On St. George’s Day April 23rd 2019

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Radio Nottingham

Nottingham, a wonderful city full of Civic Pride and full of English folkelore.  It was here that Andy Whittaker of BBC Radio Nottingham was inspirational in helping the Campaign get off to a resounding start in its first year in 2010.  Now in its second year he again has been urging on the ringers to support St. George’s Day.  As a result over half those able to ring will be joining in right across the county having fun celebrating England’s Patron Saint.

Cheshire is Joining In.

Many towers in the county will be ringing out together with Chester Cathedral.  A building dating back to about 660AD which, astonishingly, escaped the dissolutionment by Henry VIII.  It is dedicated to Church of Christ and Blessed Virgin Mary and its 12 bells will be ringing out encouraging all the other churches to join in the celebrations of St. George.

St. George’s Comes Alive

If you were to take a trip to Diss, then on to a village called Shimpling and then away from the village down a track strewn with wild flowers, and through fields with luscious grass waving in the soft Norfolk wind you will come across an ancient graveyard and there in the middle sits St. George’s Church. Cloaked in warm coloured stone with an unusual Norman round tower, decorated with medieval stained glass is the church that is described by the Churches Conservation Trust as ‘ a beautifully proportioned building.’ It is here, says Bishop Graham of Norwich, a staunch supporter of the Campaign that the church will come alive with a service of Holy Communion the first for 25 years on Monday 23rd April.  So whilst no bells are able to ring, it is part of the celebration of our Patron Saint and we wish them a happy day.

Ringing a Peal

For those that are not aware, a ‘peal’ is the memorising and ringing of changes non stop for three whole hours.  A tremendous feat of endurance and skill.  And here we have a few that are going to ring a peal on 23rd April:

Oxfordshire – St. Mary’s of Kidlington with  8 bells

Somerset – St. George’s at Easton-in-Gordano with 6 bells

Ian Crichton and his band of ringers in front of St George's

Somerset – St. Mary’s in Wedmore with 8 bells

If there are any others who are going to try for this wonderful and astonishing ring then please let us know.