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Congratulations to the band of EDA young ringers, who rang a quarter peal at Histon on Saturday 2nd February. Many of the band were from the Cambridge DIstrict and this augurs well for the Ringing World National Youth Contest, to be held in Liverpool in July.

I would encourage all towers to consider entering this year's Gipson Trophy. This is a league-based competition, held on normal practice nights, where each team in the competition plays each other once at home and once away. As well as fostering better striking, it is also a great opportunity for more social contact between towers. If your tower can't manage a team alone, consider joining forces with another tower, as several bands have in recent years. Some more information and an entry form are here. Please contact Ann Seaman by 15th February. Last year's winners (left) were a combined team from Great and Little Shelford, with Linton in a very close 2nd place.

A new series of monthly training sessions entitled "Beyond Bob Minor"started at Stretham Ringing Education Centre (REC) on Saturday 26th January, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This is designed to assist ringers move on from Bob Minor to more advanced methods, so come along if you can competently ring plain Bob Minor. Helpers to provide a strong band for the learners are also very welcome. The cost is £2 per session for learners. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available. If you would like to come along or have any questions please contact .

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. The work is hoped to be completed by Easter."

Congratulations to Jo Byers of Thriplow and Stretham REC, who has achieved her Level 1 (Bell Handling) Award in the Learning the Ropes scheme.

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 competition, 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. Two quarter peals (here and here) and two peals (here and here) were rung at Great St Mary's in his memory, as well as a peal at Mawson Road.

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.

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.


Quarter Peal footnotes

Duncan MacFarlane - First as Conductor (at first attempt) - Pampisford, 3rd February
Alexander Wilson - First Surprise inside - Great Shelford, 3rd February
Jenny Goodwin - 200th Quarter - Trumpington, 27th January
Kevin Brown - First away from cover - West Wratting, 24th January
Miles Bown - First on eight and first Surprise - Trumpington, 13th January 2019

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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