On St. George’s Day April 23rd 2019

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‘Open Day’ Tower Success in OXFORD on ST.GEORGE’S DAY

The well known church in Oxford of ST.GILES was open for the public to come in and learn more about the skills and history of  ‘change ringing’.  It was just a morning session but a most successful one with the 8 bells put to good use and with ringers on hand to encourage the public and to get them to try their hand at the ropes.  The project caught the eye of the local Oxford Mail who sent a reporter and photographer who were delighted with the whole idea and experience which resulted in happy photos the next day.  Well done to the organiser John Pusey and all the ringers.

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HANDBELL Ringers join the Campaign for ST.GEORGE’S DAY

This was the first year that the Handbell Ringers of GB joined the Campaign to help get England ringing for ST.GEORGES’S DAY.  There were three concerts held across the country : In Hagley in Worcestershire, Thaxted in Essex, and Great Ryburgh in Norfolk  where they performed together with other musicians. They also used the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare to add to the evening’s entertainment by quoting his plays or setting his work to music.  They all received interest from both BBC Regional Radio shows and local newspapers which was excellent.

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‘OPEN DAY’ tower in SALISBURY a Great SUCCESS for St. George’s Day

An EXCELLENT day in the centre of the city of SALISBURY as St. Thomas’ church opened its tower to the public as part of the celebrations to get England ringing on ST.GEORGE’S DAY.  On Saturday this lovely church with its 8 bells played host to the public with a morning session and another in the afternoon. The public streamed in full of interest and enthusiasm so that by the end of the day after 57 people of all ages tried their hands at the ropes there were high hopes of recruiting new ringers.  The day  caught the attention of the local media and received some well deserved coverage.

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Reports on the ST.GEORGE’S DAY ‘Rolling Ring’ are coming in

There were nine contestants for this the first year such a challenge has been presented to ringers. The Rolling Ring was to get as many towers as possible within a Branch/District to ring out consecutively throughout the day as a ribbon of ringing in celebration of ST.GEORGE’S DAY. Reports are beginning to come in and it seems it has been a huge success.  One of the organisers saying it was the best day’s ringing they had ever had.   Those that took up the challenge were:

Guilsborough (Peterborough), Rochdale (Lancashire), North Bucks (Oxford), North West (Essex). Southern (Derby), Taunton (Somerset), Preston (Lancashire), Tewkesbury (Glos & Bristol) and the Devon Association Open Festival which grew into a Rolling Ring. More news to follow………..

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Church spires across PRESTON at sunrise, setting the scene for the start of the Rolling Ring!

Here are Teams 1 and 2 from the NW ESSEX ‘Rolling Ring’ for ST.GEORGE’S DAY

The NW District in ESSEX organised 4 teams to achieve a record number of bells to be rung out throughout the day to celebrate ST.GEORGE’S DAY.  The RforE Campaign is justly proud of this amazing effort and here are Teams 1 and 2 as they set out to conquer the day.  The photo is of both teams outside St. Christopher’s in WILLINGALE which was the start for Team 1, and Team 2 then started from St. Swithin’s in GREAT CHISHILL. A terrifc effort but  terrific fun, so very well done all of you.

 

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St. Christopher’s, Willingale

The Village of LITTLEBURY takes part in ESSEX ‘Rolling Ring’

The village of LITTLEBURY in the North West of Essex near Saffron Walden has a delightful church dating from 1200.  The 6 bells were rung by a band that were part of Team 4 taking part in the RforE Campaign challenge for a ‘Rolling Ring’.  Here are the team at the end of their hard work standing in front of the Holy Trinity’s window dedicated, appropriately, to ST.GEORGE.  Well done to them all.

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Another tower STEEPLE BUMPSTEAD takes part in ‘Rolling Ring’ in ESSEX

St. Mary’s 6 bells in STEEPLE BUMPSTEAD was in Team 4 of this amazing event to see how many towers could ring out throughout the day to celebrate ST.GEORGE’s Day.  This village has sadly lost the steeple that gave it its name and the Bumpstead part is said to be from the Anglo Saxon meaning ‘place of reeds’.  But it gained a tower where bells could be rung.

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HADSTOCK start of Team 4 of the ‘Rolling Ring’ in ESSEX

HADSTOCK was the start of Team 4 as they led the day to the ‘Rolling Ring’ challenge set out by the RforE Campaign to see how many towers could ring throughout the day in celebration of ST.GEORGE’S Day.  This is where Team 4 of the North Western District of the Essex Guild of Bell Ringers started at St. Botolph’s where they rang its 6 bells . This village just north of Saffron Walden is a delight with half timbered houses surrounding a village green who all listened out to hear them take part and cheered them on. Well done to the band and to the event organiser Carol Wilkinson.

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