Guild update

Good morning everyone and I hope you are having a happy bank holiday Monday. Helen’s update follows.

Best wishes


I’m not sure what’s happened to Summer recently! The air has had a distinctly autumnal feel. Let’s hope for some more cheerful weather – and news – in the final third of the year.


Guild News

There’s a lot to report. The Guild AGM is going to be held on Saturday 19thSeptember at 6 pm. As an in person AGM is currently impractical, we are going to be using Zoom. You can register to attend using this link. will request your name and e-mail address in order to send you a unique link to join the meeting. If your household intend to join on different devices, you will need to register separately. Any questions, please get in touch with me.

In order to help with a smooth running of a meeting, any apologies, AOB, matter arising and nominations to be with the Secretary by 14th September.


The lack of ability to currently ring all bells and for bands to ring consecutively means that the striking competition of the Summer festival is a non-starter. This event will be cancelled for 2020.


David Dainty and Bill Adcock are intending to undertake their cycle ride round Rutland water on 5th September. This is sponsored to raise funds for the Bell Fund. They would appreciate any support you can offer. This was originally scheduled for April, but was postponed due to lockdown.


Mental Exercise

A wordsearch of method beginning with G

A word fit of rings of 5

Portmanteau places. There are some 60 or so towers in the diocese that have place names that are made up of 2 or more words. The file contains the first, middle and last parts of all those places. How many places can you find? Or what’s the most fun place you can invent??


Ringing Training

Now we are getting back to a little bit of ringing but usually not on all the bells due to social distancing, how many methods do you know on 4 bells?


How well do you know your Guild

Some more officers when they were a little younger than they currently are. Three ladies and three gents to tax you. and


Return to Ringing

Again, there has been little change to guidance since the last update. Ringing may take place with the incumbent’s permission, it does not have to be exclusively for a service. As an example, this opens the way for ringing on a Sunday, as an indication that the church is present in the community, even if there is not a service. The remainder of the guidance remains in place.


Central Council News

The Central Council produced a set of documents to encourage people to volunteer to assist the Council. These are available here:


The Central Council meeting will be held next weekend, virtually rather than in Nottingham. Meeting papers are available at the bottom of this page: Any questions or comments can be put to the Guild Reps, Simon Dixon, Nick Elks, Jane Sibson or David Westerman.


The President produced his latest blog post. I’ve rung with someone who’d rung with William Pye, funny how history can be just a step away.


And finally…

A cartoon  that may reflect the current situation.


Stay well and see you soon




Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers




telephone: 01832 735266