Cambridge District

of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers


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The latest result in this year's Gipson Trophy striking competition is a win for Linton, who lead the table so far. There are five teams in the competition this year, the others being Cherry Hinton/Great Wilbraham, 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.

Saturday 27th May sees the next District 6-to-8-bell practice, which will be held over the border into the Ely District, on the easy-to-handle bells at Histon, from 10:30 until 12:30. The practice is particularly aimed at ringers who are used to ringing on 6 bells but would like to progress to ringing on 8. So there will plenty of opportunities to ring basic things like Plain Hunt and rounds and call changes. However, if you won't last 2 hours without a coffee, please bring your own flask this time, as the kitchen facilities at Histon are inconveniently distant from the ringing chamber.

It's time to get practising for the District Striking Competition. This will be held at Linton on Saturday 10th June, starting at 4 o'clock. Even if you don't think your tower can win, come along and challenge yourselves - and you'll still have beaten all the towers who didn't enter! It's a golden opportunity to concentrate on striking, rather than whatever your next target method is, honing your listening skills. There will also be a scratch team or two assembled on the day too, so no-one misses out on the "fun".

The Cambridge District hosted the Ely Diocesan Assocation AGM at Meldreth on Saturday 13th May. This was preceded by the Inter-District 8-bell striking competition, in which all four Districts of the Association entered a team. The judges, Chris McCarthy and Ann Clinton, were given a hard job, with differing method choices and ringing speeds among the teams. Huntingdon District won, ringing Grandsire Triples. The Cambridge District band, organised by Phil Gorman, came a very close third, ringing Cambridge Major. Thanks to all the band for ringing. After a service and tea, the meeting was held. The proposed rule changes in our own Association were approved and the meeting also gave strong support to CRAG's proposals for changes to the Central Council, albeit wwhile expressing concerns about accountability. Thanks to the many people who helped to make the day a success.

I'm very sorry to pass on news of the death of another long-standing member of the District, Alan Ling, who was for many years in charge of ringing at Harston and Foxton. Alan was born in 1933 and joined the Association in 1961. He also assisted enthusiastically in several surrounding towers and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow, Molly, to whom he had been married for almost 60 years. There was a Service of Thanksgiving at Haslingfield on Wednesday 17th May, with ringing before and after the service, as well as on handbells during it.

The annual meeting of the Central Council will take place in Edinburgh at the end of May. Important changes have been proposed by CRAG (Council Review Action Group) and will come up for discussion at the meeting. Their final report is published here; if you have any views on these proposals, which are key to the future of the Central Council, please pass them on to our representative, .

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.

Congratulations to Thystle's Champs, who lived up to their name in the quiz at the District Meeting at Fen Ditton on April 8th, following a fish-and-chips supper. Their prize was generous hamper of goodies. Meanwhile, the beautifully decorated wooden spoon went to the Whippersnappers. Thanks are due to Valerie Ridgman for supplying the entertaining questions and to Jackie Latham for being quizmaster. The other teams were the Ditton Dodgers, Matty G and the Wooden Tops.

The Cambridge Youths band have qualified for the final of the National 12-bell striking contest, coming third in their eliminator at Sheffield on Saturday 25th March. Congratulations to them. The final will be on the new 12 at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 24th June 2017.

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.


Quarter Peal footnotes

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
Jonathan Spencer - First spliced as conductor (8-spliced) - Trumpington, 30th April
Ian Hamilton - First London Surprise Minor - Cherry Hinton, 22nd April
Toby Johnson - First Minor - Cambridge (St Bene't's), 14th April
Jenny Goodwin, Stephen Theobald - Most methods - Trumpington, 9th April
William Brooke - First Bristol Maximus - Cambridge (Great St Mary), 26th March

Peal footnotes

Jenny Goodwin, Stephen Theobald - First 23-Spliced Surprise Major - Trumpington, 20th May
Jenny Goodwin, Stephen Theobald - Most methods (21 Spliced Surprise Major) - Trumpington, 6th May
Catriona Shearer - First on 10 - Cambridge (Mawson Road), 28th March

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