Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The latest results in this year's Gipson Trophy striking competition are home wins for Linton and Cherry Hinton/Great Wilbraham, who now top the table. There are five teams in the competition this year, the others being Fen Ditton, Great Shelford and Little Shelford. It is a league competition, in which each team plays each other twice during the year, once at home and once away, with each match being on the home tower's practice night. Fixtures and results are here.

The District 6-bell practice this month will be held at Duxford on Friday 21st July, from 7:30. Do come along if you'd like to practise Cambridge, Kent, Oxford etc. or would like to learn to treble bob. For a bit of fun there will also be a chance to try ringing Burslem Delight Minor, which is largely Cambridge-like but with different work under the treble. See all methods.

Now is the time to start looking at the delights of Bristol Surprise Major. This will be the focus method at the next Advanced 8-bell practice, which will be held at Trumpington on Saturday 22nd July from 10:30-12:30.

Congratulations to Derek Sibson, who marked the 60th anniversary of his first peal with a quarter of Bristol at Meldreth on Sunday 9th July. Back in 1957 he rang Plain Bob Minor inside, also at Meldreth (then a 6-bell tower), conducted by Bill Ridgman, with John Gipson on the treble.

The ART Listen & Strike Workshop will be run at the Stretham REC on the afternoon of Sunday 30th July, from 2:00 to 7:00 pm. This workshop is open to any ringer who would like to improve their striking. It is aimed to help develop listening skills and rhythm, leading to less reliance on looking and so to better striking. The cost will be £7. If you would like to come, please book with , REC Manager. There is a maximum of 5 students, so please book early. Also needed are 4 helpers who can ring with reasonably good striking already. This would be suitable for trainers who wish to become familiar with the many exercises available to improve striking. Please be in touch with Barbara if you could be a helper.

The Ringing World National Youth Contest took place in Birmingham on Saturday 1st July. This is an 8-bell competition for ringers aged 18 and under, featuring both call changes and method ringing. There were three heats in the morning, with the EDA team, the Fen Tigers, ringing at Harborne. For the second year in a row, they qualified for the final, which was held at St Paul's in the afternoon. Congratulations to the team, which included several District ringers, who achieved a grade of B. The competition overall was won by the Yorkshire Tykes, to win the Whitechapel Trophy. In addition to the competition, there was also ringing at several of the city's famous towers, including the 16 at St Martin's, and a couple of mini-rings. Thanks to Catriona and Jonathan for organising the team and to all the local helpers who made us so welcome.

The final of the National 12-bell competiton was held at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 24th June, with the test piece being Cambridge Maximus. The Cambridge Youths team qualified for the final from their eliminator at Sheffield in March and were placed 7th out of the ten teams in the competition. Birmingham won, despite having to ring first on the day.

Birthday wishes go to Richard Howard (96) and Monica Lilley (70). Quarters peals were rung at Toft and Ickleton, respectively, to celebrate the occasions.

I am very sorry to pass on the news that John Gipson has died, at the age of 93. He rang his first peal in 1939 and last rang on the rehung bells at Meldreth in September 2015. A short paragraph is never going to be enough to do justice to his life; John gave so much to Meldreth (not just in his ringing, but in his service to the church and to the village), to the District and the Association and to the ringing community nationally. His engineering skills were put to effective use in many bell-hanging projects, within the Association and beyond. He taught several generations of ringers and was always keen to encourage their peal-ringing. This is truly the end of an era. Our thoughts and sympathies go to his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Quarter peals have been rung in his memory at Soham, Ticehurst, OLEM, Pettistree, Orwell, Meldreth, West Wratting, Trumpington, Pampisford and Little Shelford, as well as peals at Bushey, Meldreth, Bretton, Bardwell, Mawson Road, Godmanchester, Inworth, Bishop's Castle and Aspenden.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 2:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Meldreth. All are welcome.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent c/o Peasgood and Skeates Funeral Directors, 45 Moorfield Road, Duxford CB22 4PP for Holy Trinity Church, Meldreth and Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bellringers.

The Ridgman Trophy took place at Great St Mary's on Saturday 17th June. This is a 10-bell striking competition set up by Bill Ridgman (Tom's father), involving teams from the EDA and surrounding Associations. The Association team retained the trophy, ringing Yorkshire Royal, with an impressive score of 86%. The full results are here.

The Trumpington team have retained the Ludbrook Plate at this year's District Striking Competition. It was held at Linton on Saturday 10th June and it was fantastic to have a double-digit number of teams, with no fewer than eleven, including two teams from the new Sawston band. Judge Lesley Boyle had the unenviable task of concentrating for two and a half hours, as the teams got to grips with the challenge of Linton's bells. Meanwhile it was lovely to sit in the sun in the churchyard, listening and chatting. After an excellent tea provided by the local band came the results...

Trumpington won by a good margin, with a small group behind, with Little Shelford, Great St Mary's and Linton on similar scores. It was a pleasure to welcome a band from the Fen Tigers (the EDA Young Ringers), who won the President's Award and was mostly drawn from District ringers. For the full results, see here. Congratulations to all the teams who came and took part, making it such a successful afternoon.

Congratulations to Paul Seaman on being awarded the Diocese of East Anglia Medal for many years of service as tower captain at the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Cambridge. A peal was rung to mark his achievement.

Ely DA branded clothing is now available. Expertees of Huntingdon have set up a web shop for Ely DA garments, embroidered with the logo of the Association. Under the logo there is space for the name of your tower or District. At present, the available garments are: T-shirt, polo shirt, sweatshirt and fleece jacket with sleeves or sleeveless, all in a range of colours.

Phillip George has reviewed and revised all the safeguarding documents on the Association website. He comments that he has not yet heard any more from the Diocese regarding the roll-out of new National Church procedures on safeguarding. If you have any further questions, Phillip will be happy to help.

Geoff Perryman does a fantastic job, single-handedly coordinating the Practice Night Support scheme, but his band of helpers is dwindling, which means that he can't cater for all the requests that he has from towers for help. So, please get in touch with him (C. 207790) if you can help, as your assistance is greatly appreciated by the towers. Even if you can only ring plain hunt, you can still make a difference, enabling bands to ring things that they otherwise wouldn't have enough people to so.


First Quarter Peal

Jo Farmer-Eynon - Trumpington, 18th June

Quarter Peal footnotes

Jo Farmer-Eynon - First away from cover - Trumpington, 16th July
Ian Ager - First Kent - Cherry Hinton, 9th July
Tracy Boyt - First on 8 - Trumpington, 18th June
Henry Morley - First inside - Histon, 13th June
Renee Tanburn - First Doubles - Cherry Hinton, 23rd May
Jason Burnet - First on 8 (Plain Bob Triples inside) - Hemingford Grey, 20th May
Greg Pearce - First 8-spliced as conductor - Trumpington, 14th May
Ian Ager - First Cambridge Surprise Minor - West Wratting, 13th May

Peal footnotes

Marj Winter - First peal of London Royal in hand - Cambridge (Mawson Road), 4th July
Paul Seaman - 250th peal as conductor - Cambridge (Mawson Road), 3rd June
Jenny Goodwin, Stephen Theobald - First 23-Spliced Surprise Major - Trumpington, 20th May

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