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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Ely District Secretary