Weekly update

Good morning everyone

What a beautiful day! It was good to hear that several towers in the Branch have been ringing for Sunday service – Nassington, the Cathedral, St John’s & Castor so far to the best of my knowledge. Unfortunately the conditions and restrictions make it  unsuitable for all of us to be able to return to ringing but at least a faint semblance of normality is beginning to return to our lives.

Here in Warmington we’ve been having a go at handbell ringing in my garden over the last few weeks – and have developed a whole new level of respect for handbell ringers! I wish I could say we had also developed a whole new level of skill but to say we have found it rather difficult would be something of an understatement. But at least it has given us a lot of amusement and a chance to catch up with each other after weeks of solitude.

All best wishes


Helen’s message follows and I would just like to say Thankyou , Helen, for all you have done keeping us all informed and entertained.


Maybe it’s the weather, but this week feels more positive. From hearing of towers that rang last weekend, to those that were planning to ring this weekend, it feels like we are moving forward.

Branch secretaries will also be receiving copies of the 2019 Guild annual report for distribution. We accept that the usual distribution network is not yet fully operational, so we ask you to have some patience and work with the branch secretaries to ensure report distribution takes place.

Return to ringing

It was great to be able to share a clip of the Cathedral’s ringing last Sunday. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/videos/310049313675378/ They shared how they went about preparing to ring, which may help other towers feel that this is achievable.



The CCCBR guidance will be updated each Friday; any significant changes will be communicated. The Guild website will be kept up to date accordingly. http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/LATESTGUILDNEWS#ANCHORC19restart


Towers that are beginning to ring would be advised to advertise the fact. While some people may have missed the sound of bells, others will have got used to having their Sunday mornings undisturbed. To help there are a couple of posters available that you can print and post up (with spaces for contact details). Consider using the parish magazine, the village newsletter social media and physical posters or flyers to get the message out. It would be a shame to trigger complaints by failing to communicate that you’ll be ringing again.

If you want anything specific, get in touch with your branch PRO or me and we can discuss.


For when we get back to ringing, may I reiterate the diocese’s position with respect to safeguarding training. The expectation of the diocese is available via the PDG website. This can be found here: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/SocialRegulations#ANCHORSAFEGUARDING

In summary:

·         All ringers advised to have completed C0/C1

·         Those in a training or leadership role required to have completed C0, C1 and C2.

Training for levels C0 and C1 is available through the CofE’s training portal. https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/ While there’s no practice nights you could put that time to good use and complete the online sessions.

Mental Exercise

Quizzy Monday this week bring you another homage to Only Connect and asks you what should be in the 4th box in each line. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/162769861995079

We then asked you how well do you know your Guild? These are Guild officers in anagram form, how many can you unravel and identify?  https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/163885331883532


The Association of Ringing Teachers first online training course on bell maintenance – ROPEWORK, KNOTS AND SPLICES – has just gone live. It is made up of a series of videos so you can either sit back and watch the whole show or jump to the bit that you’re interested in. They would love your feedback and improvement suggestions – the good, the bad and the ugly. The course can be found on the online learning portal – https://onlinelearning.bellringing.org – and is taught by Richard Booth and Marley. A series of online bell maintenance courses is being developed by ART and the Central Council.

Blast from the past

This week’s picture (courtesy of Graham Paul) shows 6 pairs of siblings, who had each rung more than 1000 peals, after adding one more to their totals. Interestingly, 4 of those pictured have ringing links to Northamptonshire. https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1078400
I’ve rung 1 peal with my brother; we both think that was enough! https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/163856651886400

Saturday Debate

This week’s Saturday debate was the presence of pineapple on a pizza. The debate veered off to discuss of pizza should form part of a ringer’s tea at all! Seems some people have quite strong opinions… Join the conversation on the Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/160311605574238

CCCBR updates

The results of the June YouTube competition have been announced. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/07/13/most-interesting-unusual-youtube-video-competition-winners-june-2020

July’s competition is for examples of good striking on 8 bells or more. https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-competition/

It wasn’t possible to ring for VE day, as lockdown was in full swing and churches were closed. With the opening of churches, ringing of some description to mark the 75 anniversary of VJ day may be more feasible.  https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/07/19/ringing-for-vj-day-75-11am-saturday-15th-august-2020/

Bells on Sunday

This week comes from St Michael’s Southampton. Ringing Kent Royal. If you rang and share a recording with us, we may feature your band next week. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000l1d8



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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Website: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/

e-mail: pdgsecretary@allton.org.uk

telephone: 01832 735266