Guild update 18 January

I know lockdown is making lots of things difficult, but I can’t help but think there is something to be said for able to attend two different branch AGMs on the same day, all from the comfort of your own home, cup of tea in hand. Technology still can’t fix it so that I could attend two different meetings at the same time, but I’m sure someone is working on that. So far all the branches that I’ve been able to attend have had a successful AGM, and I hope that those still to do so are equally as successful. 

And, being the beginning of the new year, I’m sure the Guild and branch treasurers would want me to remind you that subs are now due. Contact your branch treasurer for details of how to pay within your branch. 

Guild Updates

Just a reminder that the 2020 Guild Quiz remains available. Entries are due in by the end of the month, so there’s still time to enter. Available from your branch, or from Guild Secretary ( Quizzes are £1 each, and contain 100 questions to amuse, bemuse and confuse. 

Mental Health

January can be hard on people’s mental health. This year may be even worse with the added pressures of lockdown hanging over us. With that in mind, the diocese marked the 17th January as Wellbeing Sunday. There are resources available to help take stock and maybe boost your mental health. That’s also where ringing can help, by staying in touch with fellow ringers and having something to focus the brain on. Try learning a new method or reading on some theory of ringing. There’s plenty of information out there if you wanted to explore a topic further. See the article in CrossKeys for more support.

Training Times

Test your knowledge of plain hunt with this quiz from ART.

Next comes dodging some tips on how to dodge in a non-dodgy way.

Local Knowledge

The Guild has had an enquiry from a lady trying to trace her Great Grandfather. He served in the Police force and was stationed across the county, including Kettering, Oundle, Paulerspury, Daventry and East Haddon, Northampton, Pottersbury and Naseby. He retired from the police in 1931.  In the newspaper cutting she has, he is described thus: “While at Naseby he was well known as a bellringer.” If anyone has any information that may be relevant, you can leave a reply on her blog, or contact me and we’ll get the information to her.

I’m always amazed at what delights are hidden in so many of our churches. This gem is in Stowe Nine Churches.

Your next lockdown project?

Looking for something to keep you busy in the latest lockdown? This Lego based video could be the creative spark you’ve been looking for.

It’s a maths/art mashup, try creating a 4th order permutahedron and how funky can you make it look? See here for what one is and how to create it.

Central Council Updates

The President published his latest blog.  Along the same lines, I’ve finished the Christmas cheese mountain, but still  have sprouts left (much to Mr Secretary’s disgust). 

ART and the Central Council have published edition 2 of their Survival & Recovery newsletter. It is attached and also available here:

Puzzle corner

There are a number of methods named after hills in this selection of treble bob minor methods. Can you navigate your way around them and scale the heights of success?

A number of ringers were asked to describe common ringing terms. What might they be trying to describe in this word cloud?

Can you fill in the blanks in the number sequences? The missing rows are indicated by stars.

I hope to see some more of you over the next few weeks at the remaining Guild AGMs. 



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers