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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 programmes useful.
The association is composed of four districts, each with their own website:
and there is a separate website for the Ely DA Young Ringers
Dates for the Association (larger calendar here)
Here are all the dates for the Association, Districts, Young Ringers and Stretham REC shown as a Google Calendar. A larger calendar (with space for more entries at a time, and options to view a whole week or month) is available here. Use of a Google Calendar is experimental - comments or suggestions to the webmaster (webmaster_at_elyda.org.uk) please.
See also the ringing programmes for the individual districts: Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon and Wisbech, for the Stretham REC and for the Young Ringers.
From Jackie Latham, Cambridge District President:
Service of Thanksgiving - Tuesday 20th December
Oakington Church Hall
1. Apologies for Absence.
2. Discussion paper on General Committee restructuring (Constitution Subcommittee)
3. Proposed Ely DA recruitment poster (Ely District Membership Secretary)
4. Safeguarding update (Safeguarding Officer)
5. Announcements of forthcoming events.
6. A.O.B. (previously notified to General Secretary) and Vote of Thanks.
For items 2 and 3, copies of the discussion paper and the proposed recruitment poster are available from any District secretary or from the General secretary.
For item 4, the statement made to members of the Ely DA by Phillip George, Safeguarding Officer, is available here.
The Bishop of Ely rededicated the bells of St Mary's, Denver on Sunday 27th November at a service starting at 3 pm. The local ringers rang before the service, and were joined by more ringers in the Ely DA to ring afterwards.
Alan Winter writes:
Sally Mew, Huntingdon District Secretary, writes:
Congratulations to the Fen Tigers (Ely DA Young Ringers) who were placed joint second in the Call Changes Category of the Ringing World National Youth Contest in London on Saturday 2nd July.
They rang in the heat at St James, Garlickhythe, and were awarded an A grade; in the final at St Olave, Hart Street, they were awarded an A- which placed them joint second, together with Three Spires (Lichfield and Walsall).
The winners of the Call Changes Category were Young @ Herts Hot Buns, and the winners of the Method Ringing Category, and of the Whitechapel Trophy, were Bedfordshire Young Ringers.
The band was:
Treble Alfie Pipe
2nd John Hinton
3rd Toby Johnson
4th Rachel Frost (C)
5th Daniel Stevens
6th Ben Edwards
7th Henry Pipe
Tenor Jason Burnett
Full results on the RWNYC website http://rwnyc.ringingworld.co.uk.
On Sunday 3rd July, Sally Mew reports sad news:
On Sunday 10th July, Sally added:
Richard Smith of the Cambridge University Guild writes:
Alan Winter adds that Brian was a very active member of the Ely DA at Harston and then at Bottisham, and a prolific handbell ringer. He was the Diocesan Bells Advisor for many years.
Andrew Downs writes:
Here is a message from John Malala, the secretary of the Kilifi ringers, thanking us for electing them as NRLMs.
The sun shone in Terrington St Clement for the Ely DA Striking competition and AGM on Saturday 7th May. It was warmer outside the church than inside, so very pleasant for those outside listening to the ringing. For the striking competition, there was a full complement of four teams entering, and the Wisbech District were congratulated on providing a band for the competition this year.
The judges were David and Katharine Salter, and the results were: Wisbech District 4th with 42 faults, Cambridge and Ely joint 2nd with 26 faults and Huntingdon were the winners with 20 faults.
At the AGM, Bruce Mew was elected as the new independent examiner and all the existing officers were re-elected, as listed in the Agenda (here). The nominated General Committee members, Bell Fund Trustees and Central Council representatives were all ratified. Bell fund grants were approved and Catherina Griffiths was ratified as an Honorary member.
Thanks to the Wisbech District for all the arrangements (including the weather), and to Geoff Grayton for the photos (click on a photo to see a larger version).
Local historian Mike Petty officially opened the Stretham Ringing Education Centre on Saturday 15th August 2015. The occasion was celebrated with speeches, handbells and cake. Thanks to Geoff Grayton for the photos (click on a photo to see a larger version).
Barbara Le Gallez writes:
All new DBS certificates can be registered with the government's DBS Update Service. This will enable your DBS certificate to be transferred to another organisation or to different parish within the Ely Diocese. Certificates must be registered within 19 days of issue but the service is free for volunteers and it is an easy process, just go https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service. More details can be found here
Contact Phillip George, Association Safeguarding Officer, on safeguarding_at_elyda.org.uk for more information.
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