Margaret Lee, the Tower Captain of St. Mary’s in Bridgwater, north Somerset has sent in this photo of its happy ringers. They rang their eight bells for St. George and had a great time.
What a tremendous effort by everyone right across the country. Thank you all for your generous support in helping make this a special countrywide event. The BBC Regional Radios stations, regional tv stations, regional newspapers all ran with the story and Chris Evans in his Breakfast Show gave us a huge shout.
Thanks to all you wonderful ringers and your hard work the campaign is growing and next year we shall make sure there is not a soul in the country who has not heard you.
Have a wonderful, happy, ringing day to everyone.
The Musician’s church in London is going to ring out for St. George! Its history goes as far back as 1137 and is called St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate. It is also the largest parish church in the City.
In the smallest county of England there has been a military presence for many years. What was once RAF Luffenham an airbase that played a crucial and heroic part in the Battle of Britain has now been taken over by the Army. It has been renamed and what better name than St. George’s Barracks and within is a church named St. Mary’s whose wonderful band will be ringing their hearts out for St. George on April 23rd.
Latest news is that there will be 22 enthusiastic brilliant towers ringing out on April 23rd right across the county. There is one, All Saints in the city, that is used by the Nottingham University Society where their students ring out during term time. It will be celebrating the day by ringing a method called: ‘St. George Treble Place Minor’ in honour of England’s Patron Saint.
News is coming in that the bands of ringers of this university county are organising their towers to join in the campaign. They hope to get a good turn out to cheer on St. George on Tuesday.
There is a lovely park that runs along the eastern edge of the River Itchen that flows through the important port of Southampton. It is called Bitterne Park and in this suburb there is a church, The Ascension, which has 12 bells. And these bells will be ringing their heart out, literally, for St. George as they will attempt to ring a three hour marathon of A PEAL. Now that is definitely something that should be listened to.
In 1896 St. Martin’s Church was demolished to make way for the widening of the roads. However its tower remained and because of its position it was re named the Carfax Tower (‘carrefour’ old French for crossroads). And so where hundreds of people pass each day this Tower right in the heart of the city will ring out and remind everyone that April 23rd is St. George’s Day.
The flag of St. George atop its tower but it will also ring out from its ten powerful bells. The Abbey of St. Peter and Paul has foundations that date from AD757 and has seen many a transformation leading to the latest with work by George Gilbert Scott. He replaced the wood ceiling with a stone fan vault, which is a sight to see. The Abbey is very much part of why this loveliest of cities was proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 1987.