Update 7 March 2022 from Helen Allton

Dear Ringers,

Herewith Helen’s latest update.

Congratulations to the 3 winners of the 100 Club. Check out the website to see if you are a winner.

There are dates for your ringing diary, documents to read and a final thought on the possibility of towers following the the example set by Yardley Hastings St Andrews. Read on.

Best wishes,


Helen’s text starts:

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

The start of March is the herald of Spring – and the Guild Management Committee meeting. It was a productive meeting, and we thank all those who put in the time to attend and discuss the issues and opportunities that the Guild faces going forwards. As to spring, the daffs are certainly out. How about trying to catch them in a photograph for the Spring months of the upcoming Guild calendar. You can send photos at any time, but they must be received before the beginning of September for the competition. https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/anniversary-photo-competition

Guild News
Towcester Branch recently ran a focussed practice as a branch event, followed by a sociable lunch. It seems to have worked rather well. Read more about it here: https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/something-for-everyone

And the March 100 club draw was made. When will you be so lucky? You’ll need to join first. https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/march-2022-100-club-draw

Dates for your Diary
You can check for details on the Guild’s events page for more details. https://pdg.org.uk/events

Guild 10 bell: 12th March, 10:30 – 12:30 at Towcester. 
Kettering: 12th March, 14:00 at Brampton Ash, with tea at the conclusion of ringing, then on to Dingley from 15:00 to 16:00. 
Daventry: 12th March 15:00 at Great Brington. 
Culworth: 19th March 15:00 at Culworth
Wellingborough: 19th March. Surprise practice at Ecton 10:30 to 12:30. 
Wellingborough: 19th March Branch Practice at Finedon at 19:00 until 21:00

Central Council news
The President’s latest Blog can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/03/01/presidents-blog-54/

The Stewardship & Management Workgroup published an update. If you can’t really work out what they do from their title (it’s not terribly clear, is it?), hopefully this will help a little.  https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/02/25/workgroup-update-stewardship-management-workgroup/

And a final thought. Yardley Hastings St Andrew is ringing a peace bell every evening. They will ring 30 times representing the number of years Ukraine has been independent. This will be totally inclusive as they intend to invite villagers to chime. They will use a mix of bells and will continue for as long as the war goes on or are unable to sustain the ringing. Bells have been an audible signal of events both local and worldwide, with ringing as a signal of triumph and tragedy. It is suggested that you consult your incumbent to confirm if they think ringing for a political purpose is appropriate. 

Helen Allton
Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers
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