Update 24 October from Helen Allton

Dear all,

A good and positive update from Helen.

There are dates for the diary if you are a 10 bell ringer, wish to ring on the eve of the COP26 and a reminder about ringing for Remembrance Sunday.

The CCCBR President’s blogs will be of interest if you wish to hear more about a ringing recruitment campaign, news on the Jubilee celebrations and questions on where to take the new Mobile Belfry 2.0.

There is also a positive update on the Northampton Old Black Lion and St Peter’s project.

Happy reading,

Best wishes,


Helen’s text starts:

To Branch Chairs, secretaries & treasurers – please pass on to members.  It’s certainly turned autumnal recently. I’ve fetched my jumpers from the back of the wardrobe and back into regular use. I’d like to remind you all at that the clocks go backwards on Sunday, 31st October. If you’re ringing for morning service, you can have that little bit of a lie in. Enjoy!! 

Guild updates
Guild 10 bell practicesWe are pleased to announce the resumption of the Guild bi-monthly 10-bell practices.  The first is taking place Saturday 13th November, 10:30 to 12:30 at Kettering. All are welcome – the practices aim to help ringers move from being able to ring methods on 8 to starting to ring on 10. Methods previously rung have included Grandsire and Little Bob, and onto Stedman and Surprise.The intention is to resume the 10-bell practice every other month. Contact The Master, Simon Dixon, with any queries. master@pdg.org.uk

100 Club
The October 100 club draw winners are Norman Pope, Helen Cornford and Andy Bimson. Congratulations to all three. Cheques will be in the post. Contact Cathy Dixon if you need to know when your membership is due for renewal and details of how to pay or to join. 100_club@pdg.org.uk 

The Guild’s officers met recently to discuss the future. What would help us is knowing what you want to see from your Guild. Do let us know.  

CCCBR news
In the month since my last update, the CCCBR president has blogged twice:

Other news
COP 26
The CofE is supporting an initiative to ring bells on the eve of the COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow. If your incumbent is agreeable, you might like to consider ringing on the 30th of October. https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/…/church-bell-ringers… 

Northampton Old Black Lion and St Peter’s project
West Northamptonshire council approved the business case for a Towns Fund grant for the St Peter’s and the Old Black Lion Project. The project has received £315,000 from the Towns Fund, plus a £150,000 Section 106 grant. The lease from the Council was also approved. This is an important step in the restoration of the Old Black Lion and the surrounding area.  And one final piece of timely advice, with Remembrance Sunday coming up. It is usual to muffle bells at backstroke, but as long as they’re all muffled the same way, the majority of those listening downstairs or outside will not know the difference. Remembrance Sunday is often a service with a higher than usual attendance. It is an opportunity for bells and ringers to play a role in the wider community and hopefully many towers will be ringing in muffled sadness this year.  


Helen Allton
Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR
Website: www.pdg.org.uk
e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk
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