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The Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers (Ely DA)
Peterborough Diocesan Guild 100th anniversary
Ely DA Training Day 2023
Mobile Demonstration Bell
Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Ely DA
Ridgman Trophy 2023
There are a number of semi-regular Association events which will be of interest to the wider membership:
Young Ringer practices at St Clement's. These are every second Monday of the month 5.30-7.00pm. All abilities welcomed. For ringers 18 and under. Forthcoming dates in 2023: 12 June, 10 July, 14 Aug, 11 Sept, 9 Oct, 13 Nov, 11 Dec, 8 Jan 2024.
Ely DA Young Ringer practices - the next one is on Saturday 10 May 2023 at Oakington starting 2.00pm. However usually they are on a Sunday at a similar time, roughly every two months. Future dates in 2023 are 16 July, 15 Oct. Venues to be announced.
Ely DA 10 bell practice - on the 5th Friday at St Neot's 7.30-9.00pm. Next dates 30 June and 29 Sept 2023.
Ely DA 12 bell practice at Gt St Mary's Cambridge, on the 5th Saturday 6.30-8.00pm. Previous events have been really well attended and a lot of people have had a great time trying the lovely bells and ringing Stedman Caters etc for the first time. It would be a shame to waste the bells!
Wisbech St Peter 10 bell practice 7.00-8.30pm on the 3rd Monday of each month
Ely DA AGM and inter-district striking competition 2023
On Saturday 13th April 2023, the Ely DA AGM was held at St Mary the Virgin, Fen Ditton. The AGM itself was preceded by general ringing on the 12 bells at Great St Mary's, Cambridge, and on the new ring of 6 bells installed at St Clement's. The inter-district striking competition was held at St Andrew the Great in Cambride, and there was general ringing at Fen Ditton before the service and tea.
At the AGM, the Treasurer and Webmaster were not standing for re-election, and they were thanked for thie service to the Association. Shirley Warbrick was elected as Treasurer and Jon Warbrick was elected as Webmaster. The other officers were eligible and willing to stand for re-election, and were duly re-elected.
Changes to Rules 4 and 12 of the Association had been proposed with due notice, and were approved by the meeting. As a result, those rules are now (with changes highlighted):
The details of the striking competition are:
Team A: a good piece of ringing; the very few serious faults that did occur were localised and did not impact the rest of the change. Slowed slightly towards the end. Overall very good, strong compass and enjoyable to listen to.
Team B: another good piece of ringing. Enjoyable, some localised faults, occasional unevenness in leading with the odd late blow. Several very nice leads and overall a positive impression.
Team C: yet another good piece. A couple of method mistakes did blemish it slightly, but recovered from well. Ringing settled in second half and there was even ringing in the final leads. A positive piece of ringing.
Geoff Reed Swaffham Bulbeck
EDA History - 'The First Hundred Years'
New Safeguarding Training document issued April 2022
Shirley Warbrick, as Safeguarding Officer for the Ely DA, with the help of Martin Kitson and Phillip George, has provided a new document about recent changes to the Church of England’s arrangements for Safeguarding training and how this affects Tower Captains and others involved in the management of ringing. The new document, Safeguarding Training, dated April 2022, is available here, and also from the Safeguarding page.
Martin's Final Chat, April 2022
The Ely DA Superlist is here!
Ely DA Subscriptions in 2021
Lockdown Bellringing Activities
Dee Smith, as RATO for the Association, has provided a summary of suggested activities. The current list, dated 23/04/20, is here, and Dee will provide updates as new events arise. Contents of the summary: Cambridge District Webinars; Drop-in and Help sessions on Saturday mornings; Ringing Room.
More photos and reports
Advertise your tower open day with the Ely DA banner
If you are organising an open day at your tower or having a presence at local fetes or other events, the Association Mobile Demonstration Bell, Display Stand, Hand-out Leaflets and Advertising Banner are excellent ways of attracting attention and making people more aware of ringing and its benefits.
The mobile demonstration bell, display stands and banner are available to borrow. More information here.