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,

Julie

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.

Thanks

Helen

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

3 April update from Helen Allton

Dear Ringers,

Helen Allton’s latest update is below.  There is plenty of news as well as dates for your diary.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

To Branch chair, treasurers & secretaries, please pass on to members

So much for much for my weather forecasting skills. After the last update when I confidently predicted that winter was behind us, the weather decided to prove me wrong. Snow, hail, wind and rain all made an appearance over the last few days. April is usually unpredictable but let’s hope that’s the end of that!

Guild news:
The Guild is planning a series of ringing opportunities to take place on Second Saturdays. The first two sessions will cover Basic Bell maintenance and Beyond Plain Bob. Express interest by e-mailing Simon Dixon. It is anticipated that sessions will be repeated at a later date. Locations will be advised once interest has been expressed. For more details, see https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/second-saturday-sessions

There is also now a web page to encourage ringers to learn as a result of the Jubilee. See here for more details: https://pdg.org.uk/jubilee-ringing

And a reminder that the Spring meeting is on the 23rd April in the Kettering branch. Ringing at Stoke Albany (14:00) then the contest and ringing at Wilbarston (15:00). This will be followed by a brief business meeting before evening ringing at Brampton Ash. Names for tea to Jane Marsh by e-mail chairman@kettering.pdg.org.uk or by phone/text on 07708 376 524

Teams for the 6-bell striking contest should e-mail Simon Dixon, master@pdg.org.uk, to enter their team. For further details, see https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/spring-meeting-23rd-april

Dates for your Diary
You can check for details on the Guild’s events page for more details. https://pdg.org.uk/events Easter sees more than the usual number of events this coming Saturday.

Culworth: 9th April, 7:30 pm Upper Boddington.
Daventry: 9th April, 15:00 Everdon. Followed by service, tea & meeting from 4:30. Special method is Little Everdon Bob Doubles https://rsw.me.uk/blueline/methods/view/Little_Everdon_Bob_Doubles
Kettering: 9th April, Isham, 14:00. Ringing and social gathering
Wellingborough: 9th April, 10:30 Earl’s Barton. Surprise practice to include both surprise minor and major.
Wellingborough: 9th April 14:30 Yardley Hastings.
Guild 10 bell: 14th May, 10:30 – 12:30 location tbc. If you want to receive updates on this subject directly, please let the Guild Secretary know.  

CCCBR updates:
The President’s latest blog covers a lot of ground, https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/03/29/presidents-blog-56/

That’s enough from me. No predictions this week in case they are instantly proven false!

Thanks

Helen

Spring Meeting, Saturday, 23 April

Dear Ringers,

Helen Allton has asked that we promote the Spring meeting taking place on 23 April on Petbells. The poster has already been put onto the Petbells downloads page, but to make it easy, here is the link:

 
All programme details of the Spring Meeting are available on the Guild websitehttps://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/spring-meeting-23rd-april
 
Please note that all bands wishing to participate in the 6 bell striking competition should be made to Simon Dixon by Saturday, 16 April, NOT Friday, 8 April, as stated on the poster in the downloads page of Petbells.

Many thanks,

Julie

Helen Allton’s update of 20 March

Dear Ringers,

Here is Helen’s latest update. Again there are dates for your diary and updates about on-going projects. So, have a read.

Best wishes,

Julie

To Branch Chairs, Secretaries & Treasurers, please forward to members.

I’ve been to a number of Guild and branch events in the last few weeks. In each case I have been impressed by a couple of things. Firstly, the enthusiasm of those who attended. In each case there was a good turn out, it seems that our members want to get out and to ring, which is really heartening. The second thing was the meetings that had cake; In two weeks I had a cupcake and millionaires shortbread, respectively. I’m not sure that cake does much for my ringing or, indeed, my waistline, but it has been rather yummy!

Guild news:
Some advance notice, the 23rd April sees the Guild Spring Meeting, in the Kettering branch. Ringing at Stoke Albany (14:00) then the contest and ringing at Wilbarston (15:00). This will be followed by a brief business meeting before evening ringing at Brampton Ash. Names for tea to Jane Marsh by e-mail chairman@kettering.pdg.org.uk or by phone/text on 07708 376 524

Teams for the 6-bell striking contest should e-mail Simon Dixon, master@pdg.org.uk, to enter their team. Just to remind you that teams can be from a tower, benefice or group of towers that ring together.  You can ring call changes, doubles or minor; the piece should be at least 120 changes long. Additional details will be provided in the next update. It’ll be great to see you there.

CCCBR updates:
The School & Youth groups workgroup has issued an update. https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/03/18/schools-youth-groups-workgroup-update/

The President’s latest blog ends on a cliff hanger – what exactly did Charlie wear to school??? https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/03/16/presidents-blog-55/

Entries are invited for the 2022 Westley Award for Church Belfry Maintenance and Improvement, you can find out more here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/03/11/2022-westley-award-for-church-belfry-maintenance-and-improvement/

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

Towcester: 26th March, 10:30 – 12:00 Potterspury. Special methods All Saints Doubles and Kent Treble Bob Minor.  

Peterborough: 1st April 19:30 8 bell practice at Castor

Guilsborough: 2nd April, 15:30 Scaldwell, with service, tea & meeting then from 18:30 Walgrave

Guild 10 bell: 12th May, 10:30 – 12:30 location tbc. If you want to receive updates on this subject directly, please let the Guild Secretary know.  

Other ringing events
Saturday 26th sees the 3 eliminators for the National Twelve-Bell Striking Contest. One is being held at Bury St Edmunds and Towcester will be taking part. Draw is at 11, contest ringing from 11:30. Bury St Edmunds is a lovely place to while away some time, while listening to some of the best striking you’ll hear.

Seeing the weather forecast is currently sunny, it could be a good day out (no promises). See the links below for more information.

http://www.12bell.org.uk/

http://www.12bell.org.uk/…/uploads/2022/02/2022-Bury.pdf

The annual ART conference will take place on Saturday 7 May at Erdington Academy, Birmingham. ART are working with the CCCBR again, and the second day of the conference weekend will be hosted by the Tower Stewardship and Management Workgroup of the CCCBR. There is no need to be an ART learner or tutor to attend. For more details, and to register, see this link. https://ringingteachers.org/news/ART-Conference

With the Spring equinox now past, the long drag from winter is beyond us. Summer may seem a while away yet – it might be sunny but that doesn’t mean it’s warm – I’m not about to shed my jumper quite yet!! But there’s that promise of warmth and sunshine and that only makes things feel better. Hopefully it might entice you out and about.

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 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,

Julie

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. 

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

A date for your diary: Sunday 11 September 2022

Dear Ringers,

Diana Street has been busy organising a ringing event for the afternoon of Sunday 11 September, with the added bonus of a Cream Tea at The Willow Cafe, Central Park in Peterborough.      

The event, entitled “Ring for your Cream Tea”, will feature in the Petbells calendar but there is much information to relay.  Hence this Petbells bulletin. 

Here is Diana’s e-mail:

“The timings are: 
1:30-2:15pm       Yaxley (6) upstairs  toilet (3) confirmed
2:30-3pm            Stanground(6) GF  toilet       confirmed

3-15-3:45pm       Fletton (5) GF        toilet        confirmed

We will leave a donation at each tower so £3 each should cover this, please give it on the day.

Booked – non-ringing family members and friends are welcome to join us for tea at The Willow Cafe, Central Park, Peterborough – with its function room to ourselves!! – with weekend ‘free’ parking in Park Crescent (far side of the park) PE1 4DX and then walk into the park itself aiming for the centre (green grass ’roundabout’ with Weeping Willow tree) where The Willow Cafe is located.

Please advise Diana Street (email: diana_cherryfields@yahoo.co.uk) on attendance and your clear choice of menu from : The Willow Cafe menu  by Thursday 25th August so I (Diana) can let them know numbers and orders – as they will be busy over the bank holiday weekend and need to ensure ingredients supply as they make all of their own food. Thank you.  (The owner of the cafe is my neighbour’s daughter)

example from menu:-

Scones, jam, clotted cream                                    £4:50
choose drink  from menu  eg pot of tea                   £2.30  
Full cream tea (sandwiches, scone, chosen drink)    £14:50 
Vegetarian alternative cream tea and drink                £14:50

If you prefer cake(s) of the day then please order that (eg £3.10) and a drink choice from the menu.

If anything is not clear then please get in touch.

I have ‘tested’ the afternoon tea and needed ‘doggy-bag’ boxes to bring the rest of the food home for the next day!

Thanks a lot.

I looking forward to seeing you all then.

Take care

Diana”

20 February update from Helen Allton

Dear Ringers,

Here is Helen’s latest update. There are plenty of dates for your diary.

So, settle down with your cup of tea or coffee and have a good read, as yet again, it is not a good day to be outside!

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

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

Hopefully, you, your house and your towers all survived the attentions of the storms Dudley and Eunice, and that Franklin, who is due on Sunday & Monday, does no more damage. The tower in Wells that lost the top of its spire didn’t come off best. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-somerset-60434329 Fingers crossed nothing like that happens.  

Accession ringing:
Thank you to every one of the 68 towers and over 240 ringers that took part in marking this. Certificates for towers are available, contact the Cathy Dixon, the Guild PRO to express your interest. pro@pdg.org.uk. The Jubilee weekend in June is just around the corner, get planning and let’s see if we, collectively, can celebrate that milestone in style.  

Guild News:
The entries for the Guild quiz were marked and the completely correct answers put into the hat for a draw. The winners and answers are available on the Guild website. https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/guild-quiz-winners. Well done to the winners and all those who took part. Thank you to those who sold quizzes or forced them on friends and family.

The latest 100 club draw took place in February, with winners listed on the website. https://pdg.org.uk/?view=article&id=122:february-2022-100-club-draw&catid=2

The Guild Management Committee meeting takes place on 5th March. Any views or items for discussion can be submitted through your branch chairs or the GMC representatives in your branch.

Dates for your diary:
This will be a regular item, featuring Guild events and branch happenings that are coming up in the next few weeks. You can check for details on the Guild’s events page for more details. https://pdg.org.uk/events

Guild 10 bell: Saturday 12th March at 10:30 to 12:30 at Towcester. A chance to try ringing on higher numbers for those confident in ringing on 8 and to test out those method muscles for those with some familiarity on 10. Method range can extend up to Bristol and London Surprise Royal (on a good day, with enough people).

Towcester: Saturday 29th February at 10:00 am. Meet at Pattishall for parallel practices at Pattishall and other towers.  

Rutland: Thursday 3rd March at 19:30 at Oakham. Major and Triples practice.

Peterborough: Friday 4th March at 19:30 at Castor. Branch 8-bell practice

Guilsborough: Saturday 5th March at 15:30 at Cold Ashby, then from 18:30 at Kelmarsh.

Central Council news
Details of the annual Central Council meeting, to be held in person for the first time in 2 years, are being issued. Part of the weekend is open to all ringers. https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/02/07/2022-annual-meeting/

The President’s latest blog is available. https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/02/16/presidents-blog-53/

Heritage Open days can be a way of spreading the word about ringing and generating some positive engagement with the community – and you may find a recruit or two. Registration is open from 1st March for the annual event in September. The Guild can help with publicity materials if you have a plan to try and open your tower.  https://cccbr.org.uk/2022/02/12/heritage-open-days-will-be-back-between-9-18-september-2022/

Hope you stay safe and warm. If the rhyme has February bringing the rain, while March brings breezes to stir the dancing daffodils, let’s hope that March doesn’t end up any more breezy than it has been of late. That would do more than simply stir the daffodils!

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 7 February from Helen Allton

Dear Ringers,

Here is Helen’s latest update.

Of particular interest is the paragraph on the Old Black Lion and St Peter’s. I have highlighted the parts of that paragraph where Helen would like your input in advance of the General Management Committee next month. The GMC takes place at 10am on Saturday 5 March at Bouverie Court.

There is also a general reminder that annual subs are now due. I understand from Andrew Christie, our Treasurer, that he has received two thirds of the 2022 subs already. So if you have yet to pay, this is a gentle reminder.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

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

It’s been good to see branches meeting and getting on with the business of planning the events for the year after a prolonged period of uncertainty. Should you want to see what is happening, check out the Guild’s events page for details of branch events. https://pdg.org.uk/events

Anniversary of the Accession

Yesterday marked the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. If you were able to ring, please put it on Bellboard, linked to the event “70th Anniversary of HM the Queen’s Accession”,  or let me know. I aim to collect tower names and write to the palace by the end of the week.

If you rang for the accession, or the coronation, we’d like to hear from you, what did you do, what do you remember? Get in touch and we’ll happily talk to you about your memories.

Old Black Lion & St Peter’s

As you should be aware, there is a project in Northampton, taking in St Peter’s church and the Old Black Lion pub. The church is run by the Churches Conservation Trust, and they have leased the Old Black Lion pub, a former coaching inn, to run as a commercial venture to support the church financially. They have been working with the CCCBR to put in place a training facility in an old stable block of the pub. This will comprise an 8-bell simulator for training, which would compliment the 8 bells in St Peter’s church. As this is on our patch, we ought to plan to make use of it. What sort of training activity would you want to see, what would be valuable to ringers in the local area? This will be a topic at the Guild Management Committee next month, so please get your thoughts and ideas to the branch Chair, your GMC rep or to me. Your opinion really matters here.

Guild 10 bell practice

A date for your diary, the next 10 bell practice will be 12th March at Towcester. It’s a chance to try ringing on 10 and to stretch those ringing brain cells a bit.

And I know that the Guild and branch treasurers would like me to remind you that your annual subs are now due. Get in touch with your branch treasurer for how to pay.

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

AGM Minutes, 15 January 2022

Dear Ringers,

It was good to see many of you, virtually, at our Zoom AGM last Saturday, 15 January. In particular, it was helpful to put faces to names, so thank you to all those who were able to attend.

The minutes are now on the Petbells downloads page for those who would like to read them. The minutes also give details of the new Committee, for those who were unable to attend, but would like to know who is on it.

There is no real change, but we are looking for a new Press Correspondent, as Terry Wright has decided to stand down. Thank you, Terry, for your contribution over the last 5 years in this role. It has been much appreciated by all. Would anyone like to consider volunteering? All offers to the Secretary, please.

Best wishes,

Julie Pocock

Branch Secretary