The churches of the Island were busy with many towers ringing for services of remembrance as Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday this year both fell over the weekend.
Ryde kicked off the weekend on Saturday when after ten minutes of ringing half-muffled, the bells were stood at 10.55 and the tenor was tolled until the beginning of the Silence. Following which an Island team rang a quarter peal of Grandsire Triples.
Meanwhile at Swanmore (Ryde) the team at St Michael’s rang call changes with their up and coming fledgling band.
Shanklin then rang a half-muffled quarter peal of mixed doubles with some of the band from the Ryde ring.
Sunday saw all the Island ringers out in force, with half-muffled bells being struck at the Minster in Newport for the Civic Service.
Ryde also did their bit for the British Legion Service at All Saints’, as did Brading, Shanklin, Chale, Newchurch and others I know also rang for their villages and towns at the appropriate time.
Brighstone rang a quarter peal commemorating Remembrance Day and also the loss 60 years ago of a flying boat.
Ryde rang another quarter peal for Evensong service, with Grandsire Doubles being rung and made up entirely from the local band. The service included the reading of names of the fallen in the Warrior Chapel.
We owe all our ringers a great debt of gratitude for placing themselves where they needed to be and we thank them for their efforts.
For further information the quarter peals and ring at Swanmore are recorded in The Ringing World.