Update 25 April from Helen Allton

Good morning all,

As it is a cool Monday morning, maybe too cool to start working in the garden, I suggest you make a cup of tea or coffee and settle down to read Helen’s latest update. It contains much information about the prospect of getting back to ringing. You will all want to familiarise yourselves with the guidance contained in the links below.

Best wishes,


Helen’s text:

A fair amount to report this week, so I’ll just get on with it!

Ringing is again on the horizon. The CCCBR has issued latest provisional guidance depending on the government’s 4 tests being met and a further relaxation of restrictions coming into force on 17th of May. Assuming that does happen, ringing 6 bells in a well ventilated tower at 1 m spacing for up to 45 minutes for service ringing and practice will be possible It will need to be a maximum of 6 people in a space, so it is suggested that this is by arrangement, not a drop in type session. There is more here and in the various links: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/21/guidance-from-17th-may-england/

The Guild will be reviewing and updating the risk assessment in light of this information. If you’ve got any questions, please ask. 

Taking into account the fact that many towers have not rung in over a year now, it would be sensible to inform houses and businesses within earshot that ringing is going to begin again. To that end, a flier that could be printed and posted through doors is now available. It can be customised to suit the tower’s situation. It is available from the ART website. https://ringingteachers.org/survival-and-recovery-toolbox/good-relations-local-community it was produced by the Guild Secretary, so you may recognise the tower… 

The Guild is aware that printing sufficient to mailshot a village might be beyond the scope of some bands and PCCs. The Guild will, therefore, offer to arrange printing for towers that might otherwise struggle. Get in touch with Helen (secretary@pdg.org.uk) to discuss your needs. 

In preparation for a return to ringing, ART and the CCCBR have arranged a series of sessions that you can register for. To take place starting Saturday 8th May and will be made available as a recording afterwards. These cover a range of topics relating to recovery and can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/20/recovery-convention/

The latest Survival and Recovery newsletter also includes the sessions, along with some other items of interest. It can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Survival-Recovery-Newsheet-Issue-5.pdf

The President’s latest blog (https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/20/presidents-blog-32) notes the number of towers that have registered on Bellboard as having tolled for the death or funeral of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. I’m pleased to note that the Guild total so far runs to 132 different towers, or over half the Guild’s total towers. If you’re not yet listed on the Guild website, http://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/tolling-for-the-death-of-prince-phillip please make sure that your branch knows, they will pass the information on.  

Having been asked if it would be possible, some of the presentations and training materials used for the Guild’s Easter virtual training have been shared by the presenters and is now available on the website. See http://pdg.org.uk/homepage/content-3/training-resources for details. 

The Guild also notes that Alison Byrnes has decided that she will be unable to continue as Guild Public Relations Officer. Anyone interested in the role, please get in touch. Nominations will be needed by the AGM.

Hopefully that’s enough to keep you busy until the next instalment…