Weekly update

Hello everyone

Here is Helen’s latest update full of interesting items.

These are certainly unusual times and it looks like returning to ringing is going to be a rather complicated matter.

Best wishes

Sylvia

Helen’s message:

 

I don’t know about you, but it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster of a week. The below tries to sum all of that up, and provide some light relief along the way.

Return to ringing

The latest guidance from the Church of England on reopening churches includes returning to ringing (page 9). https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-06/COVID%2019%20advice%20on%20conducting%20public%20worship%20v1.1.pdf

It references the CCCBR’s guidance,  which can be found here https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/
Later in the week, the CofE requested that the CCCBR ask ringers to hold off ringing until after the guidance expected from PHE during week commencing 6th July. We will send information on as we become aware of it.

You can find more support from the Guild latest news, and this is kept up to date as information becomes available: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/LATESTGUILDNEWS#ANCHORC19restart Get in touch with your branch or the Guild officers if you need any support – we’re here to help.

 

Bells on Sunday

This week Bells on Sunday comes from The Parish Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas, Pier Head, in Liverpool. For some reason they’re ringing Pudsey Surprise Maximus. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000kmsj
This time next week, some of us might be ringing. If you do, let us know, we’ll want to share in the return of our hobby to the soundscape.

Blast from the past

This photograph, taken in 1974, includes most of the founder members of the Guild, receiving their 50 year membership certificates. Looks like some right characters in there. There is a higher resolution scan available on request. I wonder who is the longest serving member of the Guild now? https://bit.ly/1974PDGfounders

Training

Time to brush the cobwebs off the methods in the brain. A couple of videos this week on how methods are constructed and learning them.
https://youtu.be/n01YsjYd-zs
https://youtu.be/n-g0PWcnj0I

Brain training

In another homage to Only Connect, this time we have a slight twist. There are 4 items in each line and they are in order, what’s the sequence that connects them? Thinking caps on. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/159249052347160

And, to continue the series, there’s a word search featuring methods beginning with the letter F. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/160374885567910

Saturday debate

It’s Saturday debate time! Ringers’ teas: how do you like your tea? There’s been quite a variety of opinions on the Facebook page so far! https://bit.ly/ringerstea

 

CCCBR news

This week there has been an update from the Schools & Youth Workgroup. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/06/26/young-ringers-schools-youth-groups-workgroup-update-june-2020/

I think that’s all for this week. By this time next week some of us may have being ringing some bells. Some of us (me!) will have had a haircut and will stop looking at the world from behind an unruly fringe, a fact about which I an unreasonably excited! I hope the relaxation of rules is treating you well and that you’re all managing to navigate your way through the changing landscape safely.

Thanks

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

Guild weekly update

Well, what a difference a week makes. This time next week some of us may have been able to ring our bells for the first time in over 3 months. I’ll start with that, as everything else sort of pales into insignificance. The usual weekly bits and bobs will follow. You never know, maybe I can stop annoying you all once a week… 
Return to Ringing
The CCCBR has been working with the CofE to establish a route forward to being able to ring again. The Guild has been working up a risk assessment template and example prompts to support you in this. We hope to have those available next week.
You can read the initial announcement here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/06/25/returning-to-service-ringing/
And the full guidance can be found here: 
On Radio Northampton today you may have caught Geoff being interviewed about a return to ringing on Martin Heath’s Sunday Breakfast show. Seeing as he recorded this interview before the guidance from the CCCBR came out, he does a very good job. Starts at 3:43:46 (although the song before is that classic Africa by Toto, so starting at 3:38 is worthwhile)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08h3kj3
 
Blast from the past
A set of pictures from a far off place – the 1970s. In the 50th anniversary year, the guild report contained pictures of members in each branch. There are 11 images, as in 1974, Peterborough and Oundle were separate branches. Who can you spot this time?
I have these as higher resolution scans from the 1974 report, if anyone would like one or more e-mailing to them, let me know. 
Training
This week’s training video is to help you practice your listening skills. This is a simply presented video that allows you to rewind and check your answers.
Brain training
For quizzy Monday, I thought it was someone else’s turn to set the quiz – and the people at Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust have luckily obliged. 
Set by their trustees, I think you can say these have a bell ringing slant to them. Good luck! I have spent most of the week puzzling over the bonus question… 
Bells on Sunday
Bells on Sunday this week comes from Kingsbury in Warwickshire, ringing Scientific Triples. 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000kfvt
CCCBR news
There’s been so much going on at the end of the week that’s it difficult to remember the week started out quite normally, with the President’s 12th blog. We get a mention this time.
Holiday idea needed? 
And now for something completely different. The Churches Conservation Trust owns and maintains a number of churches, some with bells. They also offer “champing” holidays (that’s camping in a church) at some of their sites: www.champing.co.uk. The CCCBR has been working with them and has a 20% off offer for ringers. https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/200625-CCT-Champing-Offer.pdf 

You will likely hear from me during the week, as we provide further support to allow towers to return to ringing at the right time for their particular circumstances. Stay well and let’s see where we are in a week’s time. 
Thanks
Helen  
Helen Allton
Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers
telephone: 01832 735266

Return to Ringing

Good morning everyone

Helen has sent the link below to the current CCCBR guidance on possible return to ringing. This is good news..

(…though having read it and looked at all the complicated restrictions I think today I just feel happy that it is raining on my garden and not so exhaustingly HOT).

Best wishes

Sylvia

 

The following information has been made available by the Central Council regarding a return to ringing.

https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/

At present the Guild is working on a risk assessment and information that will complement this information and aim to support you through the process of returning to ringing, at a time and in a manner appropriate for each tower. We aim to be able to provide something to you in the next week.

Thanks

Helen

Hello everyone
I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying this fine sunny weather.
Helen’s weekly letter follows and this week she has kindly provided links to all the content so you won’t have to search for things I couldn’t insert into this text message.
Best wishes
Sylvia

As churches begin to open this week for private prayer, and things begin to open up, the next question will be “when can we ring again?”. Not yet. Just to let you know that the Guild is working on a Covid risk assessment, that will hopefully mean that we’ll be in a position to take a measured approach to any return to ringing, when that becomes a possibility.

This week’s update has another random selection of bits and bobs.

Blast from the past

This week’s photo was taken at the AGM, in 1949, the Guild’s 25 year. The AGM was held at Peterborough Cathedral. From the report: “Tea was served in the Dujon cafe with 158 sitting down”. Gulp. That’s an awful lot of tea!

A higher resolution scan is available, on request, if you wanted to try and identify people in the photo. I’m not there (just in case anyone was wondering!)

https://bit.ly/AGM1949

Brain Training

A couple of puzzles for you this week.

There’s a set of questions asking which county. All the answers are a county and they are all different. So where are we?

https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/155240349414697

And a ringing Wordsearch, where all the methods begin with the letter E. https://bit.ly/wordsearchE (grid)

https://bit.ly/Worsearch-E (words)

Ringing in alternative ways

A couple of different approaches to ringing this week. Firstly, some of our members have been getting involved in ringing collectively (but separately) using dumb bells installed at home. Well done all, that can’t have been trivial. https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/view.php?id=1371147
There’s various information available on dumb bells, from the history of them in this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/4hgjjyN9kaM
To a group for users of ringing simulators: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1441867412528870
You may find yourself with one installed if this goes on much longer!

Secondly, what else can you use a method for? Well if knitting is your thing, you could possibly practice your methods in a scarf or arran panel on a jumper. There’s a pattern for a scarf featuring Cambridge Minor available on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/…/library/a-scarf-of-cambridge-major
Can you tell what the methods are on these other knitted examples?

Central Council

This week we have an update from the V&L workgroup. That stands for Volunteer and Leadership, for those who (like me) had to look it up. The update is attached, or is available via this link:

https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/06/14/volunteering-leadership-workgroup-update-june-2020/

Bells on Sunday

Bells on Sunday this morning comes from the church of St Mary the Virgin, Chislet in Kent. They’re ringing my favourite, Stedman.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000k8dj

A bit of fun

Someone who contributes to the St Peter’s Church, Irthlingborough Faceboook page has a good line in cartoons. This one might strike a chord with ringers, nothing goes together quite like practice and quenching a thirst in the pub. Cheers, we’ll raise a glass together again one day.

https://bit.ly/Privateprayer

And don’t forget our two competitions: the virtual ringers’ tea and the puzzling piece of text. Entries to either welcome at any time to me by end of August (assuming AGM in September)

Guild Weekly Update

Thank you, Helen, for another action packed weekly update:

This week has seen an increase in the number of socially distanced ringing taking place, with handbells suddenly becoming hugely attractive. You don’t need to ring two bells, one each works equally as well. Do let us know if you’ve been out and ringing; photos always more than welcome of a suitably distanced party!

This week’s update has the usual variety of bits and bobs.

AGM

This weekend, being the 2nd Saturday in June, should have been the Guild AGM. The rescheduled AGM is 19th September (we hope), to be held in Towcester. We’ll keep in touch with the latest situation and will let you know the details in good time.
It means I’ve been in post as Secretary for a year – and this is not at all how I thought it would go! The learning curve has been quite steep at times and I apologise for any errors or mistakes I’ve made. I’d also like to thank you for your support during the year and during recent uncertain times.

Blast from the past

This week we’re going back to the late 30s or early 40s. Date and occasion unknown, a group of ringers from Kettering and Thrapston areas. Look at those hats!

( This is a great photo. I haven’t downloaded it to our branch web site but you can see it on the Guild facebook page so please have a look there – Sylvia)

Brain Training

A couple of puzzles for you this week.

A selection of puzzles from past editions of The Ringing World for you today. Keep those braincells busy!

Another homage to Only Connect. This time there are 4 clues on each line and something that connects all 4 of them. Can you find the connections?

( Access these on the Guild Face book page)

Ringing Theory

A couple of short clips, looking at the mathematics of methods. They’re aimed at a non-ringing audience, so there are a few slight ringing inaccuracies. That doesn’t take away from the mathematics that underlies what we do (whether we realise it or not).
https://youtu.be/3lyDCUKsWZs
https://youtu.be/f5GmUxl2NaU

 

Central Council

This week we have the President’s latest blog, https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/06/09/presidents-blog-11

The Central Council also announced the winner of May’s YouTube competition for videos of good striking on 6 bells or less. The winner was a piece of ringing from Kenn, ringing callchanges in Devon style. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/06/12/result-of-may-youtube-competiton Well worth a listen to.

Details of the competition for June onwards can be found here. https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-competition/

The Technical and Taxonomy workgroup gave an update on their activity in recent times, focussing on updates that have and will take place to Dove online https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/06/09/technical-taxonomy-workgroup-update-june-2020

Not the 12 bell live

This coming Saturday (20th June) was due to be the National 12 bell striking contest. This event now features an online broadcast from the event for those unable to make it in person. The contest itself was cancelled earlier in the year, and will not be going ahead. However, on the 20th there is a broadcast of “Not the 12 bell live” which will include past ringing, history, tales and maybe the chance to spot one or two people you know. Can be found from their website from 1pm on Saturday. http://www.12bell.org.uk/

Bells on Sunday

Bells on Sunday: this week from St John-the-Baptist, Great Gaddesden in Hertfordshire, ringing Grandsire Doubles. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000k1dq

And don’t forget our two competitions: the virtual ringers’ tea and the puzzling piece of text. Entries to either welcome at any time to me by end of August (assuming AGM in September).

Thanks

Helen

Guild Weekly Update

Helen’s weekly letter follows. Some items are complex so I’ve indicated where you can find them as I couldn’t include them in this mail message.

Best wishes all

Sylvia

Helen’s letter:

In a week when we’ve been able to move more and meet in small groups outside, it feels ironic that it’s decided to rain quite a lot these last few days! Not that the garden didn’t need it. This week has the usual mixture of items of varying degrees of interest.

Blast from the past

This week we’re heading back to 1974 and the Guild’s 50th anniversary. There was a group photo taken at the AGM. Some of you will be in this, can you find yourself? Who else can you spot? Do let us know who you can find and what you remember. I have a higher resolution image, if you wanted to examine this more closely. We’re going to try and put this on the Guild website; I’ll mail out a link next week.

(Please look on the Guild facebook page or the Guild web site for this photo – thanks. Sylvia)

Brain Training

A couple of puzzles for you this week.

To give you something to pick up between dodging showers, here’s a word search; to discover surprise major methods beginning with D. Delightful.

In honour of my favourite quiz show, Only Connect, we have a missing vowels round for you. Connections are on each page. Good luck, or should that be GDLK!

(Guild facebook page for these)

Ringing Practice

With ringing not possible, some people are turning to technology to keep in method practice. Ringing electronically can be very different, however there are some tools out there to help you get started.

Nikki Thomas (from Mancroft Ringing Discover Centre: https://www.mrdc.org.uk/) and Simon Rudd gave an introduction to Abel. https://youtu.be/FYIcsMwFcg4

Other sources of help are available. There are presentations from Andy Cope – All Souls, Bolton and from ART on the topic. Those, and many others, can be found in the CCCBR YouTube index of training. https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-index

Ringing History

On a day that looks more like January than June, you don’t want to be going out. So stay in and be entertained and educated at the same time. Two items, both by Gareth Davies. Firstly a short item that featured on BBC’s “In Touch” (starts at ~ 12 minutes) featuring a blind bellringer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000gtny
And secondly a talk titled “Odious Invective and Fabulous Falacies” about ringing in Cambridge in the 18th Century.
https://youtu.be/8mtG7aRspOo?t=138

Central Council

The CCCBR has collected all the entries into this month’s YouTube competition (for striking on up to 6 bells) into a play list.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmJrg8h0wm_qEMdydGX8FRhOMQNbR-eFN
June’s category is “Most unusual or interesting ringing video”. More information on how to enter (and maybe win a prize!) can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-competition/

The Central Council Stewardship and Management Workgroup is also looking for volunteers with GDPR experience. Mail attached.

(Please look in Downloads section of the Branch website for this)

Bells on Sunday

Bells on Sunday comes from just over the border in Lincolnshire, Deeping St James. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jt06

And don’t forget our two competitions, which were mailed out last week, the virtual ringers’ tea and the puzzling piece of text. Entries to either welcome at any time to me by end of August (assuming AGM in September).

Thanks

Helen

Weekly Update

 Helen’s weekly update:

Bells on Sunday

Bells on Sunday comes from Sheffield Cathedral this week. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jnlb

 

Competition Time!

Two competitions this week, your chance to get involved.

Ringers’ Tea

One thing that no ringing means is no ringing teas! In which case, let’s have one virtually.

Submit a picture of anything you have made or baked that could form part of a ringers’ tea. Savouries (bread, sausage rolls, cheese straws etc) or sweet (large cakes, cup cakes, slices, traybakes etc.)
Does not have to have been produced during lockdown, can be anything you’ve produced in the past, but it must be your work. No M&S cheating allowed!
Submit pictures of your contribution to the tea by posting to the Guild Facebook page OR by e-mailing the Guild Secretary (e-mail address: secretary@pdg.org.uk )

We’ll close entries 3 weeks before the AGM (currently 19th Sept, so end August ish) and vote for a winner, which will be announced at the AGM. No prizes, this is for pride!

A Puzzle

Read the following text carefully. Devised by the Secretary herself, she’ll offer a prize if you can solve it. Answers to the Secretary on the same address as above.

“Times for a brain to make a difference. So try Peterborough in surprise; rings out clear. I chose the one that dings not once, not twice. Follow a path in the dance, live on the edge – when the Nine Tailor is rung for your years…
Dorothy was sure the twists was the star turn, other writers fail to match her in ringing the three to the round. And Stand.
A test to gain a prize – SURPRISE!! We seek a book herein in this line, hidden between gibberish. Be brave! Be Lateral! Be Literal! And track and trace down, with a brave spirit, the code to crack; even results may be hard won. The answer does not always run true. Rung for hundred years, more, the method lines order entwines to obvious neglect. Odd on, these linings are not sight unseen, ‘tis just ill chances lie they in the midsts of blue directory of our Guild.
Revive itself eventually. This, too, will pass. Until all may ring again this does aim – with something near – a puzzle. This answer may not take you long to solve; all told it took an hour (at least) deriving time. To win the prizes, answers (happily) sent posted to secretary; or e-mails sent by end August; in order for one very smart body to pick up a trophy awarded at AGM ending.”

 

Training Ideas

How about some handbells? If you’ve ever wondered about how to ring two bells at once, now might be the time to try it out. The Central Council has a publication that is currently free to download.https://cccbr.org.uk/…/the-beginners-guide-to-change-ringi…/
No bells? that’s not a problem. Ringers have been known to clear pubs and train carriages by ringing handbells “on thumbs” so it might be a useful skill to practice. 🙃
If you got really good, maybe it could sound like this clip of 24 handbells at The Ringing World’s 100th anniversary event. https://youtu.be/4-fCRBNTNp0

And there’s a YouTube video on the subject.

 

Blast from the past

This week we have a photograph is of the band that rang the first peal for the Guild. It was at St Giles Church Desborough on 9th February 1924. In order front row: 2, 1, 8, 7 back row: 3, 4, 5, 6

( sorry every one I can’t import this photo – you can see it on the Guild’s Facebook page Sylvia ) 

How many more photographs of peal bands and their peal boards are there out there? Send them in and we can make a collection ahead of the 100th anniversary in 2024.

 

Central Council Communications

Communications of interest this week are:

President’s blog Number 10

Sounds like he’s had a busy week.

https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/05/26/presidents-blog-10/

 

Returning to Ringing

The Stewardship and Management Workgroup would like to remind us all that, after such a long hiatus,  we should ensure the bells have been checked prior to ringing. The Guild and Branch Stewards will be able to take the lead on this.

https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/05/29/stewardship-management-workgroup-when-we-ring-again/

 

Ringing In Lockdown

There was a news item you may have seen on Saturday night’s evening news about ringing in lockdown and the use of Ringing Room. It’s a positive piece and if you can share it, please do. If your band is using RingingRoom, how about following up with an article for your parish magazine or local news sheet? There’s probably not a lot going on, they may well welcome something to fill some space! Or get in touch if you want to try it and are not sure where to start.

https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/05/31/bbc-news-item-on-bellringing-during-lockdown

 

Central Council meeting

An update with respect to the next Council meeting, due in September. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/05/28/123rd-annual-meeting

 

I hope that you’re all keeping as well as can be. Do get in touch if there’s anything you want or need, we’re here to try and support you. Stay safe out there.

 

Thanks

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

Guild Weekly Update

Hello everyone

I hope you are all well. I’m a bit late forwarding Helen’s weekly letter this week. No real  excuses for my tardiness- just blame to sunny weather and the fact that I was tired out from long hot days in the garden.

I haven’t downloaded the puzzles this week but if you are a keen puzzler please look on the Guild’s face book page and I think you will find some of them there.

All best wishes

Sylvia

Helen’s letter:

 

Another busy week of communications for you.

Last chance!

Nominations for Ecclesiastical’s “Movement for Good” awards close on Sunday 24th (that’s later today, as I write this). One last chance for you to nominate the Guild might be the one that wins. Please take 2 minutes to follow the link.

1) Visit the website: https://www.movementforgood.com/#nominateACharity
2) Fill in the form using Charity Number 258271 and Charity Name Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
3) Tell your friends and keep your fingers crossed!

Bells on Sunday

Bells on Sunday comes from Bentley in Hampshire this week. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000jfq5

Exercises for the body

Exercise 10.

http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/KeepFit/#ANCHOREX10

This concludes the set of 10 exercises that are intended to keep your ringing muscles in trim. Do let me know how you’re finding them. I hope they have been helpful to you and that you’ll feel the benefit. Let me know if you want more of these; additional torture sessions can be arranged!

Blast from the past

This is a ringer’s edition of Songs of Praise, recorded at St Martin in the Fields in 1991. How many familiar faces can you spot? There are quite a few local connections. Do let us know who you can spot. Try not to laugh too much at the hair and glasses!
https://youtu.be/pJrIgD9qHWU

Central Council Communications

There’s been quite a lot of traffic this week, but nothing urgent to report or communicate.

Reminder about Westley Award

Just a reminder that there are only a few days left to submit nominations for the “Westley Award for Belfry Maintenance” This is an award for people becoming involved in maintenance of tower bells, to be awarded at the CCCBR meeting in September 2020. The closing date is at noon on Sunday 31st May  2020. Full details are here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/03/04/2020-westley-award-for-church-bell-maintenance/

 

YouTube competition (May)

Also closing on Sunday 31st May is this month’s YouTube competition for good examples of striking on 6 bells. There’s a £200  prize available. Information can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-competition Entries and questions can be mailed to youtube@cccbr.org.uk

You can start thinking about June’s competition, which will be for an unusual or interesting ringing video. That could be intriguing!

.

Stewardship & Management Group

News item added to the CCCBR website: Stewardship & Management Workgroup Update – May 2020 https://cccbr.org.uk/…/stewardship-management-workgroup-up…/

VE Day Reminiscences

For VE day, a short interview with Eric Hitchins and Dennis Brock was recorded to be played on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme. Unfortunately, this was unable to be played, due to scheduling issues with Covid-19 announcements. It is available to listen to here:  https://cccbr.org.uk/…/bbc-interviews-with-bell-ringing-ve…/

And Finally…

We have some local celebrities! Ringers from the Northampton Ringing Hub feature in the latest edition of TowerTalk. This is produced by ART and is aimed at learners. It can be accessed here: http://www.learningtheropes.org/application/files/2415/8999/0403/Tower_Talk_16.pdf.

There is a companion piece, ART Works, which is aimed at those teaching. http://ringingteachers.org/application/files/9915/9005/9412/ART_WORKS_May_2020.pdf Both are made available to all ringers who are interested.

I hope that you’re all keeping as well as can be. Do get in touch if there’s anything you want or need, we’re here to try and support you. Stay safe out there.

Thanks

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 from the Guild

Dear All

Please see Helens’s weekly letter below. There are some important items to note, changes to dates for the AGM and festival  (which I’ve amended in the events section of the Branch website although of course details are still to be finalised) and two important documents relating to Covid and Bellringing which are in the downloads section.

Its been such an age since I saw any of you but I hope you are all fine and at least enjoying the sunny weather.

All best wishes

Sylvia

Guild Events

I’m sure this comes as no surprise to anyone; the Guild has decided to postpone the Guild AGM. This was due to be held 13th June at Towcester. That is clearly not going to be possible. After discussion with branches involved, we’ll plan to hold the Guild AGM at Towcester on 19th September. The AGM is intended to start at 6pm, all other arrangements will be announced in advance, depending on the situation at the time.

The 19th September was the date of the Summer Festival. It was decided that as this is already a Guild event date, it would be better to use this for the Guild AGM, as it will already be in all your diaries. That does mean that the Summer Festival will have to move. This is provisionally planned for Welford, in the Guilsborough branch on 3rd October. I think we’ll rename it the Autumn Festival, just for this year. Again, arrangements will depend on the situation at the time.

Bell on Sunday

Bells on Sunday comes from Brailes in Warwickshire this week. The 3rd heaviest ring of six, there’s never been a peal on them. The tower has a tendency to go for a walk around the village while ringing, meaning they’re somewhat “challenging”! Which makes these call changes really quite respectable.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000j7hn

Exercises for the body

Exercises 8&9 this week.

http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/KeepFit/#ANCHOREX8

http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/KeepFit/#ANCHOREX9

Next week will see the 10th and final exercise – do let me know how you’ve found these and if you want more of them .

Central Council

The CCCBR – Central Council of Church Bell Ringers president shares his thoughts in blog number 9. What do you think? Discuss, then let him (and us) know. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/05/12/presidents-blog-9/

Covid & Lockdown

I could end up sounding very depressing if I passed on each communication as it arrived – and you’d get fed up with me. I intend to gather anything that needs communicating into this weekly digest, unless there is anything that needs communicating more urgently. I hope that will be satisfactory for everyone.

Positive news at a difficult time.

A really good, positive article on ringing in lockdown. What are you doing to keep your band together? Consider working that into an article for the parish magazine or local newsletter.

http://www.padiploma.news/ring-out-the-bells-keeping-englands-church-bells-ringing-during-the-covid-19-lockdown

Central Council’s COVID summary statement

After the latest government guidance and the updated information from the House of Bishops, the Central Council has issued the summary statement on ringing and chiming. This was sent out to all societies this week and has also been communicated to the diocese.

( I’ve put this articled into the Branch website. You can find it here:

https://petbells.org.uk/downloads

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Central Council’s COVID discussion document from the CCCBR this week is a document discussing what are the risks to ringing from COVID. It aims to prompt discussion as to what are the risk and how can these be reasonably reduced. It may be that different ringers and towers are able to address these in different ways at different times.

(You can also find this article here:

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

CofE’s response to last weekend’s announcement

Available here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/statement-latest-government-guidance-coronavirus

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, said: “We note from the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy that churches could be open from July as part of the conditional and phased plan to begin lifting the lockdown. We look forward to the time when we are able to gather again in our church buildings.

“We are examining what steps we will need to take to do so safely and are actively planning ahead in preparation. We strongly support the Government’s approach of continuing to suppress the transmission of the virus and accordingly, we recognise that at this time public worship cannot return in the interests of public health and safety.”

And that’s me done for the week. Stay safe out there and keep in touch.

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

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