On St. George’s Day April 23rd 2017

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To All Bell Ringers – A HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2017

2016 a year full of interest, co-operation, fun and the passing of good friends. A year when St. George’s Day was given a tremendous boost by the generosity of so many of our bell ringers and the challenge of new ideas.  The ‘Rolling Ring’ – a new concept of organising whole Branches and or Counties was considered by those who took part, as being great fun and some even admitted, the best ringing they had ever achieved.  Their local media were on to it and gave them a good shout.  Then there was the addition of ‘Open Days’ at city centres where several took part with one in particular enticing over fifty newcomers to try their hand.  University societies are growing all helping to sow the seeds for the future. The Hand Bells of Britain joining in with special concerts on April 23rd and national organisations giving the Campaign their excellent support.  And now a New Year full of exciting possibilities and one where we send our Best Wishes and Good Luck to you all.

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Bridlington Priory – Yorkshire

 

Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday and Prince Philip’s 95th

Her Majesty The Queen on her 90th Birthday

The weekend has seen three days of wonderful and diverse celebrations across the country in honour of the Official Birthday of The Queen – Her 90th. She was born in London on 21st April in 1926 and christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary.

Prince Philip was born on June 10th in 1921 in Greece with the titles of Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.  He was exiled as a small child and when he became a British citizen he adopted the surname of Mountbatten.  On 20th November 1947 he married Princess Elizabeth.

How incredibly fortunate we are as a Nation to have such a remarkable Sovereign and the loyalty of her Consort.  God Save The Queen.

 

 

The Five Bells of STANTON DREW in Somerset rang for ST.GEORGE.

STANTON DREW - Somerset with St. Mary's

The village of STANTON DREW may be small in size but it has an important link to prehistoric times with its famous stone circles.  Within sight of these ancient remains stands St. Mary’s church that dates back to the 13th C and its 5 bells have been ringing out across this view as they did this year on April 23rd to celebrate England’s Patron Saint – ST.GEORGE.  Here are the happy ringers sent in by Tower Captain Shirley Edwards.

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These are the timings throughout the day of some of the NORTH BUCKS towers

Here is a list of some of the towers and their times. It all started in THORNBOROUGH with St. Mary’s 5 bells at 9.30 – 10 o’clock. Then SHALSTONE St. Edward the Confessor with 5 bells 10.15-1045. Then STOWE’s Assumption Church with 6 bells from 10 o’clock -1030. The Assumption at LILLINGSTONE LOVELL 1045-11-15 with 5 bells. LECKHAMPSTEAD rang 11.15-11.45 at The Assumption church with 5 bells. St. Edmund’s 6 bells at MAIDS MORETON from 11 o’clock-11.30. BRADWELL’S St.Lawrence with 6 bells ringing from 12.30-1 o’clock. All Saints at LOUGHTON with 6 bells 12.45-1.15. SHENLEY’S St.Mary’s 6 bells 1 o’clock-1.30. St. Mary’s 8 bells at GREAT BRICKHILL who rang 2 o’clock -2.30. MILTON KEYNES Village rang 3.30-3.45 at All Saints with 8 bells. NEWPORT PAGNELL 4.15-4.45 at SS Peter & Paul with 8 bells.  St. Firmin’s 6 bells from 4.30-5 o’clock at NORTH CRAWLEY. The church of St. Laud at SHERINGTON rang 5 bells from 5 o’clock-5.30. EMBERTON’s All Saints with 6 bells from 5.15-5.45. WESTON UNDERWOOD rang from St.Lawrence and its 6 bells from 6.30-7 o’clock. And near the end of the day came STOKE GOLDINGTON who rang from 7 – 7.30 the 6 bells at St. Peters.

What a day.  WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT –  Well done to you all.

Towers of NORTH BUCKS Branch ‘Rolling Ring’ success story for ST.GEORGE’S DAY

 This is the description of how the RforE Challenge of the ‘Rolling Ring’ was successfully rung throughout the day by the NORTH BUCKS Branch of the Oxford Guild

Thirty three towers from the North Bucks Branch of the Oxford Diocese Guild of Church Bell Ringers rang out for St George’s as part of the rolling ring challenge. The day begin at Thornborough the branches only steel ring of 5 bells, the day’s main organiser Linda was the first ringer to pull off at 9.30am and the ringers completed 30 minutes of ringing.

15 minutes later the bells in Buckingham could be heard. As the ringers at Thornborough stood their bells the visitors to the National Trust’s Capability Brown Gardens at Stowe had an extra special treat when the bells at the local parish church rang out prompty at 10 o’clock. So the pattern was set, the beautiful bells at Shallstone were next to ring and oh what a beautiful ring of 5 they are. The bells at Lillingstone Lovell were next followed by some special ringing at Maids Moreton, where the branches newest recruits who joined following the very successful New Year Open Day rang the bells, well done to each one of them!

Leckhamstead and Beachampton followed before the sound of Church bells reached the new town of Milton Keynes, known more for its roundabouts and concrete cows than its church bells. Never the less there are numerous ancient churches within Milton Keynes and the rolling ring weaved its way around them incorporating the surrounding villages as it headed east towards the M1: Bradwell, Loughton, Shenley Church End, Whaddon, Newton Longville, Calverton (following a wedding that took place within the church),Great Brickhill, Downs Barn (the newest and lightest ring of 8 bells in the branch), Simpson, Woughton-on-the Green, Wavendon, Milton Keynes Village and Great Linford.

Finally the sound of bells crossed the busy M1 to Newport Pagnell the home of iconic Aston Martin Works for more than 60 years before travelling on through North Crawley, Chicheley, Sherington, Emberton (where the Mayoress of Milton Keynes paid the ringers a visit), Clifton Reynes, Lavendon before reaching Olney, the home of the famous pancake race.

While noone is quite certain how the world famous Pancake Race at Olney started a couple of the stories are linked to the church bells: One story tells of a harassed housewife, hearing the shriving bell, dashing to the Church still clutching her frying pan containing a pancake. Another tells that the gift of pancakes may have been a bribe to the Ringer, or Sexton that he might ring the bell sooner; for ringing the bell signalled the beginning of the day’s holiday and enjoyment, no less than to summon the people to the service at which they would be shriven of their sins before the long Lenten feast.

After Olney the wave of sound turned back west travelling through Weston Underwood, Tryingham, Stoke Goldington before arriving at Hanslope. Hanslope’s historic tower can be seen from miles around, indeed if you are lucky enough to climb the tower on a clear day, you can see all the way to the Dunstable Downs. The day’s ringing ended at 7.45pm but in true bell ringing style the ringers retired to the local pub for a celebratory drink!

What a tremendous achievement WELL DONE to All the Wonderful Ringers

Thank You All Ringers across England making ST.GEORGE’S DAY a Success

The sound of bells rang out across ENGLAND as part of the celebrations for ST.GEORGES’S DAY.  It was greeted with delight by so many and coverage of events by Regional Radio Stations and local newspapers with interviews are testament to the growing interest of a wider audience. There were towers that had ‘open day’ at some cities that proved very popular with the public. Then there was the challenge of  the ‘Rolling Ring’ where an entire Branch rolled out a ribbon of ringing across their area from early in the day to the early evening.  This was taken up by ten branches across the country and at the end of the day all declaring it a success and some even saying it was the best day’s ringing they had ever had.  All ages rang including Primary School children in West Sussex. From our magnificent cathedrals to delightful village churches.  What a day, what a day for ‘change ringing’ and long may it last.  THANK YOU ALL

St George's Day 2016