Here is the March online update with some dates for your diaries and other information.
District ringing meetings
The next district meeting is our outing to Hertfordshire on Saturday 6th April.
The first two towers are Aspenden (8, 9 cwt) 10 - 11 am and Braughing (8, 19 cwt) 11.30 - 12.30
More details soon. We will be travelling by car so why not share transport with other ringers in your tower or nearby. I can attempt to coordinate lifts if required, so please let me know it you will need a lift.
The following district meeting is on Saturday 4th May, ringing from 6.30 - 8.30 pm at Over.
Details of the ringing meetings later in the year are available on the Ely District website at
Ely DA AGM
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 (striking competition, service, lunch and meeting), with general ringing also at other local towers. Details of all times, and of arrangements for booking lunch, will be available nearer the time. Sheila George has announced that she will not be seeking re-election as Treasurer of the Ely DA. If you are interested in finding out more about what is involved, and possibly standing for this post, please contact Catherina Griffiths as General Secretary (secretary_at_elyda.org) or Sheila herself (treasurer_at_elyda.org).
There will be an 8-bell quarter peal attempt on 16th March 2013 at Fordham, at a time to suit the ringers. Roderick has set up a Doodle poll on http://doodle.com/xc6bd439eqax4eca where you can indicate if you are available. We hope to arrange 8-bell quarter peal attempts on 20th April at St Mary's Ely, and on 18th May at Longstanton, but these are to be confirmed. For any other information or suggestions, please contact Roderick on rmj_at_ast.cam.ac.uk.
Alan Winter, who is Vice-Chairman of the Ely DA, arranges 10-bell practices for the Ely DA as a whole. Anyone who would like to ring on 10 bells is welcome. The next practices are at Wisbech on Thursday 21st March and at St Neots on Friday 5th April, ringing from 7.45 - 9 pm. If you are not already on Alan's mailing list, and you would like to be informed about these practices, please contact Alan on vicechair_at_elyda.org.
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) on Sat June 22, 2:30 - 5 pm (subject to final confirmation from the tower). 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 EDA. 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, blegallez_at_yahoo.co.uk, 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 billythebellringer_at_yahoo.co.uk. 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 pro_at_elyda.org. More details are on the website at https://sites.google.com/site/elydistrictbells/home/elydistricttoweropenday
Letter from Public Relations Officer on generating media coverage
Peter Binns, as Public Relations Officer of the Ely DA, has written a letter on opportunities to increase awareness of ringing by generating media coverage. I have sent a copy of this letter by email to each tower where I have an email address. If you would like another copy, either by email or on paper, please let me know. The letter is also available on the Ely District website at https://sites.google.com/site/elydistrictbells/district-information.
Ely DA - annual subscriptions for 2013
Annual subscriptions to the Ely DA for 2013 are now due. As agreed at the Ely DA AGM in May 2010, subscriptions for 2013 are £10 for adults and £5 for juniors with 25% of the subscriptions paid into the Bell Restoration Fund. A Junior Member is defined as someone who is under 18 and in full-time education. Senior Members, that is those who have reached the age of 70 and have been members of the Association for the previous ten years consecutively, are not under further obligation to pay an annual subscription. The age of exemption from paying a subscription was raised from 60 to 70 at the Ely DA AGM in 2009. Anyone who was already exempt in January 2009 remains exempt in 2013 and later years, even if they are under the new age of exemption.
Rosemary Palmer is Membership Secretary for the Ely District, so please send your subscription to her (if you have not already paid it), either individually or via your tower secretary. If paying by cheque, please make the cheque out to 'Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers'. Rosemary's address is 78 Mill Lane, Fordham, Cambs CB7 5NQ.
Updates to tower information
At Burwell, the Sunday ringing time is now from 9.15 to 10 am, and Dee Smith is now tower secretary.
There is a new link to the main Ely DA website - www.elyda.org.uk. This website includes links to all four district websites, or you can access the Ely District website directly at https://sites.google.com/site/elydistrictbells. Please have a look at the 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 (chatringer_at_gmail.com) as she has transfered 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.
Ely District Secretary
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