Update 14 March from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Please find below Helen’s 14 March update. The news is still optimistic about a return to ringing. All does depend very much on everyone doing the right thing in terms of COVID compliance.

There are, as usual, interesting presentations, not least the one by Linda Garton: headlined “From Hats to Bikinis”. I leave you all to see if it whets your appetite.

Remember the deadline for participating in the Guild Virtual Ringing training is Saturday 20 March.

Best wishes,



In a week that saw International Women’s day at its beginning and Mothering Sunday at its end, this presentation by Linda Garton on the history of Ladies’ peals seems appropriate to share. There is one peal of particular local interest. Who fancies a re-run in May 2022 for the centenary? https://youtu.be/yTK-xazWFto

Guild Updates

Thanks to those that have expressed an interest in the Guild’s proposed Easter training. There is still time to do so, replies to the Guild secretary by the 20th please. They will be evenings 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. 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. 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.

Sometime in the few weeks, the Guild website will be moving. BT are closing the current hosting location and so the site will revert to www.pdg.org.uk. This address currently forwards to the current site, it will transition to the new site when it is ready. If you have the Guild site referenced, please update your link. If you know of any external links that need updating, please let me know. 

Central Council News 

The latest Survival and Recovery Newsletter has been published. https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Survival-Recovery-Newsheet-Issue-4.pdf

This mentions a survey that has been sent out by a number of Guilds and Associations. One has been sent out in this Guild to Tower Captains and Tower correspondents. Please fill this in, if you have received it. All information is useful as we navigate our way back to ringing. Thank you to those who have already done so. 

The Church of England has partnered with the Marie Curie organisation on a day of reflection to mark a year since we entered lockdown. Bellringers have been invited by the Church to participate in this day by marking the end of the one minute silent reflection at 12 noon by tolling a bell at 12:01.

https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/03/05/marie-curie-day-of-reflection/ or the Marie Curie site: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/day-of-reflection

You can register your involvement on Bellboard and through Marie Curie. 

The president’s latest blog. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/03/10/presidents-blog-29/

Puzzle Pages

Ringers brains are odd things. What method might they be trying to describe in this word splat? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/261137842158280

What’s in a name? In this case the answers to the questions can be made with letters of the branch name. What are the answers? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/258763092395755

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers represents 65 different societies and associations, of which we are one. This puzzle is to fit the words in smaller association titles into a grid. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/264834021788662

Borrowing an idea from an old Ringing World edition. Some towers have names that are compound words. How many rings of 8 can you find that are compounds of only this list of words: AGE, ALE, ALL AM, ARK, BAGS, BAR, BOLD, CAR, CARS, CHECK, COD, DEC, DON, DROP, EN, END, FIELD, FORD, HAIL, HALT, HAM, HAT, HERN, HERS, HIGH, HOT HOVER, KING,LOW, MAR, OFF, ON, PAR, RAW, SEA, SHAM, SIDE, STAIN, TALL TENS, THEN, TON, WANT, WET, WITH and WORTH.

The answer may be different from those stated in the puzzle for 1974 and 1992!

Training topics

An introduction to conducting doubles methods. https://youtu.be/3nEeK-alykc Even if you don’t conduct, it can give insights into how the method is constructed and tips to stay right yourself. 

And an introduction to understanding passing the treble and how it can help. https://youtu.be/M3q6reyqKxk

Another reading adventure. 

In honour of World Book Day, here’s another book with a promising title. 
The Belfry Murder is not the outcome of a heated argument about who caused the fire up. Instead it’s a Golden Age mystery. It takes a good half the book for the corpse to appear at all and the belfry’s role is limited to the site of a grisly discovery after the bell tolled once, in suitably spooky and suspicious way…. The search for another good book featuring ringing continues.


And finally…

Ahead of the Guild’s 50th anniversary in January 1974, Rothwell and a band of Guild ringers featured as the BBC’s Bells on Christmas morning. Thanks to Murray for the recording and Nick for the technical support. The commentary is something else! https://youtu.be/fBzUo7jrZ10

As ever, you know where we are if you need anything. 



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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