Weekly update

Hopefully the clocks going back didn’t leave anyone standing outside their tower an hour early, feeling all alone. I felt like I spent quite a lot of my extra hour putting the clocks in the house right. Hope you made more of yours!

Guild News

The Guild newsletter is available online. Due to ongoing issues with distribution and ability to read it once in the tower, this edition will again be electronic only. http://btckstorage.blob.core.windows.net/site8108/GuildNewsletterOct20.pdf

The 2020 Guild Quiz is now available for the princely price of £1. 100 questions to amuse, bemuse and confuse. Submit your entry by the end of January for a chance to win one of 3 cash prizes for the most correct answers. Get one from your branch or direct from the Guild Secretary.  

Meet the President

As the new President can’t meet you at branch events and practices at the moment, he invites you to meet him via Zoom. Over the next 5 weekends there are sessions for each branch. Starting at 6pm, you can access the sessions via the link: http://bit.ly/PDGPresident  

CulworthSaturday 31st October
WellingboroughSunday 1st November
DaventrySaturday 7th November
KetteringSunday 8th November
TowcesterSaturday 14th November
ThrapstonSunday 15th November
NorthamptonSaturday 21st November
PeterboroughSunday 22nd November
GuilsboroughSaturday 28th November
RutlandSunday 29th November

Ringing in Tiers.

With the potential for some areas moving out of Tier 1 at some time in the future, the Guild has been in touch with the diocese on the subject. The Bishop’s office views service ringing as part of worship and are of the opinion that if the church concerned continues to have worship in person, then ringing can potentially continue at the church for the service. This is providing that ringing takes place in accordance with the updated risk assessment, that suitable measures (including distancing, face coverings and sanitiser) are applied and that the incumbent agrees that ringing can continue. Obviously different towers and churches are in different situations and a one-size-fits-all approach cannot necessarily be applied. Good communication between ringers and incumbents is key. Please get in touch should you need any support. 

In the last week, the Central Council has updated its opinion on ringing when an area is in Tiers 2 & 3. This is available on their website: https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/10/23/tiers-2-and-3-in-england-update/

Central Council updates

October’s category in the YouTube competition is for the most effective instructional video (could be handling, maintenance, rope splicing, etc). Details of how to enter are here: https://cccvgvbr.org.uk/youtube-competition/

The President published his 20th blog: https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/10/13/presidents-blog-20/

Practical matters

It’s heading towards the time of year when tail ends get damp and stiff. The link below is instructions to make a rope warmer to reduce the effects of damp. https://www.ringing.info/odg_leaflet_5.pdf

When teaching people to ring it’s often better to have the bell silenced in the early stages to allow for one to one lessons without annoying the neighbours! There are various ways to silence bells, some easier and quicker to use than others.

Brain training

This will get your logic muscles working. It’s a nonogram. This is a logic puzzle where the numbers next to each row (or column) indicate the number of coloured squares in that row (or column). Where there are two numbers, there are two blocks of coloured squares, with the blocks comprising of the number given and must have at least 1 empty cell between them. A little example, and solution, before you launch onto the larger puzzle.

This word search includes methods starting with one of the higher scoring letters, it’s J for JUMP! https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/186298512975547

Get the brain moving with a word, number and logic puzzles from past editions of The Ringing World.

And finally a bit of light relief, courtesy of Isabelle, who has a troublesome band… https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/185229953082403

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

telephone: 01832 735266

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