Huntingdon District Bell 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?


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Facebook Page

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

St Ives ringers

News & Updates

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If you find any significant rendering bugs, or the information for your tower is wrong or out-of-date, or have any other comments, please email me.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

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,


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.


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


Kind regards


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


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


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,


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,


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


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. Cambridge District: 6 to 8 bell practice, Melbourn

    Saturday 26th October, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    8 bell practice, specifically aimed at those who ring on 6 and are looking to improve their ringing on 8.

  2. Stretham REC - What you always wanted to know about ringing, but were afraid to ask.

    Saturday 26th October, 2 – 4 p.m.

    Run by Martin Kitson.
    Why you get 120 changes of Bob Doubles using bobs alone, but Grandsire and Stedman need at least two singles
    Why you must have at least two singles to get a 720 of Bob Minor but not in Kent or Cambridge
    The "nature of the rows"
    How to "make a method".

  3. Wisbech District: Ringing meeting at Methwold

    Saturday 26th October, 3 – 5 p.m.

    Ringing meeting at Methwold (8, 12 cwt). Toilet. Time to be confirmed

  4. Learners' practice

    Saturday 2nd November

    Details to be confirmed.

  5. Ely District: Ringing meeting at Fordham and Isleham

    Saturday 2nd November, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.

    Ringing at Fordham (8, 15 cwt) 2.30 - 4 pm and Isleham (6, 18 cwt) 4.30 - 6 pm. Tea after ringing at Isleham.

  6. 8 bell Surprise practice

    Saturday 9th November, 10 a.m. – noon

    Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin Gamlingay, 65 Church St, Gamlingay, Sandy SG19 3JJ, UK

  7. Cambridge District: Dinner, Quy Mill Hotel

    Saturday 9th November, 7 – 10 p.m.

    Dinner 7 for 7.30pm. Booking closes 26th October.

  8. Ringing meeting at Kimbolton

    Saturday 16th November, 10:30 a.m. – noon

    St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton PE28 0HB

  9. Ely DA: 10-bell practice and quarter peal attempt at Soham

    Monday 18th November, 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. 

    Please come along if you would like to try ringing on 10 bells - there will be called changes and plain hunt and lots of help and support available, we are also happy to ring on 8 or 6 if there is something you would like to try. Quarter peal method chosen to suit the ringers who can be there.

    Contact Alan Winter ( or Steve Setter ( for more information, and particularly if you are interested in the quarter peal attempt.

  10. Ely District: Ringing meeting at Histon

    Saturday 7th December, 3 – 6 p.m.

    Ringing at Histon (8, 9 cwt) 3 - 5 pm. Tea after ringing.

  11. Ely DA: Handbell Day, Christ's College, Cambridge

    Saturday 14th December, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    From Alan Winter:
    It's time to start planning the EDA Handbell Day on Saturday December 14th, so DO PLEASE GET IN TOUCH and DO TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES (beginners especially welcome).

    In emails, please use the subject title HANDBELL DAY 2019 and please send replies to my new address:

    I've booked the usual rooms at Christ's College and I'm aiming for the same format ... morning session, lunch with a talk, afternoon session, offer of a quarter peal in the months following. Parking will be available at the college.

    I'm delighted that Graham John has accepted to lead the lunchtime talk. Graham is a very skilled ringer and an acknowledged expert on recruiting computers to help ringing.

    10-00 to 10-30 arrive at Christ's College
    10-30 to 12-00 morning session
    12-15 to 1-45 lunch and talk
    2-00 to 3-30 afternoon session
    3-30 to 4-00 farewell.

    Please bring a mug for your coffee. We will provide lunch.

    Please send me a brief e-mail the subject title HANDBELL DAY 2019 and tell me what you would like to ring. Last year we were able to respond to these suggestions:
    Plain Bob Minor
    Plain Bob Major
    Treble bob/Court bob
    Higher numbers

    Let me know if you'd like to go for a quarter (can't promise to organise that on the day).

    Best wishes,

    Alan September 30th

  12. Cambridge District: Carol service, Brinkley

    Saturday 14th December, 6 – 8 p.m.

    6.00pm: Service ringing
    6.30pm: Carol service followed by open ringing

  13. Ely District: Ringing and ADM at Cottenham

    Saturday 4th January, 2:30 – 7 p.m.

    Ringing at Cottenham (6, 15 cwt) 2.30 - 4.30 pm. Then service and tea, ADM at 5.45 pm.

  14. Cambridge District: Annual District Meeting, Great Shelford

    Saturday 11th January

  15. Hunts District: ADM

    Saturday 18th January, 2:30 – 7 p.m.

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

    Times of ringing at Abbots and Grey to be confirmed.

  16. Ely DA: AGM and 8-bell striking competition, Wisbech District

    Saturday 30th May, 2 – 7 p.m.

    Ely DA AGM and 8-bell inter-district striking competition. Wisbech District hosting. AGM at Dowhnam Market.