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Ely DA AGM and inter-district striking competition 2020

In the light of the announcement by the Government on 16/03/2020 - to avoid all non-essential travel and social contact - and the latest update from the CCCBR (see ), the General Committee of the Ely DA agreed to postpone the 2020 AGM from the date of 30 May 2020 to a date later in the year when the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic has passed and more members will be able to attend. The intention is to transfer the AGM and striking competition to Saturday 3rd October, which is the date which was proposed for the Autumn Event, and to hold the AGM and Striking Competition in the Wisbech District at Downham Market as originally arranged, but these details are not fixed yet.

In the event, the AGM was held via Zoom and the inter-district striking competition for 2020 was not held.

Jon Reed

From Phil Marshall of Bluntisham, Friday 20th March:

Very sadly, I have to let you know that Jon died at home, and unexpectedly, yesterday evening.  

Jon's home tower was St Mary's, Ely, and he rang regularly at several towers in the Huntingdon and Cambridge Districts, also in various quarter peal bands and with the University Guild. Our thoughts are with Naomi and the rest of his family at this very difficult time.

From Naomi Laredo, Monday 13th April

Naomi thanks ringing friends for their cards and messages of sympathy, which are a great comfort. The cause of Jon’s death has been confirmed as heart failure. The end was quick and he won’t have suffered.

Jon will be buried at Barton Glebe woodland burial ground on Monday 20th April. The funeral will attended by close family only, but we shall celebrate his life at a later date.

No flowers, please. If anyone wishes to make a donation to the British Heart Foundation in Jon’s memory, cheques payable to BHF may be sent to FW Cook, 49 Church St, Willingham, CB24 5HS.

David Gilbert

From Dee Smith, Burwell, 5th March 2020

It is with great regret that I have to tell you that David Gilbert , who was Tower Captain at Burwell for many years, has died.

The funeral was on Thursday 19th March at 2 pm at West Suffolk Crematorium.