On St. George’s Day April 23rd 2017

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Message from Boris Johnson, London’s Mayor

“I am delighted by the idea of 44,000 bell ringers ringing 28,000 bells in churches across England on St. George’s Day.  It is indeed a day that should be celebrated and the age old tradition of bell ringing is a wonderful way to do this.

2012 will be an exciting year for campanologists, with the prominent roles bell ringing will play not only in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations but also the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  I wish all those involved the best of luck.

I hope your campaign continues to go from strength to strength and I look forward to hearing the bells of London ringing out on 23rd April”

 

 

Newcastle, Newcastle, Newcastle

Its a question of who will not be ringing as there will be hardly a tower that will be silent on April 23rd.  From Newcastle Cathedral of St. James with 12 bells, and Hexham Abbey of St. Andrew with 10 bells,  they will be ringing out right across the county of Northumberland right up to the beautiful windswept shores of Bamburgh. What a great shout for St. George.

The Bishop of London

The Rt.Revd. and Rt.Hon. Richard Chartres, Bishop of London has been a keen follower of the Campaign.  At the recent baptism of new bells for St. Dunstan-in-the-West he says: “The peculiar English glory of change ringing belongs to the 17th Century.  It would be a tragedy if this unique part of English culture were ever to become extinct”  They are rung for good and to mark the Christian faith.

Lloyd Grossman supports the Campaign

Loyd Grossman, OBE FSA, Chairman of The Churches Conservation Trust, has sent the following message : “What better way to celebrate St. George’s Day than for the bells to ring out in churches all across the country?  It will be a wonderful way to honour England’s patron saint and to remind ourselves that historic churches are at the heart of communities all over the country.”

Peals to ring in Essex

If you should be anywhere in north east Essex then listen out for the 8 bells from the towers of St. Mary the Virgin in Ardleigh and the 6 bells of St. Mary in Mistley.  The ringers have taken up the challenge of a peal and will be ringing out at 6 o’clock.  There will be many other towers ringing out for St. George across the county with great support from Bishop Stephen of Chelmsford.