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Forwarded by David Teall from a Canal Boat in Wales using a tablet so my apologies for the poor setting out.

From: secretary@pdg.org.uk <secretary@pdg.org.uk>
Sent: 08 May 2022 18:00
Subject: Update 08th May 2022

I seem to be wishing my month away, almost everything in here seems to be in June! Hopefully the month of May will be worth the effort – the weather certainly is looking better this weekend.

Annual General Meeting:

The next Guild event is the Annual General Meeting. Notice is hereby given of proposed rule changes, to be discussed and voted on at the meeting. A 2/3rd majority of those members present is required to change the rules. Full details can be found on the website: https://pdg.org.uk/homepage/agm-2022

Timings are as follows for the day:

14:00 Peterborough St Mary Open Ringing
14:30 Peterborough Cathedral Open Ringing
15:30 Peterborough St John Service Ringing
16:00 Peterborough St John Service, followed by tea
18:00 Peterborough St John Meeting  followed by evening ringing

A poster is available to put up in your tower (attached). The towers are all in Peterborough, withing walking distance. It is suggested that parking should be in one of the town centre carparks, with the Wellington Road carpark, near St Mary’s being suggested. Post code PE1 5DU or w3w: sage.slip.vows

Names for tea to the Guild Secretary, secretary@pdg.org.uk

Access to the Cathedral is via a long staircase of ~ 150 steps. While there is a handrail the majority of the way, those not confident on stairs may prefer to give that one a miss.

Jubilee Ringing
As the Jubilee is getting closer, I know that branches are beginning to organise ringing in their areas. The Guild would strongly suggest that ringing should be arranged to suit local events and that any ringing should be added to the timetable of local events. Let people know that you are ringing and why, especially in towers with no regular ringing. Jubilee posters are available to put up in church or village notice boards. Additional copies are available from Cathy Dixon, pro@pdg.org.uk

In addition, you may like to add your event to the national events website: https://platinumjubilee.gov.uk/events/

Events can also be added to the diocese’s events calendar, especially if the public can come and visit the belfry or the tower. This can be found https://www.peterborough-diocese.org.uk/calendar/ and can be added by e-mailing the Communication office, luke.smith@peterborough-diocese.org.uk

I know that North Northamptonshire has a listing of events in the area, although I can’t yet see how to get events added to it. I would imagine that the same exists for the other councils in our diocese.

Once you have rung, please add your ringing to Bellboard, and let the Guild know. This will enable us to collate information about ringing after the event.

If you need support, contact your branch, in the first instance.

Dates for the Diary

Guild 10 Bell Saturday 14th May, 10:30 – 12:30. Kettering (confirmed!)

Guild Second Saturday Session: 11th June 10:00 Surprise Major Practice at Thrapston. Some fun on the way to the AGM.

Guild AGM: Saturday 11th June, 2:00 Peterborough St Mary, 2:30 Cathedral, 3:30 Peterborough St John. 4:00 Service, followed by tea and meeting at 6:00. Evening ringing at St Johns.

Wellingborough: 21st May Surprise Practice 10:30 Yardley Hastings

Wellingborough: 21st May Branch Practice 2:30 pm Mears Ashby

Northampton: 21st May Branch Practice 7:00 pm Milton Malsor

Culworth: 21st May Branch Practice 7:30 pm Greatworth

CCCBR updates

The President’s latest blog is available: https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/04/28/presidents-blog-58/

NorthWest Training Course

You may be aware of the existing residential training courses that have been running for a number of years. Aiming to increase the availability of these courses and to extend the geographic distribution of them, the CCCBR has been working to put on a training course. This is going to be based near Preston over the 11th to 14th August. If you are interested in attending or having a ringing holiday and helping, have a look at the website at  https://nwringingcourse.uk/ which gives details about the course and how to apply. Attendance as a trainee on course such as this may be eligible for a grant from the Training Fund.

And finally…

Today Daventry features on the BBC’s Bells on Sunday slot. I didn’t listen to it at 05:45 am, it is available via BBC Sounds for us lay-a-beds. They are ringing Erin Caters.


Hopefully that’s enough to keep you busy for the time being, lots to be getting on with. Enjoy!


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

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