So ringing is currently suspended ... well impossible to be accurate! Practices will be at Foxton during this suspension."

The final of the National 12-bell Striking Contest took place on Saturday 22nd June, ringing 252 Stedman Cinques on the mighty bells of Exeter Cathedral. Exeter won, beating Birmingham into second place. The Great St Mary's band had qualified for the final, but didn't manage to match their 2nd place of last year, when the competition was held in Cambridge.

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.

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."

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

John Willders (at first attempt) - Barrington, 19th August
Duncan Curry (at first attempt) - Fen Ditton, 24th June
Erasmus Egan (at first attempt) - Meldreth, 16th June

Quarter Peal footnotes

Robert Turner - First inside - Barrington, 19th August
Greg Pearce - First inside on 12 - Cambridge (Great St Mary), 18th August
Louisa Egan - First inside - Barrington, 12th August
Robert Turner - First away from cover - Barrington, 12th August
Erasmus Egan - First Minor (Cambridge inside) - Meldreth, 13th July
Alessandra Learmount and Miles Bown - First spliced - Trumpington, 30th June
Louisa Egan - First on 8 - Melbourn, 23rd June

Peal footnotes

Max Drinkwater - 100th peal - Meldreth, 30th July
Gareth Davies - 800th peal - Reach, 2nd July
Jonathan Spencer - First on 12 - Saffron Walden, 29th June
Catriona Shearer - First Bristol S. Maximus - Saffron Walden, 29th June

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