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Joint Outing - 17th February 2018

Our annual joint outing with the OUS this year was organised by Joe and took place in Northampton. We had a good turnout , although the OUS had, perhaps over-ambitiously, booked a minibus for five of them... A good selection of towers, ranging from 6 to 10 bells, were grabbed - most in the city centre and then heading out to Abington for the final ring of the day. A note for the future: pubs in Northampton are very busy at 12pm on a Saturday, recommend booking a table to avoid a chilly lunch eaten outside!

Guild New Year 2018 

Our New Year's resolutions: do more ringing. Play more Bananagrams. Spend more time shooting each other with lasers. The Guild got a considerable head-start on all of these activities and more at our traditional new year celebrations. Attendance was at a record high, with fifteen hungry ringers descending on Rachel's poor unsuspecting parents in Swansea - but the quality of hosting was second to none. Two expertly-organised ringing outings were laid on, along with spectacular walks, overly-energetic evening games, ringing in the new year, and the (now-traditional) opportunity to shoot each other. A thoroughly enjoyable event, as always!

Christmas Newsletter 2017

Please click here to read the 2017 newsletter from Joe Wakeling.

Holiday to the Isle of Wight - 18th-25th August 2017 

The inaugural CUGCR summer holiday was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved. Our chosen destination was the Isle of Wight, with lodgings at Northcourt House, an amply appointed Jacobean Manor house with all the modern conveniences – including formal dining/table tennis room, barbecue terrace and grandiose gardens. We kept ourselves amused with trips to the beach, walks through the beautiful countryside, rides on steam trains, and just a tiny spot of ringing (including the characterful steel three at Swanmore). Plans are already well progressed for a follow-up event during the August bank holiday week next year, so watch this space!

Guild Week - 4th-9th August 2017

In an unusual twist on the format, Guild Week 2017 was split between London for the weekend and St Albans for the rest, so the pubs and belltowers of two cities had to prepare for an upturn in influx. The time spent in London was a 'Who's Who' of the City's famous rings, with trips to the Bow bells, the Jubilee bells at Garlickhythe, St Magnus and the infamous new ring at Southwark, which we confirmed in their 'challenging' reputation. After rounding off the weekend with a Brick Lane curry, the next day brought some healthy exercise to the proceedings, all the towers being within walking distance of each other, and St Albans' huge expanse of parkland offered us plenty of chances to get some fresh air and sore legs. Ascending to the ringing chamber at the Abbey offered little respite, but the weary traveller was rewarded with the novelty of oak beams obscuring some other ringers from view.Other highlights of the week were the hospitality of the Blacksmith's Arms in laying on a buffet for the guild week meeting, and the challenge of Weathampstead's long draft on the last day.

Despite the excess of cities and well-known towers on the trip, two elements of Guild Week were in short supply. Fewer than usual peals or quarters were scored, and due to a dearth of student members, post-ringing exuberance at the cheaper accommodation was sadly reduced. However, one of these omissions was to be put right a couple of weeks later when Guild members decamped to the Isle of Wight(and it was not the former).

Thanks go to Brian Meads and Dickon Love for organising a week of excellent and challenging rings.

Joe Wakeling - Master, CUGCR

Alternative Dinner - 20th June 2017 

Hosted this year at Hughes Hall, a debut appearance for many, the Alternative Dinner was as popular as ever. We turned out in our finery for drinks and a splendid dinner overlooking the college grounds. The Alternative Committee were elected afterwards - including the Curry Officer, Anti-Curry Officer, Quote Book Keeper, and so on and so forth. All that remains now is to remember who's doing what when the students return to Cambridge in October!

Thanks must go to Courtney and Hannah for their organisation and for hosting pre- and post-dinner drinks.

Upcoming Events


17th March 2018 - Guild Annual Dinner, Downing College

6th May 2018 - AGM and Guild Photo, venue TBC