of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers
|The District practice in March is be on Saturday 9th March when there will be ringing 14:30-15:30 at Barton(6), followed by refreshments 15:30-16:30 and ringing 16:30-17:30 at Trumpington(8). Everyone, whatever you ring, welcome.
|The next Cambridge District 6 to 8 Bell Practice is on Saturday 16 March, 10:30 to 12:30 at Guilden Morden. As always, everyone and anyone that would like to try ringing on 8 bells, no matter how many you usually ring on, very welcome.
The Cambridge District runs a annual 6 bell striking competition, normally in May or June. As with the Gipson Trophy 'competition', this is intended to be an enjoyable social event with a chance to work on ringing accuracy. Last year's rules were deliberately written to encourage as many bands as possible to take part. We haven't confirmed plans for this year, but they are likely to be similar. There is also likely to be a "President's Award" for the band that rang the best relative to their experience.
This year's competition will be at Stapleford on 11 May, starting at 10:30 and going on until there's no one left to ring. Why not save the date and work on getting a band together to enter? If you have questions or want ay advice on all this then please contact the District Ringing Masters as firstname.lastname@example.org. More details soon, but otherwise, see you in May!
|The St Clement's ringers, with help from the District, have started a regular email newsletter for anyone who wants to improve their ringing or is helping others to do so. There are no geographical boundaries or membership requirements. Please consider signing up yourself and encourage others to do so. Events are open to everyone unless stated otherwise ('young ringers' activities are for those aged 18 or under, and generally require signed consent forms on first attendance). Please submit short articles and to promote your own events - email email@example.com.
|The 2024 Cambridge Annual District Meeting was held on Saturday 13 January 2024 at Cherry Hinton with ringing beforehand at Fulbourn.
The existing District officers and committee were re-elected unchanged, but the President Tom Ridgman encouraged anyone interested in shadowing committee members with a view to taking on any of the roles text year to make themselves known to members of the committee. About 25 new members of the Association were elected and welcomed by the President, and long-service certificates were presented to members who were elected 10 and 25 years ago.
An outline Program of events for 2024 which will be developed further by the committee was presented - remember that the Cambridge district normally holds events of the second Saturday of every month. The President presented the Gipson Trophy for 2023 to the joint winners – Cherry Hinton and the combined Little Shelford/Meldreth & Melbourn band.
|Phil (a recent past-president of the District) and Sam Gorman offer local towers bell rope repair and refurbishment from their "Station Cottage Ropewalk". Services include general rope and sally repairs and new tailends machine spliced or supplied for hand splicing. Reconditioned ropes are also available from a second hand rope bank. Prices usually just reflect the cost of materials used. Contact Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
|All ringing towers in the Cambridge District now have a nominated Committee Contact who will liaise between the tower and the committee and who can provide a first point of contact for towers who want help or advice with anything the District or Association can provide. You can find a list of contacts alongside the list of district officers.
The Society of Cambridge Youths are celebrating their foundation 300 years ago in 1724 and the tercentenary of the first peal by the Society, rung at Great St Mary's, Cambridge on 5th November 1725. The first proposal for a diocesan association was made by the gentleman bellfounder Gervas Holmes in 1882. Although by then better known as a member of the Cambridge University Guild, his membership of the Cambridge Youths began while he was a student in 1856. The founding meeting of the Association was held at Cambridge in 1897 and presided over by the vicar of Great St Mary's.
For the 300th Celebrations, the society has published the full towerbell peal records for the Cambridge Youths and Great St Mary's on BellBoard. To date there have been seven peals rung jointly for the Ely Diocesan Association and the Cambridge Youths. The first was in 1951 and the most recent in 1994. Four were at Great St Mary's, one at Little Shelford, and the other two at Shoreditch and St Mary, Redcliffe. The EDA itself has rung a further 51 peals at Great St Mary's. The first was in 1905, and the most recent was on the 4th January this year.
In order to recognise the past and present connections with the Ely Diocesan Association, the Society would be delighted if any members were able to attend the celebration dinner, which will be held in the Great Hall of Trinity College, Cambridge on Saturday 21st September 2024. We will be publishing details of further activities via the Cambridge Youths website. There is also a book, Foolish Youths and Substantial Rewards: a History of Ringing in Cambridge, available for pre-order through the Ringing World shop for delivery in September.
Are you handling a bell and wanting more time ringing together with other people? 'Ringing Together' for rounds and call changes is re-starting at St Clement's Cambridge. From 18th January, it will be every Thursday morning at 10.30am till 11.55am. No need to book, just come along. £5 a session.
Experienced ringers needed too to fill in please! (no charge for helpers). Spread the word!
We will continue to run district education session in 2024 at St Clement's in Cambridge on the third and fourth Saturdays of the month. The sessions will be geared towards the needs of whoever is there, but as a rough guide, third Saturdays will be geared towards those working towards ART LtR Level 2 accreditation, whilst fourth Saturdays will be geared towards those working towards their ART LtR Level 3 accreditation.
Booking isn't necessary, but it's always nice to have an idea of who is coming - drop me a line at email@example.com if you're interested in coming along or want to check what's happening.
There is a suggested donation is £4 per ringer per session - there's a card machine at St Clement's if that's of help.
|We are sorry to have to report the death of Jill Pratt from Fen Ditton in 2023. Jill came from a family with a long history of ringing at Fen Ditton - both her father and grandfather rang there, with her grandfather's name on the peal board under the tower - and was herself an excellent ringer. She was a dedicated member of the Fen Ditton band for many years until shoulder problems prevented her from ringing.
There was a service of celebration of her life at Fen Ditton at 12.30pm on Thursday 14th December 2023, after a family-only funeral at the crematorium, with half-muffled ringing beforehand and open ringing after.
|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. You can download the poster here.
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