Welcome to the website for the Ely District of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers.

Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps keep you fit ... it also makes a glorious sound! 
This website is primarily intended to keep local ringers informed of news and district events. We hope other ringers will find the details of towers, practice nights and the district ringing programme useful.
  For an introduction to bell ringing, and how to learn to ring, click the bell.   Unofficial Facebook group run by an Ely District member

Ely DA Young Ringers

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. 


Felicity Webster

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.  

We will pass on funeral details in due course.
Jackie Latham

Douglas Robinson

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.

Ely District Striking Competition, 14/05/2016

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).

 
 
  Photos from above left:

Marj Winter presenting the Don Murfet Memorial Trophy to the Longstanton A Call Change band.

Alan Winter presenting the Ely District Shield to Kit Kilgour, for the Cottenham Method band

Alan Winter presenting the wooden spoon to Roderick and Vicki Johnston for the Longstanton Method band.

Thanks to Barbara Le Gallez for the photos, click on a photo to see a larger version.


Sue's 1000th peal


The band in ringing order, except for Mike Purday who could not stay for the photo.
  Congratulations to Sue Marsden, and to the rest of the band (including three more Ely District ringers and 2 former ones) on the peal rung at Godmanchester on Saturday 19th March.

Ely Diocesan Association
Godmanchester, Huntingdonshire
St Mary
Saturday, 19 March 2016 in 3h10m (19–2–19 in E♭)
5056 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
Composed by A.M.Barber
1 Marion A Robinson
2 Alan M Barber (C)
3 Edith M Robinson
4 Susan E Marsden
5 Kevin J Skillings
6 Philip D Bailey
7 Paul S Seaman
8 Michael G Purday
1000th peal: 4

Kim Ogden

Nick Carver reports:

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 funeral was at 11:30am on Friday 5th February at Isleham church, with ringing before and after the service (no muffles) as per Kim's wishes. Refreshments were provided afterwards.

Ruth sends her thanks to everyone for their cards.

Ely District ADM

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.

Stephen Sadler, funeral at Isleham on Thursday 14th January

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. 

Ely DA Quarter Peal Event

Ten members of the Ely District took part in the Ely DA Quarter Peal event on Saturday 31st October. This was hosted by the Huntingdon District with immaculate organisation. There were two quarter peal slots in the afternoon, with four attempts at each time, and a further four quarter peal attempts in the evening. A total of 36 ringers were involved in these quarter peal attempts, with a few more turning up for the splendid tea and meeting in the St Mary's Centre at Houghton. Although three of the quarter peal attempts were not successful, five additional quarters were rung in the area, involving another ten ringers, so the total of successful quarter peals for the day was 14.

Details of all the quarters are on Bellboard, linked to the event here.

Congratulations to all involved, and especially to three Landbeach ringers. David Waterhouse rang his first quarter on 6, tenoring behind to Plain Bob Doubles at Hilton, Roger Gooding rang his first quarter on 8, tenoring behind to Plain Bob Triples at Hemingford Grey, and Sarah Alexandra rang her first quarter ever, tenoring behind to Plain Bob Doubles at Houghton (the photo shows the band after the quarter at Houghton).

Minirings in the district, July 4th & 5th

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 Charmborough miniring at Histon ->
 
Rethreading a rope which had slipped wheel on the Maplestead miniring at Over

 

RWNYC - Congratulations to the Ely DA Young Ringers

Congratulations to the Ely DA Young Ringers for doing so well at the Ringing World National Youth Contest (RWNYC), and especially to Rachel Frost and Benjamin Edwards of the Ely District. Ringing call changes, the band achieved a B grade and were placed equal 4th, two grades up from last year's grade of C+, when they were equal 7th. Photo of the band and supporters, and a report from Barbara are here; full results are here.

Visit of Kilifi ringers, Friday 26th - Sunday 28th June

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.

 
Lennox, John, Deborah and Elizabeth outside Rampton church   Kilifi ringers and helpers in the ringing chamber at Rampton

Ely District Striking Competition, Saturday 9th May 2015

This year, our District striking competition took place a week after the Ely DA Inter-district competition. The venue was Cottenham, and the local band won both sections. Judges Alan and Marj Winter congratulated all the bands on entering and said that all the ringing was enjoyable to listen to.

In the Call Change section, there were 5 teams: Cottenham were placed first and Over second, with the Young Ringers scratch band third, followed by Isleham and Landbeach. The photo shows Simon Wilson receiving the Don Murphet trophy for this section.

In the method section, Cottenham were placed first with the older ringers scratch band second. Over were third followed by the Young Ringers scratch band. Cottenham were awarded the trophy and, as the lowest placed tower band in this section, Over were awarded the wooden spoon. 

Full results and more photos are here.


Ely DA Inter-district Striking Competition and AGM, Saturday 2nd May 2015

  The Ely District band was placed second in the inter-district striking competition at Bluntisham on Saturday 2nd May, the winners being Huntingdon. Several members of the band also rang in one of the two Ely DA peals (rung at Fordham and Fulbourn) which commemorated the 300th anniversary of the first recorded peal at St Peter Mancroft, celebrated several birthdays and welcomed a new Royal Princess. More about the AGM on the Ely DA website here.  

In Memory of Private Arthur Carver, 24th April 2015

  Nick Carver, ringer at Isleham, writes:

On this day 100 years ago, my great uncle, Private Arthur Carver of the 1/4th battalion East Yorks Regiment was killed in action at the second battle of Ypres aged 22. We know something of his last day because the commanding officer of the battalion also lost his life and this was recorded in the regimental diary. The battalion crossed to Boulogne a couple of days before this and made their way to the front line. As soon as they got there, they went over the top and a number of men, including the Colonel and Arthur, failed to return. His body was never found and he is remembered at the Menin Gate memorial.

This evening, to commemorate the centenary of Arthur's death, a quarter peal of Norwich Surprise Minor was rung at St Andrew's church in Isleham. I was honoured to take part in the ringing. This performance, dedicated to Arthur, is recorded on the Bellboard web site where it will remain in perpetuity, which hopefully will be regarded as a fitting memorial to a brave young man serving King and Country, who like so many others was keen to serve but failed to return.

Details of the quarter are here, Dee Smith notes that this was Nick's first quarter of minor, and first of treble bob.

Nick is a keen family historian, and would be happy to offer advice on how people can research and/or check information relating to their own family. Contact Nick on nick_at_carverfamily.org.uk.

St George's Day 2015

The bells at St George, Littleport were rung on St George's day 2015 by a local band which included three generations of the George family, all wearing appropriate T-shirts! Thanks to Lisa Morgan for the photo.

The bells at St Mary the Virgin, Over were also rung for St George's day. 

Young Ringers website

There is now a separate website for the 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.


Advertise your tower open day with the Ely DA banner

  This 2.5 metre PVC banner is available for any tower that needs to advertise an open day or similar ringing-related event. The only proviso is that you hold it on a Saturday and have at least some of the attractions listed under the title, temporarily blanking out what is not on offer.

The banner is available to borrow, with the mobile demonstration bell and display stands. For more information, and to make a booking, see the Mobile Bell page on the Ely DA website.

More photos, news and articles for the district are available here.and here

Inside Over church

St Mary's, Ely

Ringing at Stretham

Cottenham tower

Working on Haddenham bells

Sutton in the Isle

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