It may well be tucked away on the edge of England but Shropshire is a beautiful county and it joins in the campaign especially in Clun which is blessed with a church dedicated to St. George. It has a wonderful ring of 10 bells and they will make sure the whole county can here them on April 23rd.
England is so fortunate with its wealth of beauty in our cathedral buildings and here is Canterbury, listed as a World Heritage Site joining in the campaign. Its 14 magnificent bells will be ringing out telling the country to celebrate St. George’s Day.
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Marsworth in Buckinghamshire has a tower that encourages the young to come and have a go. They will be ringing out on April 23rd with a quarter peal. And the method they have chosen is most apt : ‘April Day Doubles’. Good luck to them all.
Here are some of the St. George’s towers that have committed to ringing. In Poynton in Cheshire their 6 bells will ring, In Ticknall, Derbyshire their magnificent 10 will ring, in Monkleigh Devon they will ring, Bickley in Kent with their 8 are going to try. In Greater Manchester Westhoughton has only one very important bell but it too will ring, In London there is Bloomsbury and Borough. Nottinghamshire with Barton-in-Fabis with their 6 bells. Somerset with Sampford Brett with 6 and Wilton in Taunton with their incredible 10 bells. And Ogbourne St George are going to give it a go. A great collection.
In north Somerset the city of Taunton has a parish called Wilton named after a well and in the middle sits a lovely church dedicated to St. George. It is here, on April 23rd their band of ringers will celebrate England’s Day on April 23rd.
Of growing importance to the whole country is England’s northern city of Manchester. Its ancient cathedral founded on a Collegiate church whose charter was granted by King Henry V in 1422 is the only cathedral to be dedicated to St. George. Its 10 bells will be ringing their heart out on England’s Day April 23rd.