Helen Allton’s update of 18 April

Dear Ringers,

Here is Helen’s latest update with more dates for your diary.

The Times piece by the retiring Reverend Richard Coles can be read in full if you subscribe to The Times. If you don’t, you can only read the initial paragraphs.

Under Jubilee Ringing in Helen’s update you will see reference to a poster and leaflets for publicising your Jubilee Ringing. I understand from Helen that these have been given to James Thorpe for distribution. So over to you James.

I am away from 22 April until 17 May so Helen’s bulletins between these dates will be circulated by another member of the Peterborough Branch Committee.

I hope you all stay safe and well. I’ll resume forwarding Helen’s bulletins after 17 May.

Best wishes,


Helen’s text starts:

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

I hope that you were able to ring for Easter and make a joyful noise. Having rung at a couple of towers, it was a good way of working up an appetite for my Easter eggs. The weather was also unusually good for a bank holiday weekend. Hopefully you were able to make the most of it.

Spring Meeting:
Next Saturday sees the Guild’s Spring meeting. Some ringing, a tea, socialising, a raffle (assuming I remember the raffle tickets) and a bit of friendly competition. What’s not to look forward to? Get your names for tea to Jane Marsh, by e-mail (chairman@kettering.pdg,org.uk) or by phone/text on 07708 376524.

Timings are as follows:
Open ringing at Stoke Albany (2 to 3:30 pm)
Contest, open ringing and tea at Wilbarston (from 3 pm)
Meeting at Wilbarston at ~ 6 pm
Evening ringing at Brampton Ash after the meeting (approximately 7:30 pm.)
More details on the website: https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/spring-meeting-23rd-april

Other items of interest:
This piece, in the Times, by the retiring Reverend Richard Coles makes for thought provoking reading. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-rev-richard-coles-on-retirement-and-what-comes-next-vxhf92fxz

And this piece was on BBC London. A good introduction for the uninitiated. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-london-61100496

CCCBR news:
The ART conference on the 7th & 8th of May has been cancelled. I will forward information should it be rescheduled.

The President’s latest blog is available. https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/04/13/presidents-blog-57/

The plans for the Central Council’s annual meetings are being formulated. There is more than just the meeting. https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/04/13/save-the-date-2nd-4th-september-2022/

Dates for your diary
Nothing planned in any branch for the rest of April.
Guild 10 Bell 14th May 10:30 to 12:30. Location tbc.

 Jubilee ringing
You should be in receipt of a poster and pack of leaflets for publicising your Jubilee ringing. There is no set time to ring across the weekend although it would be sensible to fit in with any local events planned. I know that locally the town council is preparing a list of events that are taking place. Ringers would be advised to get a date and time in the local events diary soonest. Letting people know that you will be ringing, especially if the tower doesn’t ring very often, or prolonged ringing is planned, is always a positive idea.

I hope to see loads of you next weekend. I’ll hopefully be reporting who walked off with the Weaver Shield in my next update.



Helen Allton
Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR
Website: www.pdg.org.uke-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk
Telephone: 01832 735 266