of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers
The next District Advanced 6-bell practice will be at Barton on Friday
20th July at 7:30pm. This practice is focused on Minor methods beyond Plain
Bob, including opportunities to learn and practise treble bob hunting. We
will try to accommodate any requests (within reason!). The special method
for the practice will be York
Surprise Minor (which is Cambridge above the treble and London below).
We will also try splicing with other methods. If you are coming to the practice,
please add your name and e-mail address to the shared spreadsheet linked from
the District email list. If numbers are low, we may instead ring a quarter
peal or cancel the practice. A decision will be made on Friday morning.
|The Fen Tigers, the EDA team for the Ringing World National Youth Contest 8-bell striking competiton, went up to London on Saturday 7th July, for the 2018 competiton. As in the last two years, with 22 teams taking part, there were eliminators in the morning. The Fen Tigers rang Plain Hunt Triples on the very light bells at St George in the East, then went on to grab the rather heavier bells at Southwark Cathedral. The results were released at lunchtime, via Twitter, which saw the team through to the final, for the third year in a row! At St James Garlickhythe, the Blue Peter team were just finishing off their filming of the day. Then the Fen Tigers were first of the six teams to ring and again put in a pleasing performance. They came joint 5th, with Sussex Young Ringers winning overall and Oxford DG the best in the method ringing category. Congratulations to all the team - Henry, John, Jimmy, Catherine, Dan, Alfie, Jason and Matthew - and thanks to Catriona and Jonathan for all their work with the team over the past year and on the day.|
The latest results in the 2018 Gipson Trophy striking competition are an away win for Cherry Hinton and a home win for Fen Ditton & Chesterton. Great & Little Shelford and Linton still top the league at this stage. The table of fixtures and results is here.
The final of the National 12-bell Striking Competition took place at Great St Mary's on Saturday 23rd June. The finest ringers in the country battled it out for the Taylor Trophy, on a gorgeous day, enjoyed by many from the Senate House Yard. George Unsworth, Catriona Shearer and a huge number of ringers from the District and Association put on a great day. All the teams rang well and the results were very close. Cambridge rang excellently, finishing second place with a score of 90%, pipped only by defending champions Birmingham on 92%. Behind them came the College Youths (83%), the Cumerlands and Melbourne (joint 4th on 80%), Exeter (79%), Bristol (78%), Leeds (75%), St Paul's (73%) and Guildford (72%). A video of the Birmingham team's practice at GSM, back in May, is available on YouTube.
|The District 6-bell striking competition was held at Balsham on Saturday 9th June. Once again, the weather was most conducive to sitting out in the churchyard, listening to the ringing and chatting. We had seven teams, all of which completed their test pieces successfully, followed by a bit of open ringing. Then a fantastic spread for tea, provided by the Balsham ringers, before the results, from judges Sheila and Phillip George. The Trumpington team retained the Ludbrook Plate, their fourth win in a row, ringing a very fine piece of Cambridge and scored 97%. They were followed by Little Shelford (Grandsire, 95%) and Sawston (Plain Bob Doubles, 93%). The President's Award was given to the Fen Tigers (the EDA young ringers' team), who were the highest-placed Call Change team (91%). The other teams were Pampisford, Linton and a scratch team. For full results, see here. Many thanks to our judges and to Jenny and Jackie for coordinating the day.|
Ringing in the District to mark the 65th Anniversary of the Coronation of the Queen has included quarters at Cherry Hinton and Melbourn (and Lyn rang in both of them!). The Royal theme continued previous ringing for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with quarter peals at Great Wilbraham and Trumpington and Sixty on Thirds at Haslingfield. Please let me know of any other ringing that I may have missed.
Here's a YouTube video of an interesting style of ringing, from Gubbio in Italy. It gets especially exciting when the bell is ringing full circle!
|The Ely Diocesan Association AGM took place on Saturday 5th May, hosted by the Ely District. on Saturday 5th May this year. The programme began with the inter-District 8-bell striking competition at Swaffham Bulbeck. I'm delighted to say that the Cambridge District won the competition, ringing Grandsire (18 faults), followed by Huntingdon District (Grandsire, 24 faults) and Ely District (Cambridge, 44 faults). Huge thanks to our ringers on a great team effort - Jane and Alan Boyd, Pat and Mervyn Brown, Shirley and Jon Warbrick, Barry Johnson and Peter Hinton. The AGM was held at Reach later. Tom Ridgman stood down as Chairman (and earned himself a huge round of applause in honour of his years of service), to be replaced by Martin Kitson. Alban Forster was elected to the new post of Ringing Master. Alan Winter was thanked for his enormous amount of work as Vice Chairman, organising the 10-bell practices for 11 years, as well as the very successful annual handbell day.|
There is now a web page devoted to the Association's plans for ringing to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, on 11th November. As well as detailing the national plans for the day, it describes the Association's plan to ring 100 rows (i.e. 100 blows from each bell) at as many of our towers as possible, during the weekend of the 10th/11th November. The focus of national ringing will be at 19:05 on 11th November, "Ringing Out for Peace". The Central Council website also has a page for Ringing Remembers, the plan to recruit 1400 new ringers this year, in memory of the 1400 ringers who lost their lives in the War, which includes downloadable posters (under the 'Resources' tab).
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.
Miles Bown - Plain Bob Doubles inside - Linton, 1st July
Carole Kendall and Peter Bailey - First London S. Major - Trumpington,
June Mackay - First Stedman Cinques - Saffron Walden, 16th June
Sarah Tasker - First inside - Great Shelford, 10th June
Ptolemy Egan - First away from cover - Melbourn, 3rd June
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