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The District ADM took place over Zoom on Saturday 8th January. The entire committee were re-elected with Tom Ridgman joining the committee as District Bell Advisor. Louisa and Andy Egan also joined the committee. Three new ringing members were elected.

Geoff Perryman has stepped down from running the 'Perrypeople' scheme as Practice Night Support Officer after 18 years and the meeting expressed it's gratitude for his hard work. There was considerable support for continuing the scheme but currently no volunteers for doing so. The role of Practice Night Support Officer remains vacant and the committee will consider how best to revive the scheme.


Marina Warner runs a regular Keep Surprise Alive practice at Harston, normally 10:30-12:00 on the first Saturday of the month. This friendly practice concentrates on Surprise Minor methods with a list of methods announced in advance so people can looks at them before coming. Contact Marina for details.


Just outside the district, the ring of 5 bells at St Swithun's, Great Chishill was described recently as 'difficult to ring even by experienced ringers'. A total renovation and augmentation to 6 is due to start on 17th January 2022. So, last chance to try these old bells (4 of them Wightman cast in 1686) before the renovation. See this Facebook post for details.


Many members of the District will remember Felicity Webster who sadly died in 2016. If so, you might be interested in a Quarter Peal recently rung in her memory by members of her family and friends.


We are sorry to have to report the death of both Brian Pratt, former Tower Captain at Chesterton, and David Webber, former Tower Captain at Cherry Hinton. There's a little bit about their contribution to the Cambridge District in Martin Kitson's Chaiman's Chat for November 2021 and we expect that obituaries will appear in the annual report.


The District now has an Instagram account, @cambridgedistrictbellringers which we will use to distribute news and announcements alongside our existing Email list and Facebook group.

The District also has a YouTube channel which at the moment mainly contains recordings from the seminar series run during recent lockdowns.

Please feel free to subscribe/follow any of these to keep up with what's happening (the Email list and the Facebook group are only available to members of the District, but the Instagram account and YouTube channel are public).


The project to install a ring of six bells at St. Clement's church in Cambridge and to create a ringing centre took a significant step recently with the arrival of the first batch of steelwork. This was raised into the tower by a group of volunteers and will be installed in the coming weeks. Further building work will follow, with the arrival of the bells expected sometime next year. More details of what's happening, including how to donate to the work, can be found on the St Clement's project web site.

We are sorry to have to report that Richard Howard of Toft has passed away. Richard was born in the same hour as Prince Phillip and had been hoping to reach his 100 birthday - sadly he fell 3 weeks short. Richard was the prime mover in getting the Toft bells restored and augmented from 3 to 6 and raising a band to ring them. He was possibly our oldest member.


Here's the next instalment in my photographic survey of the towers of the District. Following on from the "Beating the Bounds" ride at the end of last year, I was aiming to visit all the remaining ringable towers, as well as taking photos of any other towers I passed. I also grabbed the chance to get day-time photos of the final three towers of the previous ride - and I've slipped in another repeated tower (from a different angle) to try to catch you out. Can you identify all the towers? As before, they are in the order I visited them, but aren't all from the usual side, and don't all have ringable bells...

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