Update 28 November from Helen Allton

Dear all,

No intro from me tonight. I’ll leave you to read and digest Helen’s latest update.

Best wishes,


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

It seems that winter has decided to arrive with a vengeance over the weekend. Worcester Cathedral lost a pinnacle after storm Arwen blew one off and through the roof. Hopefully nothing like that happened to anyone. 

St Peters & Old Black Lion project 

Lots of progress on the project in the last few weeks. The CCT is looking to partner with an operator for the pub. As ringers have a certain affinity with pubs, you may know someone who may be able to make a success of this. If so, point them in the direction of the CCT website: https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/what-we-do/news/cct-is-seeking-a-suitable-hospitality-operator-for-the-old-black-lion-pub.html

The project was also granted planning permission and listed building consent for the changes to be made. https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/what-we-do/news/planning-permission-and-listed-building-consent-granted-for-old-black-lion-pub-in-northampton.html

And, finally, the CCCBR signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the CCT over the ringing centre element of the plans. This is featured in the President’s latest blog: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/11/16/presidents-blog-47/


The Central Council’s Covid guidance team has recently met to consider revising guidance, not least because there is anecdotal evidence that some bands and towers are still more locked down than they may need to be, and the team wants to facilitate responsible ringing as far as possible. The team has a further meeting with the Church of England Recovery Group next week and in advance of that we are interested to hear of any instances of difficulties with guidance, contrary views on ringing guidance from clergy or churchwardens, or any specific issues that you think need to be addressed or clarified as we approach our first ‘vaccinated winter’. 

Please send any observations directly to simon.linford@cccbr.org.uk

The first YACR event is planned for early January. YACR is open to ringers aged under 30. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/11/19/ycra-event/

Guild reminders

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 & 21st December. 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. 

Photo contest
Seeing the weather’s turned frosty, how about getting out and taking a seasonal picture of your church for the Guild photo contest. Or has it been adorned with festive lights and decorations? Seasonal entries are most definitely welcomes. 

January AGMs

Branches should be sharing details of their AGMs now, if they haven’t already. Keep up to date with the where and when by looking at the events page of the Guild website. https://pdg.org.uk/events. I know that branches are always looking for help and support to arrange the events that are laid on for ringers across the year. They would love you to get involved, if you are able to. 

I had my first Christmas dinner last night, Towcester branch’s annual dinner. Excellent event with some very good speeches and handbells to get us all in festive mood. This is the first of several dinners for us between now and Christmas day – at none of them will I be ordering turkey. Knowing how much I dislike the cold; you’ll not be surprised to hear that I did pick my outfit based on how warm it was. One day I will work out how to effectively pair an evening gown with a jumper and fluffy slippers, but not this year. 

Stay safe and warm


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

Telephone: 01832 735 266