Update 17 July from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Below is Helen’s latest update. Whilst it is good news that proper ringing in towers is returning, there are still areas of concern to be aware of.

Helen makes reference to The Flying Squad, aka “The Sweeney” in her update, so if you are intrigued, read on!

Best wishes,

Julie

Start of Helen’s text:

To: Branch Chairs, Secretaries & Treasurers

With the government’s announcement of relaxation in legal restrictions from the 19th, the CCCBR has been working with the CofE and has updated its guidance. It can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Guidance-at-a-glance-2.0-3.pdf

While ringing is allowed, it will vary across different towers with different situations and populations. We should bear in mind that some people may not yet be ready to mingle in an unlimited manner, or to be shoulder to shoulder in an enclosed space. We should also be mindful of an increasing infection rate and the impact that could have on the band. Remember that all ringing is with the permission of the incumbent and they could set additional restrictions. 

In light of this, if any tower or branch finds that it needs some assistance in getting back to ringing, or brushing the rust off some methods, please contact the Master, Simon Dixon, for support using master@pdg.org.uk. The Flying squad are poised and ready to help. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d be writing! 

Other CCCBR news

CCCBR President’s latest blog: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/07/13/presidents-blog-38/

The CCCBR is running a photo competition to generate a gallery of good quality images of various aspects of ringing. The first round is completed, and the winners can be viewed here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/07/09/round-1-photo-competition-winners/ . Round 2 is bells and installations and details of how to enter can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/competition/

And with that I will leave you to enjoy your sunny weekend, as I’m just about to enjoy mine. 

Thanks

Helen

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

Update 4 July from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Please find Helen’s latest update below.

To all those ringing this evening for the NHS, to honour their service during the pandemic, do ring your hearts out.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

It appears that today is “thank you day” an opportunity to thank those members of our communities who make a difference to those around them. In which case I’d like to thank the members of the bellringing community and those who hold office at branch or Guild level. 

Thank you. One and all. 

Guild news

If you were unable to make the Guild AGM, or were maybe not paying complete attention, there’s a write up of the meeting available on the website. https://www.pdg.org.uk/latest-news/agm-2021-report

CCCBR update

The President’s latest blog is available here. I’m not sure about his predilection for cricket, I’ve been getting my sport watching fix with Wimbledon. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/06/30/presidents-blog-37/

There’s also a latest edition of the Survival & Recovery newsletter. https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Survival-Recovery-Newsheet-Issue-6.pdf Just to remind you that the Guild has a CO2 monitor that can be borrowed – requests to John Beresford – steward@pdg.org.uk

Hopefully some of you will be able to be involved in the NHS thank you day on 5th July. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/05/28/nhs-social-care-frontline-workers-day-5th-july-2021/ Don’t forget to submit your ringing to Bellboard, linking to the event. It would be good to get a good representation form the Guild. 

Hopefully more ringers’ minds are turning towards ringing, if you’ve not already. For those who have, it seems that the muscle memory is still there and the method memory is beginning to have the dust blown off. Don’t be afraid to ask for some support, it’s there for you if we know you want it.

Thanks

Helen

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 735266

Update 20 June from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Good morning on this, the Summer Solstice and the longest day. So it’s all downhill from here! Let’s hope not on the ringing front.

Helen has asked that all those ringing for the NHS on 5 July notify her in advance.

The plans for St Peter’s Northampton and the adjacent Old Black Lion building make good reading and bring a note of optimism for the future of bellringing, and both on our doorstep.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

To Branch Chairs, Secretaries & treasurers, please circulate to members. 

Hopefully you were able to make the most of summer, it seems to have been and gone again in the last fortnight!

Ringing for the NHS

Just a reminder as to this event on the 5th July and the encouragement for towers to ring or chime, as you are able. If you are planning on participating, please let us know in advance. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/05/28/nhs-social-care-frontline-workers-day-5th-july-2021/

Guild News

The AGM was held on Saturday last week. There were a couple of officer changes, the details of holders can be found on the Guild website. https://www.pdg.org.uk/homepage/officers Thank you to those who did join and participate again. 

There remains a vacancy for the new post of Safeguarding Officer. This is an administrative post, no specialist safeguarding knowledge is necessary. The role description is attached. 

There was an agenda item relating to the plans for St Peter’s Northampton & the plans for the Old Black Lion building. You may have seen this referenced in an earlier blog by the Central Council president. More information is available here: https://www.pdg.org.uk/latest-news/national-ringing-centre-at-st-peter-s-and-the-old-black-lions

CCCBR updates

The president’s latest blog can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/06/15/presidents-blog-36/

The update on the impact of the recent delay in the final stage of lockdown was communicated earlier, but if you need to reference it again, it can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/06/17/continuation-of-step-3-covid-guidance-england/

The Guild has purchased a CO2 meter, this is held by the steward. If any tower wishes to borrow it, please get in touch with John: steward@pdg.org.uk

Hopefully the weather perks up a bit and reminds us that tomorrow is the first day of summer. 

Thanks

Helen   

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 735266

Continuation of Step 3 guidance – England

Dear all,

This is self explanatory and requires no further explanation from me. Supper is also calling.

Best wishes,

Julie

Continuation of Step 3 Covid guidance – England

Please can you make your members aware that the current ringing guidance is continuing for a further four weeks. If you don’t want to circulate a link, the story is posted below.

Best wishes

Simon Linford

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers President

Registered Charity Number: 270036

http://www.cccbr.or.uk/

Continuation of Step 3 Covid guidance – England

Following discussion with the House of Bishops Recovery Group, there is not going to be any change to the published guidance for England for the four week extension to Step 3 conditions. They were of the opinion that given the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant, any relaxation would be foolish and contrary to all messages being given by the Government and its scientific advisers. We only face a four week extension, and the majority of bands have shown that it is possible to get service and practice ringing going again under the current constraints, and even ring quarter peals.

Risks are not the same for all bands or all ringing environments. Although those who have had two vaccinations may feel that the risk to them is very low, which of course it is, to give guidance that is different for one set of ringers as opposed to another would go against the inclusiveness of ringing.

There are two elements of the mitigation of virus spread that are not guidance but are mandatory – the Rule of Six indoors and the requirement to wear face coverings in a Place of Worship. Those two elements are not open to interpretation. All the rest is guidance, and guidance is there to enable individuals and bands to make informed decisions as to what is right for them.

An update to the one page summary guidance can be found here. The only changes to this from version 1.02 is that the word ‘around’ has been added before ’45 minutes’ to emphasise that this has a bit of flexibility based on your tower’s characteristics and ventilation (see the footnote). Also a bit of clarification on the ‘or two households’ alternative to the Rule of Six. Two households means for instance a household of four and a household of three could meet together, but not five unconnected ringers plus a household of another two. It’s probably quite unlikely in ringing context.

Finally, when we draw comparison between what we can do in church towers with what we might be able to do in our own homes, in the pub, or in crowded sports stadia, remember that we are not ringing in those environments but in churches. We need to respect the right of the Church to want to protect its volunteers. If, on the other hand, who have someone wanting to impose greater restriction than current guidance suggests, we will be happy to support you in your attempts to open up your ringing, within the current guidance and what your band is comfortable to do.

Simon Linford
President, CCCBR

Update 6 June from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Here is Helen’s latest update.

Helen’s text:

To: Branch Chairs, secretaries & treasurers. Please circulate to members.

Just a brief update to remind you of upcoming Guild events and some news. 

Guild AGM

Just a reminder, the AGM will be held next Saturday, on 12th June at 6pm via Zoom. All attendees will need to register and all details can be found here: https://www.pdg.org.uk/agm-2021 Any nominations, matters arising and any other business to be sent to the Secretary in advance, secretary@pdg.org.uk

Guild News

Time to get your clicking fingers out. Ecclesiastical Insurance are running their “Movement for Good” campaign for the third year. This awards donations of £1000 to 500 charities. The Guild was successful in 2019, with your help we could be so again. All you need to do is click this link: https://www.movementforgood.com/index.php?cn=258271&ct=heritage_arts%22  and the website will open. Click on the button that says Nominate a charity now and it will take you to the relevant area of the page. You should find the Peterborough DG information already populated, just select Charity type “Heritage Arts” All you need do is complete the rest of the form for us to be nominated. The more nominations, the better chance of being selected.

And congratulations to St Mary’s Peterborough who have rung a quarter on tower bells – the first in the Guild that I’m aware of in a very long time. Hoping the hands and arms held up! https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1447990

CCCBR News

The president mulls over an empty May bank holiday diary in his latest blog. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/06/01/presidents-blog-35/

Hopefully see you at the AGM next weekend. 

Thanks

Helen

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 735266

Update 31 May

Dear All,

What a gloriously sunny morning on this, the first day of June. Let’s hope the sunshine today augurs well for the rest of the month.

Without further ado, herewith Helen’s update.

Happy reading,

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

To: Branch Chair, Treasurer & Secretaries, please pass on to your members. 

What a difference a bit of sun makes, it makes everything feel much more optimistic. It’s been a lovely weekend and even the Bank Holiday turned out nice – for a change. 

Guild News

Time to get your clicking fingers out. Ecclesiastical Insurance are running their “Movement for Good” campaign for the third year. This awards donations of £1000 to 500 charities. The Guild was successful in 2019, with your help we could be so again. All you need to do is click this link: https://www.movementforgood.com/index.php?cn=258271&ct=heritage_arts%22  and the website will open. Click on the button that says Nominate a charity now and it will take you to the relevant area of the page. You should find the Peterborough DG information already populated, just select Charity type “Heritage Arts” All you need do is complete the rest of the form for us to be nominated. The more nominations, the better chance of being selected.

Guild AGM

Just a reminder, the AGM will be held on 12th June at 6pm via Zoom. All attendees will need to register and all details can be found here: https://www.pdg.org.uk/agm-2021 Any nominations, matters arising and any other business to be sent to the Secretary in advance. 

There are 2 posts where the current holder is standing down, and for which nominations are needed, PRO and Newsletter editor. Role descriptions are on the AGM page. 

There is a further post, a new one, of Safeguarding Officer, and the role description for this can be found on the AGM page. 

If you are interested in any of these, please get in touch with the secretary, secretary@pdg.org.uk

Latest Guidance from the CCCBR

The latest guidance from the CCCBR is available here. https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/

They have also produced a handy table of the different precautions that are advised. This can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Guidance-at-a-glance-v-1.02.pdf

As ever, if you have any questions, we’re here to help. 

CCCBR updates:

The President’s Blog, edition 34. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/05/18/presidents-blog-34/

The Central Council advises of 2 upcoming events that ringers may wish to plan to get involved with. 

Should you have an Ellacombe apparatus, 26th June marks the 200th anniversary of its invention. If you have an example, you may want to be involved, by ringing it at noon (suggested) on that date. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/05/21/ellacombe-bicentenary-celebrations/

The NHS was founded on 5th July 1948. To mark its founding, the day has been assigned as NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day. Ringers are encouraged to ring at 8pm that evening. You can ring 73 times (once per year) or ring for a few minutes.  https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/05/28/nhs-social-care-frontline-workers-day-5th-july-2021/

Photo Contest

After last year’s YouTube contest, the CCCBR is looking to form a collection of photos available for use in publicity and similar. The first subject is “Ringing through the Seasons” and the closing date is 4th July. Details can be found here.  https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/05/23/photo-gallery-competition/

And that seems like enough to be going on with. Hoping the fine weather continues and that we move towards June in brighter sprits. 

Thanks

Helen

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 735266

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Update 16 May from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Here is Helen’s latest update.

Please note the date of the Guild AGM.

If you intend to listen to Have I Got News for You to hear/see the reference to The Salisbury Guild newsletter, it appears in the last 5 minutes of the show.

Happy reading,

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

To: Branch Chair, Treasurer & Secretaries, please pass on to your members. 

Well, team, this is it – as of tomorrow you can (local circumstances dictating) ring up to 6 bells when spaced 1 m apart and in good ventilation. I think it likely that still excludes some towers from practically being able to ring; it isn’t a the end, but it might be the beginning of the end (with all apologies to Churchill). If you need any assistance with reviewing your situation, an inspection of your installation or are interested in the use of a CO2 monitor, as described by the CCCBR, please get in touch. 

Guild News

The AGM will be held on 12th June at 6pm via Zoom. All attendees will need to register and all details can be found here: https://www.pdg.org.uk/agm-2021 Any nominations, matters arising and any other business to be sent to the Secretary in advance. 

It was with pleasure that I was finally able to present Sue Jones with her certificate of Life Honorary Membership, which she was proposed for at the AGM last year. https://www.pdg.org.uk/latest-news/sue-jones-life-honorary-membership I’m told the certificate is now hanging proudly in the office. 

Ringing Terminology

How well do you know what some ringing terms mean?

Major: 1. The chap who donated the new treble. 2. The horse that lives in the field by the church. 3. Method ringing on eight bells.

ATW: 1. At The Window – positioning for the person on door duty. 2. All The Work – a composition of spliced where each bell rings all of each method. 3. Access The Wheel – terminology used by bell hanger.

Brain teasers

Can you guess which method ringers are describing in the shape? Some people love it, others not so much. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/299037491701648

On a Bank Holiday Monday one might expect there to be a tower outing. Well that’s not possible right now (and probably not the best idea seeing it’s blowing a gale out there!) but how about a puzzle outing. Where are we going? these are anagrams of towers and their dedications, this time in the Kettering branch. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/296776515261079

In recent years the most prolific quarter tower in the diocese has been St Mary’s Peterborough. This puzzle contains some of the methods they were ringing in 2019/2020. Can you get the words to fit, even if the lines wont. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/300850624853668

All the Saturday synonym answers contain the word bell. For example:
Call, shout, whoop, holler, wail, shriek?? Answer = Bellow

Synonyms 1) Bask, relish, wallow, gloat, indulge.

Synonyms 2) Fuss, moan, grumble, gripe, whine.

Synonyms 3) Identified, specified, defined, classified

And for something different:

A different way of ringing. Each bell is ringing at a set frequency, but each one is different. It’s interesting how at times recognisable changes emerge from the chords. Must have been really hard to ring, it runs counter to what we usually aim to achieve. https://www.facebook.com/awoodheadmusic/videos/205328914461594

This is more in line of a watch between your fingers moment. The Salisbury Guild’s newsletter featured as guest publication on HIGNFY. It maybe wasn’t the positive publicity one might have hoped for… You can watch it through iPlayer. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000w19w/have-i-got-news-for-you-series-61-episode-6

Hoping you are able to get back to ringing and report back on how you find it. 

Thanks

Helen 

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 735266

Opportunities for ringing

Dear all,

Helen has forwarded details of a series of sessions about returning to ringing. The first session is tonight at 19.30, culminating in an online beer tasting on Friday 14 May at 19.30. St Martin’s Guild then holds a Training Day on Saturday 15 May. In all cases, individuals will need to register if planning to attend.

Happy reading.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

To: Branch Chair, secretary, treasurer – please forward to members. 

There are any number of opportunities to discover ideas on how to approach a return to ringing in your tower. 

Currently running is the series run by ART and CCCBR. These can be accessed via the Ringing World’s virtual hub. https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/virtual-hub.php You need to register to attend each one that interests you. The online beer tasting is hosted by a professional brewer. 

Monday10thMay19:30 Association of Ringing Teachers — Managing expectations 
Tuesday11thMay19:30 Association of Ringing Teachers — Attracting and keeping ringers 
19:30 Association of Ringing Teachers — Holding a successful practice 
Thursday13thMay19:30 Association of Ringing Teachers — Developing a ringing cluster 
Friday14thMay19:30 Association of Ringing Teachers — Online beer tasting hosted by Hayley Young 
Sunday16thMay16:00 Association of Ringing Teachers — Ringing schools – town and country 

Coming up later in the month, the St Martin’s Guild is holding a series of talks on the 15th May. The flier is attached and should be available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16N3Do9DkChgZhcCqDVlbxKT3nuDKuwah/view  Again, there is a need to register, the link is https://forms.gle/vaonGSxXa95bsFi56

You may have seen the latest advice from the Central Council with respect to ringing in towers that are less well ventilated. They suggest use of a specialist CO2 meter. These are not trivial to obtain and are not cheap, so it is not suggested that each tower invest in one. The Guild will look at supporting purchases through branches, so that there are some available to towers that wish to test their ventilation. We will be in touch with branches to discuss further. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/05/07/carbon-dioxide-monitoring/

And later this month is the closing date for the Westley award for church bell maintenance. Further information and a nomination form can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/about/workgroups/stewardship-and-management/westley-award-2021/

Just need to see what is announced this week with respect to restrictions and the 17th May. Fingers crossed. 

Thanks

Helen

Update of 2 May from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Greetings on a cool Bank Holiday morning. Predictably the promised rain has started – so a typical Bank Holiday weather wise!

Wherever you are, why not settle down with Helen’s update and the latest Guild news. Please note the date of the Branch AGM. Helen’s final paragraph contains news on things you might have missed that have a ringing dimension. Happy reading and listening.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

Hopefully you’ve been able to make the most of the Spring sunshine before the Bank Holiday weather reverts to type and rains or does something equally nasty. 

Guild News

The Guild’s Annual report has been printed and is in the process of being distributed. Towers, Life members and officers should be receiving one through your branch. If any member wants a copy, they are available from the Secretary for £1.50. I have quite a few sitting in the spare room, I’m quite sure they’d like to visit you instead! It has a nice, bright, cheery red cover this year. 

Just to give your some notice, the AGM will be held on Saturday 12th June at 6pm via Zoom. We’ll send out details of how to register shortly. 

Central Council Updates

There hasn’t been any further information relating to the guidance given about returning to ringing, as and when restrictions relax. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/21/guidance-from-17th-may-england/

There will be an update to reflect advice on Lateral Flow Tests. The Central Council is going to revise the language to indicate that these are not necessarily required before ringing. I will note that a tower could still decide to set that as a requirement themselves. The tests are not intended to give a green light to activity, they should be treated such that if they produce a positive test that should mean that you do NOT go out, but arrange to have the PCR test and self-isolate until a result is returned or you have finished the isolation period. Don’t take a negative test as freedom to run riot!

There has been guidance produced on safeguarding and virtual ringing. Anyone running virtual sessions, especially those including any young ringers, would be strongly advised to read these and follow the advice given. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/30/safeguarding-advice-for-online-ringing/

Ringing Terminology

A series to check you still know all the jargon. Which is the correct definition of “After Bell”

1. The bell following you in the coursing order.

2. A cheeky pint after last orders is called.

3. The time to arrive to church for the service.

Puzzle corner

There appear to be few limits on what you can call a method. You can’t be actually rude and the method type and stage is needed in the name. So which of these are methods that have been rung and which are made up. Method or madness is the question! https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/295141342091263

Thought you might want to give those number crunching muscles a bit of a workout before ringing again. Can you fill in the numbers that make the sequences complete? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/292656009006463

Ringing uses a lot of terminology, but what part of common ringing parlance is being described in this word cloud. What are they on about?! https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/290891155849615

On a nice evening, what could be better than a trip out and a couple of towers? But first you’d need to unscramble the destinations. All in the Guilsborough branch, where are these towers and dedications? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/288611056077625

And you might have missed…

Available on BBC iPlayer is “Royal Wedding: A day to remember”, a programme celebrating the 10th wedding anniversary of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. It features some of the Westminster Abbey company of ringers (briefly at the beginning and at ~ 40 minutes in).  https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000vltb/royal-wedding-a-day-to-remember

And for those looking for a book, you can listen to the classic “The Nine Tailors” by Dorothy L Sayers on BBC Sounds. The first episode is here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b007jzdt

Thanks

Helen

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 735266

Update 25 April from Helen Allton

Good morning all,

As it is a cool Monday morning, maybe too cool to start working in the garden, I suggest you make a cup of tea or coffee and settle down to read Helen’s latest update. It contains much information about the prospect of getting back to ringing. You will all want to familiarise yourselves with the guidance contained in the links below.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

A fair amount to report this week, so I’ll just get on with it!

Ringing is again on the horizon. The CCCBR has issued latest provisional guidance depending on the government’s 4 tests being met and a further relaxation of restrictions coming into force on 17th of May. Assuming that does happen, ringing 6 bells in a well ventilated tower at 1 m spacing for up to 45 minutes for service ringing and practice will be possible It will need to be a maximum of 6 people in a space, so it is suggested that this is by arrangement, not a drop in type session. There is more here and in the various links: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/21/guidance-from-17th-may-england/

The Guild will be reviewing and updating the risk assessment in light of this information. If you’ve got any questions, please ask. 

Taking into account the fact that many towers have not rung in over a year now, it would be sensible to inform houses and businesses within earshot that ringing is going to begin again. To that end, a flier that could be printed and posted through doors is now available. It can be customised to suit the tower’s situation. It is available from the ART website. https://ringingteachers.org/survival-and-recovery-toolbox/good-relations-local-community it was produced by the Guild Secretary, so you may recognise the tower… 

The Guild is aware that printing sufficient to mailshot a village might be beyond the scope of some bands and PCCs. The Guild will, therefore, offer to arrange printing for towers that might otherwise struggle. Get in touch with Helen (secretary@pdg.org.uk) to discuss your needs. 

In preparation for a return to ringing, ART and the CCCBR have arranged a series of sessions that you can register for. To take place starting Saturday 8th May and will be made available as a recording afterwards. These cover a range of topics relating to recovery and can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/20/recovery-convention/

The latest Survival and Recovery newsletter also includes the sessions, along with some other items of interest. It can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Survival-Recovery-Newsheet-Issue-5.pdf

The President’s latest blog (https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/20/presidents-blog-32) notes the number of towers that have registered on Bellboard as having tolled for the death or funeral of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. I’m pleased to note that the Guild total so far runs to 132 different towers, or over half the Guild’s total towers. If you’re not yet listed on the Guild website, http://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/tolling-for-the-death-of-prince-phillip please make sure that your branch knows, they will pass the information on.  

Having been asked if it would be possible, some of the presentations and training materials used for the Guild’s Easter virtual training have been shared by the presenters and is now available on the website. See http://pdg.org.uk/homepage/content-3/training-resources for details. 

The Guild also notes that Alison Byrnes has decided that she will be unable to continue as Guild Public Relations Officer. Anyone interested in the role, please get in touch. Nominations will be needed by the AGM.

Hopefully that’s enough to keep you busy until the next instalment… 

Thanks

Helen