What a great, but VERY hot day, it was on Sunday, 1st July… sun cream, hats, and litres of cold water were the order of the day.
An occasional breeze was welcome, the down draught from Air Ambulances less so… the display boards had to be laid flat – no big deal!
Our Guild had been invited to spread the word of Ringing Remembers and our WW1 Centenary Commemoration project at the special fete at our local hospital, St. Mary’s, in Newport.
The fete organisers were highlighting the wonderful occasion set for 7th July when Isle of Wight ringers will ring the bells at all 15 towers in celebration of the NHS 70th birthday and to give thanks to everyone working in the NHS.
Volunteer NHS Ambassadors will be present at the churches distributing Ringing Remembers material and encouraging taster sessions, so new ringers might participate in the Armistice 2018 events.
The day gave Viv Nobbs (current Publicity Officer for the Guild), supported by husband Graham, a wonderful opportunity to engage with the visitors who showed genuine interest in ringing and the ringers’ special WW1 Centenary Commemoration events.
Five ringers on the Island were killed in the dreadful conflict; relevant war records of those men proved to be of interest, as did the special ringing performances for many of the victims of WW1 from parishes across the Island.
Contributions from Gerry and Christine Faulkner of Arreton, tell of what we are doing to commemorate the Great War.
Ringing Remembers, as ever, struck a very positive chord with many – the colourful pamphlets were distributed, some folk saying
“I’ve always wanted to try it!”
Viv was given a live broadcast slot on ” Sunshine Radio” – a positive message went out right across the fete ground and beyond. So we’re now hoping for several new ringers and an even greater awareness of ringing’s presence in our communities.
Thank you Viv and Graham for contributing the pictures and précis of the day’s events.