Update 31 August from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Good afternoon. Here we are on 1 September and officially it is the start of Autumn. Whilst Autumn means eight months of 2021 have already passed us by, with little or no ringing for many towers. The positive is that more bell towers are getting back to ringing for practice and Sunday services. Feel free to communicate your Tower activities to Helen if you haven’t already done so.

Enjoy reading Helen’s update and note the opportunity to ring on 30 October……….

Best wishes,


Helen’s text:

To: Branch Chairs, Secretaries & Treasurers. Please circulate to your members

I’m not sure what happened to Monday being a SUMMER bank holiday, it didn’t look a lot like summer where I was. Hopefully, you managed to do something that wasn’t dependent on sunny weather – or you have your own personal break in the cloud to take care of that. 

Guild news:

It was good to see so many people brave the inclement weather for the (Not the) Spring meeting. Hopefully we’ll see more of you at the next meeting, which will be the Guild’s Summer Festival, to be held on 25th September at Thrapston from 3 pm. This usually hosts the inter-branch 8 bell contest. However this year it will be a little bit different, with open ringing from 3 pm and an informal striking contest for those who wish to (or can be coerced into) taking part. There will be drinks available in the church hall from 3 pm, feel free to bring a picnic if the weather gods decide to smile on us this time. 

There will be a business meeting to follow, at 5 pm. An actual in person meeting. Golly!

Details and a poster can be found here: https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/summer-festival

Safeguarding Officer:

There remains a need for the Guild to have someone dedicated to supporting and recording safeguarding coverage in the Guild. This role was new at the Guild AGM and remains unfilled. If you are interested, a role description is attached, or please contact me to find out more. Nominations could be made at the Summer meeting for a vacant post. 

Guild clothing:

The Guild is continuing to offer clothing embroidered with the Guild logo. Details can be found on the website and orders are made through Cathy Dixon, e-mail her on pro@pdg.org.uk  There is some customisation available, with your tower or benefice being embroidered below the logo, if you choose. 

Branch meetings:

It is good to hear of more branches that are beginning to put on their monthly meetings again. Towcester, Wellingborough, Peterborough & Kettering have already or are aiming to hold meetings or practices for the branch in September. If I’ve missed your branch activity, please feel free to bring me up to date. 


The President’s latest blog where admits to a dubious relationship with the truth regarding his holiday destination… https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/08/24/presidents-holiday-blog-41/Here we are

Annual Meeting

This weekend sees the CCCBR annual meeting, again to be held virtually. Hopefully that will go smoothly and we’ll have an update from our representatives at the Summer Festival. Papers are available here if you have a desire to see what is going on. https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2021-meeting/


You may well have seen that the United Nations Climate change conference is being held in Glasgow at the start of November. If your ringers or your church feel so inclined, you might like to ring to raise awareness of this important event. I know that some churches have been increasingly vocal on this subject in recent years. Suggested ringing would be on the eve of the conference, 30th October at 6 pm, although ringing at any time that suits the band and church would be equally relevant. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/08/31/cop26-united-nations-climate-change-conference/

And that’s all for now, folks. Hope to see you at the Summer Festival, or at branch events in the coming months. 



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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