In 2024 the Peterborough Diocesan Guild will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its creation.

 

During the year a number of events are being planned, there will be some aims and challenges for members to aspire to, and merchandise for sale.

 

The events are taking place one in each month, and usually on the second weekend, mostly Saturdays.  The full list of events are:

 


DateLocationEvent
Saturday 8th June 2024NorthamptonGuild AGM Day
Saturday 13th July 2024Stanwick LakesDay Out
Saturday 10th August 2024RutlandTour and Picnic
Saturday 14th September 2024DaventrySummer Festival
Saturday 12th October 2024Kettering Park HotelGuild Centenary Dinner
Saturday 9th November 2024Syresham Village HallQuiz Night and Fish & Chip Supper
Saturday 28th December 2024TowcesterCarol Service



Here is more information about each event:


Saturday 8th June : Guild AGM Day
This is one of the annual Guild events. To mark the centenary, all towers in Northampton Town Centre will be open, with a service at All Saints.
A professional photographer will be present to take large group photographs to mark the occasion.
For more information, and to register interest for the event, please contact
 
Saturday 13th July : Day Out
This is a totally new venture for the Guild. We will be at the popular Stanwick Lakes - a 750-acre nature reserve and countryside attraction. We will have a mini-ring sounding out from time-to-time across the park, with handbells and the Wombell for members of the public to have a go at ringing and ringing themed activities. Branches will be asked to fill a time slot during the day when they will provide the personnel to demonstrate bellringing. Whilst this is an excellent publicity opportunity, we also hope that members of the Guild will take the chance to come and enjoy a day out at this location.
For more information, and to register interest for the event, please contact
 
Saturday 10th August : Tour and Picnic
Centered on the scenic location of Rutland Water, a ringing tour will be arranged around Rutland Water, starting with a tower in the morning, then a pub lunch. More ringing in the afternoon and finishing at one of the tourist sites on the banks of Rutland Water where ringers can enjoy their own picnic tea with other Guild members.
Numbers will be needed to set a fee for the tower donations, and lunches will need to be booked in advance.

For more information, and to book for the lunch, please contact
 
Saturday 14th September : Summer Festival
An annual Guild event, this year held in the Daventry Branch. The intention is to hold a ten-bell practice in the morning before joining together in the afternoon for the inter-branch 8-bell striking competition for the Harry Wooding Memorial Trophy.
For more information please contact
 
Saturday 12th October : Guild Centenary Dinner
This will take place at the Kettering Park Spa Hotel, close to the A14 on the outskirts of Kettering. A formal dinner, with speeches and entertainment, it will be a wonderful chance to spend the evening in good company, enjoying good food and mark the occasion. A professional photographer will be on hand to create a visual record of Guild members in their finery.
Tickets will need to be purchased in advance.
For more information, and to book tickets for the event, please contact
 
Saturday 9th November : Quiz Night and Fish & Chip Supper
The wonderful Syresham Village Hall has been booked for an evening of friendly rivalry. It is hoped that each branch will enter at least one team, although scratch teams can be made up on the night as well. Eight rounds of questions (so we don’t end too late), including an interval round during which fish & chip suppers will be delivered. A trophy and other prizes will be awarded to the winning team.
Booking and pre-ordering of your supper will be essential.
For more information, and to book tickets for the event, please contact
 
Saturday 28th December : Carol Service
To avoid the busy pre-Christmas period, the last Saturday of the year has been chosen for the final event of our centenary year – a Carol Service to be held at Towcester Church with tea and cake served afterwards.
An idea of numbers will be required for catering purposes.
For more information, and to register interest for the event, please contact