Weekly Update

 Helen’s weekly update:

Bells on Sunday

Bells on Sunday comes from Sheffield Cathedral this week. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jnlb


Competition Time!

Two competitions this week, your chance to get involved.

Ringers’ Tea

One thing that no ringing means is no ringing teas! In which case, let’s have one virtually.

Submit a picture of anything you have made or baked that could form part of a ringers’ tea. Savouries (bread, sausage rolls, cheese straws etc) or sweet (large cakes, cup cakes, slices, traybakes etc.)
Does not have to have been produced during lockdown, can be anything you’ve produced in the past, but it must be your work. No M&S cheating allowed!
Submit pictures of your contribution to the tea by posting to the Guild Facebook page OR by e-mailing the Guild Secretary (e-mail address: secretary@pdg.org.uk )

We’ll close entries 3 weeks before the AGM (currently 19th Sept, so end August ish) and vote for a winner, which will be announced at the AGM. No prizes, this is for pride!

A Puzzle

Read the following text carefully. Devised by the Secretary herself, she’ll offer a prize if you can solve it. Answers to the Secretary on the same address as above.

“Times for a brain to make a difference. So try Peterborough in surprise; rings out clear. I chose the one that dings not once, not twice. Follow a path in the dance, live on the edge – when the Nine Tailor is rung for your years…
Dorothy was sure the twists was the star turn, other writers fail to match her in ringing the three to the round. And Stand.
A test to gain a prize – SURPRISE!! We seek a book herein in this line, hidden between gibberish. Be brave! Be Lateral! Be Literal! And track and trace down, with a brave spirit, the code to crack; even results may be hard won. The answer does not always run true. Rung for hundred years, more, the method lines order entwines to obvious neglect. Odd on, these linings are not sight unseen, ‘tis just ill chances lie they in the midsts of blue directory of our Guild.
Revive itself eventually. This, too, will pass. Until all may ring again this does aim – with something near – a puzzle. This answer may not take you long to solve; all told it took an hour (at least) deriving time. To win the prizes, answers (happily) sent posted to secretary; or e-mails sent by end August; in order for one very smart body to pick up a trophy awarded at AGM ending.”


Training Ideas

How about some handbells? If you’ve ever wondered about how to ring two bells at once, now might be the time to try it out. The Central Council has a publication that is currently free to download.https://cccbr.org.uk/…/the-beginners-guide-to-change-ringi…/
No bells? that’s not a problem. Ringers have been known to clear pubs and train carriages by ringing handbells “on thumbs” so it might be a useful skill to practice. 🙃
If you got really good, maybe it could sound like this clip of 24 handbells at The Ringing World’s 100th anniversary event. https://youtu.be/4-fCRBNTNp0

And there’s a YouTube video on the subject.


Blast from the past

This week we have a photograph is of the band that rang the first peal for the Guild. It was at St Giles Church Desborough on 9th February 1924. In order front row: 2, 1, 8, 7 back row: 3, 4, 5, 6

( sorry every one I can’t import this photo – you can see it on the Guild’s Facebook page Sylvia ) 

How many more photographs of peal bands and their peal boards are there out there? Send them in and we can make a collection ahead of the 100th anniversary in 2024.


Central Council Communications

Communications of interest this week are:

President’s blog Number 10

Sounds like he’s had a busy week.



Returning to Ringing

The Stewardship and Management Workgroup would like to remind us all that, after such a long hiatus,  we should ensure the bells have been checked prior to ringing. The Guild and Branch Stewards will be able to take the lead on this.



Ringing In Lockdown

There was a news item you may have seen on Saturday night’s evening news about ringing in lockdown and the use of Ringing Room. It’s a positive piece and if you can share it, please do. If your band is using RingingRoom, how about following up with an article for your parish magazine or local news sheet? There’s probably not a lot going on, they may well welcome something to fill some space! Or get in touch if you want to try it and are not sure where to start.



Central Council meeting

An update with respect to the next Council meeting, due in September. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/05/28/123rd-annual-meeting


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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/

e-mail: pdgsecretary@allton.org.uk

telephone: 01832 735266