Weekly Update

Hello everyone

Please find Helen’s weekly update below. I have also put the C of E advice on entering church buildings during the Covid19 restrictions into the downloads section of the Branch website. It includes a section on bell ringing. You can find it here:


There doesn’t look to be much light at the end of the tunnel yet, but however far away it is at least it is nearer than it was..

Best wishes


Helen’s message:

Another week done and at least there is now some discussion of relaxing lockdown – although not quite yet and in stages. Fingers crossed we’ll see that happen in the next few weeks.  Things to keep the ringing mind entertained this week include:

Church Bells on Sunday.

Bells on Sunday comes from Westminster Abbey. It was recorded during the VE commemoration of 2015 and features rounds and firing. That’s hard to get right and this is good, but not perfect. Not tried it? Check your pinnacles first!

Your Guild needs you

To get your clicking fingers out. Ecclesiastical have launched their Movement for Good, which will see 500 charities receive £1000 in the first round of funding. The more times we are nominated, the greater the chance we have of receiving a grant. We did so last year, with £1000 going into the training fund, let’s pull together and see if we can achieve the same. Please can you all:

1.       Visit their website by visiting their website https://movementforgood.com/#nominateACharity  before SUNDAY, MAY 24

2.       Fill in the ‘Nominate a Charity’ form using ‘Charity number’ 258271 which should bring up the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers in the ‘Charity Name’ box.

3.       Select a ‘charity type’, I used “Heritage Arts” this time.

4.       ‘Who are you?’  Select “Other”

5.       Ask your friends and family to do the same before May 24 and keep your fingers crossed! You may nominate multiple times if you hold multiple e-mail addresses…


VE Day anniversary

The latest podcast from Fun with Bells recounts the ban on ringing in WW2 and ringing for VE day. https://funwithbells.com

At the time of writing, ringing remained suspended with lockdown still in place, with that confirmed by the diocese and Bishop Donald. There is guidance from the CCCBR on Covid-19 and ringing available and this will be updated as the situation evolves. It can be found here https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/05/04/covid-19-and-ringing-central-council-position-statement-may-5th-2020/

The latest guidance from the CofE and the House of Bishops acknowledges that this is an evolving situation. This can be found here. https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

It is clearly going to be a while longer before we can consider ringing. The guild will continue to monitor the situation, will communicate with the diocese and will pass on information and advice from relevant sources as it becomes available.

Puzzle Time:

This is a wordsearch produced by Taylor’s bell foundry featuring rings of 12 they have worked on. It can be found here  http://taylorbells.co.uk/complete-taylor-twelves


An additional warmup exercise and something to challenge you this week. These have been added to the exercises published so far and all are available on their own page on the Guild website. You can find all of the exercises here: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/KeepFit

Exercise 6: Added warm up – Good Morning


This is an exercise to add to your warm up. Start with arms above the head and swing them downwards past your hips and behind you. At the same time, bend the body at the hips, bringing the chest towards the knees. It’s a bit like a bow, hence its name – Good Morning. Swing the arms back up while you stand up and return to the start position. The knees should only bend enough to keep your balance, the idea isn’t to work them here. Try for a set of 10 rest and repeat 2-3 times. You can alternate this with the ski style lunges to get really warmed up and use more of the body.

Exercise 7: Tricep Dips


Something to work the triceps. These don’t get a lot of work, so this can be hard. Start by sitting on the edge of bottom step of the stairs, with your hands either side of you. The fingers should face forward to make sure that you engage the tricep. Hands should be either side of your bottom, not too far apart. Now lift your bottom off the step and lower it towards the floor, and return to the level of the step. Make sure that you don’t hunch the shoulders, make sure the elbows bend to lower you and straighten to return.
To make the exercise harder, move your feet further out.
If that’s a bit challenging – and it might be if you’re not used to this – you can make it easier by sitting on the floor. Use your arms to recline and elevate the upper body, as per the Youtube link https://youtu.be/-_jAqNdKAio. Make sure to make your arms do the work, don’t rely on your stomach muscles.

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.


Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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