Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


Full Association Calendar


The District's Annual Carol Service will be on Saturday 10th December at Whittlesford. The service itself will be at 6:30pm, proceeded by ringing from 5:00pm to 5:45pm at Thriplow and from 6:00pm at Whittlesford. The service will be followed by festive refreshments and more ringing at Whittlesford.

Penny Coggill is organising a ringers choir for the event and we need volunteers! There will be a choir rehearsal from 4:00-6:00pm on the day. If you would be able to join the choir then please let Penny know at

The Cambridge Annual District Meeting will be on Saturday 14th January 2023 at Linton. There will be ringing at Linton from 4:00pm, followed by tea in the village hall at 5:00pm and the meeting at 6:00pm.

At the Annual District Meeting, members elect the officers and other who make up the committee that organise the activities of the district for the coming year. This website has a list of current officers and a summary of the various committee roles. Our current president will be stepping down at the meeting and the remaining committee are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in taking on this role, or indeed in taking on any of the committee roles or in joining the committee as a general member.

An agenda and the papers for the meeting will be available here in due course.

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.

The Association ringing master, Alban Forster, is proposing to start association 10-bell practices at St. Neots on the 5th Friday of the month. These practices are for anyone wanting to ring on 10, so all abilities welcome.

The first one will be on Friday 29th April. The rest in the year are:
  • 29th July
  • 30th September
  • 30th December (if there are enough around)
Alban is also planning to arrange the odd Saturday 10-bell practice as Fridays might not suit everyone.

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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