Guild update

Seems like autumn has arrived all of a sudden this week, although there’s less in the way of change to report in ringing. The introduction of the “Rule of Six” has been determined to have little impact on ringing, with very few towers being able to ring more than 6 at present with the current distance requirements. Latest information can be found from the Central Council website.

Guild news

The Guild AGM went off surprisingly well, using the Zoom platform and webinar add on. Geoff stood down as President and Alistair Donaldson was elected. You can find more about Alistair on the Guild website, There were 2 nominations for Life Honorary Membership, with Sue Jones and Richard Yates both being approved by the meeting. Congratulations to both of them. A summary of the meeting can be found here:

Having completed the Guild AGM, thoughts turn to Branch AGMs. According to the Guild’s rules, all branches have to hold an AGM in January. Each branch will be working through the process by which they’ll plan to achieve this, look out for news locally. 

Central Council News

The President presented his latest blog.

You have just a few more days to enter September’s YouTube contest (Best showcase of school or university ringing) while October’s theme is Most effective instructional video (could be handling, maintenance, rope splicing, etc). More details on past winners and how to enter can be found here:

Presenting Ringing

Bells on Sunday this week is something a bit different – a news report from my old home tower about the return to ringing and the difficulties that exist. It’s a good piece, have a look and share to your communities to explain what we’re up against.

Training showcase

How much do you know about bell tuning? Read on to learn more….

A “well I never” moment today, courtesy of the National Churches Trust, featuring Brixworth as their church of the week.

Bell ringing and maths, a bit of light reading!

Brain teasers

Towcester tower has been having a Zoom get together and quiz in lieu of practice night. It had to happen, finally someone produced a quiz about ringing. See if you do any better than we did!

I spy with my little eye, something beginning with I. In this case a lot of methods beginning with I are hidden in the wordsearch. Can you spy them out?

Picture Post

A picture of the band that rang the first quarter on the new 10 at All Saints, Northampton. 14 years ago this week. While you’re not ringing, how about plotting your dream project – then go and make it happen!

Our last in the current series of how well do you know your guild features some elder statesmen when they were a little less elder… Who can you identify?

And just to let you know that the Guild quiz for 2020 will start being circulated through the branches and will be available direct from me on request. Cost a whole £1 as usual. 



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers




telephone: 01832 735266

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