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This website is primarily intended to keep local ringers informed of news and ringing events. We hope other ringers will find the details of towers, practice nights and the ringing programmes useful.
The association is composed of four districts, each with their own website:
and there is a separate website for the Ely DA Young Ringers
Dates for the Association (larger calendar here)
Here are all the dates for the Association, Districts, Young Ringers and Stretham REC shown as a Google Calendar. A larger calendar (with space for more entries at a time, and options to view a whole week or month) is available here. Use of a Google Calendar is experimental - comments or suggestions to the webmaster (webmaster_at_elyda.org.uk) please.
See also the ringing programmes for the individual districts: Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon and Wisbech, for the Stretham REC and for the Young Ringers.
Richard Smith of the Cambridge University Guild writes:
Alan Winter adds that Brian was a very active member of the Ely DA at Harston and then at Bottisham, and a prolific handbell ringer. He was the Diocesan Bells Advisor for many years.
Andrew Downs writes:
Here is a message from John Malala, the secretary of the Kilifi ringers, thanking us for electing them as NRLMs.
The sun shone in Terrington St Clement for the Ely DA Striking competition and AGM on Saturday 7th May. It was warmer outside the church than inside, so very pleasant for those outside listening to the ringing. For the striking competition, there was a full complement of four teams entering, and the Wisbech District were congratulated on providing a band for the competition this year.
The judges were David and Katharine Salter, and the results were: Wisbech District 4th with 42 faults, Cambridge and Ely joint 2nd with 26 faults and Huntingdon were the winners with 20 faults.
At the AGM, Bruce Mew was elected as the new independent examiner and all the existing officers were re-elected, as listed in the Agenda (here). The nominated General Committee members, Bell Fund Trustees and Central Council representatives were all ratified. Bell fund grants were approved and Catherina Griffiths was ratified as an Honorary member.
Thanks to the Wisbech District for all the arrangements (including the weather), and to Geoff Grayton for the photos (click on a photo to see a larger version).
The Stretham REC Committee is pleased to announce that, at the Committee meeting on Sat 5 Dec 2015, Barbara Le Gallez was appointed as Manager. Congratulations and best wishes to Barbara, who has been acting as Manager since the REC opened in July.
A number of Quarter Peals were rung during the afternoon and evening, these involved twelve towers and 36 ringers. Attempts ranged from Yorkshire Surprise Major to Plain Bob Doubles (three times, to accommodate different requests) and nine of these were successful. An additional five quarter peals were rung in the area during the day, bringing the total to fourteen successful quarter peals.
Details of all the quarters are on Bellboard, linked to the event here. A photo of the band which rang in Sarah Alexandra's first quarter at Houghton is on the Ely District website.
Local historian Mike Petty officially opened the Stretham Ringing Education Centre on Saturday 15th August. The occasion was celebrated with speeches, handbells and cake. Thanks to Geoff Grayton for the photos (click on a photo to see a larger version).
Barbara Le Gallez writes:
10.00am to 1.00pm Saturday 25 July
Come and see what’s in it for you and your tower!
Whether you are a learner, experienced ringer or Tower captain, you are invited to the EDA’s new Ringing Education Centre at St James’ Church, Stretham to find out about and try the many different learning activities we have on offer.
All these facilities are normally available at the REC, as well as conventional one-to-one teaching with experienced tutors, and can be booked through the Acting Manager, Barbara Le Gallez (details here) . There is usually a charge of £2 per ringer per session for using the Centre. Charges may be higher for courses.
If you have any queries, please contact the Acting Manager, Barbara Le Gallez (details here).
Barbara Le Gallez writes:
The four Central Council representatives for our Association, Philip Bailey, George Bonham, Sue Marsden and Paul Seaman, attended the Central Council meeting in Hull on Monday25th May. Paul's report on the meeting is here. Members were given the opportunity to participate more than usual, by taking part in group discussions with others from their regions. A report on these discussions, a summary of all the responses and the responses for the group discussion of the Eastern Region, which includes the Ely DA, are all available here. You can find contact details for our four CC reps here, they will all welcome feedback and are happy to answer any questions.
All new DBS certificates can be registered with the government's DBS Update Service. This will enable your DBS certificate to be transferred to another organisation or to different parish within the Ely Diocese. Certificates must be registered within 19 days of issue but the service is free for volunteers and it is an easy process, just go https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service. More details can be found here
Contact Phillip George, Association Safeguarding Officer, on safeguarding_at_elyda.org.uk for more information.
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