Weekly update

Hello everyone

Here is Helen’s latest update full of interesting items.

These are certainly unusual times and it looks like returning to ringing is going to be a rather complicated matter.

Best wishes


Helen’s message:


I don’t know about you, but it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster of a week. The below tries to sum all of that up, and provide some light relief along the way.

Return to ringing

The latest guidance from the Church of England on reopening churches includes returning to ringing (page 9). https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-06/COVID%2019%20advice%20on%20conducting%20public%20worship%20v1.1.pdf

It references the CCCBR’s guidance,  which can be found here https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/
Later in the week, the CofE requested that the CCCBR ask ringers to hold off ringing until after the guidance expected from PHE during week commencing 6th July. We will send information on as we become aware of it.

You can find more support from the Guild latest news, and this is kept up to date as information becomes available: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/LATESTGUILDNEWS#ANCHORC19restart Get in touch with your branch or the Guild officers if you need any support – we’re here to help.


Bells on Sunday

This week Bells on Sunday comes from The Parish Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas, Pier Head, in Liverpool. For some reason they’re ringing Pudsey Surprise Maximus. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000kmsj
This time next week, some of us might be ringing. If you do, let us know, we’ll want to share in the return of our hobby to the soundscape.

Blast from the past

This photograph, taken in 1974, includes most of the founder members of the Guild, receiving their 50 year membership certificates. Looks like some right characters in there. There is a higher resolution scan available on request. I wonder who is the longest serving member of the Guild now? https://bit.ly/1974PDGfounders


Time to brush the cobwebs off the methods in the brain. A couple of videos this week on how methods are constructed and learning them.

Brain training

In another homage to Only Connect, this time we have a slight twist. There are 4 items in each line and they are in order, what’s the sequence that connects them? Thinking caps on. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/159249052347160

And, to continue the series, there’s a word search featuring methods beginning with the letter F. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/160374885567910

Saturday debate

It’s Saturday debate time! Ringers’ teas: how do you like your tea? There’s been quite a variety of opinions on the Facebook page so far! https://bit.ly/ringerstea


CCCBR news

This week there has been an update from the Schools & Youth Workgroup. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/06/26/young-ringers-schools-youth-groups-workgroup-update-june-2020/

I think that’s all for this week. By this time next week some of us may have being ringing some bells. Some of us (me!) will have had a haircut and will stop looking at the world from behind an unruly fringe, a fact about which I an unreasonably excited! I hope the relaxation of rules is treating you well and that you’re all managing to navigate your way through the changing landscape safely.



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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