Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


Full Association Calendar


Our April District Meeting falls on Holy Saturday so it is going to consist of Handbell Ringing, a Fish and Chip supper and a Quiz in the North Building, All Saints, Little Shelford (behind the church). Handbell ringing (method and tunes) 4:00-5:00pm; supper from Winers 5:15pm; 6:00pm quiz. Organise you quiz teams in advance, or make up a scratch band on the day.

Further details here. Orders for food to Shirley Warbrick BY 5TH APRIL AT THE LATEST. Tea and coffee provided, otherwise bring your own drinks.

We are excited to announce the revival of the Perry Person practice night support scheme. For many years Geoff Perryman ran a practice night support scheme that identified helpers and sent them off to practices on a weekly basis. Geoff did this all by phone, but technology has moved on and the new scheme will now operate through a web based app (called 'AutoPerry'). There is a page containing more information, but the key thing is that volunteers are needed. That is YOU! Please register at (or via the link in the menu) and give it a try. Without you, this will never work!

The first Gipson Trophy event of the new season took place on Friday 17 March, seeing an away win for Cherry Hinton against Little Shelford/Meldreth in a close competition. The next event involves Great Shelford away to Linton on Wednesday, 22 March.

German television recently filmed a short video at Thriplow featuring Becca Glazier and some of her 'Ring for the King' learners. It's mostly in German, but you'll get the general idea.

We are sorry to have to report the death of Roger Kendrick. Roger rang for some years at Trumpington and rang many peals there and at other towers in the area. He was a district ringing master and helped to teach ringers. He also helped to rehang Oakington bells. His funeral is on Friday 24th February at 11.00 am in Whipsnade Church.

An outline Program of District Events in 2023 is now available. While quite a lot of details are still to be confirmed, this does at least give some idea when each month's events will take place so you can get them into you diaries. More details will be added as they are confirmed, and we'll announce individual events here, and by email and on social media in the normal way.

The schedule for the 2023 Gipson Trophy 'competition' has now been published. Four teams have entered (representing 5 towers): Cherry Hinton, Great Shelford, Linton, and Little Shelford and Meldreth combined. The schedule and results to date are available on the website, as are the guidelines for the events. The first match is on 17 March at Little Shelford, who will be playing Cherry Hinton.

A local band rang a quarter-peal of Plain Bob Triples at Ickleton on Sunday, 5 February to mark 60 years membership of Ely DA by Ickleton tower captain David Lilley.

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, Richard Pargeter joined the committee as Practice Night Support Officer, 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.

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. His funeral was held on Monday 13th February.

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.

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.

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