Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


Full Association Calendar


This year we are reinstating the Cambridge District's 6 to 8 Bell Practices.

Open to all ringers that would like to ring on 8 bells, whether you normally ring on 5, 6 or 8 bells (or more). We will ring anything from rounds and call-changes, through Grandsire Triples to Cambridge Major, depending upon the needs and wishes of those present (and the capabilities of the rest of the band). The first two practices will be on Saturday, 18 February 10:30-12:30 at Meldreth, and on Saturday 18 March, 10:30-12:30 at Orwell. All welcome!

The next district event will be on Saturday 11 February with ringing at Meldreth 15:00-16:00 and at Haslingfield 16:30-17:30. Everyone is welcome, whether you are looking to practice rounds or surprise major, so please pass this on to any ringers in your tower who may not be on the district mailing list. If you have any special requests for things you'd like to ring, please let know.

The Cambridge Annual District Meeting took place Saturday 14th January 2023 at Linton.

Stephen Burr stepped down as President of the District after four years in the post, and Tom Ridgman took over the role. Graham Louth joined the committee as joint Ringing Master and Barry Johnson joined as a committee member. The remainder of the committee were re-elected. 14 new members of the Association were elected and welcomed by the President.

Becca Glazier has created a very nice poster which we hope you might want to display in your tower - it shows the benefits of joining the EDA. And remember that new members can join at any monthly meeting, including the ADM this week. You can download the poster here.

Paul Seaman has very kindly offered to organise the Gipson Trophy this year.

For those new to the Gipson Trophy, the aims are simple. It is a friendly get together between participating towers on a designated practice night culminating in a friendly head-to-head striking competition. Participating teams meet each other home and away during the year and the Trophy, which John Gipson made and presented to the District, will be awarded to the team scoring the most points. Although called a competition, it should be seen as a bit of fun, exactly how John Gipson would want it to be regarded, but it does bring bands together for their mutual benefit. This get together is aimed at fledgling bands, towers that struggle to maintain numbers and bands looking to make progress.

If you are interested in having a go this year, please drop Paul an email on before the 31st January.

We are sorry to have to report that John White, a ringer at Fulbourn, has passed away. John joined the EDA in 1984 and is credited with 20 peals for the association and rang many quarter peals. He was a dedicated Sunday Service ringer at Fulbourn until recently when limited mobility prevented him from climbing up to the ringing room. There are no details of a funeral yet.

We are sorry to have to report the death of Geoff Reed, a ringer at Swaffam Bulbeck, on Thursday 29th September 2022. His funeral was held on 3rd November.

Stephen's quest to run to all the towers in the district is going to have to be put on hold for the time being following the birth of his first child. The District would like to send best wishes to him and Johanna.

A history of the Association - EDA History - 'The First Hundred Years' has now been published as part of the 125 year anniversary celebrations. Every Association tower with members will receive a free copy, but if you want to purchase a personal copy should contact the treasurer, Nicholas Small, using or at 12 Cambridge Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9NJ. The price is £10, including UK second class postage. Payment by cheque to "Ely DACBR", or email Nicholas for electronic payment details.

125th Anniversary of the Ely DA - mugs, badges, keyrings and garments are now available with a special logo celebrating 125 years of the Ely DA.

China mugs £7 each; porcelain mugs £10 each; enamel keyrings and badges £4 each. Mugs, keyrings and badges are available at district meetings, or contact for collection or delivery - postage can be arranged if required, at extra cost. Printed t-shirts and embroidered polo shirts, sweatshirts and fleeces are available to order from Expertees (now P&M Custom Clothing) at the Ely DA webshop.

The new bells at St Clement's Church, Cambridge were dedicate by The Rt Rev'd Stephen Conway, the Bishop of Ely, at a Festival Choral Evensong service on Sunday 12th June. The service was followed by refreshments and open ringing on the new bells. The District visited St Clement's for its July meeting on Saturday 9 July, 14:30.

In April a peal was rung at Great St Mary's in memory of H.F. 'Stuart' Brown, past Master of the Society of Cambridge Youths and Cambridge District Ringing Master in the 1960s, who died in March 2020 at the beginning of lock down. Details of the peal can be found on BellBoard.

We are very sorry to have to report that Stuart Abercrombie died on 4th March. He was Tower Captain at Sawston for many years and joint District Ringing Master from 1986 to 1989. He had been ill for some time and had been in hospital for many weeks but came home just before his death. There will be a private cremation on Wednesday March 16th 2022 at 9.30 am and his family hope that people who knew him will think of them on that day, with happy memories of Stuart and of friendship and shared interests. Several quarter peals have been rung in his memory and there will probably be more.

There is ringing on the lovely 18cwt 8 at Ickleton on the first Monday of every month, with ringing at Duxford soon restarting on other Mondays.

During the lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 when ringing wasn't possible, the District's Education Officer, Dave Richards, organised a series of on-line webinars on subjects ranging from composition to bell founding, and from building robots to ladies' peals. Most were recorded and can be found on the District YouTube channel and there a list of the recordings, together in some cases with links to the slides and other material.

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.

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.

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