Guild Newsletter. (Reminder)

Dear all.

A reminder to all tower captains/correspondents that there is still time to send any correspondence relavent to your towers to me so I can add it to what I have already received to send in for the March 2021 Guild newsletter.

If you have anything to contribute please could I have it e-mailed to me by Friday 26th February.

Many thanks.

Terry Wright

Peterborough Branch Press Correspondent.

A PS to Helen Allton’s update of 14 February

Dear all,

A postscript to Helen Allton’s update of 14 February about Ringing Room. Readers might like a personal perspective. 
I am a Ringing Room regular with Nassington Tower ringers, led by Hilary Hardie and Terry Wright. We meet once a week and ring for an hour and a half.  The average number of ringers is around 9-10.  This number gives everyone a fair go at ringing during the allotted time.  
Once the early fear of Ringing Room dissipated, we mastered Plain Hunt on 5 and progressed to Bob Doubles.  Once we had tackled that, we moved on to Grandsire.  Then we moved on to Plain Hunt on 6, with a view to ringing Bob Minor – plain courses for now.  
It’s working!  We are all challenged, but it’s a tonic after being at home, locked in by Covid and, until the other day, snow!   It has been a steep learning curve and some weeks are better than others. It’s not just the ringing, but connectivity with the internet has been an intermittent issue. That said, Ringing Room is much better than no ringing.  It allows us to learn and practice methods, albeit on a computer, without having to think about bell handling in a tower.  
The big question remains: how will this translate back into a real tower and real bells? In the interim, I’ve found it very helpful.

Best wishes,

Julie Pocock

Update: 14 February from Helen Allton.

Dear all,

Please find below the latest update from Helen. Do note the deadline for participating in the survey in the paragraph headed “Your input needed”.

For those that use Ringing Room, Helen is interested in hearing how ringers find it. If you don’t use it, but are interested in doing so, then please contact Helen. She may be able to put like-minded and similar standard ringers together in a tower.

Best wishes,

Julie

PS: A postscript to Helen Allton’s update of 14 February about Ringing Room. Readers might like a personal perspective. 
I am a Ringing Room regular with Nassington Tower ringers, led by Hilary Hardie and Terry Wright. We meet once a week and ring for an hour and a half.  The average number of ringers is around 9-10.  This number gives everyone a fair go at ringing during the allotted time.  
Once the early fear of Ringing Room dissipated, we mastered Plain Hunt on 5 and progressed to Bob Doubles.  Once we had tackled that, we moved on to Grandsire.  Then we moved on to Plain Hunt on 6, with a view to ringing Bob Minor – plain courses for now.  
It’s working!  We are all challenged, but it’s a tonic after being at home, locked in by Covid and, until the other day, snow!   It has been a steep learning curve and some weeks are better than others. It’s not just the ringing, but connectivity with the internet has been an intermittent issue. That said, Ringing Room is much better than no ringing.  It allows us to learn and practice methods, albeit on a computer, without having to think about bell handling in a tower.  
The big question remains: how will this translate back into a real tower and real bells? In the interim, I’ve found it very helpful.

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Let’s start this week with an anniversary, the 12th saw the 125th anniversary of the first woman to ring a peal. Alice White rang the treble to a peal of Grandsire Triples at Basingstoke in 1896. As a sensible woman, I bet she then realised that there are better things to do with 3 hours of her time! An article celebrating her success features in this week’s Ringing World. https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/

Your input needed

The University of York are conducting a survey on behalf of Church of England, Historic England, the Association of English Cathedrals, the National Churches Trust and the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance for you to contribute to thinking and planning at a key moment in the developing response to COVID-19. The aim is to draw together the experience and insights of clergy and other church staff, volunteers, congregations, and members of the wider community.

As volunteers associated with the church, bellringers can and should contribute to this survey, giving details of your needs in the belfry after lockdown restrictions are lifted. Are there more things churches/cathedrals could do to help you (and others) stay connected? What would you miss most if your church/cathedral was forced to close permanently?

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete. If we could get a significant proportion of ringers to complete it, it could help in informing and educating church and heritage organisations to the contribution that bellringers make. https://churchesandcovid.org/

The closing date is the 28th February, so please make an effort to complete this if you can. 

Guild News

The Guild is looking into the possibility of a series of talks on areas of ringing. That can be theory, teaching techniques, learning tips and tricks, maintenance, rope splicing, running a practice, community involvement, you name it really. If there is an area you want to know more or a topic that you think you could talk about, please get in touch. At present we’re gauging interest, so no commitment at this point. 

General interest

This presentation was given as part of the Churches Conservation Trust’s lunchtime lectures, as an introduction to ringing and its history. https://youtu.be/lqw6E9zQjtU

And this lecture on the mathematics of bellringing covers both tuning and methods. This was by the Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, Sarah Hart, as part of a series of lectures on mathematics in music and writing. https://youtu.be/44jXUo6KaVs

Ringing Room

This has now been with us for almost a year. Why use it? 
• It can help with listening skills and ringing by rhythm.

• Learners don’t need to worry about controlling the bell AND knowing the method.

• A good way to learn ringing the tenor behind to odd bell methods.

• You get some social interaction

• You get to ring in your pyjamas – as long as you turn the video off!!

• It’s fun! 

If you’re using it, how have you found it? If you wanted to do more, get in touch and we can look at putting like-minded people in touch to progress.  

Fun and Games

Ringers think in odd ways. What on earth are they trying to describe in this collection of words? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/248613980077333

The methods to fit into the grid seem to be largely named after Abbeys. Let’s hope that this is easier than ringing at Crowland (where I wussed entirely and refused to try!) https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/237384811200250

The wordsearch features the Letter N. There are a few interesting names, including my maiden name. Plus some local links, Naseby, Northampton and Nene. The picture is of the Nene looking serene. Controversial question – does that rhyme? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/246414516963946

Some number sequences to get those brains cells bouncing about. What fills in the gaps? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/244333480505383

Central Council updates

The Central Council and ART have together published the third Survival and Recovery newsletter. It can be downloaded here. https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Survival-Recovery-Newsheet-Issue-3.pdf It discusses a toolbox. That has already been sent out to branches for them to discuss what might be needed or could happen at branch level. We’ll be aiming to support you from Guild level. You can expect to see some of the items in the weekly updates as the weeks progress.  Let us know what you want to see happen. 

The President’s latest blog was published. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/02/10/presidents-blog-27/

Until now, there has been duplication of information on the listing of bells and bellframes between Dove and the CofE. A route forward has been agreed and information will be held in a single location. This is a significant simplification in understanding the preservation status of bells and frames. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/02/05/working-with-the-church-buildings-council-on-the-dove-bell-register/

To finish up, in honour of St Valentine’s day

Lots of love

Guess who

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Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: www.pdg.org.uk

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

telephone: 01832 735266

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Training Fund

Dear All,

Please see the following e-mail from Helen reminding Branch Secretaries and Treasurers of how to access the Training Fund and what it would cover.

In the hope that we will be able to ring in towers around the Branch sometime later this year, it is a timely reminder that there is a Training Fund. Little or no ringing for over twelve months means getting back to real bell handling and ringing may require some help for some of us.

Best wishes,

Julie

To: Branch Secretaries & Treasurers.

In today’s F&GP meeting, a question was asked about how to access the Training fund and what it would cover. 

There is information on the fund available on the Guild website, here: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/TrainingFund

The form to apply for a grant is available from the same page and is relatively simple. The Fund will consider applications for equipment, attending training courses, running training course or ongoing training. Applications can be made by individuals, a tower, a group of towers, or branches. The extent of the benefit of the training is an important element of the application. This is looking at who will benefit from the training, both immediately and in the future. 

Applications go to the Master for review and I’m sure he’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. We are all aware that this will be an important part of beginning ringing when we are able. Can you please communicate out to anyone who might find this relevant.  

Thanks

Helen

Guild Newsletter March 2021.

Good Evening all,

To all tower captains / correspondents, at this years AGM i asked the question regarding if the March edition of the Guild Newsletter would be happening.

The message i received from Helen was; yes there will be a March 2021 Guild Newsletter and all entries are gratefully received. Therefore I am asking all tower captains / correspondents to have a think along with members of their towers and see if they have thoughts on what has been happening during this lockdown periods.

I know some towers are using Ringing Room with Zoom or WhatsApp some towers are socially distancing hand bell ringing thus keeping socially in contact with fellow ringers. Are there any other forms of keeping in contact with each other being used?

Any thoughts or correspondence you may have please send it to me so i can collate and send in to be printed.

All correspondence to terry62.wright@outlook.com. Could i please have all correspondence to me by:- Friday 26th February 2021 please.

Thank you in anticipation of your responses.

Terry.

Terry Wright. Peterborough Branch Press Correspondent.

Guild Update

Dear all,

Here is the latest up-date from Helen. Forgive the brevity of my introductory message forwarding Helen’s Guild up-date but all of this is very new to me and very challenging!

Best wishes,

Julie

Hope you managed to stay safe and warm in the snow and ice that we’ve had the last week or so. It was surely complete co-incidence that The Ringing World featured a snowy Guild tower for its cover this week, Simon Pearce’s photograph of St Botolph’s church, Stoke Albany. You can see the image and even purchase a copy from the link given. https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/

Guild Updates

Do you want to shape the future of ringing? The Guild is looking for people to get involved in ringing for our youth members. If you are interested in a range of activities – organising, helping, guiding or being available to call on for youth ringing sessions and activities, please get contact the secretary, secretary@pdg.org.uk It’ll be a team effort and all sorts of skills will be useful. 

Training corner

If you are worried that you won’t be able to use Ringing Room and will mess it up, why not download Mobel so you can practice using an online ringing resource on your own first. http://www.abelsim.co.uk/MobelNews.htm

Plain Bob Doubles is usually one of the first methods that you learn after you have mastered Plain Hunt. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/191537279118337

Plain Bob Minor is the next stepping stone from Plain Bob Doubles. It shares a lot of common features. 

Now we are in lockdown again how about starting a new project?! http://ringingteachers.org/…/arti…/50-virtual-ringing-things

Puzzle spot

If methods are all the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order, then maybe anagrams are the wordy equivalent. Can you unscramble these to give the methods this band would like to ring? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/237386874533377

There’s a lot of different methods named after castles to fit into the grid. Can you fight your way to a successful conclusion? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/237381431200588

A group of ringers were asked to describe various ringing terms. What are they on about in this cloud of words? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/234490588156339

For your entertainment

A Blue Peter episode from 1974. Is learning to ring always this stretching? Someone get her a box! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3455220244584813

This technical construction might just be the project you’re looking for. What would you try and teach it next? https://youtu.be/ABf1uldlc10

Central Council Updates

The president’s latest blog. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/01/27/presidents-blog-26/

And finally: The cover of this week’s Ringing World featured Simon Pearce’s wintery shot of St Botolph’s church, Stoke Albany. You can see the image and even purchase a copy from the link given. https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/

Hope you stay safe and well and do get in touch if there’s anything you want to see or have items of interest that you want us to spread wider. 

Thanks

Helen

Subs Payments


Following discussions at the Branch AGM and subsequent agreements, both with the committee and the Guild Treasurer, as your new Treasurer I can advise on the following way forward in settling your subs for 2021 and any arrears you may have for 2020.

The preferred method is to pay your subs through online banking or alternatively by making a deposit payment through your bank branch. If either of these methods don’t suit you personally I am happy to receive a cheque through the terrestrial post and bank it on your behalf.

To keep the Branch banking details away from the public domain please complete the contact form by responding through this link: https://petbells.org.uk/contact/treasurer/ and I can share payment details and the amount that is outstanding for you.

Many thanks and not only do I look forward to hearing from you but more importantly ringing with you physically and not just virtually!

Andrew Christie

Guild update 18 January

I know lockdown is making lots of things difficult, but I can’t help but think there is something to be said for able to attend two different branch AGMs on the same day, all from the comfort of your own home, cup of tea in hand. Technology still can’t fix it so that I could attend two different meetings at the same time, but I’m sure someone is working on that. So far all the branches that I’ve been able to attend have had a successful AGM, and I hope that those still to do so are equally as successful. 

And, being the beginning of the new year, I’m sure the Guild and branch treasurers would want me to remind you that subs are now due. Contact your branch treasurer for details of how to pay within your branch. 

Guild Updates

Just a reminder that the 2020 Guild Quiz remains available. Entries are due in by the end of the month, so there’s still time to enter. Available from your branch, or from Guild Secretary (secretary@pdg.org.uk). Quizzes are £1 each, and contain 100 questions to amuse, bemuse and confuse. 

Mental Health

January can be hard on people’s mental health. This year may be even worse with the added pressures of lockdown hanging over us. With that in mind, the diocese marked the 17th January as Wellbeing Sunday. There are resources available to help take stock and maybe boost your mental health. That’s also where ringing can help, by staying in touch with fellow ringers and having something to focus the brain on. Try learning a new method or reading on some theory of ringing. There’s plenty of information out there if you wanted to explore a topic further. See the article in CrossKeys for more support. https://crosskeysmag.org.uk/?p=4410

Training Times

Test your knowledge of plain hunt with this quiz from ART. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/191535699118495

Next comes dodging some tips on how to dodge in a non-dodgy way. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/191537699118295

Local Knowledge

The Guild has had an enquiry from a lady trying to trace her Great Grandfather. He served in the Police force and was stationed across the county, including Kettering, Oundle, Paulerspury, Daventry and East Haddon, Northampton, Pottersbury and Naseby. He retired from the police in 1931.  In the newspaper cutting she has, he is described thus: “While at Naseby he was well known as a bellringer.” If anyone has any information that may be relevant, you can leave a reply on her blog, or contact me and we’ll get the information to her.  https://tonilouiseabram.wordpress.com/2021/01/15/albert-edward-william-clarke/

I’m always amazed at what delights are hidden in so many of our churches. This gem is in Stowe Nine Churches. https://www.facebook.com/nationalchurchestrust/posts/5664448826913908

Your next lockdown project?

Looking for something to keep you busy in the latest lockdown? This Lego based video could be the creative spark you’ve been looking for. https://youtu.be/6d-np6zYRqM

It’s a maths/art mashup, try creating a 4th order permutahedron and how funky can you make it look? See here for what one is and how to create it. https://youtu.be/iK5b_rww7mo

Central Council Updates

The President published his latest blog. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/01/13/presidents-blog-25-2/  Along the same lines, I’ve finished the Christmas cheese mountain, but still  have sprouts left (much to Mr Secretary’s disgust). 

ART and the Central Council have published edition 2 of their Survival & Recovery newsletter. It is attached and also available here: https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Survival-Recovery-Newsheet-Issue-2.pdf

Puzzle corner

There are a number of methods named after hills in this selection of treble bob minor methods. Can you navigate your way around them and scale the heights of success? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/230517878553610

A number of ringers were asked to describe common ringing terms. What might they be trying to describe in this word cloud? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/227011495570915

Can you fill in the blanks in the number sequences? The missing rows are indicated by stars. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/226296245642440

I hope to see some more of you over the next few weeks at the remaining Guild AGMs. 

Thanks

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

AGM Minutes

It was very good to see so many of you yesterday at our virtual AGM. I do hope it won’t be too much longer until we can actually meet in person. This current lockdown combined with rather terrible weather seems interminable to me and probably to many of you too.

If you would like to read the minutes of the meeting, or if you weren’t at the meeting but would like to know who is on the new committee, please do have a look in the downloads section of the branch website

petbells.org.uk/downloads

where you can find the minutes.

all best wishes

Sylvia

(retiring branch secretary)

2021 Subscriptions

Thank you to everyone who has enquired about payment of 2021 subs.

The ongoing covid restrictions are causing some difficulty in making arrangements for payment of subs. The new Treasurer is looking at ways to enable secure electronic payment.

Further information will be provided as soon as possible. Watch this space!

Angela (Retiring Treasurer)