Helen’s Weekly Update

Hello Everyone

I hope you are all well. Helen has kindly sent her weekly update full of information and ideas to keep you entertained in a  bell ringing focused manner. I haven’t downloaded the puzzles yet this week but have included some information on accessing puzzles.

Best wishes to you all

Sylvia

 

Helen’s letter:

Well that was different. We’ve had rain and grey skies and all sorts of things. I’m sure the gardeners amongst us appreciated the rain – I know my grass has; it’s shot up in a burst of enthusiasm! As ever, feel free to use some or all of this, as you see fit. Things to keep the ringing mind entertained this week include:

Church Bells on Sunday.

Bells on Sunday comes from All Saints, Writtle in Essex.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000htpm

Why are we not Ringing?

I’m sure some people have been asked if we can ring for the Clap for Carers or for Capt Moore’s birthday or for VE day, this Friday. The answer, based on the Church of England’s guidance, is clearly no. But that’s not always understood by the general public. The Central Council has produced this very good video to explain that bells are rung by people and that we can’t, at present, do so safely. Please share this to your local communities to explain that we’ll be back ringing as soon as we safely can, but that’s not yet.

https://youtu.be/W2Qo1wK9yNw

 

Puzzle Time:

 The Ringing World is providing a page of puzzles in each edition, with online only as well as postal subscriptions available. https://www.ringingworld.co.uk/purchase/subscriptions.html You might not be able to find your name in there very much at the moment, but there’s a lot of effort going into bringing the ringing community together at this time.

Exercises:

A change to this week, you can still find the exercises on the Guild’s facebook page, however the exercises published so far now have their own page on the Guild website. You can find all of the exercises here: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/KeepFit

This week the pair of related exercises are to target different muscles in the arms and shoulders.

Exercise 5: Straight arm Kickbacks

Another exercise for the shoulders. Again you will need something that you can hold in your hand but adds weight. Stephen’s using a book, again, but a can of beans or something that’s comfortable to grip would work as well.
With one hand on a step or hard chair, drop the other arm towards the floor. Raise the arm by moving it past your hips with the elbow straight (but not locked out), and return to the start position. This will work the shoulder. You can increase the effort by holding the book at one end, rather than in the middle. Increasing the size of the object can make it difficult to hold comfortably. Remain in control on both up and down strokes. Repeat 10 times, then swop arms and do the same. Try for 2-3 sets on each arm.

Exercise 6: Tricep Kickbacks

A similar exercise to number 5, but this one will exercise the backs of your arms. You will need something that you can hold in your hand but adds weight. Stephen’s using a book, again, but a can of beans or something that’s comfortable to grip would work as well. You may find that you can’t do these with the same weight as the presses from last week – that’s OK.
With one hand on a step or hard chair, hold your arm at 90 degrees at the elbow and with your upper arm running along side your body. Straighten the arm and move the hand past the hips. The elbow shouldn’t move. Return the hand to the start position. Increase the effort with a larger item you can hold comfortably, or holding the end of the book, as opposed to the middle. Remain in control on both up and down strokes. Repeat 10 times, then swop arms and do the same. Try for 2-3 sets on each arm.

Central Council

Two items from the Council this week.

Simon Linford, the President, has been blogging and shares his thoughts this week. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/04/29/presidents-blog-8

And there’s a competition to find or submit video that shows ringing in a good light to YouTube. Details in this week’s Ringing World and on the CCCBR website here: https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-competition/

There’s a lot of ringing out there, not all of it very good. If you have footage sitting at home somewhere, please consider unearthing it an submitting it. There’s some advice on how to upload to YouTube. If that’s proving a problem, get in touch and we’ll try to help.

And that’s all I have for this week. If there is anything you want more of, do let me know. And if anyone has any ideas for subject matter or contributions they’ll be gratefully received. Stay safe out there and keep in touch.

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/

e-mail: pdgsecretary@allton.org.uk

telephone: 01832 735266

Weekly Update

Hello everyone

Another week at home begins and still the sun shines and my garden wants some rain. Like all gardeners I am never content! Helen has been busy again finding things to do for us all. Thank you, Helen. I’ve copied her letter below and, as last week. I have put the attachments, puzzles, quiz and a newsletter from the Communication and Marketing group, in the downloads section of the Branch website. You can find them all here:

https://petbells.org.uk/downloads

Another way to access them is to look on the Guild Facebook page. There is a link in Helen’s letter.

Best wishes

Sylvia

From Helen:

Another week passes and the weather continues to be almost unnaturally nice! If your days are blending into one, I write this message on Sunday. As ever, feel free to use some or all of this, as you see fit. Things to keep the ringing mind entertained this week include:

Church Bells on Sunday.

Bells on Sunday comes from St Maunanus & St Stephen, Mawnan in Cornwall.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000hmy9

Spring Festival day

We should have been at the Spring Festival on Saturday – and wouldn’t it have been a lovely day to hold it! 🌞🌞
There was some ringing though. Northampton Ringing hub held their weekly Saturday school through Ringing Room (https://ringingroom.co.uk/). Rounds & Call changes through to plain bob minor were all successfully rung. It’s very different from normal ringing, but it’s a lot of fun. Amelcote also used this for their practice, feeling pleased with their attempts at plain bob doubles.

If you want to join the Northampton practice, contact Jennie on nptonringinghub@yahoo.com, or to try it in your tower, get in touch with me and we can help you make arrangements.

Puzzle time:

2 different sorts of puzzles this week. First a jigword comprising the 41 surprise minor methods (they are listed for those of us who don’t have them on instant recall!)

Then 3 different puzzles taken from past editions of The Ringing World.

And we’d better get our puzzle muscles in trim, we’ve been challenged to a quiz by Sally Brown & the Leicester DG. How & when to be arranged; who’s in?

Exercises:

This week the exercises are to target some of the muscles in the arms and shoulders.

The first of the more targeted exercises. In this you need something to add some weight, Steve’s using a book, as they’re easy to stack to add complexity.

Hold book between palms, pressing the palms together, and move it from down to overhead to down with arms straight. Repeat 10 to 20 times, and try 2-3 sets. To increase effort, add additional books. This will mean you need to push the palms together harder, which increases the workout on the lateral muscles. Maybe don’t start with the largest book on the shelf, nor the most valuable.
https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/videos/3209148415976487/

The second is another exercise to target arms and shoulders This is a close relative of the earlier arm raises. Again you need something to add some weight. Hold book between palms at the chest, pressing the palms together. Move the book out from chest to arms stretched in front of you and back again. This is exercise A. Then move from chest to overhead and back to chest, exercise B. Repeat A 10 times, then exercise B for the same number. Try 2-3 sets of A and B. To increase effort, add additional books. This will mean you need to push the palms together harder, which increases the workout on the lateral muscles. Maybe don’t start with the largest book on the shelf, nor the most valuable.
https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/videos/834486933702106/

Central Council

The Communication & Marketing workgroup also sent out a communication this week, which is also attached.

And that’s all I have for this week. If there is anything you want more of, do let me know. And if anyone has any ideas for subject matter or contributions they’ll be gratefully received. Stay safe out there and keep in touch.

Helen

postscript

Dear all, my apologies – when I sent you Helen’s message this morning I forgot to add a link to the puzzles. I’ve put them in the Downloads section of the web site so if you want to while away some isolation minutes you can find  them you can find them here:

https://petbells.org.uk/events

Good luck.

Sylvia

 

News letter from the Guild

Dear all, i hope you are all keeping well and finding thingsd to occupy yourselves during this extraordinary time. At least the weather is fine and sunny which is cheering.

I received this newsletters from the Guild secretary, Helen. Thank you, Helen, for all your thoughts on ringing related activities during these non ringing days.

Best wishes all,

Sylvia

Message from Helen:

I’m not sure any of us were surprised by the government announcing that the restrictions are to extend for a further 3 weeks before being reviewed again. I don’t know about you, but this is easily the longest I’ve gone without ringing since I spent almost a year in the US – aged 19! I’m hoping I will still remember what to do. As ever, feel free to use some or all of this, as you see fit. Things to keep the ringing mind entertained this week include:

Church bells on Sunday, which was from St Mary the Virgin in Bathwick, Somerset. Ringing Double Norwich Court Bob Caters, which is a fun method that I’d ring more, assuming anyone else would ring it with me.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000hddx

Puzzle time

Something to get you thinking. This set of questions with a connection to ringing and bells comes from Hilary Aslett. Thanks Hilary.

News from the Central Council

This week, there’s been a blog from the President and a Youtube playlist of some good ringing. Have a listen and get your ringing fix.

President’s blog: https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/04/14/presidents-blog-7/

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmJrg8h0wm_r41SOdUG96TJo4JXBfob5-

Exercise:

Being aware that, for many of us, ringing formed part of our weekly exercise, a series of exercises have been put together (by my kid brother, who used to ring and is a physical trainer – that’s him in the video) that will work those bellringing muscles – and there are quite of lot of muscles that bellringing uses. This is the first in a series and is one that will warm you up and works on more of the body, rather than concentrates on any particular muscle set.

Please only work to your ability. Exercise should not actively hurt, if it does, reduce the effort, or make the exercise easier. Especially if you’re not used to this type of exercise, take it easy and build up the number of repeats and difficulty slowly

Start with arms above head and swing the arms (held comfortably straight, not locked out at the elbows) down and behind. At the same time as the arms come down, bend the knees and stick the bottom out (rather than leaning the upper body forward). The body should remain largely upright. The action is a bit like that of skiing (not that I’ve ever been skiiing!) The deeper the knee bend the more it works legs, balance and hips. A shallower knee bend will make the exercise easier on the knees.

Try to do this 10 to 20 times, and do 2-3 repeats of that set. You should be a bit out of breath at the end as well as warmed up nicely.

Video available here: https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/videos/158487775516240

Exercise your brains

Something to tease the brain today, a wordsearch containing a number of surprise major methods beginning with the letter A. With thanks to Joanne Wilby for preparing this puzzle. Let’s hope we’re not here long enough for her to get to Z…

My final item is to share some sad news, received from Culworth branch. Marlene Phillips of Aynho died on Wednesday 15th. April at home after a long battle with Cancer. She learnt to ring in 1947  and was well enough to attend our AGM in January. Her husband Peter and Dee Thobourne  (also a ringer) looked after her with the help of the local community. There is an announcement on the News page of the guild website and an obituary will be posted. http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/LATESTGUILDNEWS#ANCHORMARLENE

And that’s all I have for this week. If there is anything you want more of, do let me know. And if anyone has any ideas for subject matter or contributions they’ll be gratefully received. Stay safe out there and keep in touch.

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/

e-mail: pdgsecretary@allton.org.uk

telephone: 01832 735266

Keeping in touch

Dear all

These are certainly troubling times and I know we are all missing our ringing and our ringing friendships.

If you would like to keep in touch please use the Branch website to check for updates and if you are a Facebook user you can join the Guild Facebook group. The link is:

https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

All Branch events are cancelled for the time being.

Best wishes

Sylvia

Peterborough Branch Secretary

AGM Minutes and 2020 programme of events

If you would like to read the minutes of the recent branch AGM you can find them here:

https://petbells.org.uk/downloads/

Also here in the downloads  section of the web site is a poster- style list of the events for this year to give an overview of what is planned and in case you wish to print one  for your tower. All the event details are also listed individually here:

https://petbells.org.uk/events

and will be updated as more  details are confirmed.

Best wishes all and happy ringing

Sylvia

AGM Thanks

Thank you to all who attended the AGM yesterday. It was good to see so many of you there and your input into the Branch is greatly appreciated. It was also a great opportunity to meet the new Guild secretary, Helen, and the new 100 club organiser, Cathy. Thankyou both for coming to join us yesterday,

For those of you who were not able to come I think I  can safely say you missed an enjoyable afternoon of ringing, a really lovely service with rousing “old favourites” from the hymn book, a brief meeting and a delicious afternoon tea. St Mary’s provided a very welcoming and warm venue..in fact SO warm… quite a novelty for those of us more used to risking hypothermia in some of our freezing rural churches.

I am so pleased to be able to say that Alex remains as chairman and all the officers and committee members remain in post. They have all worked so hard for the Branch and this continuity makes life easier for all and I’m very grateful to them. All committee members are listed in the contacts section of the web site if you wish to get in touch with any of them. The programme of events is almost finalised and you can find details of upcoming workshops etc in the EVENTS section of the branch web site.  https://petbells.org.uk/events/

Finally a heartfelt thank you from me to all the band of willing volunteers who made organising, providing for and clearing up after this meeting seem to happen by magic!

Sylvia

Branch secretary

 

ART conference 2020

The Association of Ringing Teachers conference will take place on March 14th /15th. It looks like an interesting weekend. If you  are interested in this you can find all the details and booking information  here