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December 2012

posted 27 Dec 2012, 10:18 by Janet Garnett   [ updated 27 Dec 2012, 10:26 ]

Dear All,

Here is your December online update with some dates for your diaries and other information.

Cambridge District Carol Service: 8th December 2012
The Cambridge District Carol Service will be held at Little Shelford on Saturday 8th December. Everyone is warmly invited to this Carol Service - all Ely DA members, family and friends, ringers and non-ringers alike.
Service ringing 6 pm. Service at 6.30 pm followed by festive refreshments and general ringing from 7.30 - 9 pm. Singers are invited to join the choir; choir practice is in the church at 4 - 5.30pm, followed by tea in the church hall. If you wish to be in the choir, please contact Phil Gorman (phil_gorman@hotmail.co.uk).

Centenary Celebration at Longstanton: 12th December 2012
Mike Cartwright gives the following invitation:
'We have a very special day on the 12th of December as it is the centenary of the Taylor's 8 and the
refurbishment of the tower. On this day 100 years ago a peal was rung at 12mins past midday. Mr Taylor, the bell foundry owner, was one of the ringers. That Peal will be replicated at 12mins past midday on this 12th of twelfth of the 12th. In the evening at 7.30. we have a band the ''Colchester Waits'' they are bringing their medieval instruments and will be singing, playing, and reading tracts from the 15th and 16th centaury. Food will be served - tickets £5, children free. The local ringers will ring for about 10 mins during the interval.'

Ely District ADM at Burwell: 5th January 2013
The next District meeting is the Annual District Meeting on Saturday Jan 5th. Ringing at Burwell 2.30 - 4.30, then service, tea and ADM. The tea and meeting will be held in the Guild Hall, located within the churchyard.
District officers and committee members are elected at the ADM, reports and accounts for 2012 are presented and the ringing programme and other details for 2013 are announced and discussed. This year, Dee Smith has to stand down as Education Officer because of other commitments planned for 2013. If you are interested in standing for this post at the ADM, and would like to know more about what is involved, please contact me or any other committee member, particularly Dee (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com) or Sue Marsden (chatringer@gmail.com), who have recently held the post.
The ADM will include some suggestions from the committee for the future of Striking Features. This was discussed at the committee meeting in November, as requested by the District business meeting in October..
Please do attend the ADM if you can to make your opinions and requests known and contribute to the running of the district. For any more details or information, please contact me.

Ely DA - annual subscriptions for 2013
Annual subscriptions to the Ely DA for 2013 are due in January, and you will be able to pay your subscription at the ADM. 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.

Tower information in the Ely DA Annual Report
It will soon be time to start preparing the contents for the Ely DA Annual Report for 2012. If you are aware of changes that are required to the details for your tower in the Ely DA 2011 Annual Report, please can you let me know, either directly or via your tower secretary. This particularly applies to contact details and ringing times.

Secretary's report for the Ely District
I don't want to bore you with details of the District Secretary's activities during the year, but once the December ringing meeting is finished, writing the secretary's report for the current year rises rapidly up the to-do list. This year, we set out to ring at as many towers in our district as possible for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, and ringing for the Olympics gained in momentum as the event got closer. So I would like to record a summary of what was rung in our district in this year's report. I have the details collected by Sue for the July issue of Striking Features, and also the information sent to Dee about ringing for the Jubilee. I can also see ringing recorded for the Olympics and Paralympics on Campanophile and on Bellboard. But if there has been any ringing which you know about and is not recorded in any of those places, then please let me know.

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

Happy ringing, and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

Janet Garnett
Ely District Secretary

November 2012

posted 27 Dec 2012, 10:10 by Janet Garnett   [ updated 27 Dec 2012, 10:26 ]

Dear All,

Here is your November online update with some dates for your diaries and other information.

DISTRICT MEETINGS
The next two district meetings are:
+ December 1st: Ringing at Longstanton 3 - 5 pm, refreshments during ringing
+ January 5th 2013: Ringing at Burwell 2.30 - 4.30, service, tea and ADM
At the ADM, we will announce the programme of ringing meetings for the rest of 2013 and January 2014, as well as electing district officers and committee members and presenting reports and accounts for 2012. Do please come along to get first-hand information about future ringing meetings, make your views known and contribute to the running of the district. For any more details or information, please contact me.

8-BELL QUARTER PEAL ATTEMPT (17th Nov)
The 8-bell quarter peal attempt for November is on the 17th, which is the third Saturday. It will be at Fordham, starting at 7 pm and Roderick is hoping to arrange a band for Grandsire Triples. Roderick has set up a Doodle poll where you can show that you are available at this and other times. The link is http://doodle.com/xc6bd439eqax4eca. Please contact Roderick directly (rmj@ast.cam.ac.uk) with any queries or suggestions.

COTTENHAM OUTING (17th Nov)
Jean Harding of Cottenham writes: 'Cottenham are organising a tower outing on Saturday 17th November, and would welcome a few more ringers. We are planning to ring in 5 towers, centred on the Shelfords, starting at 9.00 or 9.30 and finishing at 4 pm.' If you are interested in joining this outing, please contact Jean directly (jeanharding17@gmail.com) to see if there are still places available.

CAMBRIDGE DISTRICT CAROL SERVICE (8th Dec)
The Cambridge District Carol Service will be held at Little Shelford on Saturday 8th December. Everyone is warmly invited to this Carol Service - all Ely DA members, family and friends, ringers and non-ringers alike.
Service ringing 6 pm. Service at 6.30 pm followed by festive refreshments and general ringing from 7.30 - 9 pm. Singers are invited to join the choir; choir practice is in the church at 4 - 5.30pm, followed by tea in the church hall. If you wish to be in the choir, please contact Phil Gorman (phil_gorman@hotmail.co.uk).

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

October 2012

posted 27 Dec 2012, 10:09 by Janet Garnett   [ updated 27 Dec 2012, 10:26 ]

Dear All,

Here is your October online update with some dates for your diaries and other information.

The Ely District Training Morning for Plain Hunt and Plain Bob Doubles was successfully held on 22nd Sept. Dee asks me to thank all those involved, and especially Philip Bailey for running the session. She is very pleased with the morning, and with the progress made by the students. Another similar training session will be arranged, probably in January.

The Association quarter peal day held on 29th September in the Hunts District was also a success; thanks to Sheila George for organising it, and to Angie Gell and Sally Beaman for providing a delicious tea. It was very pleasant to ring in some different towers, and to ring with and chat to members of the other districts.

DISTRICT MEETINGS (3rd Nov, etc)
District meetings scheduled for the next three months are:
+ November 3rd: Ringing at Swaffham Prior 2 - 3.30 pm, ringing at Swffham Bulbeck 3.30 - 5 pm then tea.
+ December 1st: Ringing at Longstanton 3 - 5 pm, then tea.
+ January 5th 2013: Ringing at Burwell 2.30 - 4.30, service, tea and ADM

There will be a District committee meeting after tea on November 3rd. This is the committee meeting when we will plan the ringing programme for 2013, so if you have any requests or suggestions, or any other matter which you would like the committee to consider, then please contact me or any committee member.

TRAINING DAY FOR GLASGOW SURPRISE MAJOR (20th Oct)
On Saturday 20th October, the Ely District Presents Go Glasgow! a Training Day for Glasgow Surprise Major.
Led by Paul Seaman
Time 9.30 am - 3.30 pm
Cost £5.00 per ringer to include theory, practice sessions and light refreshments. (Helpers are free)
All participants will be offered the chance to attempt a quarter peal of Glasgow at a later date.
Course is open to all ringers who are capable of ringing the standard 8.
Registration is officially closed, but if you are interested in this course and have not already registered then please contact Dee Smith for further details as soon as possible.
Dee Smith dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com 27, Mason Road, Burwell CB25 0BG Tel 01638 615423

8-BELL QUARTER PEAL (17th Nov)
We expect to arrange an 8-bell quarter peal attempt on Saturday November 17th, location to be decided. Please contact Roderick Johnstone (rmj@ast.cam.ac.uk) with any queries or suggestions.

CAMBRIDGE DISTRICT CAROL SERVICE (8th Dec)
The Cambridge District Carol Service will be held at Little Shelford on Saturday 8th December. Service ringing 6 pm. Service at 6.30pm followed by festive refreshments and general ringing. Singers are invited to join the choir; choir practice is in the church at 4.30pm - 5.30pm, followed by tea in the church hall. If you wish to be in the choir, please contact Phil Gorman (phil_gorman@hotmail.co.uk).

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

September 2012

posted 27 Dec 2012, 10:08 by Janet Garnett   [ updated 27 Dec 2012, 10:27 ]


Dear All,

Here is your September online update with some dates for your diaries and other information.

DISTRICT MEETINGS (6th Oct, etc)
District meetings scheduled for the next three months are:
+ October 6th: Ringing at Cottenham 3 - 4.30, harvest festival service, tea and business meeting at Cottenham, evening ringing at Rampton.
+ November 3rd: Ringing at Swaffham Prior 2 - 3.30 pm, ringing at Swffham Bulbeck 3.30 - 5 pm then tea.
+ December 1st: Ringing at Longstanton 3 - 5 pm, then tea.

There will be a District committee meeting in the next couple of months, probably on the same day as the ringing meeting in October or November. This is the committee meeting when we will plan the ringing programme for 2013, so if you have any requests or suggestions, or any other matter which you would like the committee to consider, then please contact me or any committee member.

8-BELL QUARTER PEALS (15th Sept and 18th Nov)
The 8-bell quarter peal attempt for September is on the 15th, which is the third Saturday. This will be at Over, ringing after a wedding so there is no choice of time. It's a 1:30pm wedding, so meet at 2:00pm, and please be prepared to be a little flexible on the timing. Roderick has set up a Doodle poll where you can show that you are available. The link is http://doodle.com/xc6bd439eqax4eca, note that this is a new link. Please contact Roderick directly (rmj@ast.cam.ac.uk) with any queries or suggestions. There will not be an 8-bell quarter peal attempt in October as a training day for Glasgow Surprise Major is arranged on October 20th (the third Saturday). See below for details. We expect to arrange an 8-bell quarter peal attempt on November 18th, location to be decided.

TRAINING MORNING FOR PLAIN HUNT AND PLAIN BOB DOUBLES (22nd Sept)
Dee Smith, as Ely District Training Officer, asks me to announce the Ely District Training Morning for Plain Hunt and Plain Bob Doubles. This event will be held at St Andrew's church Isleham on Saturday 22nd September 2012 from 10 am to 1 pm. Refreshments will be available. If you would like to attend, either as a student or as a helper, please send your name and contact details to Dee Smith (email dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com, phone 01638 615423). Please pass this information on to other ringers in your tower, and consider sharing transport if appropriate. Dee has prepared a poster for the Training Morning which can be printed and displayed in your ringing chamber. If you would like a copy then please let me know.

ELY DA QUARTER PEAL DAY (29th Sept)
The Ely DA quarter peal day is arranged for 29th September, organised by the Huntingdon District this year. Sheila George, as Huntingdon District ringing master says: 'We will be holding the tea and Special General Meeting at HOUGHTON in the chapel building to the west of the Parish Church. So far the only timings set are Tea at 5pm with the Business meeting following at  6.15pm.   This then gives us time for 2 time slots for quarters beforehand and 1 afterwards.'

Everyone is invited to take part - this is a good opportunity to ring with members of other districts and in towers which we do not often visit. Perhaps you would like to try ringing or calling something which you do not normally have the chance to attempt. Sheila emphasises that all abilities will be catered for, just tell her when you are available and she will do her best to fit everything in.

If you would like to take part in the quarter peal day, or just turn up for tea, please send the following information to Sheila on sjg@nutbells.plus.com.
Name, Contact details - Telephone number AND email address, When available, Ringing capability, Any request for a particular method, Any request for a particular bell, Conductor or not, Names for tea.
Sheila has also sent a poster for display in ringing chambers. If you would like a copy then please let me know.

TRAINING DAY FOR GLASGOW SURPRISE MAJOR (20th Oct)
On Saturday 20th October, the Ely District Presents Go Glasgow! a Training Day for Glasgow Surprise Major.
Led by Paul Seaman
Time 9.30 am - 3.30 pm
Cost £5.00 per ringer to include theory, practice sessions and light refreshments. (Helpers are free)
All participants will be offered the chance to attempt a quarter peal of Glasgow at a later date.
Course is open to all ringers who are capable of ringing the standard 8.
Please contact Dee Smith for further details and a registration form by Saturday 6th October 2012
Dee Smith dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com 27, Mason Road, Burwell CB25 0BG Tel 01638 615423

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

August 2012

posted 27 Dec 2012, 10:07 by Janet Garnett   [ updated 27 Dec 2012, 10:28 ]

Dear All,

Here is your August online update with some dates for your diaries and other information.

The beginning of the Olympic games was celebrated on 27th July with ringing at many churches in our district, either at 8.12 am, as part of the All the Bells project, or later in the day. Peter Binns, as Public Relations officer for the Ely DA, sent out a press release and we got good coverage on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and in the local press. The Radio Cambridgeshire items included an interview with Peter on the Sue Dougan show and the ringers at Landbeach featured in a telephone interview during live coverage of the All The Bells project.

District meetings scheduled for the next three months are:
+ September 1st: Ringing at Willingham 4.45 - 5.45 pm, then at Bluntisham 6 - 7.30 pm. Refreshments at Bluntisham.
+ October 6th: Ringing at Cottenham 3 - 4.30, harvest festival service, tea and meeting at Cottenham, evening ringing at Rampton.
+ November 3rd:: Ringing at Swaffham Prior 2 - 3.30 pm, ringing at Swffham Bulbeck 3.30 - 5 pm then tea.

There is no 8-bell quarter peal attempt in August because the pool of available ringers is likely to be reduced by holidays and other commitments. A quarter peal attempt is planned for 15th September, please contact Roderick with any requests or suggestions.

The Ely DA quarter peal day is arranged for 29th September, organised by the Huntingdon District this year. Sheila George, as Huntingdon District ringing master says: 'We will be holding the tea and Special General Meeting at HOUGHTON in the chapel building to the west of the Parish Church. So far the only timings set are Tea at 5pm with the Business meeting following at  6.15pm.   This then gives us time for 2 times slots for quarters beforehand and 1 afterwards.'

Everyone is invited to take part - this is a good opportunity to ring with members of other districts and in towers which we do not often visit. Perhaps you would like to try ringing or calling something which you do not normally have the chance to attempt. Sheila emphasises that all abilities will be catered for, just tell her when you are available and she will do her best to fit everything in.

If you would like to take part in the quarter peal day, or just turn up for tea, please send the following information to Sheila on sjg@nutbells.plus.com.
Name
Contact details - Telephone number  AND email address; When available; Ringing capability; Any request for a particular method; Any request for a particular bell; Conductor or not; Names for tea.

Sheila has also sent a poster for display in ringing chambers. I will send this separately to all tower secretaries who have an email address, but if you would like another copy then please let me know.

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

July 2012

posted 27 Dec 2012, 10:05 by Janet Garnett   [ updated 27 Dec 2012, 10:28 ]

Dear All,

Here is your July online update with some dates for your diaries and other information.

There has been some ringing in our district for the Olympic torch which travelled to Cambridge yesterday (July 7th) and then on to St Ives early today (Sunday July 8th). Also yesterday we held a successful barbeque in Roderick's garden in Over - a large gazebo was available for shelter from the showers which never quite materialised, and your District Secretary enjoyed a swim while the first batch of burgers was cooking.

For the All The Bells project on July 27th, note that the time is now changed to 8.12 am - 8.15 am, reportedly at the request of the BBC. There have been various suggestions in letters to the Ringing World about how Church bell ringers can join in, such as chiming one or more bells or ringing the bells half way up and then down again. In the Ringing World of 18th May (p535), Kate Flavell, as President of the Central Council, reports ongoing discussions with the London Organising Committee of the Games. She states the current recommendation from the Central Council as: 'if your church is happy and your band is happy to ring at 8.12 am then we would certainly encourage you to do so. Please do ring for more than 3 minutes though! And if you can't ring at 8.12 am maybe there is another suitable time that day'.

District meetings scheduled for the next three months are:
+ August 4th: District meeting at Stretham, ringing from 6.30 - 8.30 pm, refreshments.
+ September 1st: District meeting. Ringing at Willingham 4.45 - 5.45 pm, then at Bluntisham 6 - 7.30 pm. Refreshments at Bluntisham.
+ October 6th: District meeting. Ringing at Cottenham 3 - 4.30, harvest festival service, tea and meeting at Cottenham, evening ringing at Rampton.

There is no 8-bell quarter peal attempt in July or August because the pool of available ringers is likely to be reduced by holidays and other commitments. A quarter peal attempt is planned for 15th September, please contact Roderick with any requests or suggestions.

Striking Features: Issue 68 of Striking Features was available at the District barbeque and copies should be on their way to our district towers. Please let me know if your copies do not arrive in the next few days and I will try to sort out where they have got to. Sue Marsden hopes to have the next edition of Striking Features ready for distribution at the October meeting in Cottenham. All articles and other material for publication to her by the end of September, please. Contact Sue on chatringer@gmail.com.

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

June 2012

posted 27 Dec 2012, 10:04 by Janet Garnett   [ updated 27 Dec 2012, 10:29 ]

Dear All,

Here is your June online update with some dates for your diaries and other information.

The Ely District striking competition was held at Oakington last Saturday (June 2nd). Tom Ridgman, as judge, congratulated all the teams taking part, especially in the Call Change section. He noted that it does take courage for a band to take part in a striking competition, but this is an important step and encourages a focus on good striking. In the Call Change section, Over were placed first and Burwell came second. In the Method section, the Stretham band was placed first, with Histon second and Over third.

At the business meeting which was held during the evening, the forthcoming District Bell Ringing Awareness & Recruitment Day at St Mary's, Ely was discussed. This is a tower open morning to promote bell ringing to locals and visitors in Ely, and to encourage new recruits and returning ringers. We will have a display of information, and possibly the mobile bell, in the churchyard with demonstration ringing and a chance to have a go at bell handling in the ringing chamber and refreshments in the Church hall. The event was initially planned for June 30th, but this date is no longer convenient so a later date will be arranged. A grant of £100 from the District fund was approved to help meet the costs of organising the event. This includes equipment hire, donation to the Mayor's charity for the services of the Ely Town Crier, posters etc. Peter Binns, Philip Bailey and Sue Marsden are organising the event, so please contact any of them for more information or with offers of help, and I will send out the new date of the event as soon as I can..

The District 8-bell quarter peal attempt for June will be on the 16th, which is the third Saturday, at Longstanton. We can ring in the afternoon or evening, depending on which is convenient for those involved. Roderick has provided a Doodle poll on http://doodle.com/54iiwy89tps4dxsd where you can show that you would like to ring, and at what time, or contact Roderick directly on rmj@ast.cam.ac.uk with any requests or other comments.

Ringing for the Diamond Jubilee: Please remember to inform Dee Smith (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com) of all ringing for the Diamond Jubilee in our District towers. As training officer, Dee suggests that a quarter peal for the Diamond Jubilee could be a focus for a first in method for one or more of the ringers, or a chance to attempt a method which you are not usually able to ring. A quarter peal to achieve a personal target and celebrate the Dimond Jubilee can be rung at any time up to December 31st this year. If you would like additional ringers to support your regular practice night, so you can build up to the quarter peal attempt, or for the quarter peal itself, then please let Dee know.

Zero-rate VAT on church alterations: Catherina Griffiths has asked me to pass on this message from our Rural Dean:
  If you want to lobby the chancellor for a u-turn on the end to 0-VAT on church alterations, you can do so here.
  https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32229
  Please pass this on!
  Thanks, Ally
Note - the petition closes on 30th June.

Striking Features: Sue Marsden, as editor, hopes to have the next edition of Striking Features ready for distribution at the BBQ on July 7th. All articles and other material for publication to her by the end of June, please. Contact Sue on chatringer@gmail.com.

July 7th - Ely District BBQ - 6 pm for 6.30. The Ely District meeting for July will take the form of a BBQ at 5 Lowburyholme, Over, where Roderick Johnstone has kindly offered the use of his garden and swimming pool. All welcome, including non-ringing spouses, friends and relations. Tickets to cover the BBQ itself will be available on the day, but, if possible, please let me know names in advance to help with the catering. Please bring your own drink, and offers of salads and cakes/puddings/fruit will be welcome. Dee Smith has offered to organise quarter peals during the afternoon, contact Dee (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com) with any requests.

Ringing for the Olympics: any ringing by individual towers will of course be welcomed. The Olympic torch travels through our district on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July on its way from Newmarket to St Ives via Cambridge, so this might be a suitable occasion for ringing in the towers close to its route. For the All The Bells project at 8 am on July 27th, there have been various suggestions in letters to the Ringing World about how Church bell ringers can join in, such as chiming one or more bells or ringing the bells half way up and then down again. In the Ringing World of 18th May (p535), Kate Flavell, as President of the Central Council, reports ongoing discussions with the London Organising Committee of the Games. She states the current recommendation from the Central Council as: 'if your church is happy and your band is happy to ring at 8 am then we would certainly encourage you to do so. Please do ring for more than 3 minutes though! And if you can't ring at 8 am maybe there is another suitable time that day'.

August 4th: District meeting at Stretham, ringing from 6.30 - 8.30 pm, refreshments.

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

May 2012

posted 27 Dec 2012, 10:02 by Janet Garnett   [ updated 27 Dec 2012, 10:29 ]

Dear All,

Here is your May online update, a few days early this month, with some dates for your diaries and other information.

The May district meeting is at Littleport on Saturday 5th May, ringing from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm. A handbell session can be arranged before the ringing meeting, from 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm. Please contact Dee Smith (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com) if you are interrested.

The AGM of the Ely Diocesan Association will be held on Monday 7th May, which is the early May bank holiday. The meeting is hosted by the Wisbech district and will be based at Northwold. Details of times are:
8-bell inter-district striking competition at Northwold from 10 am
General ringing at Methwold and Hockwold 10 am - 12 noon
Service at Northwold at 12 noon, followed by lunch.
Names for lunch, please, by April 28th, to Pauline O'Neill (on  wisbech@elyda.org or pauline_oneill@lineone.net or tel 01945 464668). AGM in Northwold Village Hall at 2 pm. The Agenda for the AGM is included at the end of this online update.

The District 8-bell quarter peal attempt for May will be on the 19th, which is the third Saturday, at Fordham. We can ring in the morning, late afternoon or evening, depending on which is convenient for those involved. Roderick has provided a Doodle poll on http://doodle.com/54iiwy89tps4dxsd where you can show that you would like to ring, and at what time, or contact Roderick directly on rmj@ast.cam.ac.uk with any requests or other comments.

Ely District Striking Competition (June 2nd at Oakington, 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. The full rules are on the Ely DA website (follow the link to Striking Competitions and then to Ely District rules). For more information, or any queries, please contact me.

Ringing for the Diamond Jubilee: This has already started with ringing to mark the anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth to the throne on 6th February. Dee Smith is keeping a record of all ringing in our District towers for the Jubilee, so please forward details of ringing as it happens to Dee (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com).

We are aiming to ring at as many of our district towers as possible to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, so please keep this in mind when local events are being planned. The official celebration is on Tuesday 5th June, which is a Bank Holiday, and this should be the main focus of our ringing but ringing could also be arranged any time during or near to that week depending on local events and on the availability of ringers and bells. Quarter peals are welcome, but celebratory ringing on the bells is the first priority. For example, you could ring 60 changes of a Doubles method, or 720 changes of a plain method which is 60 leads, or 60 call changes based on Queens. And don't forget to tell Dee what you have rung, and to publicise it locally as well. For quarter peals, Dee is coordinating ringers and ringing, so please contact Dee (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com) if you need some extra ringers for your tower.

As training officer, Dee suggests that a quarter peal for the Diamond Jubilee could be a focus for a first in method for one or more of the ringers, or a chance to attempt a method which you are not usually able to ring. If you would like additional ringers to support your regular practice night, so you can build up to the quarter peal attempt, or for the quarter peal itself, then please let Dee know.

Zero-rate VAT on church alterations: Catherina Griffiths has asked me to pass on this message from our Rural Dean:
  If you want to lobby the chancellor for a u-turn on the end to 0-VAT on church alterations, you can do so here.
  https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32229
  Please pass this on!
  Thanks, Ally
Note - the petition closes on 30th June.

June 30th - Tower open morning at Ely St Mary - please book the time and date - 30th June from 10 am. The tower open morning is to promote bell ringing to locals and visitors in Ely, and to encourage new recruits and returning ringers. We will have a display of information, the mobile bell and refreshments in the churchyard and demonstration ringing and a chance to have a go at bell handling in the ringing chamber. More details and requests for help nearer the time.

July 7th - Ely District BBQ - 6 pm for 6.30. The Ely District meeting for July will take the form of a BBQ at 5 Lowburyholme, Over, where Roderick Johnstone has kindly offered the use of his garden and swimming pool. All welcome, including non-ringing spouses, friends and relations. Tickets to cover the BBQ itself will be available on the day, but we will need names in advance to help with the catering. Please bring your own drink, and offers of salads and cakes/puddings/fruit will be welcome. Dee Smith has offered to organise quarter peals during the afternoon, contact Dee (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com) with any requests. More details nearer the time.

Ringing for the Olympics: any ringing by individual towers will of course be welcomed. The Olympic torch travels through our district on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July on its way from Newmarket to St Ives via Cambridge, so this might be a suitable occasion for ringing in the towers close to its route. For the All The Bells project at 8 am on July 27th, there have been various suggestions in letters to the Ringing World about how Church bell ringers can join in, such as chiming one or more bells or ringing the bells half way up and then down again.

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

Agenda of the Ely DA AGM

1. In Memoriam of those Members who have died since the last AGM.
2. Apologies for Absence.
3. Minutes of the AGM 2011.
4. Matters Arising.
5. Accounts - General and Reserve.
6. Bell Restoration Fund - Accounts and Trustees Report.
7. Appointment of an Independent Examiner - Andrew Walls.
8. Reports: General Secretary, Peal Secretary (including ratification of NRLM elections prior to peal attempts), Education, Bell Advisor, Public Relations Officer, Safeguarding Officer, Quarter Peals Report.
9. Adoption of Annual Report.
10. Election of Officers: Present Officers:
         Chairman Tom Ridgman
         Vice Chairman Alan Winter
         General Secretary Catherina Griffiths
         Treasurer Sheila George
         Peal Secretary Paul Seaman
         Education Officer Philip Bailey
         Bell Advisor Tom Ridgman
         Public Relations Officer Marj Winter
         Safeguarding Officer (nominated by General Committee) Phillip George
         Webmaster (nominated by General Committee) Andrew Stevens
     Ratification of Committee Members (nominated by the Districts): John Boocock, Phillip George, Jackie Latham, Peter Hinton, Dee Smith, Sue Marsden, Alan Pateman.
11. Proposal to elect Maurice Thurmott as an Honorary Member of the Association.
12. Report of History Group.
13. Forthcoming Events.
14. Any Other Business (previously notified to General Secretary) and Vote of Thanks.

April 2012

posted 12 Dec 2012, 09:34 by Janet Garnett   [ updated 27 Dec 2012, 10:30 ]

Dear All,

Here is your April online update with some dates for your diaries and other information.

On Good Friday, 6th April, Phil Gorman says that there will be ringing at Great Wilbraham as usual, with hot cross buns. I don't have any more details than this, so please contact Phil directly (phil_gorman@hotmail.co.uk)  if you are interested.

The April district meeting is the outing to Essex, on April 14th. This is the second Saturday in April as the first Saturday falls in Holy week. Philip Bailey has arranged the following towers:
Hadstock (6, 2 cwt) 10 am - 11 am
Ashdon (8, 15 cwt) 11.30 am - 12.30 pm
Lunch 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm, The Bluebell Inn in Hempstead is recommended.
Hempstead (6, 12 cwt) 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Wethersfield (8, 11 cwt) 4 pm - 5 pm
Sible Hedingham (8, 18 cwt) 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

Travel is by car, so please arrange to share transport with your local ringers. If you are in need of a lift, or can offer a lift to others, then please contact me and I will see what I can do. For lunch, The Bluebell Inn in Hempstead is recommended by local ringers and is 5 mins walk from Hempstead church. They are expecting lots of bell ringers on that day and don't need advance orders. For details of menus and so on, see http://www.thebluebellinn.co.uk. Please contact Phil (billythebellringer@yahoo.co.uk) or myself for any other details or information.

The 8-bell quarter peal attempt for April will be on the 21st, which is the third Saturday, at Burwell. We can ring at 10 am, 3 pm or 7.30 pm, depending on which is convenient for those involved. Roderick has provided a Doodle poll on http://doodle.com/54iiwy89tps4dxsd where you can show that you would like to ring, and at what time, or contact Roderick directly on rmj@ast.cam.ac.uk with any requests or other comments. The May 8-bell quarter peal attempt will be on May 19th at Fordham.

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. Libby says that ringing for St George's Day will feature on The Archers. Contact Libby by email: libby@ringingforengland.co.uk or text: 07769 700 669.

The May district meeting is at Littleport on Saturday 5th May, ringing from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm. A handbell session can be arranged before the ringing meeting, from 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm. Please contact Dee Smith (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com) if you are interrested.

The AGM of the Ely Diocesan Association will be held on Monday 7th May, which is the early May bank holiday. The meeting is hosted by the Wisbech district and will be based at Northwold. Details of times are:
8-bell inter-district striking competition at Northwold from 10 am
General ringing at Methwold and Hockwold 10 am - 12 noon
Service at Northwold at 12 noon, followed by lunch.
AGM in Northwold Village Hall at 2 pm.
Names for lunch, please, to Pauline O'Neill (pauline_oneill@lineone.net or tel 01945 464668) by Saturday 28th April. Please note that an incorrect email address for Pauline was given in the March online update - the correct address includes '_' (underscore) and not '-' (hyphen).

Striking Competition (June 2nd at Oakington, 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. The full rules are on the Ely DA website (follow the link to Striking Competitions and then to Ely District rules). For more information, or any queries, please contact me.

Ringing for the Diamond Jubilee: This has already started with ringing to mark the anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth to the throne on 6th February. Dee Smith is keeping a record of all ringing in our District towers for the Jubilee, so please forward details of ringing as it happens to Dee (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com).

We are aiming to ring at as many of our district towers as possible to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, so please keep this in mind when local events are being planned. The official celebration is on Tuesday 5th June, which is a Bank Holiday, and this should be the main focus of our ringing but ringing could also be arranged any time during or near to that week depending on local events and on the availability of ringers and bells. Quarter peals are welcome, but celebratory ringing on the bells is the first priority. For example, you could ring 60 changes of a Doubles method, or 720 changes of a plain method which is 60 leads, or 60 call changes based on Queens. And don't forget to tell Dee what you have rung, and to publicise it locally as well. For quarter peals, Dee is coordinating ringers and ringing, so please contact Dee (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com) if you need some extra ringers for your tower.

As training officer, Dee suggests that a quarter peal for the Diamond Jubilee could be a focus for a first in method for one or more of the ringers, or a chance to attempt a method which you are not usually able to ring. If you would like additional ringers to support your regular practice night, so you can build up to the quarter peal attempt, or for the quarter peal itself, then please let Dee know.

Zero-rate VAT on church alterations: Catherina Griffiths has asked me to pass on this message from our Rural Dean:
  If you want to lobby the chancellor for a u-turn on the end to 0-VAT on church alterations, you can do so here.
  https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32229
  Please pass this on!
  Thanks, Ally
Note - the petition closes on 30th June.

Tower open morning at Ely St Mary: please book the time and date - 30th June from 10 am. The tower open morning is to promote bell ringing to locals and visitors in Ely, and to encourage new recruits and returning ringers. We will have a display of information, the mobile bell and refreshments in the churchyard and demonstration ringing and a chance to have a go at bell handling in the ringing chamber. More details and requests for help nearer the time.

Ringing for the Olympics: any ringing by individual towers will of course be welcomed. The Olympic torch travels through our district on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July on its way from Newmarket to St Ives via Cambridge, so this might be a suitable occasion for ringing in the towers close to its route. For the All The Bells project at 8 am on July 27th, there have been various suggestions in letters to the Ringing World about how Church bell ringers can join in, such as chiming one or more bells or ringing the bells half way up and then down again.

Annual subscriptions to the Ely DA for 2012 are now due, if you have not already paid. As agreed at the Ely DA AGM in May 2010, subscriptions for 2012 are £10 for adults and £5 for juniors. 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 2010 and later years, even if they are under the current age of exemption. Rosemary Palmer is our Membership Secretary, so please send your subscription to her, 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.

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

March 2012

posted 12 Dec 2012, 02:33 by Janet Garnett   [ updated 27 Dec 2012, 10:30 ]

Dear All,

Here is your March online update with some dates for your diaries and other information.

The 8-bell quarter peal attempt for March will be on the 17th, which is the third Saturday, at Ely St Mary. We are ringing at 3 pm after a 2.30 wedding, and the quarter peal band will ring for the wedding before starting the quarter peal. Roderick has provided a Doodle poll on http://doodle.com/54iiwy89tps4dxsd where you can show that you would like to ring, or contact Roderick directly on rmj@ast.cam.ac.uk with any requests or other comments. Further 8-bell quarter peal attempts will be arranged on April 21st at Burwell and May 19th at Fordham.

The next district meeting is the outing to Essex, on April 14th. This is the second Saturday in April as the first Saturday falls in Holy week. Philip Bailey has arranged the following towers:
Hadstock (6, 2 cwt) 10 am - 11 am
Ashdon (8, 15 cwt) 11.30 am - 12.30 pm
Lunch 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm, The Bluebell Inn in Hempstead is recommended.
Hempstead (6, 12 cwt) 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Wethersfield (8, 11 cwt) 4 pm - 5 pm
Sible Hedingham (8, 18 cwt) 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm

Travel is by car, so please arrange to share transport with your local ringers. If you are in need of a lift, or can offer a lift to others, then please contact me and I will see what I can do. For lunch, The Bluebell Inn in Hempstead is recommended by local ringers and is 5 mins walk from Hempstead church. They are expecting lots of bell ringers on that day and don't need advance orders. For details of menus and so on, see http://www.thebluebellinn.co.uk. Please contact Phil (billythebellringer@yahoo.co.uk) or myself for any other details or information.

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. Contact Libby by email: libby@ringingforengland.co.uk or text: 07769 700 669.

The May district meeting is at Littleport on Saturday 5th May, ringing from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm. A handbell session can be arranged before the ringing meeting, from 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm. Please contact Dee Smith (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com) if you are interrested.

The AGM of the Ely Diocesan Association will be held on Monday 7th May, which is the early May bank holiday. The meeting is hosted by the Wisbech district and will be based at Northwold. Details of times are:
8-bell inter-district striking competition at Northwold from 10 am
General ringing at Methwold and Hockwold 10 am - 12 noon
Service at Northwold at 12 noon, followed by lunch.
AGM in Northwold Village Hall at 2 pm.
Names for lunch, please, to Pauline O'Neill (pauline-oneill@lineone.net or tel 01945 464668) by Saturday 28th April.

Ringing for the Diamond Jubilee: This has already started with ringing to mark the anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth to the throne on 6th February. Dee Smith is keeping a record of all ringing in our District towers for the Jubilee, so please forward details of ringing as it happens to Dee (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com).

We are aiming to ring at as many of our district towers as possible to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, so please keep this in mind when local events are being planned. The official celebration is on Tuesday 5th June, which is a Bank Holiday, and this should be the main focus of our ringing but ringing could also be arranged any time during or near to that week depending on local events and on the availability of ringers and bells. Quarter peals are welcome, but celebratory ringing on the bells is the first priority. For example, you could ring 60 changes of a Doubles method, or 720 changes of a plain method which is 60 leads, or 60 call changes based on Queens. And don't forget to tell Dee what you have rung, and to publicise it locally as well. For quarter peals, Dee is coordinate ringers and ringing, so please contact Dee (dee.fsmith@ntlworld.com) if you need some extra ringers for your tower.

As training officer, Dee suggests that a quarter peal for the Diamond Jubilee could be a focus for a first in method for one or more of the ringers, or a chance to attempt a method which you are not usually able to ring. If you would like additional ringers to support your regular practice night, so you can build up to the quarter peal attempt, or for the quarter peal itself, then please let Dee know.

Tower open morning at Ely St Mary: please book the time and date - 30th June from 10 am. The tower open morning is to promote bell ringing to locals and visitors in Ely, and to encourage new recruits and returning ringers. We will have a display of information, the mobile bell and refreshments in the churchyard and demonstration ringing and a chance to have a go at bell handling in the ringing chamber. More details and requests for help nearer the time.

Ringing for the Olympics: any ringing by individual towers will of course be welcomed. The Olympic torch travels through our district on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July on its way from Newmarket to St Ives via Cambridge, so this might be a suitable occasion for ringing in the towers close to its route. For the All The Bells project at 8 am on July 27th, there have been various suggestions in letters to the Ringing World about how Church bell ringers can join in, such as chiming one or more bells or ringing the bells half way up and then down again.

Striking Features unfortunately missed the March meeting due to problems with printing. It will be printed as soon as possible and distributed to members via the tower secretaries.

Annual subscriptions to the Ely DA for 2011 are now due, if you have not already paid. As agreed at the Ely DA AGM in May 2010, subscriptions for 2012 are £10 for adults and £5 for juniors. 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 2010 and later years, even if they are under the current age of exemption. Rosemary Palmer is our Membership Secretary, so please send your subscription to her, 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.

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

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