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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any requests or other comments.
Ringing for the Diamond Jubilee: Please remember to inform Dee Smith (email@example.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.
Please pass this on!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.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.
Ely District Secretary