Update 25 April from Helen Allton

Good morning all,

As it is a cool Monday morning, maybe too cool to start working in the garden, I suggest you make a cup of tea or coffee and settle down to read Helen’s latest update. It contains much information about the prospect of getting back to ringing. You will all want to familiarise yourselves with the guidance contained in the links below.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

A fair amount to report this week, so I’ll just get on with it!

Ringing is again on the horizon. The CCCBR has issued latest provisional guidance depending on the government’s 4 tests being met and a further relaxation of restrictions coming into force on 17th of May. Assuming that does happen, ringing 6 bells in a well ventilated tower at 1 m spacing for up to 45 minutes for service ringing and practice will be possible It will need to be a maximum of 6 people in a space, so it is suggested that this is by arrangement, not a drop in type session. There is more here and in the various links: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/21/guidance-from-17th-may-england/

The Guild will be reviewing and updating the risk assessment in light of this information. If you’ve got any questions, please ask. 

Taking into account the fact that many towers have not rung in over a year now, it would be sensible to inform houses and businesses within earshot that ringing is going to begin again. To that end, a flier that could be printed and posted through doors is now available. It can be customised to suit the tower’s situation. It is available from the ART website. https://ringingteachers.org/survival-and-recovery-toolbox/good-relations-local-community it was produced by the Guild Secretary, so you may recognise the tower… 

The Guild is aware that printing sufficient to mailshot a village might be beyond the scope of some bands and PCCs. The Guild will, therefore, offer to arrange printing for towers that might otherwise struggle. Get in touch with Helen (secretary@pdg.org.uk) to discuss your needs. 

In preparation for a return to ringing, ART and the CCCBR have arranged a series of sessions that you can register for. To take place starting Saturday 8th May and will be made available as a recording afterwards. These cover a range of topics relating to recovery and can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/20/recovery-convention/

The latest Survival and Recovery newsletter also includes the sessions, along with some other items of interest. It can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Survival-Recovery-Newsheet-Issue-5.pdf

The President’s latest blog (https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/20/presidents-blog-32) notes the number of towers that have registered on Bellboard as having tolled for the death or funeral of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. I’m pleased to note that the Guild total so far runs to 132 different towers, or over half the Guild’s total towers. If you’re not yet listed on the Guild website, http://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/tolling-for-the-death-of-prince-phillip please make sure that your branch knows, they will pass the information on.  

Having been asked if it would be possible, some of the presentations and training materials used for the Guild’s Easter virtual training have been shared by the presenters and is now available on the website. See http://pdg.org.uk/homepage/content-3/training-resources for details. 

The Guild also notes that Alison Byrnes has decided that she will be unable to continue as Guild Public Relations Officer. Anyone interested in the role, please get in touch. Nominations will be needed by the AGM.

Hopefully that’s enough to keep you busy until the next instalment… 

Thanks

Helen

Return to Ringing Guidance from 17th May

The central council has published guidance for the proposed partial restart of ringing on 17th May

A summary can be found here with further links to the detail: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/21/guidance-from-17th-may-england/

Your tower captains will be assessing your individual towers to decide if ringing can restart in your particular tower.

If ringing can restart in a particular tower it will be:

  • Restricted to a maximum of 45 mins
  • Limited to a prearranged six people
  • Face masks will be required
  • Hand sanitisation should take place when changing ropes
  • Lateral Flow Tests should be performed twice a week – preferably on the day on ringing
  • Social distancing of 2m when not ringing and 1m when ringing

You will of course come to your own opinion on your own risk and the appropriateness of returning to social activities like ringing. If you require guidance about your own personal risk assessment then the central council has proposed this advice: https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/is-it-appropriate-for-an-individual-to-ring/

Whilst of course the situation can change these are the proposed guidelines

Look to Treble’s Nearly Going…

James Thorpe

Helen Allton’s update: 18 April

Dear all,

Apologies for the delay in forwarding Helen’s update. For some reason it went into my spam box and I have only just checked it. I am afraid it means that anyone who may have been interested in a presentation by Tom Westley on bell casting is too late to register, as the deadline was Tuesday pm and the presentation is tonight. I apologise and promise to check my spam box every day from now on!

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

Branch Chair, secretary & treasurer – please circulate. 

Firstly I’d like to thank those towers and members who have made efforts to ring, chime or toll for the death of HRH Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh. There is a list of Guild towers on the website, http://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/tolling-for-the-death-of-prince-phillip , if you are not listed please accept my apologies and let me know. It would be good to have as complete a list of participating towers as possible. 

Guild News

The Spring Guild newsletter is available online. We’re unlikely to have paper copies of this edition, but hope to be back to printed and online copies by the next edition. It can be found on the Guild website. http://pdg.org.uk/newsletters/newsletter_202103.pdf 
Past newsletters are also available online. http://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/newsletters

The Guild’s recent Virtual training sessions were productive and we hope that those who attended felt they were worthwhile. If there are any topics that you’d want us to consider in further sessions, get in touch and we’ll see what we can magic up. Some of the presentations will be shared on the Guild website, for reference. 

CCCBR News

The majority of CCCBR communications have been concerning Prince Phillip, and so are no longer relevant. Those that remain of interest are as follows

The President’s Blog of 6th April is here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/04/06/presidents-blog-31/

There is a presentation hosted jointly by CCCBR and St Martin’s Guild this Wednesday, 21st April. It will be led by Tom Westley who will be discussing bell casting with us. 7pm start. If you are interested, you need to complete this form to register your interest by Tuesday evening: https://forms.gle/vfwkRbeZ6hJR7np26

Training

A second part to aid understanding Stedman https://youtu.be/JPEvUyKMyuw

It is a question with a multitude of answers – how do you learn a method? This aims to give some hints and tips that may help you. https://youtu.be/n-g0PWcnj0I

Training for ringing doesn’t just involve methods, it can involve soft skills as well. This talk by the CCCBR’s Safeguarding advisors should give most towers food for thought. https://youtu.be/HBM5tUIc2j8 You can access the CofE’s Safeguarding training portal here: https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/

Puzzle Corner

A couple of Boggle games inspired by branches. Rutland & Kettering snuggle up together in one, while Thrapston stands alone in another. What words can you make tracking between adjacent letters and not using any more than once in any one word.  https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/277751080496956 & https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/286700289602035

A set of anagrams to unravel. They are all towers in the Daventry branch, complete with their dedication. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/279599820312082

Can I have a P please Bob? This week’s wordsearch features methods beginning with P, including a couple of local places. Can you pick them out? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/275489064056491

A retrospective puzzle this week. Each of these places is somewhere I’ve learnt, been a regular ringer or visited. I don’t keep tower records so to stick in my mind there must be something really good or really “interesting” about some of these towers. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/284167613188636

Random ringing things

This is an interesting piece to watch. The 12 ropes and ringers are all in shot at once, so that you can see the progression of the bells through each other and anticipate the roll ups by watching the ropes. https://youtu.be/jrIDM6Zcr98

If you were stuck for a project in lockdown, you could follow Graham Firman’s example and build some robots to ring with you. They look as scared of ringing handbells as I am! https://youtu.be/xUUR2iNTXRs

It’s always interesting to see how ringing can be used in different forms of music. Try this piece, using bells and ringers juxtaposed with brass and inspired by a Betjeman poem. https://www.facebook.com/awoodheadmusic/videos/115649693828871

Might not be to everyone’s taste, but that could easily be a definition of music itself.

This was posted by Memories of Duston Past. I’m always amazed at old photographs of ringers at what they’re wearing. I’ve tried ringing in a waistcoat, it was a little tight and got a little warm.https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=278761850448308&id=114050323586129

Hopefully the weather will continue to improve, sunshine makes everything feel better. 

Thanks

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: www.pdg.org.uk

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

telephone: 01832 735266

Death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Dear all,

I am sending you without delay the following information from Helen.

Best wishes,

Julie

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All, please communicate to towers asap. 

I’m sure you will have seen the news of the death of Prince Philip, as announced today by Buckingham Palace. The appropriate way to mark this will no doubt be a question being asked. As yet there has been no guidance from the CCCBR, although it is expected today. I will forward that when it is issued. The following is based on the information being communicated by the diocese.  The advice from the diocese is available on the website, see this page for links to the different guidance documents. https://www.peterborough-diocese.org.uk/bishop-of-peterborough/bishops-bulletin

The key document for ringers is the Guidance to Parishes. 

Each parish will have received the same advice from the diocese and it is expected that each parish will have its own plan for services that follow the general guidance but take into account local variation. Not all parishes will be holding the same service at the same time and ringers should expect to fit in with local arrangements. 

It is expected that tolling a bell on the day of the announcement, or during the day following, will be the initial means to mark the passing. In the absence of any local request of specific time period, tolling of 99 strokes, the Duke’s age, would seem appropriate. 

Tolling of a bell for an hour prior to the funeral service is the next specific mention of bells within the guidance to parishes. That will need to await and date and time of the service to be able to plan. 

I will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Thanks

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: www.pdg.org.uk

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

telephone: 01832 735266

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Palace Announces, Duke of Edinburgh has died

Dear All, following the announcement by the palace that HRH Prince Philip has died there are clearly a number of questions about how ringers should mark this moment whilst staying within the restrictions of the pandemic.

Whilst we await guidance from the Central Council you might consider if Tolling of the Tenor would be possible today. For safety reasons there should never be a ringer ringing alone, but if two members of a family/bubble were to be available then this would meet safety guidelines, be within covid restrictions and be appropriate on such a day of national significance. I would encourage you to seek approval of this plan from the incumbent of your particular church.

I will circulate more information on guideline and restrictions as they become available.

James

Update 28 March

Dear all,

Please see Helen’s latest update below. There is plenty of interest in it, not least an update on the Virtual ringing training sessions. Do read.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

At least I didn’t have to worry about being an hour late turning up at ringing this morning, and could enjoy my lack of an hour in peace. Hopefully the clocks moving to British Summer time might mean that the weather will remember to warm up a bit soon. 

Guild News

The Guild’s new website has been launched. Please ensure that all links to the Guild website point to www.pdg.org.uk. Have a look and see what it looks like. Any comments can be sent to the new webmaster, Richard Allton on webmaster@pdg.org.uk. It remains a work in progress. 

The Guild’s Easter virtual Training remains open for those interested. The first course will be on Wednesday 31st, so get your registration in soonest. The courses and dates can be found here. For the Towers, Knowledge Base, First Steps and Plain Methods you will need to register, using the links below, and state which theme you are interested in. This is so that we can assign you to the breakout room for the course you wish to attend. 

Any questions direct to me on secretary@pdg.org.uk

We have been asked if the sessions will be recorded. The answer is no. The intention is that these sessions are interactive and we do not want anyone to feel inhibited by the thought of the sessions being recorded. Attendees need to be able to ask their questions, even those they think might be stupid. There is no such thing, by the way, and you should ask them; if you leave with an unanswered question, we’ve not done our job. 

Ringing for Easter and beyond

The advice from the diocese is that the decision to ring for Easter and services thereafter is the responsibility of the incumbent. All incumbents are aware of the current situation with respect to meeting in groups and requirements for distancing; and have access to the latest government and CofE guidance. Until there is a relaxation on the ability to meet in groups inside, ringing should be undertaken with due caution and will most likely be limited to household or social bubbles. 

The latest guidance from the Central Council can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/

Central Council and other Updates

The latest issue of the ART newsletter, Tower Talk, is now available. http://www.learningtheropes.org/application/files/6216/1618/6383/Tower_Talk_19.pdf

The Central Council has opened nomination for the Westley award for bell maintenance. It aims to recognise those who have become involved in belfry maintenance in the last few years. Details can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/03/21/2021-westley-award-for-church-belfry-maintenance-and-improvement/

And the President published his latest blog, which can be read here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/03/23/presidents-blog-30/

Other interests

Historic England published a video presented by Rev Kate Bottley as she uncovers the treasures of the Loughborough Bellfoundry.

From engineers to tuners, the bell foundry team produce bells of the highest standard, crafted with passion and dedication to the legacy of historic bell-making. Their bells can be heard from thousands of historic buildings in the UK and across the world.

www.bit.ly/TaylorsBellFoundry

There are any number of links between ringing and maths, but what about between ringing & poetry? Susan Gerofsky has been using plain hunt on 4 to move words around in poetical ways. Once you’ve selected your words, the pattern does the rest. http://archive.bridgesmathart.org/2020/bridges2020-273.pdf How about giving it a try? 

Training corner

Stedman is a beautiful method, one that I never tire of. This introduction aims to make it all a little less mysterious. https://youtu.be/Ebhxt_fltmY

You’re ringing and someone shouts “BOB” what happens? And why?? https://youtu.be/15t_u-aebk8

Puzzle time

Boggle the mind with a bit of branch Boggle. The 4×4 grid is made up of Culworth & Daventry. Tracking through adjacent letters, and not reusing any tile in any one word, how many words of 3 or more letters can you make? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/267147778223953

Let’s plan a mental ringing outing, but to know where we’re going, you’ll need to solve the anagrams. They are the tower name and dedication and these are all within the Culworth branch. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/273778857560845

Ooo! What do we have here? A ringing wordsearch featuring O methods. Local place Olney features. https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/271418724463525

What’s in a name? In this case the answers to the questions can be made with letters of the branch name. What are the answers? https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/posts/269599971312067

Next update maybe we’ll be able to open up a bit more and I can have a long overdue haircut. 

Happy Easter for next weekend. 

Thanks

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: www.pdg.org.uk

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

telephone: 01832 735266

Guild’s Easter Virtual Training update

Dear all,

Please see this update from Helen regarding the upcoming Easter Virtual Training. Training has had to be re-organised because of very positive interest in participating. The good news for those who forgot to register means there is now a further opportunity to do so. Don’t delay!

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s update:

Branches – please pass on to your members soonest.

An update on the Easter virtual training. 

We had more people register interest in multiple themes than anticipated, so have rearranged slightly in order to allow people to attend more than one theme. Timetabling still means you can’t necessarily attend everything, but we hope that you’ll be able to find time to attend some of the sessions. They are intended to be interactive, so make sure you bring those questions you’ve always wanted answering. The timetable can be seen below.

For the Towers, Knowledge Base, First Steps and Plain Methods you will need to register, using the links below, and state which theme you are interested in. This is so that we can assign you to the breakout room for the course you wish to attend. 

If you have not expressed interest so far, there is still time to register for the different sessions. 

Wed 31st MarchSaturday 3rd April
6:30 pm10 am5 pm7:30 pm
Towers 1All about Ropes & StaysFirst Steps 1 Calling call changes & Ropesight Towers 2Inspection & MaintenanceFirst Methods Plain Bob doubles (plain courses & touches)
Knowledge Base 1Higher NumbersPlain Methods: Plain Bob Minor, Little Bob Minor & touchesKnowledge Base 2Learning Methods 
Register here:http://bit.ly/TowersKB1Register here:http://bit.ly/FirstSteps-PlainMethods1Register here:http://bit.ly/Towers-KB2Meeting link: http://bit.ly/FirstMethods1
Wed 7th AprilSat 10th April
6:30 pm10 am5 pm7:30 pm
Towers 3Towers & bellframesFirst Steps Listening & Striking; Plain Hunt; Ringing up & downTowers 4RestorationsFirst Methods Grandsire Doubles (plain course & touches)
Knowledge Base 3Universal TouchesPlain Methods St Clements, Single Oxford and moreKnowledge Base 4 Terminology and Place Notation 
Register here:http://bit.ly/Towers-KB3Register here: http://bit.ly/FirstSteps-PlainMethods2Register here: http://bit.ly/Towers-KB4Meeting link: http://bit.ly/FirstMethods2

Any questions direct to me on secretary@pdg.org.uk

Thanks

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: www.pdg.org.uk

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

telephone: 01832 735266

Ringing is (nearly) ready to return…are you?

Dear friends,
Whilst there is currently no change in the rules to celebrate, the end of restrictions is in sight!


As I am sure you know, from 17th May a version of the “rule of six” will be recommended for indoor activities. This is likely to allow some ringing to recommence. We are still awaiting clarification about social distancing rules that will apply and for how long we will be allowed to ring. In addition this stage of the restart is likely to involve individual tower’s own risk assessments in consultation with their incumbent. From 21st June a full resumption of ringing activities is currently expected.


As part of preparations for this return, I have been in touch with as many tower captains as I could reach in the branch. I am happy to report that the practices that were regularly being held prior to Covid are feeling confident that they have the experienced ringers available to be able to meet your needs as you regain your confidence.


I would love to hear from you, particularly if you have any misgivings about restarting so that support can be arranged. This link will allow you to tell me what you think about barriers to restarting https://forms.gle/kkuxxfpYTZmFjZmC8

James

Update 21 March from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Good morning on this sunny but brisk Monday. Below is a further update from Helen.

Tower captains to note the deadline for the Easter virtual change ringing contest.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s update:

A couple of things have come up this week that can’t really wait until next week before passing on. 

Day of Reflection, 23rd March

A follow up from last week’s information 

The Church of England has partnered with the Marie Curie organisation on a day of reflection to mark a year since we entered lockdown. Bellringers have been invited by the Church to participate in this day by marking the end of the one minute silent reflection at 12 noon by tolling a bell at 12:01. This remains for individual towers to decide if they wish to toll a bell on Tuesday or not, in consultation with their incumbent. There is no set duration of tolling, anything from 1 minute to 15 has been mentioned. Tolling for 88 blows has been suggested as Marie Curie discovered Radium, atomic number 88. No one will be counting, you can’t be wrong, go with what suits the local situation.  

https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/03/05/marie-curie-day-of-reflection/  or the Marie Curie site: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/day-of-reflection You can register your involvement on Bellboard and through Marie Curie.

Easter Sunday

There have been questions raised about the possibility of ringing on Easter Sunday. Unlike Christmas, the Government have not announced any relaxation of the current COVID regulation, meaning that it is not possible to meet indoors with people outside your household or support bubble. That being the case, ringing in most cases will be limited to household or support bubbles. The Central Council has put out this statement on the topic. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/03/19/easter-sunday-ringing/ I hope to hear back from the diocese in the next week to determine their approach. As ever, discuss with your incumbent before planning any ringing. 

Easter virtual change ringing contest

The CCCBR have announced details of the Ringing Room call change competition. They hope that this will provide some enjoyable focus for bands over the next couple of weeks getting to grips with the famous Devon call change peal ’60 on 3rds’ and seeing how well call changes can be rung in Ringing Room. Further details here: https://cccbr.org.uk/virtual-call-change-ringing-festival

To take place on April 3rd, with entries to be in by 29th March. Which is why this can’t wait until next week. 

The usual fun and games to follow next week. 

Thanks

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: www.pdg.org.uk

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

telephone: 01832 735266