19 December 2021 update from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Barring anything dramatic happening between now and 31 December, this is Helen’s last update for the year.

There is plenty in it to read, so settle down with a cup of tea and a mince pie and get reading.

Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas. Let’s hope 2022 is a better year all round.

Best wishes,


Helen’s text:

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

Guild news: 

I hope that you are able to ring over Christmas, there should be more opportunity this year than last. January always sees a raft of branch AGMs taking place. Latest details can be found on the Guild website. (Branches – please keep webmaster@pdg.org.uk up to date in case of late changes). https://pdg.org.uk/events

Another date for your diary is January 22nd, which sees the next in the series of Guild 10-bell practices, 10:30 – 12:30. Location still tbc. The first was held in Kettering and it was a good, busy practice, with 27 attendees, ringing ranging from Little Bob & Grandsire to Surprise Royal. Hopefully everyone appreciated the opportunity and were able to try something outside their usual fare. 

December 100 Club winners are David Westerman, Kelvin Broad and Ann Dowling. Congratulations to all three. Cheques will be in the post. Contact Cathy Dixon (100club@pdg.org.uk) or your branch 100 club co-ordinator for details of how to join. 

Should Santa not bring you any ringing or reading matter, the bumper Christmas Ringing World is available here: https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/issue.php?no=5773 A mixture of articles and some puzzles to stop the braincells suffocating under the turkey. Non-subscribers can purchase a single issue. 

CCCBR news:

I know some branches have already circulated this. 

The CCCBR has been working with the CofE recovery group and the guidance on ringing in certain circumstances have been clarified. In cases where ringing takes place in a separate space ringers can choose whether to wear masks, a decision that will vary from individual to individual, based on their personal situation. I would like to again remind ringers that ringing takes place with the agreement of the incumbent, who can place conditions as they see fit. There are a lot of strong opinions on the topic. I would hope that at a time when the greeting from the angels is “Peace and good will” that a little goodwill can be exercised within the ringing community. 

The latest information can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/12/17/guidance-for-england-under-plan-b/

The President has a Christmas blog and a Christmas Jumper. Not sure I can recommend the second element of that pairing. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/12/15/presidents-yule-blog-2/

Mentioned in the blog is the new NorthWest Training course. Details are provisional but can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/12/10/the-north-west-ringing-course/ I’d also like to remind ringers that attendance on ringing related training courses can be eligible for a grant from the Guild’s training fund. For more details, and how to make an application, see the Guild’s website. https://pdg.org.uk/homepage/content-2/training-fund

Another event that may interest our younger ringers is the YACR event in Birmingham on the 15th January. Details can be found on their website. https://www.ycra.org.uk/events.php The Guild would consider that attending these events may be advantageous to young ringers, yet they may be the group least able to afford to travel. In which case the Guild executive has agreed that attendance at an event arranged by the YCRA may also be subject to a grant from the training fund for some expenses. Contact Simon Dixon on master@pdg.org.uk for more details. 


You may have seen the latest from the CCCBR or from the CofE relating to the most recent Safeguarding arrangements. The Guild has been working with the Diocesan Safeguarding advisor and our advice is as follows:

All ringers are strongly recommended to take the C0 Basic Awareness online awareness course as soon as practical.

All Tower Captains should do C0 Basic and also C1 Foundation, both online courses.

Tower Captains can apply to take the virtual in-person C2 Leadership Pathway course if they wish to extend their skills and confidence in Safeguarding. 

See the diocesan website for more details of these courses: https://www.peterborough-diocese.org.uk/training/training

For help in applying for any of these courses please contact Sharon Welbourne via email: Sharon.welbourne@peterborough-diocese.org.uk . 

Contact the Guild’s safeguarding officer on safeguarding@pdg.org.uk in case of any queries.  

And with that may I take the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Unless something dramatic happens (always possible), or I get very bored next weekend (unlikely), you can expect to hear from me in 2022.  



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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