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 …
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
This weekend, 23rd April is the Guild 6-Bell Striking Competition – see Events page for details!
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!
We are a branch of the Peterborough Guild of Diocesean Church Bell Ringers!
Details of our aims, how this is constituted and managed can be found on the PDGCBR website here. It is altogether too much to put here in a blog post 🙂
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!
After Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin, it might be a good idea to check the Bells to ensure that the weatherproofing is working properly. Persistent damp (rain) in the Belfry will cause rot in the woodwork, and corrosion in the metalwork; both are expensive to correct if the root cause is not addressed.
On February 12, 2022 the Ashwell Bells were rung again – see Bell Board for details. This was the first ringing recorded since 1976!
Note however, that the bells are still under repair, and not available for general ringing. The Tower Correspondent will be able to provide further information as renovations progress.
The CCCBR has updated their guidance on managing the COVID risks; see Guidance for England after lifting of ‘Plan B’ restrictions – CCCBR
The Membership fees for 2022 are now due; a Membership letter and form can be found here, but please feel free to ask if anything is not clear!