Helen Allton’s update: 18 April

Dear all,

Apologies for the delay in forwarding Helen’s update. For some reason it went into my spam box and I have only just checked it. I am afraid it means that anyone who may have been interested in a presentation by Tom Westley on bell casting is too late to register, as the deadline was Tuesday pm and the presentation is tonight. I apologise and promise to check my spam box every day from now on!

Best wishes,


Helen’s text:

Branch Chair, secretary & treasurer – please circulate. 

Firstly I’d like to thank those towers and members who have made efforts to ring, chime or toll for the death of HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh. There is a list of Guild towers on the website, http://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/tolling-for-the-death-of-prince-phillip , if you are not listed please accept my apologies and let me know. It would be good to have as complete a list of participating towers as possible. 

Guild News

The Spring Guild newsletter is available online. We’re unlikely to have paper copies of this edition, but hope to be back to printed and online copies by the next edition. It can be found on the Guild website. http://pdg.org.uk/newsletters/newsletter_202103.pdf 
Past newsletters are also available online. http://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/newsletters

The Guild’s recent Virtual training sessions were productive and we hope that those who attended felt they were worthwhile. If there are any topics that you’d want us to consider in further sessions, get in touch and we’ll see what we can magic up. Some of the presentations will be shared on the Guild website, for reference. 


The majority of CCCBR communications have been concerning Prince Phillip, and so are no longer relevant. Those that remain of interest are as follows

The President’s Blog of 6th April is here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/06/presidents-blog-31/

There is a presentation hosted jointly by CCCBR and St Martin’s Guild this Wednesday, 21st April. It will be led by Tom Westley who will be discussing bell casting with us. 7pm start. If you are interested, you need to complete this form to register your interest by Tuesday evening: https://forms.gle/vfwkRbeZ6hJR7np26


A second part to aid understanding Stedman https://youtu.be/JPEvUyKMyuw

It is a question with a multitude of answers – how do you learn a method? This aims to give some hints and tips that may help you. https://youtu.be/n-g0PWcnj0I

Training for ringing doesn’t just involve methods, it can involve soft skills as well. This talk by the CCCBR’s Safeguarding advisors should give most towers food for thought. https://youtu.be/HBM5tUIc2j8 You can access the CofE’s Safeguarding training portal here: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/

Puzzle Corner

A couple of Boggle games inspired by branches. Rutland & Kettering snuggle up together in one, while Thrapston stands alone in another. What words can you make tracking between adjacent letters and not using any more than once in any one word.  https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/277751080496956 & https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/286700289602035

A set of anagrams to unravel. They are all towers in the Daventry branch, complete with their dedication. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/279599820312082

Can I have a P please Bob? This week’s wordsearch features methods beginning with P, including a couple of local places. Can you pick them out? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/275489064056491

A retrospective puzzle this week. Each of these places is somewhere I’ve learnt, been a regular ringer or visited. I don’t keep tower records so to stick in my mind there must be something really good or really “interesting” about some of these towers. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/284167613188636

Random ringing things

This is an interesting piece to watch. The 12 ropes and ringers are all in shot at once, so that you can see the progression of the bells through each other and anticipate the roll ups by watching the ropes. https://youtu.be/jrIDM6Zcr98

If you were stuck for a project in lockdown, you could follow Graham Firman’s example and build some robots to ring with you. They look as scared of ringing handbells as I am! https://youtu.be/xUUR2iNTXRs

It’s always interesting to see how ringing can be used in different forms of music. Try this piece, using bells and ringers juxtaposed with brass and inspired by a Betjeman poem. https://www.facebook.com/awoodheadmusic/videos/115649693828871

Might not be to everyone’s taste, but that could easily be a definition of music itself.

This was posted by Memories of Duston Past. I’m always amazed at old photographs of ringers at what they’re wearing. I’ve tried ringing in a waistcoat, it was a little tight and got a little warm.https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=278761850448308&id=114050323586129

Hopefully the weather will continue to improve, sunshine makes everything feel better. 



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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