Wombell at Uppingham Feast Day

We borrowed the ‘Wombell’ from the Guild for Uppingham Feast Day – see picture – and attracted quite a few people to try their hand at ringing! The Wombell is a Saxilby Ringing Simulator mounted on a frame, and is especially useful for younger people to try the feel of a real bell, but safely. It has a laptop attached to produce the sound, and can be used to ring any method supported by the software.

We would like to say thankyou to Uppingham Church for permission to erect it inside the Church, to the Peterborough Guild for lending it to us – and to all the volounteers who helped assemble, teach and dismantle the thing.

Well done Sue Webster for taking the initiative to try it out and manage all the ins and outs of transport and logistics!

Summer Ringing Tour Cancelled

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the Summer Ringing Tour on 25th June, but the next planned event will be the 5-Bell get-together and Picnic, set for 16th July at Hambleton!

Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee

It is now just over a month to go before the Jubilee bank holiday weekend. Every Tower that can ring probably will! Plenty of time left to practice, but it will come around sooner than you think …

Guild Second Saturday Sessions!

Second Saturday Sessions

May 14th 2022 sees the first Guild-organised SSS to allow expertise across the Guild to be shared and enjoyed by as many ringers as possible.  This time two separate sessions are being run, but if they both appear popular, they will be repeated at a later date.  Therefore, we are asking that if anyone is interested in either session, that they contact Simon Dixon (master@pdg.org.uk) to let him and we’ll be in touch with more details.  Please note that there will be a small fee of £2 per student to go towards a tower donation.

Session 1 – Basic Bell Maintenance

This is aimed at those who are interested in the mechanics of the bells and would like to learn a bit more, especially about how to keep the bells and fittings in good working order.  It will be a mainly practical session held up in the belfry and would suit new recruits as well as existing ringers.

Session 2 – Beyond Plain Bob

For those ringers who have been confidently ringing Plain Bob (Doubles or Minor) and want to find out how to learn and ring other methods, such as St Simon’s Doubles, St Clements and Single Oxford Bob Minor.  It will be a combined theory and practical session.

Cathy Dixon

Public Relations Officer

Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers

Jubilee Ringers wanted!

We are looking for new ringers to learn the ropes in this Jubilee year. Details are on the Guild Website here (opens in a new tab). A great opportunity to celebrate the 70 years’ reign of Queen Elizabeth II with your own achievement!

Branch Dinner

Details have been circulated to sign up for the Branch Dinner on the 25th March; confirmation of attendance and menu choices are needed by the 18th March – so not long now to sign up!