Peterborough Cathedral ringers have had a good Christmas season ringing for many services through Advent and over Christmas. The usual formula is ringing every Sunday morning, and quarter peals twice a month in the afternoon and for special occasions.
One service we rang for was a Business and Shoppers Lunchtime Carol Service. The Dean said it was the best attended ever and that many people said that they came called by the bells ringing. We tell the clergy, “we are the loud voice of the Cathedral”: it seems that we are. We rang for Geoffrey Gent’s Golden Wedding celebration at Eucharist.
We had Thrapston and Peterborough Branches ringing creditably for Evensong and requests are now coming in for Branches to ring in 2014. All Branches are most welcome: 2nd and 4th Sundays are best for us. To the Guild: these are your bells, please help us ring them.
Practices are well supported ringing from rounds through Surprise Royal to Grandsire and sometimes Stedman Cinques. We welcome and encourage people at all levels and always strive for good ringing.
A largely Guild band rang a peal of Cambridge Royal for John Riley’s 60th birthday. We have rung 12 quarter peals for services since September with a good range of ringers and methods (Surprise Major and Royal, Grandsire Cinques, Plain Bob Royal). Sadly sometime Assistant Ringing Master Ros Knight died in October aged 63.