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April 2013

posted 6 May 2013, 09:54 by Janet Garnett
Dear All,

This online update is out before the first Saturday of the month, so I can remind you about the District outing on Saturday 6th April: The programme is:

+ 10-00 - 11-00 Aspenden 8 (9-3-7 cwt) St Mary
+ 11-30 - 12-30 Braughing 8 (19 cwt) St Mary
+ 12-30 - 2-30 Lunch. There are three pubs serving lunch in Braughing, the Axe and Compass (dog friendly), the Brown Bear (no dogs inside) and the Golden Fleece (dog status not known). Also the Bull in Much Hadham. So everyone should be able to find something to eat.
+ 2-30 - 3-30 Much Hadham 8 (10-3-5 cwt) RC  St Andrew
+ 4-00 - 5-00 Great Munden 6 (9-0-1 cwt) St Nicholas
+ 5-30 - 6-30 Ardeley  6 (9 1/2 cwt) St Lawrence

And before that, on Friday 5th April, there is a 10-bell practice for the Ely DA at St Neots, ringing from 8 - 9.15 pm. This is arranged by Alan Winter, Vice-Chairman of the Ely DA, and anyone who would like to ring on 10 bells is welcome. If you are not already on Alan's mailing list, and you would like to be informed about these practices, please contact Alan on

There will be an 8-bell quarter peal attempt on 20th April 2013 at St Mary's, Ely, at either 7 or 7.30 pm (to be confirmed which one). Roderick has set up a Doodle poll on where you can indicate if you are available. We hope to ring Lincolnshire Surprise Major. For any other information or suggestions, please contact Roderick on

April 23rd is St George's Day and Libby Alexander of the Ringing for England Campaign will be pleased to hear about any special ringing on this day. This year we are especially encouraged to ring at 6 pm if we can, but any ringing during the day is welcome. Contact Libby by email: or text: 07769 700 669; also see

The District ringing meeting for May is at Over on Saturday 4th May, ringing from 6.30 - 8.30 pm.

Ely DA AGM - Monday 6th May
The AGM of the Ely Diocesan Association will be held on Monday 6th May, which is the early May bank holiday. The meeting is hosted by the Cambridge district and will be based at Ickleton. The programme is:
+ from 10.30 am: 8 bell inter district Striking Competition at Ickleton
+ 11.00am - 12.00noon: Open ringing at Pampisford
+ 12.00-12.30pm: Service ringing at Ickleton
+ 12.30pm: Service at Ickleton followed by lunch.
+ 2.15pm: AGM in Ickleton Village Hall. It is proposed to ratify a grant of £300 to Ramsey. Full agenda is at the end of this email.
Names for lunch to or Tel 01223 461545 by Saturday 27 April please.

There will be an 8-bell quarter peal attempt on 18th May 2013 at Longstanton, starting at Please contact Roderick on with any requests or suggestions.

District Striking Competition - 1st June at Stretham, draw at 6 pm prompt. This is a friendly competition for Sunday Service bands at towers within the Ely district, though you can 'borrow' one ringer in case only five ringers from your band can make it on the day. There is a Method section and a Call Change section - in this section, no more than three ringers may have already rung a quarter peal of a Surprise method on a working bell. In recent years, ringers with less than a year's experience of ringing have been included in a successful Call Change band. Do come along to the Striking Competition, even if your tower can't enter a complete team. If time permits, scratch teams can also enter though they cannot be awarded a trophy. There will be refreshments, handbells and a quiz during the evening, and we will hold a short business meeting. The full rules are on the Ely District website at For more information, or any queries, please contact me.

Young Ringers' Event - 22nd June
The Ely and Cambridge Districts of the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers are holding a Young Ringers' Event. It will be at Little Eversden (6, 7cwt) and Orwell (8, 11cwt) on Sat June 22, starting at 2:30 pm (subject to final confirmation from the towers). There will be tower bell ringing, handbell ringing and refreshments - and anything else you would like to suggest. Alan Winter will be Ringing Master. The purpose of the event is to encourage young ringers (up to approx 18 years old), of all abilities by giving them the opportunity to ring and socialise with each other. Please do encourage your young ringers to attend, even if they are not members of the Ely DA. They are also welcome to bring along friends who are interested in learning to ring.
If you have any queries, please contact Barbara Le Gallez,, 01223 860283.

Tower open day - 29th June
We are holding a tower open day at St Mary's, Ely on 29th June from 10.30 am - 2.30 pm. The objective of this event is to raise wider awareness of the cultural and historical significance of church bell ringing amongst people of all ages living in towns and villages within the Ely District area.
Outside St Mary's there will be various exhibits including the Association's Mobile Bell, the new Association Display Boards, and a mini-ring. The aim will be to attract people up the tower to see the bells and into the ringing chamber where more ringers will be on hand to let them try backstrokes under supervision. People showing interest and aptitude will be encouraged to start learning to ring at their most convenient church. Refreshments will be available in the St Mary's church room.
The organisers will be very grateful for volunteers wishing to lend a hand on the day, either helping with ringing demonstrations, 'working the crowd', or organising refreshments. Please contact Phil Bailey in the first instance on 07968 788425 or email If you could display a poster in your village or advertise the event in any other way, please contact Peter Binns on 01353 649428 or e-mail More details are on the website at

The link to the main Ely DA website is This website includes links to all four district websites, or you can access the Ely District website directly at  Please have a look at the District website, and send any general comments or suggestions to me as District Secretary. We welcome photos, news items and articles for publication on the website - please send those to Sue Marsden ( as she has transferred from Striking Features editor to website editor.

As always, please pass on any details in this email to Ely District members who do not receive it themselves.
Happy ringing,

Janet Garnett
Ely District Secretary