Ely DA

Welcome to the main website for the Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers

Bell ringing is a team activity that stimulates the brain and helps keep you fit ... it also makes a glorious sound!

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 calendar useful.

The association is composed of four districts, each with their own website.

Interactive map of towers is here.

* New News *

The third newsheet from the Survival and Recovery team – an ART, CCCBR partnership - is here.

Note on subscriptions in 2021 is below.


  • Ringing courses and more at the Stretham REC

  • Teaching and Learning Documents here

  • Walsoken Teaching Hub here.

Association garments from Expertees of Huntingdon.

Dates for the Association (larger calendar here)

Here are all the dates for the Association, Districts and Stretham REC shown as a Google Calendar.

Ely DA Subscriptions in 2021

Ely DA membership subscriptions for 2021 would normally be due at the beginning of the year. However, the Ely DA General Committee unanimously agreed the following resolution at its meeting in December 2020: ‘That the collection of 2021 subscriptions be deferred until after the 2021 AGM, and that the General Committee would recommend to that AGM that the subscription be set at £0 for this one year only’.

Donations in lieu of a subscription are, of course, welcome and encouraged.

If you donate to the Bell Restoration Fund (which is a charity) then the donation can be gift-aided. A gift aid form is available on the BRF page here; the gift aid form can be completed online. You can make a donation to the General Account via BACS, please contact any District Secretary or Nicholas Small as Treasurer (treasurer_at_elyda.org.uk ) for account details. If you intend to make a donation to the BRF in lieu of a subscription, then please make the donation initially to the General Account, informing the Treasurer of your intentions. Then, in case the General Committee’s resolution is not passed at the AGM, the donation can be re-purposed as a subscription.

Look To - Chairman's Chat, February 2021

Much has been spoken and written about Captain Sir Tom Moore, affectionately known to us all as “Captain Tom”, the old soldier that everyone wanted to be their grandfather. His compassion and thought for others were exceptional and an example to us all. Even when 100 years young, he raised millions of pounds for our beleaguered NHS, working so conscientiously and beyond the call of duty, to care for those seriously ill with covid-19. Captain Tom died, as he had lived, like the old soldier he was, fighting an enemy, this time a deadly but invisible enemy. It’s pleasing to think, that however “old” we think we are, we can still make a difference and achieve something special, if not spectacular. Had things been different, no doubt many of us would have been ringing something special, in our local towers, to his memory. However, many on-line performances have been done for this purpose; I myself was very honoured to take part in several of these. (full chat here)

More chats here.

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

More photos and general reports of interest to the Association are here. See also Learning and Teaching, including Training events.

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.