Gransden Church Bells & Training Centre

News Archive 2017

17th April 2017

As we do not practice during Holy Week we held our annual ringers meeting on Maunday Thursday. A brief review of the examined accounts confirm that we have a healthy bank balance, but which could easily be eroded when we buy new ropes (not planned just yet). We are pleased to be able to fund minor work in the tower which eases the pressure on the PCC.

The officers were re-elected. Tower Captain - Sheila George, Deputy Tower Captain - David Prest, Secretary/Treasurer - Phillip George.

2016 was a busy year when we accomplished many ringing targets. The highlight was our weekend away in September to the Durham area. Organised so proficiently by David. We rang to several weddings and for other occasions for community events as well as church services.

We will continue to ring as much as we can for community events, and to progress in our ringing, albeit with a smallish team of ringers. We are lucky to be able to support ourselves but always need new recruits.

28th January 2017

A red-letter day for me (Phillip) when I rang my 1000th quarter peal, and on the 50th anniversary of my first one. I had selected some longstanding ringing friends to take part in this, and also a peal in the morning at Caxton, which was also a 50th anniversary of my first peal.

After the peal we adjourned to Nutbells for a lovelty lunch prepared by Sheila, before coming across to the tower for the afternoon ringing. The methods were Norwich S, and Cambridge S and the ringing took 45 minutes.

Many thanks to all the ringers who have helped me reach 1000, especially in the last 12 months when quarter peal ringing had to be carefully planned so as not to exceed the target before the date.

Details of the ringing can be found at  


 L-R: Sheila, Catherina, Sally, Phillip, Charlotte, Anthony

1st January 2017.

We rang the 23rd New Years' Day Date Touch this morning, which was 2017 changes of Cambridge S Minor. With thanks to Sheila G, Catherina, Iain, Andrew and Vee. We had some good ringing although I admit to being on tenter-hooks just now as I approach my planned 1000th quarter peal at the end of January, so every one counts at this stage.

See details at


 L-R: Catherina, Phillip, Iain, Andrew, Sheila, Vanessa


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