Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The popular District Dinner returns this year; it will be held at the Quy Mill Hotel on Saturday 9th November, at 7:00 for 7:30. In previous years, it has been a most enjoyable evening with great food and company, in a very congenial venue. This year the speaker will be Paul Roberson, former clockmaker for the Palace of Westminster. The dress code is smart; black tie is optional. The menu is here, along with instructions on how to pay and let Shirley have your menu choices. Booking closes on 26th October.

On Saturday 14th December, Alan Winter will be organising a Handbell Day, held in Christ's College in Cambridge. This is aimed at method ringing, with sessions held in the morning and afternoon, with a lunch and talk in between. And there's plenty of time to get to the District Carol Service afterwards. Alan is especially keen to welcome beginners and they can be assured of an excellent opportunity to practise within a band of kind, patient and talented people. Methods catered for range from Plain Hunt and Plain Bob Minor, to Stedman, Surprise Major, Royal and Maximus. There was even some demonstration ringing on 16 bells! Get in touch with for more information, putting "Handbell Day 2019" as the subject of your email.

A project to create a new teaching centre in Cambridge has been launched. The light ring of six will be installed at St Clement's church, with new training facilities, aimed at creating a centre that can act as a feeder to other towers and provide a boost to ringing across the Association. Their target is to raise £250,000, some from grants but mainly from members of the Association, the Cambridge University Guild and the Society of Cambridge Youths. This should be enough to pay for the bells, the building work, teaching aids and running costs for the first year, including the salary of a part-time manager. Donations of all sizes are welcome. For more information, see the project website.

Athough the building works in the church at Cherry Hinton are not quite complete, I'm glad to pass on news that practice and Sunday service ringing have restarted. I'm sure any visitors will be made most welcome (7:30 on Tuesday, 9:20 on Sunday). A quarter peal was rung on Sunday 6th October to celebrate the resumption of ringing.

Congratulations to Alan Winter on his 70th birthday; he celebrated by ringing the tenor to a peal of London S. Royal at Great St Mary's. Quarter peals were also rung at Mawson Road (here and here) and at Hitchin, as well as a peal at Northampton (Massachusetts).

The latest result in this year's Gipson Trophy striking competition is a home win for Great Shelford, who are now level with Linton at the top of the table. Could it go down to the final match of the year, when those two teams meet at Linton? The list of fixtures and results is here. Please let me know of any missing results.

Martin Kitson, Chairman of the Association, writes to remind all tower captains need to complete the Ely Diocesan C0, C1 and C2 Safeguarding modules. C0 and C1 can be done on-line, while C2 is delivered in person. There are C2 Safeguarding modules being held on 20th January at Downham Market and on 24th February in Cambridge. Martin emphasises that it's an easy module, with no test at the end, and simple to follow.

The peal of Stedman Cinques at Great St Mary's on Saturday 7th September was rung by the Cambridge Youths team that won the National 12-bell Striking Contest there 32 years ago. The test piece in 1987 was also Stedman. A classic band! And all still ringing at standards the rest of us can only dream of, all those years later.

Congratulations to Rebecca Glazier, of Thriplow, who has achieved her level 1 (Bell Handling) award in the Learning The Ropes scheme.

Belated congratulations to Rachel Paine, of Great Wilbraham, Duncan Curry, of Chesterton, and Mervyn Rogers, of Fen Ditton, who have 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.

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 Quarter Peal

Sue Downing - Great Shelford, 29th September
John Willders (at first attempt) - Barrington, 19th August

Quarter Peal footnotes

Akiko Saito - First on 8 - Cambridge (Great St Mary), 25th August
William Learmount - First inside on 8 - Cambridge (Great St Mary), 25th August
Robert Turner - First inside - Barrington, 19th August
Greg Pearce - First inside on 12 - Cambridge (Great St Mary), 18th August

Peal footnotes

Mike Purday - 1000th peal - Cambridge (OLEM), 16th October


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