Update 7 February from Helen Allton

Dear Ringers,

Here is Helen’s latest update.

Of particular interest is the paragraph on the Old Black Lion and St Peter’s. I have highlighted the parts of that paragraph where Helen would like your input in advance of the General Management Committee next month. The GMC takes place at 10am on Saturday 5 March at Bouverie Court.

There is also a general reminder that annual subs are now due. I understand from Andrew Christie, our Treasurer, that he has received two thirds of the 2022 subs already. So if you have yet to pay, this is a gentle reminder.

Best wishes,


Helen’s text:

To branch chairs, secretaries & treasurers. Please circulate to members.

It’s been good to see branches meeting and getting on with the business of planning the events for the year after a prolonged period of uncertainty. Should you want to see what is happening, check out the Guild’s events page for details of branch events. https://pdg.org.uk/events

Anniversary of the Accession

Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. If you were able to ring, please put it on Bellboard, linked to the event “70th Anniversary of HM the Queen’s Accession”,  or let me know. I aim to collect tower names and write to the palace by the end of the week.

If you rang for the accession, or the coronation, we’d like to hear from you, what did you do, what do you remember? Get in touch and we’ll happily talk to you about your memories.

Old Black Lion & St Peter’s

As you should be aware, there is a project in Northampton, taking in St Peter’s church and the Old Black Lion pub. The church is run by the Churches Conservation Trust, and they have leased the Old Black Lion pub, a former coaching inn, to run as a commercial venture to support the church financially. They have been working with the CCCBR to put in place a training facility in an old stable block of the pub. This will comprise an 8-bell simulator for training, which would compliment the 8 bells in St Peter’s church. As this is on our patch, we ought to plan to make use of it. What sort of training activity would you want to see, what would be valuable to ringers in the local area? This will be a topic at the Guild Management Committee next month, so please get your thoughts and ideas to the branch Chair, your GMC rep or to me. Your opinion really matters here.

Guild 10 bell practice

A date for your diary, the next 10 bell practice will be 12th March at Towcester. It’s a chance to try ringing on 10 and to stretch those ringing brain cells a bit.

And I know that the Guild and branch treasurers would like me to remind you that your annual subs are now due. Get in touch with your branch treasurer for how to pay.



Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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