Update of 2 May from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Greetings on a cool Bank Holiday morning. Predictably the promised rain has started – so a typical Bank Holiday weather wise!

Wherever you are, why not settle down with Helen’s update and the latest Guild news. Please note the date of the Branch AGM. Helen’s final paragraph contains news on things you might have missed that have a ringing dimension. Happy reading and listening.

Best wishes,


Helen’s text:

Hopefully you’ve been able to make the most of the Spring sunshine before the Bank Holiday weather reverts to type and rains or does something equally nasty. 

Guild News

The Guild’s Annual report has been printed and is in the process of being distributed. Towers, Life members and officers should be receiving one through your branch. If any member wants a copy, they are available from the Secretary for £1.50. I have quite a few sitting in the spare room, I’m quite sure they’d like to visit you instead! It has a nice, bright, cheery red cover this year. 

Just to give your some notice, the AGM will be held on Saturday 12th June at 6pm via Zoom. We’ll send out details of how to register shortly. 

Central Council Updates

There hasn’t been any further information relating to the guidance given about returning to ringing, as and when restrictions relax. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/21/guidance-from-17th-may-england/

There will be an update to reflect advice on Lateral Flow Tests. The Central Council is going to revise the language to indicate that these are not necessarily required before ringing. I will note that a tower could still decide to set that as a requirement themselves. The tests are not intended to give a green light to activity, they should be treated such that if they produce a positive test that should mean that you do NOT go out, but arrange to have the PCR test and self-isolate until a result is returned or you have finished the isolation period. Don’t take a negative test as freedom to run riot!

There has been guidance produced on safeguarding and virtual ringing. Anyone running virtual sessions, especially those including any young ringers, would be strongly advised to read these and follow the advice given. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/30/safeguarding-advice-for-online-ringing/

Ringing Terminology

A series to check you still know all the jargon. Which is the correct definition of “After Bell”

1. The bell following you in the coursing order.

2. A cheeky pint after last orders is called.

3. The time to arrive to church for the service.

Puzzle corner

There appear to be few limits on what you can call a method. You can’t be actually rude and the method type and stage is needed in the name. So which of these are methods that have been rung and which are made up. Method or madness is the question! https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/295141342091263

Thought you might want to give those number crunching muscles a bit of a workout before ringing again. Can you fill in the numbers that make the sequences complete? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/292656009006463

Ringing uses a lot of terminology, but what part of common ringing parlance is being described in this word cloud. What are they on about?! https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/290891155849615

On a nice evening, what could be better than a trip out and a couple of towers? But first you’d need to unscramble the destinations. All in the Guilsborough branch, where are these towers and dedications? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/288611056077625

And you might have missed…

Available on BBC iPlayer is “Royal Wedding: A day to remember”, a programme celebrating the 10th wedding anniversary of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. It features some of the Westminster Abbey company of ringers (briefly at the beginning and at ~ 40 minutes in).  https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000vltb/royal-wedding-a-day-to-remember

And for those looking for a book, you can listen to the classic “The Nine Tailors” by Dorothy L Sayers on BBC Sounds. The first episode is here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b007jzdt



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

telephone: 01832 735266