Weekly update

Good afternoon

Have many of you been able to return to ringing? Do you enjoy receiving a weekly newsheet from the Guild while so many of us are not meeting in person? It would be good to give Helen some feedback and help her decide how often to write to us.

Please get in touch with any  comments you’d like to make. You can contact me here

Best wishes


Helen’s message:

Not a huge amount of change this week. More towers rang again at the weekend, as more churches begin to have services. It feels that we’re making progress but still have a long way to go. Certainly open practices are not yet on the horizon. In some instances a church may be having a service, but ringing may be problematic. In that case, you might consider ringing some handbells in the churchyard or porch, to be an audible indication that ringers are part of the church even if you can’t actually ring yet. Need not be anything other than rounds, most people will just appreciate the sound and the effort you’ve made. We have some resources to help you start in this week’s training slot.

Return to ringing

Little change this week. The Church of England published guidance on facemasks which said: “We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship, including ministers, worshippers, staff, volunteers, contractors and visitors, where there may be other people present; remembering that they are mainly intended to protect other people, not the wearer, from coronavirus COVID-19 and that they are not a replacement for physical distancing and regular hand washing.”

Then Central Council goes on to say that “Although we have not had explicit instruction that this includes bellringers, the Church considers bellringers to fall under ‘volunteers’ and we must therefore assume that facemasks should also be worn for ringing.” It could be argued that they should also be worn for passing through the church to get to the ringing chamber (assuming you don’t have an external tower access).

The Guild expects that towers will continue with their risk assessment to identify risks and introduce actions to mitigate those, where possible. They must also obtain permission from the incumbent before ringing. This process remains unchanged.

Training slot

Why not try something new and have a go at handbell ringing? You can do this through Ringing Room so it doesn’t matter if you don’t have any handbell ringers nearby. This video is a good place to start, it helps you understand the basics before you have a go. If you want to try handbells in Ringing Room please get in touch with us and we can help you get that organised. https://youtu.be/93_0MmAjxo4


Bells on Sunday

I hope more of you have been able to ring for your services. This week’s bells on Sunday comes from St Peter’s church, Curdridge in Hampshire. They clearly have great taste, as they are ringing Stedman.

Saturday Debate

This week’s Saturday debate is how to cut sandwiches at a ringing tea. We clearly have some classy ladies in the Guild, who prefer to cut into 4 triangles. Join the conversation on the Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/160313275574071

Mental Exercise

Today’s mental exercise is to fit the 23 mythical beasts into the grid provided. As this is related to ringing, they are all method names and have been rung in a peal. Can you work out which one of the method names might be the “odd one out”. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/164401605165238

Continuing the theme of how well do you know your Guild. This cheeky chappie grew up to be one of your Guild officers; who do you think it is? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/165906028348129

Central Council Updates

The president is at it again. Blog 14. Guild news this time includes John Beresford, our Guild Steward, stepping forward to provide the Stewardship workgroup with the benefit of his technical expertise. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/07/21/presidents-blog-14

And the results of the June YouTube contest were announced. The winner was Tim Handbell Robot, who, it turns out, is not a robot at all! Shocking!! You can view the winner here: https://youtu.be/0rIfZroE_4k and the judges’ comments on the entries here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/07/13/most-interesting-unusual-youtube-video-competition-winners-june-2020

July’s competition is for good striking on 8 or more bells. What have you got hidden in the digital equivalent of the side of the sofa cushions? Rules and address for entries are here: https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-competition/

Thanks and see you all next week. Any thoughts and comments always welcomed.


Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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