Update from the Guild.

Lockdown blues? Nothing to do? Nowhere to go? Helen’s letter below is full of things to keep you occupied!

Best wishes


Message from Helen:

Hopefully this finds you safe and well. Lockdown at least is less of a surprise to us all this time around. Although it’s a little less fun in November’s not very cheery weather. 


After both World wars, the Central Council produced books of remembrance of ringers who had lost their lives. The pages selected contain names from the diocese. As WW1 predates the formation of the Guild, the names are listed against the precursor societies.  https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/192441939027871

WW2: Arthur Deacon, Owen Filler, Herbert HC Fry, Edward A Griffiths, Alfred G Humphrey, Robin (EG) Minney, Arthur S Morton, Richard J Smart. Also Hubert CG Partridge and Benjamin GA Wiseman, whose names were omitted.

During WW2, the Guild reports list those members who were serving in HM forces, with tower and, in some cases, branch of the services. Their names are listed by date first included in the report.  https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/191134219158643

The Guild was pleased to be able to provide a clip of some half muffled ringing to the Diocese for use in their online and recorded services. https://www.peterborough-diocese.org.uk/coronavirus/useful-resources

It’s usually around now that someone asks which side do you fit muffles… see here for all the practical information you don’t need this year. 😞 http://jaharrison.me.uk/thb/9-6.html

Interesting items to catch up on.  

Something quite different, a project out in Australia to install a carillon approaches completion. https://www.facebook.com/abccentralwest/videos/3396484427139586

If you would like a new challenge during this second lockdown, how about making a bell?! https://youtu.be/RW2Vwq6qco0

The Ringing Isle: An introduction to bells in Britain from The Churches Conservation Trust’s lunchtime lecture series. Lecture by Gareth Davies, a ringer and postgrad researcher in Cambridge. https://youtu.be/lqw6E9zQjtU

Central Council updates

The President’s latest blog https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/11/10/presidents-blog-22/

Bellringing featured in a magazine for the younger generation. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/11/07/the-week-junior/

And there are plans being prepared for how we might aim to come out of this situation. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/11/13/whats-happening-after-the-pandemic/


Some more word ladders. You can change 1 letter – and rearrange them to make a proper word or words (using all the letters). Can you do this sequentially to get from the first word to the second? If only it was actually that easy to go from Minimus to Max! https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/192192952386103

Monday’s mind bender shouldn’t tax you too much, it’s a wordsearch of methods beginning with the letter K. And as one of them is KYNEBURGHA, there’s a picture taken from the church dedicated to that saint. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/191307965807935

And finally

Is it too early to mention the “C” word? This year’s seasonal stamp collection features stained glass from within the diocese. Letters to Europe can take something of home with them. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/193542168917848

Speaking of which, if you have a suitably seasonal picture of your church, or a bell ringing related Christmassy image, I’d love to see it, to be able to use on the Facebook page. 

Thanks and 

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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