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Recent ringing

28 May 2020


ART Module 1 - 29th September 2019

We hosted an Association of Ringing Teachers Module 1 course at Great St Mary's. This course is about teaching bell handling and involved both practical and theory sessions. We were shown lots of different teaching techniques and had plenty of opportunities to try them out in the practical sessions. Hopefully we'll have another large influx of beginners this year and can make good use of our newly learnt skills. Our thanks to Lesley, David and the whole ART administration for putting on such an excellent day for us.

Guild Holiday - 23rd-30th August 2019

This year's Guild Holiday saw us visiting a surprisingly sunny Wales. Accommodation was provided by a farmhouse and converted barn with a lovely view. We did some water sports, visited a castle (where we may have made our own obstacle course...), played some board games and did some stargazing with our own unique twist. Walking also featured, including some (foolishly) getting up in time to go and view the sunrise from the top of a hill. We did also do a little bit of ringing with a ringing outing to the Welshpool area and some handbells (newly refurbished!) also featuring. On our way home, we stopped off at Cadbury World - yummy! Thank you to everyone who organised/drove and made the holiday possible. It was a fantastic holiday!

St Clement's Appeal - 16th August 2019

A fundraising appeal to Guild members was launched for a new bell ringing teaching and heritage centre at St Clement's, Cambridge. This is an exciting project being supported by all the main ringing societies in Cambridge - the Guild, the Cambridge Youths and the Ely Diocesan Association. The plan is to install a brand new, light, easy ring of six; along with sound control, electronic teaching aids and displays for visitors. The centre will nicely compliment the recent rise in teaching by the Guild and provides the opportunity to commemorate two much respected former presidents, with bells in memory of Bill Ridgman (President 1961-1989) and Chris Johnson (President 1989-2006). £250,000 is the target and it is hoped many Guild members will step forward to help reach it! More information can be found on the Bells of St Clement's website.

Alternative Dinner - 16th June 2019

Jesus was the venue for this year's alternative dinner. Thanks to Rachel for organising a very enjoyable evening.




Guild Dinner - 16th March 2019

This year's annual dinner was held at Corpus Christi, the first visit to Corpus for a good many years. The dinner was proceeded by 2 peals and 7 quarter peals, which can be seen on Bellboard. There was a total of 14 firsts, including first quarters for 3 of this year's intake of learners - congratulations to Ross, Dima and Greg! The speeches were given by Jo Johnson as past master, Melissa Nash as master and Linda Garton as guest speaker. The handbell band rang a touch of quarks, a first dinner touch for four of the band.


Joint Outing - 16th February 2019

This year's joint outing was organised by Craig, one of our Oxford counterparts, and saw us visiting the Bedford area. There was a good selection of towers with both the lightest and heaviest eight in the district featuring, as well as a ten. The towers were Kempston, Biddenham, Bromham and Bedford St Andrew. Littleport Little Surprise Royal was rung at Kempston, and bar it's tongue twisting name, proved an excellent suggestion.

Guild New Year 2019

We started the new year in Surrey with Harriet and her family proving excellent hosts. We had a ringing outing, ice skating, walks, board games a plenty and, of course, rang in the New Year, complete with some firing (intentionally that is!). As always a thoroughly enjoyable event!


Upcoming Events

Sat 19th October - Freshers' cycle outing around Cambridge

Sun 20th October - Downing formal

Fri 8th-Sun 10th November - Southern Universities Association Weekend, Oxford

Sat 23rd November (TBC) - London outing

See our full calendar here.