Dates for the district (larger calendar for the whole Ely DA is here)
Here are dates for the District, the Association and the Stretham REC shown in a Google Calendar. A larger calendar, showing these dates and dates for all the Districts and for the Young Ringers, with space for more entries at a time, and with options to view a whole week or month, is available on the Ely DA website here. Use of a Google Calendar is experimental - comments or suggestions to the webmaster (elyweb_at_elyda.org.uk) please.
The District tower challenge for 2017 is now open - how many District towers can you visit during the year? Download a loyalty card to record your visits here.
We will be visiting fourteen of our District towers at ringing meetings during the year - full programme now available here.
From Jackie Latham, Cambridge District President:
This morning we received the sad news that Felicity passed away last night (Monday, 5th December). Many of us visited her over the last few months and those that saw her in the hospice could see that it was a good place to be at the end, both for Fliss and her family.
In her relatively short ringing career Felicity made a huge contribution to ringing at both district and association level and many of us had the great pleasure of ringing with her, and sharing in her positive and all-encompassing personality. She never stinted in her generosity of both time and encouragement to others and she will leave a huge hole in the heart of the district.
I would like on behalf of every ringer in the district and wider ringing community who knew and loved Felicity, to offer our deep sympathy to Judith, Richard and the family at what must be a truly heartbreaking time.
There will be a gathering afterwards, details of which will follow when finalised.
I am sorry to report the sad news that Douglas Robinson, of Over, passed away in the early hours of Wednesday 17th August. Douglas, Marion's husband and Edie's father, was churchwarden at Over for many years and always supported the Over ringers. The funeral was held at St Mary the Virgin, Over, at 11 am on Wednesday 31st August. A pre-arranged local band rang a quarter peal before the service and there was open ringing afterwards. Our thoughts are with all Douglas's family at this sad time.
There was a record turn-out for the Ely District Striking competition this year, with 8 teams in the Call Change section and 4 teams in the Method section. The judges, Alan and Marj Winter, congratulated everyone on entering, and the district on arranging the competition, and on the organisation of the evening. The winners of the Call Change section were the home band, Longstanton A, with Cottenham placed second and Stretham third. In the Method section, Cottenham were placed first and retain the trophy, with Over second and Longstanton third. Full results are here. Thanks and congratulations are also due to the Longstanton band for the delicious and plentiful refreshments that were provided during the evening, and to the Cottenham band for winning the railway-themed quiz. If anyone would like answers to the quiz, please contact me (elysec_at_elyda.org.uk).
It saddens me deeply to have to report the death of Kim Ogden, beloved husband of Ruth, tower captain at Isleham and member of the district committee for many years, shortly before 8.00am on January 24th 2016. Kim had been very ill for the last few years and tackled his afflictions with his usual fortitude and good humour, supported always by his devoted wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruth and the rest of the family at this difficult time.
The Annual District Meeting for the Ely District was held at Burwell on Saturday 2nd January. We rang the bells from the new, raised, floor of the ringing chamber, tested the smart new facilities in the base of the tower and had tea and the meeting at the back of the church.
Most of the District Officers were re-elected to continue in the same posts as last year. Robert Bramley is standing down as BRF Trustee and the meeting nominated Kit Kilgour to take that post. The election of nominated BRF Trustees will take place at the AGM of the ELY DA in May. For the committee, Rachel Frost, Geoff Grayton, Barbara Le Gallez, Sue Marsden and Simon Smith were elected to continue as members; Lesley Boyle and Nick Carver were elected to join the committee. We were sorry that Peter Binns and Roger Palmer, who were members of last year’s committee, were not able to continue this year. Peter Binns has moved to Cornwall, and we wish him well in his new home. With his decision not to stand for election to the committee this year, Roger Palmer was ending a very long term of service to the District Committee, in which he had given so much in so many ways. As a token of thanks a mini bell engraved with the words "Thank you Roger, Ely District, 2016" had been obtained which Roderick Johnstone, as President, would present to Roger on behalf of the District.
Sad news from Isleham of the death of Stephen Sadler. Stephen was a member of the Ely DA for the past 38 years, although age and infirmity precluded him from climbing the stairs to the tower for the last 20 years or so. Stephen’s funeral service took place at Isleham church on Thursday 14th January at 11.00 am. A quarter peal will be rung in his memory at a time and date to be confirmed.
The weekend of July 4th and 5th saw two minirings in the district. The Maplestead miniring was erected in Roderick's garden in Over for the District BBQ on the Saturday evening, and the Charmborough miniring was located beside the Coop in Histon for the Histon Feast Market on the Sunday. Thanks to Geoff Grayton for the photos.
The EDA hosted the visiting ringers from Kilifi, Kenya, from Friday 26 June to Sunday 28 June. They were visiting England to become proficient in simple Doubles methods and to learn how to teach the other members of their band. On Saturday 27th June, the Kilifi ringers rang at Rampton in our district. After the Ely Diocese, the Kilifi ringers went on to Derbyshire where they were hosted by the Whiting Society. While they were in Derbyshire, each of them rang in a quarter peal (details here); in addition, John and Lennox are able to teach bell handling, and they are familiar with Kaleidoscope ringing. Thanks to Colin Humphreys for the photos.
Ely DA Young Ringers. Dates for Young Ringers events will continue to be shown on this page, but see the separate website for more information, reports of past events and so on.
There will be open ringing from 1.15 before the service and the bells will also be available afterwards. At Fliss's request, please wear bright colours.
No flowers please but donations if desired to the Arthur Rank Hospice or to support the maintenance of Haslingfield bells. Details of how to donate will be available at the service.
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