Please see Helen’s Guild news update following the Guild Management Committee meeting held on Saturday 6 March. We will hear more about a return to ringing in due course. In the meantime, there is the opportunity to participate in Virtual Ringing Courses starting on 31 March.
An update for members on items arising out of yesterday’s Guild Management Committee meeting.
Guild Virtual Ringing Course – Easter 2021
The Guild is looking at putting on some online workshops. These would be via Zoom, with small groups and a tutor, making them interactive. Each would be ~ 45 minutes of workshop, plus setup and social. Zoom time intended to be no more than an hour. They are open to anyone interested. It might help refresh your memory of something you were ringing last year, or it might be an opportunity to understand the theory that underpins something you already know or want to learn.
There is no obligation to attend all items in a theme, and repeat sessions can be run if there is demand. Can you please express interest as to which workshops you would be interested in attending. Please register interest for all workshops, even if on the same day; timetabling may be adjusted to suit. Replies to me on firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th March, to give time for preparation.
If you feel you could contribute, the president would obviously very pleased to hear from you.
|Theme||Wednesday 31st March||Saturday 3rd April||Wednesday 7th April||Saturday 10th April|
|Towers||Inspection and Maintenance||All about Stays & Ropes||Towers & Bell Frames||Restorations|
|First steps||Calling Call Changes||Ropesight & Plain Hunt||Listening & Striking||Ringing Up & Down|
|First Methods||Plain Bob method||Plain Bob Touches||Grandsire Method||Grandsire touches|
|Plain Methods||Plain Bob Minor, including touches||St Clements Minor & Single Oxford Minor||Treble Bob & Little Bob Minor||Stedman Doubles & Triples|
|Treble Dodging Methods||Kent & Oxford Treble Bob Minor||Norwich & Annable’s London||Cambridge & Ipswich||London & Beverley Surprise Minor|
|Knowledge Base||Ringing on higher numbers||Learning Methods||Universal touches||Terminology & Place Notation|
Dates of Guild events.
The meeting debated the timing of upcoming Guild events for 2021. The conclusion is the diary below. Obviously the in-person events may have to be changed, according to circumstances at the time.
· AGM: 12th June to be held via Zoom
· Spring Meeting and 6 bell striking contest: 21st August – Northampton branch
· Summer Festival & inter branch 8 bell contest: 25th September – Thrapston branch
We will, of course, keep you up to date with any changes.
Returning to Ringing
There is obviously a lot at present that remains unknown about ringing again. This includes the requirements for distancing, masks, hand sanitising, session length, different ringer per rope etc etc etc. Rest assured that we will keep you up to date with information as it is available, including from the Central Council and the diocese.
Tower captains and correspondents can expect to hear from their branch Ringing Masters and Stewards in the near future. There will support available to enable towers to return to ringing; we need to know what support individuals, towers and branches will want, as it will vary. While we’re good, we’re not psychic. Talk to your branch or guild officers; we want to help.
And thank you to everyone who contributed to a productive meeting.
Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers
telephone: 01832 735266