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Update 12 September from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Good afternoon,

Here is Helen’s latest update. Please note the date of the next Guild meeting.

Helen has also asked that information on future Branch events be sent to the Guild Webmaster for inclusion in the Guild Events calendar.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

To: Branch Chair, secretaries & treasurers. Please circulate to members. 

That made a nice change – I was able to attend Kettering’s branch meeting on Saturday afternoon; two sixes, nice weather and a convenient pub afterwards – what was not to like! Thank you for having us. Wellingborough are having their first branch event this Saturday. It’s good to see branches making steps back to ringing as well as towers. It’s an important part of ringing to get out and about to other towers and bells and to enjoy chatting to people again (Yes, I know ringing masters disapprove of too much of that while they’re trying to arrange ringing!)

Guild news

The next Guild meeting is a fortnight away, on Saturday 25th September at Thrapston. There will be open ringing at 3 pm and an informal contest before the business meeting at 5 pm. See here for details: https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/summer-festival. Nomination for Safeguarding Officer can be sent to me ahead of the meeting or taken at the meeting. Advance notice of any other items of business would be appreciated. 

If you want to see what events are taking place across the Guild, please check out the Guild website, they are listed on the Events page: https://pdg.org.uk/events

Can branches please let the webmaster (webmaster@pdg.org.uk) know of any changes, cancellations, or additions so that the page can be kept up to date. Tower special events taking place within the Guild can also be included, as an event or a news item, just let the webmaster know. Until things are entirely back to normal, it would be as well to confirm that an event is taking place before travelling any great distance. 

CCCBR

The president’s latest blog, with additional mathematics, is available here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/09/08/presidents-blog-6×9/

Youth Ringing

This weekend saw the National Youth Ringing competition, hosted at Worcester. Teams from across the country took part, ringing rounds or methods in the contests. Kent and Oxford were successful. At this event the Young Change Ringers Association was launched. https://ycra.org.uk/ This is a national association for young ringers (under 30) to encourage the younger ringers. If you have some in your tower you might like to point them in that direction. 

The Guild is aiming to gather young ringers is our area to enable younger ringers to ring with other of their age group. If you are or have young ringers in your tower, please get in touch with Nich Wilson on young_ringers@pdg.org.uk to find out more. Helpers of a less young variety are also appreciated!

Hopefully see some of you at events in the next few weeks. 

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: www.pdg.org.uk

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

Telephone: 01832 735 266

Update 31 August from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Good afternoon. Here we are on 1 September and officially it is the start of Autumn. Whilst Autumn means eight months of 2021 have already passed us by, with little or no ringing for many towers. The positive is that more bell towers are getting back to ringing for practice and Sunday services. Feel free to communicate your Tower activities to Helen if you haven’t already done so.

Enjoy reading Helen’s update and note the opportunity to ring on 30 October……….

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

To: Branch Chairs, Secretaries & Treasurers. Please circulate to your members

I’m not sure what happened to Monday being a SUMMER bank holiday, it didn’t look a lot like summer where I was. Hopefully, you managed to do something that wasn’t dependent on sunny weather – or you have your own personal break in the cloud to take care of that. 

Guild news:

It was good to see so many people brave the inclement weather for the (Not the) Spring meeting. Hopefully we’ll see more of you at the next meeting, which will be the Guild’s Summer Festival, to be held on 25th September at Thrapston from 3 pm. This usually hosts the inter-branch 8 bell contest. However this year it will be a little bit different, with open ringing from 3 pm and an informal striking contest for those who wish to (or can be coerced into) taking part. There will be drinks available in the church hall from 3 pm, feel free to bring a picnic if the weather gods decide to smile on us this time. 

There will be a business meeting to follow, at 5 pm. An actual in person meeting. Golly!

Details and a poster can be found here: https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/summer-festival

Safeguarding Officer:

There remains a need for the Guild to have someone dedicated to supporting and recording safeguarding coverage in the Guild. This role was new at the Guild AGM and remains unfilled. If you are interested, a role description is attached, or please contact me to find out more. Nominations could be made at the Summer meeting for a vacant post. 

Guild clothing:

The Guild is continuing to offer clothing embroidered with the Guild logo. Details can be found on the website and orders are made through Cathy Dixon, e-mail her on pro@pdg.org.uk  There is some customisation available, with your tower or benefice being embroidered below the logo, if you choose. 

Branch meetings:

It is good to hear of more branches that are beginning to put on their monthly meetings again. Towcester, Wellingborough, Peterborough & Kettering have already or are aiming to hold meetings or practices for the branch in September. If I’ve missed your branch activity, please feel free to bring me up to date. 

CCCBR:

The President’s latest blog where admits to a dubious relationship with the truth regarding his holiday destination… https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/08/24/presidents-holiday-blog-41/Here we are

Annual Meeting

This weekend sees the CCCBR annual meeting, again to be held virtually. Hopefully that will go smoothly and we’ll have an update from our representatives at the Summer Festival. Papers are available here if you have a desire to see what is going on. https://cccbr.org.uk/about/annual-meetings/2021-meeting/

COP26

You may well have seen that the United Nations Climate change conference is being held in Glasgow at the start of November. If your ringers or your church feel so inclined, you might like to ring to raise awareness of this important event. I know that some churches have been increasingly vocal on this subject in recent years. Suggested ringing would be on the eve of the conference, 30th October at 6 pm, although ringing at any time that suits the band and church would be equally relevant. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/08/31/cop26-united-nations-climate-change-conference/

And that’s all for now, folks. Hope to see you at the Summer Festival, or at branch events in the coming months. 

Thanks

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: www.pdg.org.uk

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

Telephone: 01832 735 266

Update 16 August from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Good morning on this rather damp and miserable August day.

While Helen’s update is short, there are plenty of good reads in it including the President’s latest blog, where he is promoting an on-line publication entitled “Calling it Round”. For those wanting to progress to calling and conducting, this could be part of your way forward.

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text:

To: Branch Chairs, Secretaries & Treasurers. Please circulate to your members

Just a reminder of the (Not the) Spring festival, the guild ringing and social event taking place this Saturday, 21st August at SS Peter & Paul church, Abington, Northampton, from 3 to 5 pm. It will be an opportunity for general ringing and the chance to catch up with ringers from across the Guild. If you wish to, please bring a picnic, including drinks of your choice.

The church has a number of requirements for those attending, in order to keep attendees and those using the church safe. Please see https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/spring-meetingfor more details.

A poster is available to circulate, available here: https://pdg.org.uk/forms/Not_the_Spring_meeting.pdf

In other CCCBR news:

The president’s latest blog: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/08/10/presidents-blog-40/

The Westley award for church bell maintenance and improvement 2021 was presented recently: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/08/06/westley-award-for-church-bell-maintenance-and-improvement-2021/

It might be that your church is considering opening for the annual Heritage open days, from 10th to 19th September. Think about if you can use the opportunity to engage the public in the history and art of bellringing. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/08/10/heritage-open-day-10th-19th-september-2021/

Thanks

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: www.pdg.org.uk

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

Telephone: 01832 735 266

Branch Practice 3rd September – let me know if you ARE coming

I am delighted to give you advanced notice that the branch practices will be restarting! The first practice will be 1930hrs Friday 3rd September at Castor.

The covid policy for the practice will be that:

  • hand sanitisation will be available
  • mask wearing will not be required and a matter of personal choice
  • confirming or demonstrating evidence of your vaccination status will not be required

From a ringing point of view the practice will be on eight bells and aim to achieve some surprise major ringing and/or Stedman – if you need to revise yorkshire and cambridge then you have two weeks notice!!

The practice will also suit those who can already ring bob minor and wish to apply the same principles to bob major.

I appreciate that for many individual reasons not every ringer will be ready, willing and able to ring – please let me know if you ARE planning to come – apologies/explanations for absence are not required.

James Thorpe

Lutton wedding Sat Aug 14th

Four ringers required for a wedding at Lutton on Saturday 14th August. Wedding starts at 1pm. Please note that the bells are not to be rung full circle, but are only to be chimed because they are currently unsafe to ring full circle. Let me (Nick Elks) know if you are available please. £20 per rope.

Guild Event News

Dear all,

Herewith the latest news from Helen Allton about Guild events happening very soon. Check your diary folks…..

Best wishes,

Julie

Helen’s text :

The first Guild event in almost 2 years will be held on 21st August at SS Peter & Paul church, Abington, Northampton, from 3 to 5 pm. It will be an opportunity for general ringing and the chance to catch up with ringers from across the Guild. If you wish to, please bring a picnic, including drinks of your choice.

The church has a number of requirements for those attending, in order to keep attendees and those using the church safe. Please see https://pdg.org.uk/latest-news/spring-meetingfor more details.

A poster is available to circulate, available here: https://pdg.org.uk/forms/Not_the_Spring_meeting.pdf

Arrangements for the Summer Festival for the 25th September are underway. Arrangements will be announced shortly. 

In other CCCBR news:

The president struggles with a cat/mask incident. https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/07/27/presidents-blog-39/  

Thanks

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: www.pdg.org.uk

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

Telephone: 01832 735 266

Branch Outing 21 August – Cancelled

Dear all, unfortunately, having told you yesterday that the Branch was planning an outing on 21 August, I have been notified that the date clashes with a rearranged Guild event, so we can’t go ahead on that date.  It may now be better to postpone until 2022.

Best wishes,

Hilary Hardie

Events Organiser

Branch Outing 21 August 2021

Now we are able to ring and socialise again, your Branch Committee thought it would be a good idea to organise an all day Branch outing and lunch in August. The date for this is Saturday 21 August.

I am contacting towers around Huntingdon to put together the progrramme, and as soon as I have them confirmed I will let you know.

In the meantime, please put the date in your diary, and let me know if you would like to join us.

Hilary Hardie, Events Organiser – hilary.hardie@btinternet.com

Update 17 July from Helen Allton

Dear all,

Below is Helen’s latest update. Whilst it is good news that proper ringing in towers is returning, there are still areas of concern to be aware of.

Helen makes reference to The Flying Squad, aka “The Sweeney” in her update, so if you are intrigued, read on!

Best wishes,

Julie

Start of Helen’s text:

To: Branch Chairs, Secretaries & Treasurers

With the government’s announcement of relaxation in legal restrictions from the 19th, the CCCBR has been working with the CofE and has updated its guidance. It can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Guidance-at-a-glance-2.0-3.pdf

While ringing is allowed, it will vary across different towers with different situations and populations. We should bear in mind that some people may not yet be ready to mingle in an unlimited manner, or to be shoulder to shoulder in an enclosed space. We should also be mindful of an increasing infection rate and the impact that could have on the band. Remember that all ringing is with the permission of the incumbent and they could set additional restrictions. 

In light of this, if any tower or branch finds that it needs some assistance in getting back to ringing, or brushing the rust off some methods, please contact the Master, Simon Dixon, for support using master@pdg.org.uk. The Flying squad are poised and ready to help. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d be writing! 

Other CCCBR news

CCCBR President’s latest blog: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/07/13/presidents-blog-38/

The CCCBR is running a photo competition to generate a gallery of good quality images of various aspects of ringing. The first round is completed, and the winners can be viewed here: https://cccbr.org.uk/2021/07/09/round-1-photo-competition-winners/ . Round 2 is bells and installations and details of how to enter can be found here: https://cccbr.org.uk/competition/

And with that I will leave you to enjoy your sunny weekend, as I’m just about to enjoy mine. 

Thanks

Helen

Helen Allton

Secretary: Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PDGCBR

Website: www.pdg.org.uk

e-mail: secretary@pdg.org.uk

Telephone: 01832 735 266