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“We remembered” – a message from the President of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

Last Sunday – Remembrance Sunday – we were called to “look to” and take part in a most momentous commemoration.  Being so intimately linked in to our local communities, it was no surprise that bellringers everywhere stepped forward to participate, collectively and individually, in such a solemn centenary.

And it is entirely right and fitting that bells gave voice to the deep and lasting emotions felt so widely at this time.  So many today owe so much to our forebears for the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy one hundred years on.  As bellringers, we are the “external choir” that calls out across time and space, giving tribute on this day for those who have gone before.  This is what we do, this is our calling, this is our service.

On behalf of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, I wish to thank all who participated in this historic event.  The Ringing Remembers campaign, promoted by the Central Council, has claimed some inspiring headlines – towers silent for many years have rung out once more; hundreds of bands have been augmented with new learners; tens of thousands of ringers mobilised to ring in thousands of towers – not just in the UK, but across the world; ringing featured strongly in local, national and international media; and the BellBoard website went into meltdown!

Our campaign sought to recruit 1400 new ringers, to symbolically replace those ringers who fell in the First World War.  At the most recent count, new ringer registrations for the recruitment campaign totalled 2792 – close to 200% of the original target.  The Council’s newly-stated mission is, among other things, “to promote an environment in which ringing can flourish”.  Last Sunday we witnessed what “flourish” looks like – more of that please.

Whilst it is impossible to thank all key individuals by name, I would like to pay a special tribute to Vicki Chapman – Ringing Remembers Project Coordinator, Colin Chapman – Coordinator’s “roadie”, Alan Regin – Steward of the CCCBR Rolls of Honour, Andrew Hall – developer and administrator of the Ringing Remembers web platform, and Bruce & Eileen Butler – who linked thousands of enquirers to guilds, districts and towers.  And there are so many others…

My thanks go also to all those who have come to ringing through this route – may you continue to develop in skill, and gain many happy years of fulfilment in your ringing.  And to that widespread army of ringing teachers who have risen to the challenge of training so many enthusiastic learners – well done!

Last Sunday was a day of reflection, a day of commemoration, a day of participation.  Bellringers everywhere were able to say – “I was there – I remembered”.

Christopher O’Mahony

CCCBR – A message for change ringers everywhere

We Remember

This Sunday – Remembrance Sunday – we are called to “look to” and take part in a most momentous commemoration.  Being so intimately linked in to our local communities, it is no surprise that bellringers everywhere have stepped forward to participate, collectively and individually, in this solemn centenary.

And it is entirely right and fitting that bells give voice to the deep and lasting emotions felt so widely at this time.  So many today owe so much to our forbears for the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy one hundred years on.  As bellringers, we are the “external choir” that calls out across time and space, giving tribute on this day for those who have gone before.  This is what we do, this is our calling, this is our service.

This Sunday will be a day of reflection, a day of commemoration, a day of participation.  Thank you for your participation in this historic event. Bellringers everywhere will be able to say – “I was there – I remembered”.

  • Christopher O’Mahony

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I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.

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Lyrics:  Sir Cecil Spring  Rice

Music: Sir Gustav Holst

Bells on Radio Solent this weekend!

This is the latest we have from Tim Daykin at BBC Radio Solent re: Bells this weekend…

Tim Daykin is broadcasting live from Royal Victoria Country Park Chapel.

Hopefully there will be a clip from the ringing of 1918 Plain Bob Triples at New Alresford recently reported here and a talk-up about the national ringing. This will most likely be towards the end of the programme.

Francis Mitchell has kindly supplied information to Tim re: the Chapel and its bells.

“Yes, I opened the Chapel and ran Tower Tours with volunteers from the Friends Group for over 4 years until the Chapel closed for the recent refurbishment.

The Chapel tower holds a clock chime of 3 bells (Whitechapel 1862) which were hung dead and sounded by clock hammers. The largest is the half ton hour bell which also has an internal clapper to which a rope was attached so it could be sounded as a service bell. I eventually persuaded Hants County Council to get a rope reattached so the bell could be “rung” on Tower Tours, as it is now.”
Tim’s show is broadcast from 6-9am on Sunday

 

Message to all our “Ringing Remembers” Ringers

To all our “Ringing Remembers” ringers, we wish you well for Sunday. Wear those badges with pride, you deserve to, for sure!

Armistice 2018 will be very meaningful for all of us ringers and we’re pleased and honoured to have you join us for this special Commemoration ringing tribute for the nation. Thank you all for your hard work and personal commitment that was necessary to reach the stage of being able to participate in Armistice  2018 ringing.

Most likely, you will have spoken to David Mattingley or me when you were first introduced to our Guild, or our conversations might have been by email. We look forward to meeting you all in person in a ringing room in the not-too-distant future.

Meanwhile, best wishes once again for Sunday and please consider letting me know of your experiences of your WW1 Centenary Commemoration ringing on Sunday.

Thank you all and your tutors who have worked vey hard consistently to achieve amazing results.

Guild Public Relations Officer

The Call of Bells

For centuries the bells have called
through countless ringers’ hands
To come to worship, prayer and song
the people of these lands

The bells fell silent one by one
as ringers went to war
They’d heard the call to go to fight
the war to end all wars

Four years on the guns fell still
and most of them returned
Their families embraced them back
they went to join their bands

The broken bones that many had
would mend in time they hoped
But those whose limbs were lost in war
would never hold a rope

And men with shell-shock could not bear
to hear the bells again
The sound brought back the crash of shells
the cries of dying men

Now fourteen hundred ringers lie
beneath a distant sky
Though silent, still we hear their call
their spirits ring on high

They call to us to ring the bells
to learn the ancient art
So England evermore shall hear
the nations beating heart

 

Armistice Ringing – Message from Viv Nobbs – Guild PRO

Messages are coming in thanking ringers for their support as the nation commemorates the centenary of the end of the WW1.

We will all be very busy, and pleased to be so I’m sure,  on 11th November. Thank you to all ringers and local leaders who are working so very hard at this time. Ringers are arranging for as many towers as possible to be ringing out, ringing at more than one tower and helping out at Chiming Towers, too.

Let’s tell the world where we’ll be ringing and when, please, responding to good feedback we’re receiving from our communities.  This recently from a
Royal Naval Association Officer –
” I am sure many of my shipmates would like to come and hear the bells and, with publicity in local media, you will get a positive response from descendants of
The Royal Naval personnel who died in WW1, who will wish to know of the ringing”.

Towers spreading the word of our ringing is most effective so using Pew Sheets and
Notice Boards in our churches, advising the local newspapers and so on will be great. This very special occasion gives us a good opportunity to check our existing posters and leaflets. Are they in the best locations? They have a tendency to get out-of-date and rather dog-eared, so not looking inviting….let’s get the smart ones out on display for the many visitors to our churches!

There have been helpful guidelines for us for Armistice Day and many local initiatives, too. These links might be helpful still…

wpbells.org/clarification-of-armistice-ringing/

and the Ringing for Peace poster (can be adapted to suit)

wpbells.org/ringing-for-peace-document-poster/

As well as advising our communities before the Armistice Ringing, they’d like feedback  from us and we would, too, please.

We would very much like to use relevant details for our WW1 Centenary Commemoration Archives so, whether tower bells, hand bells, chiming, tolling, rounds, call changes, quarters or peals, we’d love for EVERY tower and EVERY ringer to be included and acknowledged.

Ideally then we need details of the ringing, ringers including Ringing Remembers new or returning ringers, and footnotes including if any bells had been specifically cast as  WW1 Memorial Bells. You can submit to us direct –  ww1bells@aol.com
and you may well have seen the special Ringing World BellBoard site –bb.ringingworld.co.uk/event.php?id=9128

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like further information and we hope that Armistice Ringing will be truly significant and very meaningful for us all.

Viv Nobbs
Public Relations Officer

Tel: 01983 530920

Email: wpprovcn@gmail.com

 

Ringing for Peace: Document/Poster

Please see the document/poster via the link below.  As part of the ringing initiative, Ringing for Peace, please print copies of these out, to display/make accessible to congregation members.

All you need to do is change the email address so it is relevant to your tower.

If anyone needs assistance doing this, please let me know.

Contact Peter Murdock-Saint

 

Ringing for Peace Battles Over Self Fill

Clarification of Armistice Ringing

The ringing community may be understandably confused regarding alternative requests for ringing on 11th November this year. I hope that the following provides some clarification.

“Ringing Remembers” is the campaign officially endorsed and sponsored by HM Government for (a) recruiting new ringers and (b) ringing open at 12:30pm on Sunday 11th November – aligning with the published agenda for processions and marches in celebration of peace. CCCBR has been working hard with government officials to finalise and announce plans for ringing on the centenary of the Armistice, but we were under strict embargo until Friday 13th July, which is when the media release was published.

“Battle’s Over” is the private initiative of Bruno Peek, MBE. Bruno has demonstrated energy, drive and passion to put together a compelling programme of events on the evening of 11th November, inviting ringing at 7:05pm. Although his initiative gained early support from various military organisations and CCCBR, it is not backed by central government or Buckingham Palace.

Over the past year CCCBR representatives have been trying to align the varying requests for ringing on 11th November (we have also had approaches from the British Legion and other bodies), but this has not proved possible. Nevertheless, knowing the national mood to acknowledge this centenary, CCCBR encourages all ringers to respond as they see fit, taking into account the wide variety of local circumstances. Ringing open at or around 12:30pm is the ideal and recommended option, but any time that afternoon / evening is also supported. General ringing, quarter peals, peals – let’s do it!

To quote Tennyson – “…

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;

Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;

Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Vicki Chapman & Christopher O’Mahony

CCCBR Ringing Remembers Project Co-ordinator & CCCBR President

Government Announcement of Armistace Plans (from CCCBR)

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sports have now announced plans for the International Moment as the Nations says ‘Thank you’. Please see this Press Release that coincided with the announcement made on 12th July on the BBC’s The One Show.

Bells in countries observing GMT and CET are invited to ring at 12.30hrs GMT (13.30hrs CET)

  • Bells in countries throughout the rest of the world are invited to ring at either 12.30 GMT or 12.30pm local time
  • DCMS is also supporting the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government on an initiative ‘Ringing Remembers’ which is run jointly by the Big Ideas Company and the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. This project aims to get 1,400 people ringing church bells on the centenary of the Armistice, the number of bell ringers lost in the war.

Ringing Remembers: Bells ring out to mark the centenary of the Armistice

The UK Government invites all bell ringers to join the nation in marking the end of the First World War by ringing together on Remembrance Sunday. They would like ringing to take place at 12.30pm on Sunday 11 November to coincide with the nation’s tribute as thousands march past the Cenotaph. Everybody is invited to take part, whether you are a new Ringing Remembers recruit or an experienced ringer. All are welcome. If you haven’t done so already speak with your tower captain to start making plans for ringing during this national moment.

Share your plans with us and we’ll spread the word to inspire other ringers. Contact: bells@big-ideas.org

Or find us on:
Twitter @Big_Ideas_Co #RingingRemembers
Facebook Big Ideas
Instagram @_BigIdeas

Take part in this national moment to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

Ringing Remembers is funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and is a partnership with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.

https://armistice100.org.uk/