Huntingdon District Bell Ringers

Ringers

Welcome to the Huntingdon District website!

Part of the Ely Diocesan Association, we ring church bells in the western part of Cambridgeshire.

I can't think of anything very compelling to write here just now. Perhaps an explanation of change-ringing?

Bookstall

Want to learn something? Not sure which book to get?

Click here to see our book recommendations, reviews, and current stock!

Bookstall

Facebook Page

We now have a Facebook page, for casual discussion of ringing in the District and elsewhere.

St Ives ringers

News & Updates

Coronavirus Update

Posted on 17th March 2020 by Francis Herne

Following recent Government advice, all District meetings and events are suspended until further notice.

Many local practices and services are also cancelled, so check beforehand.

If you have any possible coronavirus symptoms, please inform anyone you've rung with recently and (obviously) avoid ringing.

Good luck in these troubled times.

New Website!

Posted on 11th March 2019 by Francis Herne

As you can see if you're reading this, we have a new website.

It's not quite finished yet, but needed to be live now because the previous one's hosting was up for renewal.

Known issues, that I hope to resolve in the near future:

  • Some tower pages (those for towers without regular ringing) aren't uploaded yet.
  • Also books, committee page, all sorts of things...
  • Tower list searching needs more fields, and the width changes in an annoying way.
  • News index searching doesn't exist.
  • Various things about the map.
  • Main menu is a bit ugly when it wraps on phone-sized screens.
  • Missing links to EDA website and other districts.
  • "Show other districts" doesn't...

If you find any significant rendering bugs, or the information for your tower is wrong or out-of-date, or have any other comments, please email me.

Francis H

February 2019 Update

Posted on 15th February 2019 by Ann Abraham

Dear All,

There are quite a few items this month:

Monthly District Practice

This is tomorrow (Saturday the 16th Feb) at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Warboys, PE28 2RJ. All are welcome for ringing from 3.00 till 4.30pm, it's a 6 bell tower.

The team at Warboys will also be providing tea and cakes, and request that any contributions for this are made as an extra donation into the BRF box, to help fund the repairs which will soon be needed to their tower.

6-bell Surprise Practice

This is now on Monday the 18th February at Houghton, from 7.30 till 9pm.

Annual Report

A copy of the Association report is printed for every member. However, you can receive this as a PDF document if you wish. Please let me know if you would prefer this (anyone who has already expressed a preference for PDF will continue to receive them in this format, so no need to contact me again)

Minutes of ADM

These are attached to this email, along with an updated Ringing Programme for 2019. Could Tower Captains please display the programme in the ringing chamber if possible.

For those that aren't aware, details of District meetings and those of the other districts are posted to the Ely Diocesan Association calendar, so if you are looking for events, this is a good place to turn.The website address is below:

http://www.elyda.org.uk/

ART conference

The Association of Ringing Teachers is holding its Annual Conference in a couple of weeks in Worcester. For anyone who is interested there is still time to reserve a place. Details attached.

I think that's all for now. Any queries, please let me know,

Best wishes,

Ann.

January 2019 Update

Posted on 8th January 2019 by Sally Mew

Dear All,

Happy New Year to you all and here is the January online update. It is to be my last one (I can hear the sighs of relief from here) so please do me a favour and read it. All the details of the ADM are inside as is some information about YOUNG RINGERS.

The ADM is our most popular monthly meeting and attendance is always good. This means that there are opportunities to meet other members and ring with people from different towers. ALL WELCOME. We will be able to ring rounds and call changes as well as methods for the more experienced ringers. Do come along – it’s great fun. You will need to sign up for tea AND the results of the striking competition are in …

See you then.

Sally

December 2018 Update

Posted on 5th December 2018 by Sally Mew

Dear All,

Attached is the December online update. There was a short business meeting

during the November meeting so I have attached the minutes for that too.

Please read all of the update, even though it is a bit long this month.

There is information about forthcoming events, and some important

information for tower captains on safeguarding. Also, if you read all the

way down to the bottom, you will see who scored her first peal at first

attempt.

Kind regards

Sally

November 2018 Update

Posted on 1st November 2018 by Sally Mew

Dear All,

Attached is the November online update. Please read it soon because included are details about the 10 bell practice TOMORROW at St. Neots, as well as other forthcoming events.

The weekend of November 10th and 11th is likely to be busy for ringers. Don’t forget the 8 bell surprise practice in the morning of Saturday 10th. Please come along if you can.

Also, we need help to run our district bookstall and you will find details about that in the update. It is an interesting job which takes very little time. If you need more information about this role, let me know.

Kind regards

Sally

October 2018 Update

Posted on 8th October 2018 by Sally Mew

Dear All,

Attached is the October online update as well as the minutes from the District meeting. You will see that there was an issue with the date of the previous minutes, which I have now amended. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jane Hough for chairing the meeting and to Catherina Griffiths for taking the minutes.

A new member, David Buckley, from Gamlingay was elected at the meeting and we welcome David to the Association.

Kind regards

Sally

September 2018 Update

Posted on 3rd September 2018 by Sally Mew

Dear All,

Attached is the September online update. There are quite a few forthcoming events which you can read about so please get your diaries and open the attachment. Don’t forget that TONIGHT, 3rd September, there is the 6 bell surprise practice at HAMERTON 7.30 – 9.00. All welcome if you can ring at least the treble to surprise methods. For the rest of the forthcoming events, you have to read the update!

Kind regards,

Sally

August 2018 Update

Posted on 8th August 2018 by Sally Mew

Dear All,

Welcome to the August online update - short and sweet this month. Inside you will find a reminder about the forthcoming quiz evening and an update from the Central Council about Armistice ringing – there is a bit of confusion about the two initiatives: Ringing Remembers and Battle’s Over.

On that subject, don’t forget that we hope that ALL towers in our district will join in with the Association’s efforts to ring at least 100 rows at every tower in the Ely DA on the weekend of 10/11th November. Please look at the Ely DA website for information on how to get involved in the project. Our district ringing masters, Cass and Andrew, have already asked if anyone needs help in getting bands together. If you do not have enough ringers to ring during that weekend, please contact them and they will try to find ringers to help you out. That means, of course, they will also need volunteers! Do think about that also and get in touch.

Kind regards,

Sally

July 2018 Update

Posted on 5th July 2018 by Sally Mew

Dear All,

Attached is the online update. As usual, forthcoming events are mentioned as well as some information from the Central Council. Please read it to the end, especially the person I was talking to over the weekend who seems to miss out the Central Council bit …

Kind regards

Sally

June 2018 Update

Posted on 3rd June 2018 by Sally Mew

The online update for June can be found here.

May 2018 Update

Posted on 7th May 2018 by Sally Mew

Here is the May online update. Please note the Whittlesey ringing on 20th May is cancelled.

The details of the District tour can be found here.

The six bell striking competition application form can be found here in PDF or Word format.

April 2018 Update

Posted on 3rd April 2018 by Sally Mew

Here is the April online update. The minutes of the Buckden meeting can be found here and the minutes of the Winwick meeting are here.

March 2018 Update

Posted on 5th March 2018 by Sally Mew

Welcome to the March online update which is attached.

The CCCBR poster is attached here and the CCCBR event summary is located here.

Upcoming Events

  1. Wisbech District: 8-bell practice at St Peter & St Paul, Wisbech

    Friday 3rd July, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

    Martin Slough writes:
    A focussed practice for method ringing on 8 bells at Wisbech is on the 1st Friday of each month, from 7 to 8.30 pm. For more information, contact Martin on martinslough_at_hotmail.com.

  2. Ely District: Ringing meeting at St Mary's, Ely

    Saturday 4th July, 6 – 8 p.m.

    Ely District ringing meeting at St Mary's, Ely (8. 17 cwt). Ringing 6 - 8 pm. Methods with an American theme will be featured.

  3. Wisbech District: 8-bell method practice at Downham Market

    Monday 6th July, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

    Monthly focussed practice at Downham Market to ring methods (including plain hunt) on 7 or 8 bells. Please contact Pam Wakeling (p.wakeling621@btinternet.com) to check that the practice is going ahead and to ask if there is a special method.

  4. Hunts District: 8 Bell Surprise Practice St Ives

    Saturday 11th July, 10 a.m. – noon

    All Saints Parish Church, Church St, Saint Ives PE27 6DG, UK

  5. Cambridge District: District ringing, details tbc

    Saturday 11th July

  6. Wisbech District: New ringers practice at Walsoken

    Sunday 12th July, 3 – 6 p.m.

    New ringers practice at Walsoken. Every Sunday except the first in the month, 3 - 6 pm. All very welcome. Please contact Bob Cox ( bobcox13013@aol.com ) before you turn up, to make sure he is expecting you.

  7. Wisbech District: Doubles methods practice at Walsoken

    Sunday 12th July, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

    Focussed practice of Doubles methods at Walsoken. All very welcome. Please contact Bob Cox ( bobcox13013@aol.com ) before you turn up, to make sure he is expecting you.

  8. Wisbech District: Surprise Minor practice at Fincham

    Saturday 18th July, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Focussed practice of surprise minor methods at Fincham. Please contact Anne Carpenter (annecarpenter_at_btinternet.com) before you turn up, to check that the practice is going ahead, and to ask if there are any special methods.

  9. Hunts District: 6 Bell Striking Competition

    Saturday 18th July, 2 – 5 p.m.

  10. Stretham REC - Rounds, Changes etc

    Saturday 18th July, 3 – 5 p.m.

    Stretham REC, St James Church, High Street, Stretham CB6 3LD

    Led by Dee Smith this session is designed for those who can handle a bell and want to progress to ringing in a band. Covering ART Levels 2 to 3 you will have the opportunity to move on from rounds to call changes, practice Kaleidoscope ringing, and move on to Plain Hunt and may be more.

    Learners, teachers, mentors and teachers looking to M2 accreditation, and helpers are all welcome.
    For further information or if you would like to come along please email Louise at strethamrec@elyda.org.uk

  11. Ely District: 10-bell practice and quarter peal attempt at Soham

    Monday 20th July, 7 – 9 p.m.

    10 bell practice and quarter peal attempt at Soham, on the 3rd Monday this month as usual. All welcome. Quarter peal attempt at 19:00, practice from 20:00. 

    This is a district 6 to 10 bell practice (8-bell ringers welcome too). Please come along if you would like to try ringing on more bells than usual - there will be called changes and plain hunt and lots of help and support available.

    Quarter peal attempt 7 - 8 pm, method chosen to suit the ringers who can be there. If  you are interested in the quarter peal attempt, and if possible, please contact Steve Setter (steve.setter@gmail.com) or Janet Garnett (elysec@elyda.org.uk) by lunchtime on the 3rd Monday.

    For any more information, please contact Steve or Janet.

  12. Hunts District: 6 Bell Surprise Practice Caxton

    Tuesday 21st July, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

    CB23 3PL, Gransden Rd, Caxton, Cambridge CB23 3PL, UK

    NB: prompt finish by 9pm please

  13. Wisbech District: Minor methods practice at Walsoken

    Sunday 26th July, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

    Focussed practice of Minor methods at Walsoken. All very welcome. Please contact Bob Cox ( bobcox13013@aol.com ) before you turn up, to make sure he is expecting you.

  14. Cambridge District: Pampisford Annual Ring

    Saturday 1st August, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Open ringing at Pampisford. All welcome.

  15. Hunts District: 6 Bell Surprise practice Fenstanton (tbc)

    Saturday 8th August, 10 a.m. – noon

  16. Hunts District: Summer Social

    Saturday 15th August, 3 – 7 p.m.

    Details to follow

  17. Hunts District: 8 Bell Surprise Practice Hemingford Grey

    Saturday 12th September, 10 a.m. – noon

    St. James' Church, Church Ln, Hemingford Grey PE28 9DF, UK

  18. Hunts District: 6 Bell Surprise Practice Huntingdon

    Tuesday 15th September, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

    All Saints' Church, Huntingdon, Market Square, High St, Huntingdon PE29 3NR, UK

  19. Hunts District: Ringing and Meeting Kimbolton & Great Staughton

    Saturday 19th September, 2:30 – 5 p.m.

    St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Rd, Bedford MK40 2PF, UK

    Ringing at Kimbolton 2.30 - 3.30pm followed by tea and short business meeting
    Ringing at Great Staughton tbc

  20. Wisbech District: District striking competitions at Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen

    Saturday 26th September, 6 – 9 p.m.

    Wisbech District, district striking competitions at Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen. Draw at 6 pm, competition 6 - 9 pm.

  21. Ely DA Autumn Event, hosted by the Ely District

    Saturday 3rd October, 2 – 6:30 p.m.

    Ely DA Autumn Event, hosted by the Ely District.
    Quarter peal attempts to be arranged for the whole Association in Ely District towers (availabilities and interests will be requested nearer the time). Tea and meeting (if required) at Haddenham.

  22. Hunts District: 6 Bell Surprise Practice Houghton

    Saturday 10th October, 10 a.m. – noon

    Saint Mary's Houghton with Wyton, 3 Mill St, Houghton, Huntingdon PE28 2AZ, UK

  23. Cambridge District: Outing

    Saturday 10th October

  24. Hunts District: Ringing at Godmanchester

    Saturday 17th October, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

    St Mary The Virgin Church, Chadley Ln, Godmanchester, Huntingdon PE29 2AW, UK

  25. Hunts District: 8 Bell Surprise Practice Gamlingay

    Saturday 14th November, 10 a.m. – noon

    Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin Gamlingay, Church St, Gamlingay, Sandy SG19 3JJ, UK

  26. Hunts District: 6 Bell Surprise Practice

    Tuesday 17th November, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

    St John the Baptist, Holywell-cum-Needingworth, Holywell, Saint Ives PE27 4TQ, UK

  27. Hunts District: Ringing at Great Gransden

    Saturday 21st November, 10:30 a.m. – noon

    St Bartholomew Great Grans

  28. Hunts District: 6 Bell Surprise Practice Huntingdon

    Saturday 12th December, 10 a.m. – noon

    All Saints' Church, Huntingdon, Market Square, High St, Huntingdon PE29 3NR, UK

  29. Cambridge District: Carol service

    Saturday 12th December

  30. Ely District: Ringing and ADM at Over

    Saturday 2nd January, 2:30 – 7 p.m.

    Ringing at Over (8, 14 cwt) 2.30 - 4.30 pm. Then service and tea in the Church Hall, ADM at 5.45 pm.

  31. Hunts District: ADM Gamlingay

    Saturday 16th January, 3 – 7:30 p.m.

    Timings tbc