Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The District 6-to-8-bell practice this month will be at Fen Ditton, from 10:30 to 12:30 on Saturday 28th April. This practice is aimed at ringers who ring reasonably confidently on six and would like the opportunity to progress to ringing on eight. Please do come along. You will be able to start with plain hunt or try treble bob hunting on eight, plain bob triples and major etc. More advanced methods may be rung but that will very much depend on who attends, and priority will be given to eight bell beginners.

Also on Saturday 28th April, Alan Winter will be running an education session on Ringing Heavy Bells, at Stretham Ringing Education Centre (REC). This will be from 10:30 to 12:30, with a break for tea and coffee. If you'd like to come along (or even just help out) then please contact .

The Fish & Chips and Quiz proved very popular and enjoyable again this year, held at Cherry Hinton on Saturday 14th April. After ringing in the afternoon, we tucked into the food, before forming into teams for the quiz. Valerie Ridgman was the quizmaster for the evening, with assistance from Tom, and ensured the smooth running of the event. After nine hard-fought rounds, the winners were Angus's Rejects, who won a fantastic hamper of goodies. Behind them came Friends of Jack, Lundy Luddites, Dead Ringers and, winning the beautiful wooden spoon, Steadymen Triples. Many thanks are due to Phil and Sam for their organisation, and to Val for the questions.

The latest ringing in memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War was a peal at Haslingfield on Monday 9th April, in memory of Private Edward Newling, who was killed on 9th April 1918. Details of previous ringing marking the centenary of World War I is here.

Best wishes to Paul Seaman and Ann Smith, who were married at Great Shelford on Saturday 7th April. Celebratory ringing has included a peal of Shelford Surprise at Great Shelford and quarters at St Neots and Meldreth. Earlier in the year, their engagement was marked by peals at Mawson Road and Meldreth and a quarter peal at Dordrecht.

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). A new Doubles variation has been named Armistice Doubles, rung in a quarter peal of 1400 changes at Birchington. The variation is Camelion Doubles with a That'll do Nicely Bob.

The Easter Ringing World cover featured a superb photo, taken by Sam Gorman from the ringing room at Durham Cathedral.

The eliminators for the National 12-bell Striking Competition were held on Saturday 24th March, with the results that ASCY, Exeter, Leeds, Birmingham, St Paul's, SRCY, Bristol, Melbourne and Guildford will be coming to join Cambridge in competing for the Taylor Trophy! The final, which will be held at Great St Mary's on Saturday 23rd June, is organised by the Cambridge Youths, who will need as much help as possible from us, as stewards, bar staff, construction operatives and more. They have set up a website to give more information about the day, which also includes a section to volunteer your help. Please do so.

We are delighted to announce that Tracy Boyt has agreed to be the new District Secretary. Thanks to Greg for filling in for the last month - and indeed for his tireless effort over the last two years; he will be a hard act to follow!

Monica Lilley was presented with a certificate to mark her 50 years of membership of the Ely Diocesan Association. Congratulations to her.

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 Peal

Peter Bailey (at first attempt) - Trumpington, 15th April

First Quarter Peal

Peter Bailey - First Spliced Surprise - Trumpington, 18th March
Mary Stillman - Cambridge (GSM), 12th March
Akiko Saito (at first attempt) - Trumpington, 28th February
William and Alessandra Learmount (at first attempt) - Cambridge (GSM), 18th February
Louisa Egan (at first attempt) - Meldreth, 18th February 2018

Quarter Peal footnotes

William Learmount - First inside - Cambridge (GSM), 12th March

Peal footnotes

Mike Purday - 900th peal - Haslingfield, 9th April

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