Branch AGM

Hello, this is just a reminder that the Branch AGM will take place on January 19th at St John’s Peterborough.

The minutes of the 2018 AGM and the agenda for 2019 can be found in the Downloads section of the branch web site and the details of the AGM timings and venues is listed in the Events section of the web site. Click on the event to open up all the details.


If you plan to attend the AGM please could you let me know by January 12th at the latest. I will of course be sending out reminders closer to the time! Please contact me directly (rather than adding to this post) on the following address:

Thank you .

Looking forward to seeing you in January and meanwhile all best wishes for a Happy Christmas and New Year.




8 Bell Practice tonight

A reminder that we have the 8 bell practice at Castor on tonight at 7.30pm at Castor.  The practice will include rounds and methods ranging from Plain Hunt to Surprise Major.

Whatever your ability you will be made very welcome and there the ringing will be organised to suit your requirements.

Hilary Hardie

8 Bell Practice 7 December at 7.30pm

Dear all, a reminder that we have the 8 bell practice at Castor on Friday 7 December at 7.30pm at Castor.  The practice will include rounds, and methods ranging from Plain Hunt to Surprise Major.

Whatever your ability, you will be made very welcome and the ringing will be organised to suit your requirements.

Hilary Hardie

Reminder: Afternoon Tea Ringing 9th December

Just a reminder of the Ringing and Afternoon Cream tea on Sunday 9th Dec 2018.
The towers are as follows:

Surfleet, a light 12, (12-0-9) 1pm

Pinchbeck, 8 (18-0-9) 1.45pm

Spalding, 8 (15-1-12) 2.30pm

There will be a small tower fee, probably £1 -£2 per church (£5 for all 3), that will pay for the church donation.

3.30pm Tea at Springfields
Springfields have now added information and an alternative ‘Christmas’ tea. These are:
Either choose specific fillings that you would like or a mixed selection from:-
Choices are egg mayo, tuna mayo, Lincolnshire ham, cheese and prawns.
The Festive sandwiches are brie and cranberry, Wensleydale and chutney, turkey and stuffing and Lincolnshire ham.
Please let me have your choices by Sunday 2nd Dec. If any of you wish to change your choice to the newly offered Christmas Afternoon Tea (menu below) then please let me know, thank you.
Looking forward to seeing you on 9th December if not before.
Take care

Christmas Afternoon Tea

£12.49 per person


·        Homemade scone, clotted cream and preserve

·        Homemade Sausage roll

·        Pigs in Blanket flavour crisps

·        A selection of festive sandwiches

·        Chocolate Christmas Pudding

·        Homemade Christmas Cake

·        Homemade gingerbread biscuit

·        Homemade Mince Pie

·        Unlimited hot drink of your choice

Springfields  Afternoon Tea Menu

The Noshery Traditional Afternoon Tea £12.49 per person

·        Freshly made finger sandwiches

·        Homemade scone, clotted cream and preserve

·        A selection of homemade cakes

·        Unlimited tea or coffee

The Noshery High Tea £13.95 per person

 (booking recommended to avoid a wait)

·        Freshly made finger sandwiches

·        Homemade sausage roll and mini quiche

·        Homemade scone, clotted cream and preserve

·        A selection of homemade cakes

·        Unlimited tea or coffee

The Noshery Mini Tea £4.95

·        Homemade scone, clotted cream and preserve with tea or filter coffee

Add a round of sandwiches and crisps for £2.50

Branch Quarter Peal Week 17 to 25 November

Dear all, a reminder that the Branch quarter peal week starts on Saturday 17 November and continues to 25 November, so please get organised with your quarter peals.  I have set up an event on Bellboard, so you can link your quarter peals to this, so they are all printed together in Ringing World.

Hilary Hardie

Putting Ringing Remembers ringing onto Bellboard

If you wish to record ringing for the Armistice 100 on Bellboard but you did not ring a quarter peal or a peal it can be challenge persuading the computer to accept your offering. This is how to do it:

Go first to:

The number at the end of this URL links your performance to “Ringing for the Centenary of the WWI Armistice”.

If you have not recently logged in to Bellboard you will be asked to login. If you have never posted on Bellboard before you will have to click on Register to create an account and then login.

Now the nerdy bit. If you did not ring a Quarter Peal or Peal you must include the word Rounds in the Method box otherwise the computer will insist you give the Length (number of changes) which will not be appropriate. You can add whatever else you wish, but you must include the word Rounds. Don’t ask me why – computer says!

Here is one I prepared earlier:

David Teall

Ringing for the Armistice

I know that the majority of ringers in the Branch will be busy ringing for Armistice services and events over the coming weekend. The bells in churches across the Peterborough area, and at the Cathedral, will ring out over the weekend to commemorate the peace, whether it is on Saturday for local events, for the morning Remembrance Service, in the afternoon or evening on the Sunday.

As you ring over the weekend, please remember the fallen. The Roll of Honour on the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers website identifies 7 ringers, linked to churches in Peterborough and the surrounding villages, who lost their lives in WW1. The one we know most about is:

Corporal Harold Bemrose DCM, who rang at St John’s Church in Peterborough. He died on 13 April 1918, aged 24, serving in the 1st Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment. He died at No 3 Australian Casualty Clearing Station from wounds received earlier in the day at Wytschaete near Kemmel, Belgium. He was awarded the DCM for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a party of 20 men. Although isolated, he consolidated a shell hole position, and held it all day. At nightfall, he established a connection with the posts on either flank and volunteered to attack a machine gun, which was causing trouble. His grave is commemorated at Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium, Grave XIV F 12.

To mark the final year of the First World War centenary commemorations, it was announced in 2017 that 1,400 new bell ringers would be recruited in honour of the 1,400 who lost their lives during the First World War. This campaign has been very successful and to date there are some 1,700 new ringers registered with the website.

The Peterborough Branch has been doing its bit in encouraging new ringers and I know of at least 15 who have been trained across the area, and I suspect there are more.   As many of these new ringers as possible will take part in the ringing on Sunday 11 November, some ringing for a service for the first time. Special badges for these new recruits have been produced by the Central Council to recognise their participation as learners in the Ringing Remembers campaign, and they will wear their badges with pride on the day.  I hope that you will encourage them to become members of the branch. They can be proposed as members at the AGM in January next year.

A very big thank you to all those who have been organising bands in your own Tower, or across a number of Towers, and also to those who have been recruiting and training our new ringers.

Please remember to post details of your ringing on Bellboard or on social media such as on the DCMS hashtag #armistice100.


Hilary Hardie