I hope you are all well. Helen has kindly sent her weekly update full of information and ideas to keep you entertained in a bell ringing focused manner. I haven’t downloaded the puzzles yet this week but have included some information on accessing puzzles.
Best wishes to you all
Well that was different. We’ve had rain and grey skies and all sorts of things. I’m sure the gardeners amongst us appreciated the rain – I know my grass has; it’s shot up in a burst of enthusiasm! As ever, feel free to use some or all of this, as you see fit. Things to keep the ringing mind entertained this week include:
Church Bells on Sunday.
Bells on Sunday comes from All Saints, Writtle in Essex.
Why are we not Ringing?
I’m sure some people have been asked if we can ring for the Clap for Carers or for Capt Moore’s birthday or for VE day, this Friday. The answer, based on the Church of England’s guidance, is clearly no. But that’s not always understood by the general public. The Central Council has produced this very good video to explain that bells are rung by people and that we can’t, at present, do so safely. Please share this to your local communities to explain that we’ll be back ringing as soon as we safely can, but that’s not yet.
The Ringing World is providing a page of puzzles in each edition, with online only as well as postal subscriptions available. https://www.ringingworld.co.uk/purchase/subscriptions.html You might not be able to find your name in there very much at the moment, but there’s a lot of effort going into bringing the ringing community together at this time.
A change to this week, you can still find the exercises on the Guild’s facebook page, however the exercises published so far now have their own page on the Guild website. You can find all of the exercises here: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/KeepFit
This week the pair of related exercises are to target different muscles in the arms and shoulders.
Exercise 5: Straight arm Kickbacks
Another exercise for the shoulders. Again you will need something that you can hold in your hand but adds weight. Stephen’s using a book, again, but a can of beans or something that’s comfortable to grip would work as well.
With one hand on a step or hard chair, drop the other arm towards the floor. Raise the arm by moving it past your hips with the elbow straight (but not locked out), and return to the start position. This will work the shoulder. You can increase the effort by holding the book at one end, rather than in the middle. Increasing the size of the object can make it difficult to hold comfortably. Remain in control on both up and down strokes. Repeat 10 times, then swop arms and do the same. Try for 2-3 sets on each arm.
Exercise 6: Tricep Kickbacks
A similar exercise to number 5, but this one will exercise the backs of your arms. You will need something that you can hold in your hand but adds weight. Stephen’s using a book, again, but a can of beans or something that’s comfortable to grip would work as well. You may find that you can’t do these with the same weight as the presses from last week – that’s OK.
With one hand on a step or hard chair, hold your arm at 90 degrees at the elbow and with your upper arm running along side your body. Straighten the arm and move the hand past the hips. The elbow shouldn’t move. Return the hand to the start position. Increase the effort with a larger item you can hold comfortably, or holding the end of the book, as opposed to the middle. Remain in control on both up and down strokes. Repeat 10 times, then swop arms and do the same. Try for 2-3 sets on each arm.
Two items from the Council this week.
Simon Linford, the President, has been blogging and shares his thoughts this week. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/04/29/presidents-blog-8
And there’s a competition to find or submit video that shows ringing in a good light to YouTube. Details in this week’s Ringing World and on the CCCBR website here: https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-competition/
There’s a lot of ringing out there, not all of it very good. If you have footage sitting at home somewhere, please consider unearthing it an submitting it. There’s some advice on how to upload to YouTube. If that’s proving a problem, get in touch and we’ll try to help.
And that’s all I have for this week. If there is anything you want more of, do let me know. And if anyone has any ideas for subject matter or contributions they’ll be gratefully received. Stay safe out there and keep in touch.
Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers
telephone: 01832 735266