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 (email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Please pass this on!
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 (email@example.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.
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.