2013 has begun with a change to ringing at St John the Baptist, Peterborough. The post of Ringing Master has been reintroduced to help improve ringing for Sunday services. Nick Elks was voted in at the AGM to fulfil this role. Nick has taken the duties of running Sunday service and practice nights from Paul Reed who has remained Tower Captain. Nick has also introduced quarter peals to cement the learning for the ringers. We have completed four this year with the St John's band and the help of a few other dedicated ringers to whom we are indebted.
St John's was pleased to have been asked to host a quarter peal on the 3rd July for the 75th Mallard celebration of the fastest steam train, that took place on the east coast main line between Grantham and Peterborough. This was rung by a group of enthusiasts who also rang at Grantham and Doncaster (where the Mallard was manufactured) and was reported on our local radio stations.
We can now report that the Carillon that chimes the St John's bells now has an off switch and is in full working order. Our thanks go specifically to Gordon Tyler without whom this would not have been possible.
Normal monthly ringing continues on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and everyone is welcome.
St John's is always pleased to accept visiting bands when convenient.