Update 14 November from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Herewith Helen’s latest update.

Please read and act on Helen’s request in the paragraph about 12 days of giving.

Happy reading,

Best wishes,


Helen’s text starts here:

To: Branch Chairs, secretaries & treasurers, please pass on to members. 

I don’t know about you, but ringing half muffled this morning sent shivers down my spine. It is such a haunting sound. A lot of Guild news this week. 

12 days of giving. 

As we approach the Christmas season, Ecclesiastical are again running their 12 days of giving campaign in December. You just have to nominate the Guild, and we go into the 12 draws that take place between the 6th & 21stDecember. The more nominations, the more likelihood there is of us being awarded one of 120 grants of £1000 each. This would go to the Guild’s training fund. This has received a number of applications as ringing starts up again. 

We’ve been successful in the last few years; all it needs is you to get your clicking fingers out. The link below takes you to a page with prefilled details, just scroll down the page, complete the form and submit. 

10-bell practice. 

I had a busy ringing Saturday, with the 10-bell practice at Kettering and then the Kettering branch meeting at Burton Latimer in the afternoon. It was good to see 27 people at Kettering, with a wide range of methods for those of different experience. Those present rang Little Bob Royal,  Grandsire & Stedman Caters, Cambridge, London & Bristol Royal. It gave everyone a chance to stretch themselves and to try and dust some pretty heavy cobwebs off some methods! The next practice will be 22nd January, location will be advertised once it is finalised. 

100 club.

At the same practice we held the draw at the 10-bell practice at Kettering. Congratulations to Sarah Burrows, Peter Fleckney and Richard Allton who share this month’s prize fund of £89.57. For any information about how to become a member, or details about how to pay if you are already a member, contact Cathy Dixon, 100_club@pdg.org.uk  

Ringing World.

There are 2 articles with local interest in this week’s edition of the Ringing World, one about St Mary’s Peterborough, the other about recent recruitment activity in Rutland and the Guild’s Flying Squad’s involvement (better names for that are still welcomed!). Individual issues are available through the Ringing World website. https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/issues.php

What are you doing locally that would be of interest to other people? The editor always welcomes submissions, as does the guild newsletter editor, newsletter@pdg .org.uk Don’t hide your light under a bushel. 

Hopefully, you’ll soon be hearing from your branch with arrangements for the branch AGMs in January. These are an important opportunity for you to make sure that the branch and the Guild meets your needs – what do you want to see? Roll up your sleeves and get involved, to make it happen. 



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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