Weekly Update

Hello everyone

Please find Helen’s weekly update below. I have also put the C of E advice on entering church buildings during the Covid19 restrictions into the downloads section of the Branch website. It includes a section on bell ringing. You can find it here:

https://petbells.org.uk/downloads

There doesn’t look to be much light at the end of the tunnel yet, but however far away it is at least it is nearer than it was..

Best wishes

Sylvia

Helen’s message:

Another week done and at least there is now some discussion of relaxing lockdown – although not quite yet and in stages. Fingers crossed we’ll see that happen in the next few weeks.  Things to keep the ringing mind entertained this week include:

Church Bells on Sunday.

Bells on Sunday comes from Westminster Abbey. It was recorded during the VE commemoration of 2015 and features rounds and firing. That’s hard to get right and this is good, but not perfect. Not tried it? Check your pinnacles first!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000j139

Your Guild needs you

To get your clicking fingers out. Ecclesiastical have launched their Movement for Good, which will see 500 charities receive £1000 in the first round of funding. The more times we are nominated, the greater the chance we have of receiving a grant. We did so last year, with £1000 going into the training fund, let’s pull together and see if we can achieve the same. Please can you all:

1.       Visit their website by visiting their website https://movementforgood.com/#nominateACharity  before SUNDAY, MAY 24

2.       Fill in the ‘Nominate a Charity’ form using ‘Charity number’ 258271 which should bring up the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers in the ‘Charity Name’ box.

3.       Select a ‘charity type’, I used “Heritage Arts” this time.

4.       ‘Who are you?’  Select “Other”

5.       Ask your friends and family to do the same before May 24 and keep your fingers crossed! You may nominate multiple times if you hold multiple e-mail addresses…

 

VE Day anniversary

The latest podcast from Fun with Bells recounts the ban on ringing in WW2 and ringing for VE day. https://funwithbells.com

At the time of writing, ringing remained suspended with lockdown still in place, with that confirmed by the diocese and Bishop Donald. There is guidance from the CCCBR on Covid-19 and ringing available and this will be updated as the situation evolves. It can be found here https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/05/04/covid-19-and-ringing-central-council-position-statement-may-5th-2020/

The latest guidance from the CofE and the House of Bishops acknowledges that this is an evolving situation. This can be found here. https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

It is clearly going to be a while longer before we can consider ringing. The guild will continue to monitor the situation, will communicate with the diocese and will pass on information and advice from relevant sources as it becomes available.

Puzzle Time:

This is a wordsearch produced by Taylor’s bell foundry featuring rings of 12 they have worked on. It can be found here  http://taylorbells.co.uk/complete-taylor-twelves

Exercises:

An additional warmup exercise and something to challenge you this week. These have been added to the exercises published so far and all are available on their own page on the Guild website. You can find all of the exercises here: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/KeepFit

Exercise 6: Added warm up – Good Morning

http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/KeepFit/#ANCHOREX6

This is an exercise to add to your warm up. Start with arms above the head and swing them downwards past your hips and behind you. At the same time, bend the body at the hips, bringing the chest towards the knees. It’s a bit like a bow, hence its name – Good Morning. Swing the arms back up while you stand up and return to the start position. The knees should only bend enough to keep your balance, the idea isn’t to work them here. Try for a set of 10 rest and repeat 2-3 times. You can alternate this with the ski style lunges to get really warmed up and use more of the body.

Exercise 7: Tricep Dips

http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/KeepFit/#ANCHOREX7

Something to work the triceps. These don’t get a lot of work, so this can be hard. Start by sitting on the edge of bottom step of the stairs, with your hands either side of you. The fingers should face forward to make sure that you engage the tricep. Hands should be either side of your bottom, not too far apart. Now lift your bottom off the step and lower it towards the floor, and return to the level of the step. Make sure that you don’t hunch the shoulders, make sure the elbows bend to lower you and straighten to return.
To make the exercise harder, move your feet further out.
If that’s a bit challenging – and it might be if you’re not used to this – you can make it easier by sitting on the floor. Use your arms to recline and elevate the upper body, as per the Youtube link https://youtu.be/-_jAqNdKAio. Make sure to make your arms do the work, don’t rely on your stomach muscles.

And that’s all I have for this week. If there is anything you want more of, do let me know. And if anyone has any ideas for subject matter or contributions they’ll be gratefully received. Stay safe out there and keep in touch.

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

 

 

 

CCBR Letter re Covid19

COVID-19 and ringing Central Council position statement May 5th 2020
It is expected that the UK Government will announce plans for a gentle easing of the
current lockdown on Sunday May 10th and ringers have already been asking if that means
they may return to ringing as normal. The key consideration at all times must be the safety
of individual ringers, others with whom they ring and those with whom they live or may
come into contact.
We do not know what the Government will propose but it is clear that, as lockdown is
gradually eased, the re-opening of sections of the economy will be a priority and major
restrictions on the activities of all of us will remain in place for a significant period.
Government and public health teams working with others will be maintaining a very close
watch on new cases and hospitalization of people with COVID-19. Ways of tracking of
where such patients have been and tracing of all of their contacts will be key. All of this will
take time to put in place.
The Central Council’s guidance to ringers is that currently it is too early for any return to
ringing and that the current suspension of all ringing of any kind should remain in place.
This includes chiming of single bells and the use of Ellacombe chimes. We will be sharing
this guidance with the Church of England and ringing societies and where possible with
other bell owning organisations.
Over recent weeks Dr Phillip Barnes, a recently retired NHS Consultant and Medical
Director as well as a member of the CC Executive, has been reviewing the emerging
scientific and medical evidence about COVID-19 and what it means for the safety of
ringing. The key issues which affect the safety of ringing are the physical environment of
towers including access to ringing rooms, the space between ropes, how to maintain hand
hygiene in towers and the numbers of people in a restricted space for a relatively long
period of time. Even if churches reopen, the environment in towers is very different.
This evidence review is being published online this week via the Central Council website
and an article will appear in next week’s edition of The Ringing World. Guidance on how it
might be possible to restart ringing and what restrictions and precautions would be needed
to do so are an integral part of this work.
The evidence and guidance will be reviewed formally at least monthly as well as in the light
of any significant developments. We are all as keen as anyone to get back to ringing as soon
as possible, but that must only occur when it is completely safe to do so.
SIMON LINFORD
Dr PHILLIP BARNES
For and on behalf of the CC Executive.

V E Day

From Helen:

I’m aware that this Friday is the anniversary of VE day and that some people may want to ring to mark the occasion. Obviously the incumbent has the ultimate authority in such a request. However, in light of the government’s current COVID response measures, the Guild, the CCCBR, The Diocese of Peterborough and Bishop Donald all consider ringing to be inappropriate at this time.

If this has arisen in your branch, and it would help, please pass this message on. I’m not expecting it to have been a common occurrence.

This YouTube video, from the CCCBR, is a good explanation for non-ringers. https://youtu.be/W2Qo1wK9yNw

Thanks

Helen

Helen’s Weekly Update

Hello Everyone

I hope you are all well. Helen has kindly sent her weekly update full of information and ideas to keep you entertained in a  bell ringing focused manner. I haven’t downloaded the puzzles yet this week but have included some information on accessing puzzles.

Best wishes to you all

Sylvia

 

Helen’s letter:

Well that was different. We’ve had rain and grey skies and all sorts of things. I’m sure the gardeners amongst us appreciated the rain – I know my grass has; it’s shot up in a burst of enthusiasm! As ever, feel free to use some or all of this, as you see fit. Things to keep the ringing mind entertained this week include:

Church Bells on Sunday.

Bells on Sunday comes from All Saints, Writtle in Essex.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000htpm

Why are we not Ringing?

I’m sure some people have been asked if we can ring for the Clap for Carers or for Capt Moore’s birthday or for VE day, this Friday. The answer, based on the Church of England’s guidance, is clearly no. But that’s not always understood by the general public. The Central Council has produced this very good video to explain that bells are rung by people and that we can’t, at present, do so safely. Please share this to your local communities to explain that we’ll be back ringing as soon as we safely can, but that’s not yet.

https://youtu.be/W2Qo1wK9yNw

 

Puzzle Time:

 The Ringing World is providing a page of puzzles in each edition, with online only as well as postal subscriptions available. https://www.ringingworld.co.uk/purchase/subscriptions.html You might not be able to find your name in there very much at the moment, but there’s a lot of effort going into bringing the ringing community together at this time.

Exercises:

A change to this week, you can still find the exercises on the Guild’s facebook page, however the exercises published so far now have their own page on the Guild website. You can find all of the exercises here: http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/KeepFit

This week the pair of related exercises are to target different muscles in the arms and shoulders.

Exercise 5: Straight arm Kickbacks

Another exercise for the shoulders. Again you will need something that you can hold in your hand but adds weight. Stephen’s using a book, again, but a can of beans or something that’s comfortable to grip would work as well.
With one hand on a step or hard chair, drop the other arm towards the floor. Raise the arm by moving it past your hips with the elbow straight (but not locked out), and return to the start position. This will work the shoulder. You can increase the effort by holding the book at one end, rather than in the middle. Increasing the size of the object can make it difficult to hold comfortably. Remain in control on both up and down strokes. Repeat 10 times, then swop arms and do the same. Try for 2-3 sets on each arm.

Exercise 6: Tricep Kickbacks

A similar exercise to number 5, but this one will exercise the backs of your arms. You will need something that you can hold in your hand but adds weight. Stephen’s using a book, again, but a can of beans or something that’s comfortable to grip would work as well. You may find that you can’t do these with the same weight as the presses from last week – that’s OK.
With one hand on a step or hard chair, hold your arm at 90 degrees at the elbow and with your upper arm running along side your body. Straighten the arm and move the hand past the hips. The elbow shouldn’t move. Return the hand to the start position. Increase the effort with a larger item you can hold comfortably, or holding the end of the book, as opposed to the middle. Remain in control on both up and down strokes. Repeat 10 times, then swop arms and do the same. Try for 2-3 sets on each arm.

Central Council

Two items from the Council this week.

Simon Linford, the President, has been blogging and shares his thoughts this week. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/04/29/presidents-blog-8

And there’s a competition to find or submit video that shows ringing in a good light to YouTube. Details in this week’s Ringing World and on the CCCBR website here: https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-competition/

There’s a lot of ringing out there, not all of it very good. If you have footage sitting at home somewhere, please consider unearthing it an submitting it. There’s some advice on how to upload to YouTube. If that’s proving a problem, get in touch and we’ll try to help.

And that’s all I have for this week. If there is anything you want more of, do let me know. And if anyone has any ideas for subject matter or contributions they’ll be gratefully received. Stay safe out there and keep in touch.

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

Hello everyone

Another week at home begins and still the sun shines and my garden wants some rain. Like all gardeners I am never content! Helen has been busy again finding things to do for us all. Thank you, Helen. I’ve copied her letter below and, as last week. I have put the attachments, puzzles, quiz and a newsletter from the Communication and Marketing group, in the downloads section of the Branch website. You can find them all here:

https://petbells.org.uk/downloads

Another way to access them is to look on the Guild Facebook page. There is a link in Helen’s letter.

Best wishes

Sylvia

From Helen:

Another week passes and the weather continues to be almost unnaturally nice! If your days are blending into one, I write this message on Sunday. As ever, feel free to use some or all of this, as you see fit. Things to keep the ringing mind entertained this week include:

Church Bells on Sunday.

Bells on Sunday comes from St Maunanus & St Stephen, Mawnan in Cornwall.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000hmy9

Spring Festival day

We should have been at the Spring Festival on Saturday – and wouldn’t it have been a lovely day to hold it! 🌞🌞
There was some ringing though. Northampton Ringing hub held their weekly Saturday school through Ringing Room (https://ringingroom.co.uk/). Rounds & Call changes through to plain bob minor were all successfully rung. It’s very different from normal ringing, but it’s a lot of fun. Amelcote also used this for their practice, feeling pleased with their attempts at plain bob doubles.

If you want to join the Northampton practice, contact Jennie on nptonringinghub@yahoo.com, or to try it in your tower, get in touch with me and we can help you make arrangements.

Puzzle time:

2 different sorts of puzzles this week. First a jigword comprising the 41 surprise minor methods (they are listed for those of us who don’t have them on instant recall!)

Then 3 different puzzles taken from past editions of The Ringing World.

And we’d better get our puzzle muscles in trim, we’ve been challenged to a quiz by Sally Brown & the Leicester DG. How & when to be arranged; who’s in?

Exercises:

This week the exercises are to target some of the muscles in the arms and shoulders.

The first of the more targeted exercises. In this you need something to add some weight, Steve’s using a book, as they’re easy to stack to add complexity.

Hold book between palms, pressing the palms together, and move it from down to overhead to down with arms straight. Repeat 10 to 20 times, and try 2-3 sets. To increase effort, add additional books. This will mean you need to push the palms together harder, which increases the workout on the lateral muscles. Maybe don’t start with the largest book on the shelf, nor the most valuable.
https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/videos/3209148415976487/

The second is another exercise to target arms and shoulders This is a close relative of the earlier arm raises. Again you need something to add some weight. Hold book between palms at the chest, pressing the palms together. Move the book out from chest to arms stretched in front of you and back again. This is exercise A. Then move from chest to overhead and back to chest, exercise B. Repeat A 10 times, then exercise B for the same number. Try 2-3 sets of A and B. To increase effort, add additional books. This will mean you need to push the palms together harder, which increases the workout on the lateral muscles. Maybe don’t start with the largest book on the shelf, nor the most valuable.
https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/videos/834486933702106/

Central Council

The Communication & Marketing workgroup also sent out a communication this week, which is also attached.

And that’s all I have for this week. If there is anything you want more of, do let me know. And if anyone has any ideas for subject matter or contributions they’ll be gratefully received. Stay safe out there and keep in touch.

Helen

postscript

Dear all, my apologies – when I sent you Helen’s message this morning I forgot to add a link to the puzzles. I’ve put them in the Downloads section of the web site so if you want to while away some isolation minutes you can find  them you can find them here:

https://petbells.org.uk/events

Good luck.

Sylvia

 

News letter from the Guild

Dear all, i hope you are all keeping well and finding thingsd to occupy yourselves during this extraordinary time. At least the weather is fine and sunny which is cheering.

I received this newsletters from the Guild secretary, Helen. Thank you, Helen, for all your thoughts on ringing related activities during these non ringing days.

Best wishes all,

Sylvia

Message from Helen:

I’m not sure any of us were surprised by the government announcing that the restrictions are to extend for a further 3 weeks before being reviewed again. I don’t know about you, but this is easily the longest I’ve gone without ringing since I spent almost a year in the US – aged 19! I’m hoping I will still remember what to do. As ever, feel free to use some or all of this, as you see fit. Things to keep the ringing mind entertained this week include:

Church bells on Sunday, which was from St Mary the Virgin in Bathwick, Somerset. Ringing Double Norwich Court Bob Caters, which is a fun method that I’d ring more, assuming anyone else would ring it with me.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000hddx

Puzzle time

Something to get you thinking. This set of questions with a connection to ringing and bells comes from Hilary Aslett. Thanks Hilary.

News from the Central Council

This week, there’s been a blog from the President and a Youtube playlist of some good ringing. Have a listen and get your ringing fix.

President’s blog: https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/04/14/presidents-blog-7/

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmJrg8h0wm_r41SOdUG96TJo4JXBfob5-

Exercise:

Being aware that, for many of us, ringing formed part of our weekly exercise, a series of exercises have been put together (by my kid brother, who used to ring and is a physical trainer – that’s him in the video) that will work those bellringing muscles – and there are quite of lot of muscles that bellringing uses. This is the first in a series and is one that will warm you up and works on more of the body, rather than concentrates on any particular muscle set.

Please only work to your ability. Exercise should not actively hurt, if it does, reduce the effort, or make the exercise easier. Especially if you’re not used to this type of exercise, take it easy and build up the number of repeats and difficulty slowly

Start with arms above head and swing the arms (held comfortably straight, not locked out at the elbows) down and behind. At the same time as the arms come down, bend the knees and stick the bottom out (rather than leaning the upper body forward). The body should remain largely upright. The action is a bit like that of skiing (not that I’ve ever been skiiing!) The deeper the knee bend the more it works legs, balance and hips. A shallower knee bend will make the exercise easier on the knees.

Try to do this 10 to 20 times, and do 2-3 repeats of that set. You should be a bit out of breath at the end as well as warmed up nicely.

Video available here: https://www.facebook.com/PDGCBR/videos/158487775516240

Exercise your brains

Something to tease the brain today, a wordsearch containing a number of surprise major methods beginning with the letter A. With thanks to Joanne Wilby for preparing this puzzle. Let’s hope we’re not here long enough for her to get to Z…

My final item is to share some sad news, received from Culworth branch. Marlene Phillips of Aynho died on Wednesday 15th. April at home after a long battle with Cancer. She learnt to ring in 1947  and was well enough to attend our AGM in January. Her husband Peter and Dee Thobourne  (also a ringer) looked after her with the help of the local community. There is an announcement on the News page of the guild website and an obituary will be posted. http://www.pdg.btck.co.uk/LATESTGUILDNEWS#ANCHORMARLENE

And that’s all I have for this week. If there is anything you want more of, do let me know. And if anyone has any ideas for subject matter or contributions they’ll be gratefully received. Stay safe out there and keep in touch.

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

Happy Easter

Dear all, wishing you a very happy Easter, even if it is one that’s very different from the usual Easter Sunday, when we would be ringing the bells in advance of church services to celebrate that Christ is risen. Some thoughts from the guild, as follows:

Happy Easter

Peterborough Cathedral started their Easter day service with the sound of bells. Don’t worry, there was no lockdown breakage involved, it was a recording of Towcester provided to the diocese for this purpose. The service can be viewed again here: https://youtu.be/G4qS9WJ_lAo

Church bells on Sunday, which was from Canterbury Cathedral

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000h7dn

News from the Central Council

Two announcements from the Central Council this week, both in a positive vein:

The first is about a “Ringing Returns” campaign to mark a return to more normal behaviour. This will obviously be difficult to plan in a continually shifting environment, and we should watch this space: https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/04/10/ringing-returns-campaign/

The second was an Easter greeting from the president. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/04/12/easter-message/

Guild newsletter

In a normal year the Guild would be getting ready to send out the spring newsletter. Due to problems with distribution of hard copies, this edition is just in online form. You can access it here: bit.ly/nlapr2020

Let’s have bells for our online services!

I’ve been in contact with the diocese communication office about providing some ringing for parishes to use when livestreaming their services. This is now available from the diocese website here: https://www.peterborough-diocese.org.uk/coronavirus/useful-resources

If your parish is producing worship, get in touch with them and ask them to add some bells. It is the one loud noise made to the glory of God and it is currently missing from our soundscape. This aims to fill that gap, in part, until we are back making noise again.

Take care everyone,

Hilary