20 February update from Helen Allton

Dear Ringers,

Here is Helen’s latest update. There are plenty of dates for your diary.

So, settle down with your cup of tea or coffee and have a good read, as yet again, it is not a good day to be outside!

Best wishes,


Helen’s text:

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

Hopefully, you, your house and your towers all survived the attentions of the storms Dudley and Eunice, and that Franklin, who is due on Sunday & Monday, does no more damage. The tower in Wells that lost the top of its spire didn’t come off best. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-somerset-60434329 Fingers crossed nothing like that happens.  

Accession ringing:
Thank you to every one of the 68 towers and over 240 ringers that took part in marking this. Certificates for towers are available, contact the Cathy Dixon, the Guild PRO to express your interest. pro@pdg.org.uk. The Jubilee weekend in June is just around the corner, get planning and let’s see if we, collectively, can celebrate that milestone in style.  

Guild News:
The entries for the Guild quiz were marked and the completely correct answers put into the hat for a draw. The winners and answers are available on the Guild website. https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/guild-quiz-winners. Well done to the winners and all those who took part. Thank you to those who sold quizzes or forced them on friends and family.

The latest 100 club draw took place in February, with winners listed on the website. https://pdg.org.uk/?view=article&id=122:february-2022-100-club-draw&catid=2

The Guild Management Committee meeting takes place on 5th March. Any views or items for discussion can be submitted through your branch chairs or the GMC representatives in your branch.

Dates for your diary:
This will be a regular item, featuring Guild events and branch happenings that are coming up in the next few weeks. You can check for details on the Guild’s events page for more details. https://pdg.org.uk/events

Guild 10 bell: Saturday 12th March at 10:30 to 12:30 at Towcester. A chance to try ringing on higher numbers for those confident in ringing on 8 and to test out those method muscles for those with some familiarity on 10. Method range can extend up to Bristol and London Surprise Royal (on a good day, with enough people).

Towcester: Saturday 29th February at 10:00 am. Meet at Pattishall for parallel practices at Pattishall and other towers.  

Rutland: Thursday 3rd March at 19:30 at Oakham. Major and Triples practice.

Peterborough: Friday 4th March at 19:30 at Castor. Branch 8-bell practice

Guilsborough: Saturday 5th March at 15:30 at Cold Ashby, then from 18:30 at Kelmarsh.

Central Council news
Details of the annual Central Council meeting, to be held in person for the first time in 2 years, are being issued. Part of the weekend is open to all ringers. https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/02/07/2022-annual-meeting/

The President’s latest blog is available. https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/02/16/presidents-blog-53/

Heritage Open days can be a way of spreading the word about ringing and generating some positive engagement with the community – and you may find a recruit or two. Registration is open from 1st March for the annual event in September. The Guild can help with publicity materials if you have a plan to try and open your tower.  https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/02/12/heritage-open-days-will-be-back-between-9-18-september-2022/

Hope you stay safe and warm. If the rhyme has February bringing the rain, while March brings breezes to stir the dancing daffodils, let’s hope that March doesn’t end up any more breezy than it has been of late. That would do more than simply stir the daffodils!



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