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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, please pass on any details in this email to Ely District members who do not receive it themselves.
Ely District Secretary