Update from Helen Allton: 16 January 2022

Dear All,

It was good to see many of you at the Branch AGM on Saturday afternoon. Thank you for taking the time to attend.

Here is Helen’s latest update for you to read. It includes suggestions for Jubilee ringing for HM The Queen on or around 6 February, to celebrate the day She ascended the Throne. This year, 6 February is a Sunday.

There is also the “Golden Blog” by Simon Linford, our President. Open it to find out why he has named it thus. Keen photographers can participate in the photo competition.

Finally, there is a Guild update.

Enjoy the read,

Best wishes,


Helen’s text:

To: Branch chairs, secretaries & treasurers: please forward on to members. 

Happy New year to you all. Half-way through January and we have completed 7 out of 10 branch AGMs, it’s good to see the business of the Guild proceeding to plan. I know that branches will be in touch with members and contacts to ensure that details are correct for the 2021 report, which will capture activity in another very unusual year. One for posterity to ponder over. 

Jubilee ringing

6th February sees the 70th anniversary of the Queen ascending to the throne. While the main celebration of the Jubilee will be the extended bank holiday weekend in June, ringing on or around the 6th February would be welcomed by the church. There is a little more information on the CCCBR website. https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/01/12/hm-queens-jubilee/ If you can arrange to ring, please do and please register it on Bellboard AND let secretaries know that you rang. The Guild will, again, let the Queen’s representatives in our area know that we have rung to mark this occasion. 

If you rang for the death of the King or the coronation of the Queen, please get in touch with Cathy Dixon (pro@pdg.org.uk) or me (secretary@pdg.org.uk). We’d like to support the CCCBR and have some small articles prepared for distribution locally.  

CCCBR update

The President’s first blog of 2022 has been published. https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/01/05/presidents-golden-blog/

Photo Contest

With the weather having had a seasonable turn (it’s been cold, clear and bright!) you may have been able to take a seasonable picture of your church recently. In which case consider submitting it to the Guild’s photo contest. Images will be selected to form a Guild calendar for the 10th anniversary year, in 2024. Consider sending in your images to be part of this event. More details available on the website. https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/photo-contest

Guild Update

Just to remind members that they have a say in how the Guild in run. They can propose someone for Guild office unto the Guild AGM in June. That can be in writing (e-mail is acceptable) to the Guild secretary or in person at the AGM itself. 

At the 2021 GMC there was a sub-committee created to review the rules that the Guild, the branches and the Bell repair fund follow. This has not been actively pursued during 2021, when meeting was difficult, but is now being revived. If you are interested in contributing to this project, please let the Guild Secretary know. 

The next few months see the bulk of the planning activity for the Guild for the year. Any thoughts you have that you would like to see considered are welcome. What do you want to see your Guild do? Let us know, we’re good, but we’re not very psychic! 



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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