Guild Weekly Update

Hello everyone

I hope you are all well. I’m a bit late forwarding Helen’s weekly letter this week. No real  excuses for my tardiness- just blame to sunny weather and the fact that I was tired out from long hot days in the garden.

I haven’t downloaded the puzzles this week but if you are a keen puzzler please look on the Guild’s face book page and I think you will find some of them there.

All best wishes


Helen’s letter:


Another busy week of communications for you.

Last chance!

Nominations for Ecclesiastical’s “Movement for Good” awards close on Sunday 24th (that’s later today, as I write this). One last chance for you to nominate the Guild might be the one that wins. Please take 2 minutes to follow the link.

1) Visit the website:
2) Fill in the form using Charity Number 258271 and Charity Name Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
3) Tell your friends and keep your fingers crossed!

Bells on Sunday

Bells on Sunday comes from Bentley in Hampshire this week.

Exercises for the body

Exercise 10.

This concludes the set of 10 exercises that are intended to keep your ringing muscles in trim. Do let me know how you’re finding them. I hope they have been helpful to you and that you’ll feel the benefit. Let me know if you want more of these; additional torture sessions can be arranged!

Blast from the past

This is a ringer’s edition of Songs of Praise, recorded at St Martin in the Fields in 1991. How many familiar faces can you spot? There are quite a few local connections. Do let us know who you can spot. Try not to laugh too much at the hair and glasses!

Central Council Communications

There’s been quite a lot of traffic this week, but nothing urgent to report or communicate.

Reminder about Westley Award

Just a reminder that there are only a few days left to submit nominations for the “Westley Award for Belfry Maintenance” This is an award for people becoming involved in maintenance of tower bells, to be awarded at the CCCBR meeting in September 2020. The closing date is at noon on Sunday 31st May  2020. Full details are here:


YouTube competition (May)

Also closing on Sunday 31st May is this month’s YouTube competition for good examples of striking on 6 bells. There’s a £200  prize available. Information can be found here: Entries and questions can be mailed to

You can start thinking about June’s competition, which will be for an unusual or interesting ringing video. That could be intriguing!


Stewardship & Management Group

News item added to the CCCBR website: Stewardship & Management Workgroup Update – May 2020…/stewardship-management-workgroup-up…/

VE Day Reminiscences

For VE day, a short interview with Eric Hitchins and Dennis Brock was recorded to be played on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme. Unfortunately, this was unable to be played, due to scheduling issues with Covid-19 announcements. It is available to listen to here:…/bbc-interviews-with-bell-ringing-ve…/

And Finally…

We have some local celebrities! Ringers from the Northampton Ringing Hub feature in the latest edition of TowerTalk. This is produced by ART and is aimed at learners. It can be accessed here:

There is a companion piece, ART Works, which is aimed at those teaching. Both are made available to all ringers who are interested.

I hope that you’re all keeping as well as can be. Do get in touch if there’s anything you want or need, we’re here to try and support you. Stay safe out there.



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers




telephone: 01832 735266