Weekly Update

Good afternoon everyone

As Helen says , it has been another strange week, but I know it ended happily for some of you with ringing taking place at the Cathedral and at Nassington and perhaps some other places too that I don’t yet know about. Congratulations – it must have been lovely to hear those bells ringing out once more, signalling I hope the start of a return to more normal times. For others of us of course the wait is nothing like over yet, what with the current restrictions making it nigh on impossible to use our towers, but we will try to sit it out patiently.

Best wishes


Helen’s message follows:

Another odd week, lots of waiting for something that never came –  a bit like an English summer really. In which case the usual mix of random, educational and (hopefully) interesting items follow.

Return to ringing

This week sees the first ringing since 22nd March, let’s hope that this is the start of a gradual return across the diocese. I’m pleased to report that the Cathedral rang, do let us know if you did. If you need any support producing your risk assessment, get in touch with the branch and guild, we’re here to try and help where we can.


The promised guidance from PHE didn’t arrive this week, although it is imminent. The news that was released was that the CofE and  CCCBR were happy for ringing to proceed in accordance with the guidance produced. There are some updates to the CCCBR guidance, and their website has been updated to capture these.  https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/. The most significant changes are those in Guidance note two, with the following bullets:

·         Make sure bells can be rung which are 2 metres apart. Where ropes fall in a straight line then 1.5m will be sufficient distance so long as ringers remain facing forwards into the centre of the ringing circle and the ringers opposite are at least 2m away.

·         If you want to ring all your bells, you will need additional mitigations or additional PPE

These may well make ringing at more towers more practical. Again, if you need any help, support, or just want to chat your ideas through, do get in touch.

CCCBR updates

The President’s 13th blog – hoping it isn’t an unlucky one.


I also completed a survey on behalf of the Guild relating to equal opportunities in ringing. If anyone wishes to participate and communicate their experiences, positive and negative, please get in touch. I can pass your contact details on to Julia Cater, who is collating the information for the CCCBR.

Training Talk

This week we’re posing a question. What aspirations do your ringers have for themselves? If you are the ringing master, what aspirations do you have for your ringers as individuals and as a band?

While we are waiting to go back to ringing it’s a good opportunity to find out and discuss with your team where they want to progress to and how they can get there. This is a good way to make sure you retain existing ringers as well as encouraging new learners. Do you know where to direct your ringers if their aspirations are different than those of your band? Does your band’s aspiration need a bit of outside help to be achieved? Please get in touch with your branch / guild if you need any support with this, or comment below and we will do our best to help.

Saturday Debate

This time it’s the important matter of how to apply cream and jam to your scone. Cream then jam or jam then cream? It’s provoked some strong emotions on the Facebook page. Even the type of jam gets a mention! Who knew?! https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/160312152240850

Brain Training

Quizzy Monday this week featured phrases or sayings, about and related to ringing, with the words replaced by their initial letter. Can you recreate the phrases? Yes, questions 4 and 5 are the same, you get one for free! Question setter’s error, sorry. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/161183902153675

Blast from the Past

This week’s image might be considered an ideal ringing situation – no need to walk far or get wet on the way to the pub. On the other hand, you run the risk of lassoing the optics with a stray tail end. What unusual locations have you ring in? The portability of mini rings or handbells could give rise to all sorts of random ringing locations! Surprise us!!
Thanks to Sue and Derek Jones for this photo.


A little light relief

Something fun to finish, in the form of a cartoon. It was made for me in the gap between my A levels and university. I will decline to mention how long ago that was! https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/162233242048741

Bells on Sunday

Maybe this time next week I can share some ringing recorded in the guild itself. If you send it in, of course. For now it is from the BBC and you can enjoy some Stedman Triples from Christ Church, Radyr in Cardiff. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000kwcr




Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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