Update 26 September from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Helen’s update is a good read. It includes an online version of the Guild newsletter with contributions from many towers. There are also details of the Guild Quiz. I have 50 paper copies of the quiz being delivered to me, so if anyone would like some to sell for £1 per copy please let me know.

Congratulations to the 100 Club winners – see if you are one of them!

A date for your diary. Peterborough Branch will host the Guild AGM on Saturday 11 June 2022.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text starts:

To Branch Chairs, Secretaries & Treasurers – please pass on to members. 

It was lovely to see so many people at the Summer Festival yesterday, and even the weather co-operated – the sun shone and people gathered to chat and ring. The informal contest saw 4 teams drawn at random from those present and resulted in a win for team 2, for which they were warmly applauded.  

Guild updates

100 Club

The Summer festival saw the first draw of the 100 club after it had been put into hibernation through covid. There were 172 members paid up, meaning prizes were £56.76, £20.64 and £13.76. These were won by Ruth Stokes (94), Tim Samson (104) and Jane Webb (144) respectively. The amount members were in credit in March last year has carried forward. Contact Cathy Dixon if you need to know when your membership is due for renewal and details of how to pay or to join. 100_club@pdg.org.uk

Newsletter

The Guild’s newsletter is now available. Paper copies will be circulated to towers. It is also available online, here:  https://pdg.org.uk/newsletters/newsletter_202109.pdf. Have a read and see what is going on across the Guild. The intention is to publish the newsletter more frequently, making it more timely in sharing information. The next print deadline will be the end of January, to capture all the fun goings on between now and into Christmas/New Year.  You can contact Jonathan Stuart with any comments or to ask for additional copies. newsletter@pdg.org.uk

Guild Quiz

The 2021 Guild Quiz is now available. A new quiz master sees a new format, no theme just 10 questions in 6 very different subjects and styles. No ringing knowledge required, so suitable to sell to friends, family, neighbours, acquaintances and total strangers. Bundles have been prepared for branches to sell, it is also available as a pdf from the Guild Secretary, mail me if you want a copy on secretary@pdg.org.uk. Answers need to be in by the end of January to be in with a chance of winning a prize!

Photo contest

For the 100th anniversary, in 2024, the Guild will be producing a calendar for the year, decorated with images of churches within the Peterborough Diocese. The calendar will be produced with images in landscape format A4 size. Many towers may look better in portrait than landscape, so submissions can be a single landscape image or a selection of images of a single church to produce a collage. Images may be an external view of the church or tower, of the bells or installation, or architectural features of the church – be as inventive and artistic as you like. Images of a vibrant town centre church would be as interesting as an idyllic country church in a peaceful landscape. Images showing different seasons are particularly welcomed. 
Pictures must be of churches within the boundaries of the Peterborough diocese with three or more bells hung for ringing. The bells do not need to be ringable. For ideas about towers, see the Towers section of the Guild website. The competition is open to anyone and closes on the 1st September 2022, with winners to be announced at the Summer Festival that month. The three best images, as judged by the 100th Anniversary Committee, will be the recipient of a 100th Anniversary Calendar each for the photographer and for the tower pictured. Terms and conditions are in the newsletter and on the website, see here: https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/photo-contest. Entries to be e-mailed to photos100@pdg.org.uk. Good luck! 

CCCBR updates:
The president’s blog reaches edition 43. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/09/21/presidents-blog-43/

Lots to keep you busy there, and I hope to hear from you on one subject or another. I’m about to get busy with events in 2022, after a very slow start 2021 is now flying by. 

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 12 September from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Good afternoon,

Here is Helen’s latest update. Please note the date of the next Guild meeting.

Helen has also asked that information on future Branch events be sent to the Guild Webmaster for inclusion in the Guild Events calendar.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

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

That made a nice change – I was able to attend Kettering’s branch meeting on Saturday afternoon; two sixes, nice weather and a convenient pub afterwards – what was not to like! Thank you for having us. Wellingborough are having their first branch event this Saturday. It’s good to see branches making steps back to ringing as well as towers. It’s an important part of ringing to get out and about to other towers and bells and to enjoy chatting to people again (Yes, I know ringing masters disapprove of too much of that while they’re trying to arrange ringing!)

Guild news

The next Guild meeting is a fortnight away, on Saturday 25th September at Thrapston. There will be open ringing at 3 pm and an informal contest before the business meeting at 5 pm. See here for details: https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/summer-festival. Nomination for Safeguarding Officer can be sent to me ahead of the meeting or taken at the meeting. Advance notice of any other items of business would be appreciated. 

If you want to see what events are taking place across the Guild, please check out the Guild website, they are listed on the Events page: https://pdg.org.uk/events

Can branches please let the webmaster (webmaster@pdg.org.uk) know of any changes, cancellations, or additions so that the page can be kept up to date. Tower special events taking place within the Guild can also be included, as an event or a news item, just let the webmaster know. Until things are entirely back to normal, it would be as well to confirm that an event is taking place before travelling any great distance. 

CCCBR

The president’s latest blog, with additional mathematics, is available here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/09/08/presidents-blog-6×9/

Youth Ringing

This weekend saw the National Youth Ringing competition, hosted at Worcester. Teams from across the country took part, ringing rounds or methods in the contests. Kent and Oxford were successful. At this event the Young Change Ringers Association was launched. https://ycra.org.uk/ This is a national association for young ringers (under 30) to encourage the younger ringers. If you have some in your tower you might like to point them in that direction. 

The Guild is aiming to gather young ringers is our area to enable younger ringers to ring with other of their age group. If you are or have young ringers in your tower, please get in touch with Nich Wilson on young_ringers@pdg.org.uk to find out more. Helpers of a less young variety are also appreciated!

Hopefully see some of you at events in the next few weeks. 

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 31 August from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Good afternoon. Here we are on 1 September and officially it is the start of Autumn. Whilst Autumn means eight months of 2021 have already passed us by, with little or no ringing for many towers. The positive is that more bell towers are getting back to ringing for practice and Sunday services. Feel free to communicate your Tower activities to Helen if you haven’t already done so.

Enjoy reading Helen’s update and note the opportunity to ring on 30 October……….

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

To: Branch Chairs, Secretaries & Treasurers. Please circulate to your members

I’m not sure what happened to Monday being a SUMMER bank holiday, it didn’t look a lot like summer where I was. Hopefully, you managed to do something that wasn’t dependent on sunny weather – or you have your own personal break in the cloud to take care of that. 

Guild news:

It was good to see so many people brave the inclement weather for the (Not the) Spring meeting. Hopefully we’ll see more of you at the next meeting, which will be the Guild’s Summer Festival, to be held on 25th September at Thrapston from 3 pm. This usually hosts the inter-branch 8 bell contest. However this year it will be a little bit different, with open ringing from 3 pm and an informal striking contest for those who wish to (or can be coerced into) taking part. There will be drinks available in the church hall from 3 pm, feel free to bring a picnic if the weather gods decide to smile on us this time. 

There will be a business meeting to follow, at 5 pm. An actual in person meeting. Golly!

Details and a poster can be found here: https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/summer-festival

Safeguarding Officer:

There remains a need for the Guild to have someone dedicated to supporting and recording safeguarding coverage in the Guild. This role was new at the Guild AGM and remains unfilled. If you are interested, a role description is attached, or please contact me to find out more. Nominations could be made at the Summer meeting for a vacant post. 

Guild clothing:

The Guild is continuing to offer clothing embroidered with the Guild logo. Details can be found on the website and orders are made through Cathy Dixon, e-mail her on pro@pdg.org.uk  There is some customisation available, with your tower or benefice being embroidered below the logo, if you choose. 

Branch meetings:

It is good to hear of more branches that are beginning to put on their monthly meetings again. Towcester, Wellingborough, Peterborough & Kettering have already or are aiming to hold meetings or practices for the branch in September. If I’ve missed your branch activity, please feel free to bring me up to date. 

CCCBR:

The President’s latest blog where admits to a dubious relationship with the truth regarding his holiday destination… https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/08/24/presidents-holiday-blog-41/Here we are

Annual Meeting

This weekend sees the CCCBR annual meeting, again to be held virtually. Hopefully that will go smoothly and we’ll have an update from our representatives at the Summer Festival. Papers are available here if you have a desire to see what is going on. https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2021-meeting/

COP26

You may well have seen that the United Nations Climate change conference is being held in Glasgow at the start of November. If your ringers or your church feel so inclined, you might like to ring to raise awareness of this important event. I know that some churches have been increasingly vocal on this subject in recent years. Suggested ringing would be on the eve of the conference, 30th October at 6 pm, although ringing at any time that suits the band and church would be equally relevant. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/08/31/cop26-united-nations-climate-change-conference/

And that’s all for now, folks. Hope to see you at the Summer Festival, or at branch events in the coming months. 

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 16 August from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Good morning on this rather damp and miserable August day.

While Helen’s update is short, there are plenty of good reads in it including the President’s latest blog, where he is promoting an on-line publication entitled “Calling it Round”. For those wanting to progress to calling and conducting, this could be part of your way forward.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

To: Branch Chairs, Secretaries & Treasurers. Please circulate to your members

Just a reminder of the (Not the) Spring festival, the guild ringing and social event taking place this Saturday, 21st August at SS Peter & Paul church, Abington, Northampton, from 3 to 5 pm. It will be an opportunity for general ringing and the chance to catch up with ringers from across the Guild. If you wish to, please bring a picnic, including drinks of your choice.

The church has a number of requirements for those attending, in order to keep attendees and those using the church safe. Please see https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/spring-meetingfor more details.

A poster is available to circulate, available here: https://pdg.org.uk/forms/Not_the_Spring_meeting.pdf

In other CCCBR news:

The president’s latest blog: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/08/10/presidents-blog-40/

The Westley award for church bell maintenance and improvement 2021 was presented recently: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/08/06/westley-award-for-church-bell-maintenance-and-improvement-2021/

It might be that your church is considering opening for the annual Heritage open days, from 10th to 19th September. Think about if you can use the opportunity to engage the public in the history and art of bellringing. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/08/10/heritage-open-day-10th-19th-september-2021/

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

Guild Event News

Dear all,

Herewith the latest news from Helen Allton about Guild events happening very soon. Check your diary folks…..

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text :

The first Guild event in almost 2 years will be held on 21st August at SS Peter & Paul church, Abington, Northampton, from 3 to 5 pm. It will be an opportunity for general ringing and the chance to catch up with ringers from across the Guild. If you wish to, please bring a picnic, including drinks of your choice.

The church has a number of requirements for those attending, in order to keep attendees and those using the church safe. Please see https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/spring-meetingfor more details.

A poster is available to circulate, available here: https://pdg.org.uk/forms/Not_the_Spring_meeting.pdf

Arrangements for the Summer Festival for the 25th September are underway. Arrangements will be announced shortly. 

In other CCCBR news:

The president struggles with a cat/mask incident. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/07/27/presidents-blog-39/  

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 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