Update 28 March

Dear all,

Please see Helen’s latest update below. There is plenty of interest in it, not least an update on the Virtual ringing training sessions. Do read.

Best wishes,


Helen’s text:

At least I didn’t have to worry about being an hour late turning up at ringing this morning, and could enjoy my lack of an hour in peace. Hopefully the clocks moving to British Summer time might mean that the weather will remember to warm up a bit soon. 

Guild News

The Guild’s new website has been launched. Please ensure that all links to the Guild website point to www.pdg.org.uk. Have a look and see what it looks like. Any comments can be sent to the new webmaster, Richard Allton on webmaster@pdg.org.uk. It remains a work in progress. 

The Guild’s Easter virtual Training remains open for those interested. The first course will be on Wednesday 31st, so get your registration in soonest. The courses and dates can be found here. For the Towers, Knowledge Base, First Steps and Plain Methods you will need to register, using the links below, and state which theme you are interested in. This is so that we can assign you to the breakout room for the course you wish to attend. 

Any questions direct to me on secretary@pdg.org.uk

We have been asked if the sessions will be recorded. The answer is no. The intention is that these sessions are interactive and we do not want anyone to feel inhibited by the thought of the sessions being recorded. Attendees need to be able to ask their questions, even those they think might be stupid. There is no such thing, by the way, and you should ask them; if you leave with an unanswered question, we’ve not done our job. 

Ringing for Easter and beyond

The advice from the diocese is that the decision to ring for Easter and services thereafter is the responsibility of the incumbent. All incumbents are aware of the current situation with respect to meeting in groups and requirements for distancing; and have access to the latest government and CofE guidance. Until there is a relaxation on the ability to meet in groups inside, ringing should be undertaken with due caution and will most likely be limited to household or social bubbles. 

The latest guidance from the Central Council can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/

Central Council and other Updates

The latest issue of the ART newsletter, Tower Talk, is now available. http://www.learningtheropes.org/application/files/6216/1618/6383/Tower_Talk_19.pdf

The Central Council has opened nomination for the Westley award for bell maintenance. It aims to recognise those who have become involved in belfry maintenance in the last few years. Details can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/03/21/2021-westley-award-for-church-belfry-maintenance-and-improvement/

And the President published his latest blog, which can be read here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/03/23/presidents-blog-30/

Other interests

Historic England published a video presented by Rev Kate Bottley as she uncovers the treasures of the Loughborough Bellfoundry.

From engineers to tuners, the bell foundry team produce bells of the highest standard, crafted with passion and dedication to the legacy of historic bell-making. Their bells can be heard from thousands of historic buildings in the UK and across the world.


There are any number of links between ringing and maths, but what about between ringing & poetry? Susan Gerofsky has been using plain hunt on 4 to move words around in poetical ways. Once you’ve selected your words, the pattern does the rest. http://archive.bridgesmathart.org/2020/bridges2020-273.pdf How about giving it a try? 

Training corner

Stedman is a beautiful method, one that I never tire of. This introduction aims to make it all a little less mysterious. https://youtu.be/Ebhxt_fltmY

You’re ringing and someone shouts “BOB” what happens? And why?? https://youtu.be/15t_u-aebk8

Puzzle time

Boggle the mind with a bit of branch Boggle. The 4×4 grid is made up of Culworth & Daventry. Tracking through adjacent letters, and not reusing any tile in any one word, how many words of 3 or more letters can you make? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/267147778223953

Let’s plan a mental ringing outing, but to know where we’re going, you’ll need to solve the anagrams. They are the tower name and dedication and these are all within the Culworth branch. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/273778857560845

Ooo! What do we have here? A ringing wordsearch featuring O methods. Local place Olney features. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/271418724463525

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/269599971312067

Next update maybe we’ll be able to open up a bit more and I can have a long overdue haircut. 

Happy Easter for next weekend. 



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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