Update 21 March from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Good morning on this sunny but brisk Monday. Below is a further update from Helen.

Tower captains to note the deadline for the Easter virtual change ringing contest.

Best wishes,


Helen’s update:

A couple of things have come up this week that can’t really wait until next week before passing on. 

Day of Reflection, 23rd March

A follow up from last week’s information 

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. This remains for individual towers to decide if they wish to toll a bell on Tuesday or not, in consultation with their incumbent. There is no set duration of tolling, anything from 1 minute to 15 has been mentioned. Tolling for 88 blows has been suggested as Marie Curie discovered Radium, atomic number 88. No one will be counting, you can’t be wrong, go with what suits the local situation.  

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.

Easter Sunday

There have been questions raised about the possibility of ringing on Easter Sunday. Unlike Christmas, the Government have not announced any relaxation of the current COVID regulation, meaning that it is not possible to meet indoors with people outside your household or support bubble. That being the case, ringing in most cases will be limited to household or support bubbles. The Central Council has put out this statement on the topic. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/03/19/easter-sunday-ringing/ I hope to hear back from the diocese in the next week to determine their approach. As ever, discuss with your incumbent before planning any ringing. 

Easter virtual change ringing contest

The CCCBR have announced details of the Ringing Room call change competition. They hope that this will provide some enjoyable focus for bands over the next couple of weeks getting to grips with the famous Devon call change peal ’60 on 3rds’ and seeing how well call changes can be rung in Ringing Room. Further details here: https://cccbr.org.uk/virtual-call-change-ringing-festival

To take place on April 3rd, with entries to be in by 29th March. Which is why this can’t wait until next week. 

The usual fun and games to follow next week. 



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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