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Draft Minutes for 2019 Annual Andover District Meeting held at Highclere 11th January 2020 at 3.30pm

Draft Minutes for 2019 Annual Andover District Meeting

held at Highclere

11th January 2020 at 3.30pm

Officers attending: Peter Niblett (PN), Chair; Ros Brandwood (RB), Treasurer; Helen Piper (HP), Ringing Master; Maggie Hiller (MH), Secretary; Eve Lind Smith (ELS), Vice Chair.

Other Andover Members:  Mike & Lucy Hopkins Till, Gill Gardner, Helen Thomas, Carol Waller, Sarah Cooney, Mike Winterbourne, Alec Gray, Matthew Holbrook & Alice, Ken Porter, Chris Pack, Deidre Kenny.

Other Guild Members: Christine Knights-Whittome, Pete Jordan, Lin Jordan.

 

  1. Welcome and Vote of Thanks

Remembering those District ringers who passed away in 2019

Maurice Dodd – ringer at Highclere.  Jen Saunders – ringer at Longparish.

 

  1. Apologies

Received from Louise Wodehouse of Clatford; Martin Newbury, Tim Pink, Janet Larkin of Kingsclere; Brian Oakes, Ken Waller, Roger Thomas of St. Mary Bourne.

  1. Acceptance of 2018 ADM Minutes. (Whitchurch 12.1.19)

The minutes copies of which had been distributed previously were agreed.

Proposed – Peter Niblett              Seconded – Gill Gardner                All in agreement     Signed by PN (Chair)

    1. Matters Arising

a. WW1 events – these were covered in the Half-yearly meeting held at Whitchurch in July 2019.

b. GDPR – A list of those District members wanting to be included has been compiled.

Guild President, Peter reported that a new policy and agreed at the Exec meeting in November 2019.

To be distributed by District secretary to all towers.  Any queries to be followed up by secretary.

c. ADM Format

Comments from the Chair were requested from those attending.

  • Fewer than hoped for less experienced ringers but those turning out to offer support was extremely good
  • The final ring was well attended
  • The earlier start was welcomed
  • The meeting was brisk and businesslike
  • A longer trial would be required to decide on any permanent changes
  • It was suggested that the District needed to provide things that ringers wanted and not attempt to persuade them to attend what was considered they needed
  • If the towers unable to attend the ADM could give their reasons for not showing and suggest activities which might help their members, meetings might be better attended.
  1. Acceptance of 2019 Half-Yearly Minutes. Whitchurch 1.7.19

The minutes copies of which had been distributed previously were agreed.

Proposed – Ros Brandwood              Seconded – Helen Thomas           All in agreement.

Signed by PN (Chair)

 

  1. Matters Arising

a. Risk Assessments

PN has written a risk assessment plan for Whitchurch.  He is willing to share his plan with anyone wanting to complete their own.

b. Striking Competition

Little positive interest has been shown by those who have discussed it.  Further discussion is required to find out what would be worth organising.

c. Aird and Gosling Challenge Cups

Despite several attempts the whereabouts of these cups has not been established.  MH will continue to follow this up.

d. District Outing

The outing to mid-Hampshire was well attended but daylight was poor and next year it was thought bringing it forward 2 or three weeks would help to overcome this.  All towers booked were attended.

7. Officers’ Reports for 2019.

a.Chair, Peter Niblett

Recruitment and Teaching

Following the Guild education meeting in September 2019 the general consensus was that

  • whole day courses were too long .
  • work covered was not followed up on return to the various Districts.

As a result one whole day course will replace the current four and will be aimed at more experienced ringers.

Districts need to evaluate their own needs and run their own training with support provided by the Education Committee if requested.

PN thanked the Ringing Masters, Helen Piper and Tim Pink for their dedication and the other officers on the District committee.

b. Secretary, Maggie Hiller

The overall number of ringers has remained much the same for weekly tower practices and monthly District practices.  A small group of very supportive towers attend all DPs and our Ringing Masters have decided to concentrate their efforts within this group in 2020.

Groups of towers have combined resources to strengthen ringing numbers on practise nights.  Tangley, Kingsclere and the Wallops have regular combined practices with the support of their local towers.  Quarter peals and other dedicated ringing along with weddings have benefitted from this local support.  Visiting groups have also rung QPs.

Dedicated ringing from several towers in the District showed solidarity with the people of France following the Notre Dame fire.

Highclere reports that ill health and the sad loss of Maurice Dodd has reduced their band.  They would welcome new recruits.

The S.M.B. outing to the Somerset Levels in August was an opportunity to catch up with former District ringers Charlie Hunt and John Simpson.

The Wallops are back to full strength with repairs to the 500 year-old tenor and the other bells at Over Wallop.

Ecchinswell hopes to complete the installation of their new ring of six this year.

A retired ringer at Whitchurch has donated a lovely, handmade working model of a bell.  The tower secretary believes he takes orders if other towers require a teaching aid.

Unfortunately, the District has to say goodbye to incumbents Craig Marshall at S.M.B., Hurstbourne Priors and Longparish and David Bartholomew at Burghclere, Newtown and Ecchinswell.  We wish them well.

Maggie Hiller Secretary

c. Treasurer, Ros Brandwood

The Treasurer reported on the accounts for the year ended 30th November 2019, copies of which had been distributed to the meeting.

It was noted that membership numbers and subscription income had decreased slightly, but subscription income was still over £1,000.  After deducting the amounts due to the Guild and other expenses, the District had sustained a small surplus of expenditure over income of £27.94 (a surplus income over expenditure of £150 in 2018).  The balance carried forward at the year-end was £1,432.37.

A “one-off” contribution of £151 had been made to the Guild’s WW1 project and, once again, the district had met the tower fees for the District outing (£100).  The training bursaries offered previously had not been taken up.

Adoption of the accounts was proposed by Gill Gardner, seconded by Helen Piper and agreed by the meeting.

d. Ringing Masters, Helen Piper and Tim Pink

Many practices went well however this year the Ringing Masters have decided to limit the venues to the towers which most support the monthly event.

PN agreed this would be a sensible option and that persuading those ringers who rarely attended DPs required a different solution.

It was suggested that varying the times and days of DPs might encourage others to attend.

Surprise practices are held on the second week of each month.  The timetable for 2020 will be given out at the Newbury Branch in March.  Mike Till will send one to the Andover District.

All towers have received a copy of the District’s 2020 monthly practices.  The DP for the Andover District will be held on Wednesday August 5th.

  1. Election of Officers

 ‘Three District officers are to be elected for a term of two years on a rolling basis from 2018’

Year 1 – Chair, Vice Ringing Master, Treasurer

Year 2 – Vice Chair, Secretary, Ringing Master.

2020 is Year 1- Officers to be elected:

Chair (currently Peter Niblett)

As there were no new nominations Peter has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

Vice Ringing Master (currently Tim Pink)

As there were no new nominations Tim has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

Treasurer (currently Ros Brandwood)

As there were no new nominations Ros has agreed to carry on for another year and was elected.

The 2019 Secretary 

 MH wished to stand down at the last ADM.  She will be absent for the Half-yearly meeting this year and would be very happy if someone would consider taking the minutes for this event.

As there were no new nominations Maggie has agreed to carry on for one further year.

  1. Appointments

Independent Examiner (currently Carol Waller)

Carol has very kindly agreed to continue in this post and was appointed.

2 Guild Exec Reps (currently District Secretary and Mike Winterbourne)

MH to continueLucy Hopkins Till very kindly volunteered to attend these meetings as the other Guild Exec Rep.  Both appointed.

 

District Forum Reps (currently Brian Oakes and Helen Thomas)

Both Brian and Helen have agreed to continue and was appointed.

  • Election of New Members

 

Surname Forename Tower Proposed by Seconded by Membership type
Pearce Debbie Goodworth Clatford Max Roberts Angela Rogers Probationer
Freegarde Tim Goodworth Clatford Max Roberts Angela Rogers Probationer
Sketchley Chris Highclere Mike

Hopkins Till

Lucy

Hopkins Till

Probationer
Latter Richard Kingsclere Maggie Hiller Helen Piper Probationer
Hudson John Kingsclere Tim Pink Janet Larkins Probationer
Donkin Richard Nether Wallop Ken Porter Jamie Biles Probationer

Proposed – Peter Niblett            Seconded- Ros Brandwood

  • Proposals

Final submission for any new proposals need to be presented to the secretary at least one month prior to the ADM.  (12.12.2018)

None forthcoming.

  1. Forthcoming Events

Monthly District Practices:

See Ringing Masters report.

A list of DPs is attached.  The date for attending the cathedral in August has been set for Wednesday 5th August.

 Annual District Outing 2020

PN has very kindly volunteered to organise this but people must bear in mind it can be a long and drawn out process if responses from towers are slow.  Peter is often away and it may take time.

Education Days: Christine Knights-Whittome

Christine’s comments very much reflect those of PN Item 7b.  She reported that the half-day events were very popular.  ‘Raising and Lowering’ in particular for which there is still a waiting list.

The September meeting felt that to use resources most efficiently District ringing masters needed to find out for themselves what ringers really wanted by contacting their own towers. If support for training events is needed then it can be provided with the help of the Education committee.  Follow up practices are essential if progress is to be made and DRMs need to accommodate this in their planning,

  • Guild Master’s Report

The time and effort put in by those ringers who teach often surprises learners.  Tutors do it because they want to and taking on the job isn’t as scary as you might think.

There are two Guild projects which some of you may like to be involved with especially if you have expertise in photography or sound recording.

The Guild, under the supervision of Alan Yalden, wants to create photographic and oral archives of peals rung in the Guild.

Alan requires:

  • current photographs of peal boards- many of which hang in your towers
  • contacts to collect and sort the photos
  • advice on how the best types of sound recordings can be achieved
  • sound recordings of the bells

If anyone would like to be involved please contact Peter Jordan.

10 Salisbury Gardens          Phone:07583 356936      Email: petejordan.wp@talktalk.net

Basingstoke

RG22 6NT

 

14. AOB

a. Each tower is required to inform the editor of the Guild Report how many copies are required by them this year.

Please contact Ros Brandwood with your total.  ros.brandwood@btinternet.com

Phone: 01635 48937

b. 2020 ADM Venue

Eve Lind Smith, explained that Hurstbourne Priors which was to be the venue for the next District ADM in January 2021 has only 2 ringers and is badly placed to hold the event.

She suggested Longparish as an alternative.  As a six-bell tower it might appear less intimidating to the less experienced ringers we have been trying to encourage to attend today (currently it is only 8 bell towers that hold ADMs).

Most thought this a suitable alternative.  Eve will enquire at Longparish to find out if the ringers are amenable to this.

Meeting closed at 4.34pm

Dates of next meetings:  Half-yearly – Whitchurch on Monday 6th July 2020

2020 ADM at Hurstborne Priors on Saturday 9th January 2021 (provisional)

Andover District – Monthly Practices for 2020

ANDOVER DISTRICT MONTHLY PRACTICES 2020

DATE VENUE NO OF BELLS
JANUARY

Sat 11th 2pm

HIGHCLERE

DISTRICT AGM

8
JANUARY

Mon 27th

WHITCHURCH 10
FEBRUARY

Wed 19th

BURGHCLERE 6
MARCH

Tues 3th

HURSTBOURNE PRIORS 8
APRIL

Wed 1st

LONGPARISH 6
MAY

Tues 12th

ANDOVER (start 7.45pm) 8
JUNE

Thurs 4th

ST MARY BOURNE 6
JULY

Mon 6th

WHITCHURCH

HALF YEARLY MEETING

10
AUGUST

Wed 5th

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL 14
SEPTEMBER

Wed 2nd

GOODWORTH CLATFORD 8
OCTOBER

Wed 7th

LONGPARISH 6
NOVEMBER

Mon 2nd

KINGSCLERE 8
DECEMBER

Thurs 3rd

ST MARY BOURNE 6
2021

JANUARY

Sat 9th

HURSTBOURNE PRIORS

DISTRICT 2020 AGM

8

Download a printable copy of the Andover District Practices for 2020 here

Portsmouth District – Basic Raising and Lowering course – Sat 29th Feb – Portsmouth Cathedral – 9.30-12.30

Hi all
My attention is now drawn to Saturday February 29 for Basic Raising and Lowering.
The course will run from 0930 to 1230 at Portsmouth Cathedral on tied bells. The advantage of Portsmouth Cathedral being that there is plenty of space, and plenty of bells to choose from!
Potential students should already be able to handle a bell competently.
Can I please have names (and an email or phone contact number) for those who would like to take part? If you know someone in your tower to whom it would be appropriate to, then please suggest it to them, and pass on my contact details (Email / 07503152223).
Any questions, do let me know!
Many thanks
David
Portsmouth District Ringing Master

A&P Monthly Practice – Sat 22nd Feb at Bentworth from 5.30-7.30pm

Hi all,
The next monthly practice will be on Saturday 22nd February 5.30-7.30pm at Bentworth.
This will be for Doubles Methods, St Simons and St Martins, and Reverse Canterbury and Winchendon Place. If you wish  to ring touch’s then the calls are Plain bob bob’s for St Simon, Martins, and Reverse Canterbury bobs for the other two.
Note that this is not the usual 2nd Saturday, however I hope to get back to the norm in March.
Cheers

 

A&P District – Advanced Practice, Sat 29th February at Alton St. Lawrence – 5.30-7.30pm

There will be an advanced practice at St Lawrence Alton on Saturday 29th February 2020 from 5.30-7.30pm. The aim will be to try and ring Cambridge, Superlative, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Rutland, and perhaps some spliced if we can.
Would you be so kind as to let me know if you are intending to come so I can ask for outside help if we are short.
Cheers

 

Guild Education Course – Beyond Plain Bob Doubles and Minor – Saturday 25th April: New Alresford area

The Guild Education Committee is putting on a course to help people progress beyond Plain Bob. We will use a series of intermediate methods to teach you essential method ringing skills, which will make learning more advanced methods much easier, and also help you keep right in them and ring them well!

The doubles group(s) will explore methods such as Reverse Canterbury, before moving on to St Simon’s and St Martin’s. We will also explore the world of ‘variations’, where different calls are used in a base method to add variety and interest to your doubles ringing.

The minor group(s) will explore Little Bob, St Clement’s, Single Oxford and Double Oxford. We will also show how these methods can easily be spliced together with Plain Bob.

The minimum requirements are that you can ring touches of Plain Bob inside confidently.

These methods are all on the Ringing World 2020 Blue Pathway. This is a challenge for ringers and bands to extend their method ringing repertoire. Anyone can log on to Bellboard and subscribe to a pathway.

We may not be able to teach you to ring all of the methods in your group in one day, but you will get a good start. Afterwards we intend to follow up students in each District with further opportunities to practice these methods and perhaps score quarter peals in them.

Please apply in good time to secure your place. There is an electronic version of the application form at https://forms.gle/GuSEQngXcNNbEJco8

Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday 3rd April.

Download an Application Form

Download Poster – Beyond Plain Bob Doubles & Minor

Notes for Students and Tower Captains

 

 

 

 

Guild Striking Competitions 2020

The dates and towers for the Guild Striking Competitions 2020 are:

Guild Inter-Tower 6 and 8-bell competitions on the Saturday 16th May at Fawley and Eling.

Guild Inter-District 8-bell competition on Saturday 13 June at St. Lawrence, Alton. This is on the morning of the Guild AGM.

Further information available from these downloads:

Guild Inter-Tower 6-bell competition

Guild Inter-Tower 8-bell competition

Guild Inter-District 8-bell competition

Contact Pete Jordan

Winchester Autumn District Meeting Minutes – Nov 2019

Unconfirmed Minutes of the Autumn District Meeting held on Saturday 9th November 2019 in the Parish Hall, Easton.

1. Chairman’s Welcome. The Chairman, John Croft, opened the meeting at 5.32 p.m., with a welcome to those present, including visitors, and with thanks to the Rector and Wardens for the use of the bells, to Edmund Wratten, Ringing Master, for leading the afternoon’s training in Cambridge Minor and its variants, and to the Easton ringers for laying on a sumptuous ringers’ tea [applause]. Edmund thanked his helpers in the training session.

2. Attendance. The following 20 members of the District (representing eight bands, with three members unattached), and one guest signed the attendance register: Judy Bishop, Sara Janssen and Lyn Russell (all of Easton), Christine Hill and Tessa and Tony Smith (all of Hursley), Sue Spurling (King’s Somborne), Carol Higgins (Lockerley and East Tytherley), Roger Booth and Elizabeth Johnson (both of New Alresford), Rodney Skinner (Ropley), Jenny Watson (Sparsholt), John Colliss, Charlie Curtis, Mary Edelsten, Christine Govier and Bruce Purvis (all of Winchester Cathedral), John and Joyce Croft, and Trisha Shannon (all unattached), and Charlotte Colliss (Swanmore – guest); also present was Edmund Wratten (unattached).

3. Apologies for absence. Apologies for absence were received from Nick Bucknall, Jen Churchill, Andrew Glover, Andrew Johnson, Christine Knights-Whittome, Brenda and John Palk.
4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting. Adoption of the minutes as a true record of the business of the Spring District Meeting held on 11 May at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Twyford, was proposed by Bruce Purvis, seconded by Jenny Watson and carried on a show of hands.

5. Matters Arising. Minute 10: Romsey Show. In response to an enquiry, Sue Spurling reported that 14 September had been a beautiful day, and the Guild’s stand had been very busy during the morning. Roger Booth added that some 250 people, adults and children, had tried their hand on the Charmborough Ring. Fifteen people had left details to find out more about ringing, including three or four for Romsey alone, and some lapsed ringers. All these details had been forwarded to active bands, and if they needed support, Martin Daniels had agreed to arrange helpers. The organisers felt that with better organisation, more names could have been gathered – perhaps as many as fifty or sixty. There was a strong sense that the exercise was definitely worth repeating. Roger added that the Ring had been booked for Stockbridge’s “Trout’n’about” festival of food and crafts, on 2 August next year.

Minute 11: Donation to the W&P Youth Ringers’ Outings. Tony Smith reported that he had written to Sallie Ingram, the outings’ organiser, to learn who should receive the grant voted by the Spring District Meeting, and he had yet to hear from her. The meeting mandated Tony to contact Sallie again.

Minute 12: Ringing World National Youth Competition. No young member of the District had been chosen for the Guild’s team for the RWNYC, so Martin Daniels’ proposal, agreed by the Spring meeting, lapsed.

Minute 15 [incorrectly numbered 14]: AOB: Northington. Elizabeth Johnson reported that a first quarter had been scored on the new ring, on 20 May, featuring members of the Candover Valley Ringers, and Jill Parr, formerly captain of the band; also that the bells had been dedicated by the Bishop of Basingstoke at a service on 6 October. A first peal attempt had been lost when a rope had slipped wheel.

6. Loss of members through death. The death of Derek Yates of East Meon and New Alresford, on 20 September, was noted with sadness. A prominent ringer, he continued his ringing career on handbells after a stroke prevented him from climbing stairs. His funeral was widely attended, and Terry Collins’ eulogy had been published as an obituary in the Ringing World. Also, the death of John Denham on 21 July was noted with sadness: John had been a longstanding and loyal member of the Sunday service band at Twyford St Mary the Virgin. After a short period of silence, the Chairman recited the words of the Requiem.

7. Confirmation of belfry elections.

Compounding members:

William P Carew of Kingsteignton on 28 September 2019 prior to a peal at
Wimborne Minster proposed by Barry Fry, seconded by John Croft.

Probationary members:

Jesse Birks-Kent and Bethany Lunn of Winchester Cathedral on 19 June 2019
proposed by Mike Hopkins Till, seconded by Bruce Purvis.

Christine Wilson, unattached, on 19 June 2019 proposed by Mike Hopkins Till,
seconded by Bruce Purvis.

Evangelia Karletsou of Winchester Cathedral on 25 September 2019 proposed by
Bruce Purvis, seconded by Nick Bucknall.

Andrew R Nunn of Micheldever on 1 October 2019 proposed by Mary Tiles,
seconded by Juliet Pattison.

8. Election of new ringing members.

Marion Daniell and Christine Govier of Winchester Cathedral proposed by Nick
Bucknall, seconded by Bruce Purvis.

Bethany Lunn of Winchester Cathedral proposed by Mike Hopkins Till, seconded
by Bruce Purvis.

Trisha Shannon, unattached, proposed by Edmund Wratten, seconded by Mary
Edelsten.

9. Future Events. The Secretary referred briefly to the few events remaining of the programme up to the next Annual Meeting, at Hursley next February. These included District Practices at Old Alresford on Monday next, 11 November, and at Broughton and Kings Worthy, also the Carol Service at Broughton, still subject to confirmation. An additional training session – added since the Agenda had been published – was a training evening in raising and lowering at Sparsholt, this coming Friday, 14 November, starting at 7.00 p.m. Suggestions and proposals for the new programme included District Practices at King’s Somborne, Kings Worthy, Micheldever, Easton and Wonston. Roger Booth observed that District Practices – certainly those he had attended – were thinly attended, and he urged the Committee to consider his suggestions, circulated earlier, to improve attendance rates. More specifically, Elizabeth Johnson suggested that for District Practices at Old Alresford, we contact her or Rodney Skinner – who ran a practice for the Ropley Band-in-exile on the second Thursday of the month – for advice, as there was in effect no band at Old Alresford.

10. Any Other Business. (1) Future District Committee. John Croft, Chairman, gave notice that he would be prepared to stand for re-election next February, but that if elected, he could serve only one more year, as he would by then have served five years, and felt it was time for ‘new blood’, fresh approaches and ideas, etc. Bruce Purvis, Secretary, gave notice to the same effect, as by 2021 he would have served ten years. Tony Smith, Treasurer, added that he was likewise prepared to serve, if elected, through 2020, but would not in the least be offended should anyone else wished to take on the management of the District’s finances.

(2) Training needs. Edmund Wratten entered a plea for input as to training needs across the District, as it was difficult otherwise to be certain that our training programme had a properly broad appeal across the District.

(3) Channel Islands District. Rodney Skinner advised the meeting that the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission had recommended that transfer of the Channel Islands’ Deanery to the Diocese of Salisbury. This could mean that the Channel Islands’ District could seek affiliation to the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. It was understood, however, that the decision would be up to the District.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 6.03 p.m.

Isle of Wight District ADM – Sat 15th Feb 2020 – All Saints, Ryde

The Isle of Wight District ADM will be on Saturday Feb 15, 2020.

Your chance to find out what is planned for the year and to meet your fellow ringers.

It is being held at All Saints Ryde.

  • 3 pm ringing for all
  • 4.30 Service in church
  • 5.15 ADM in the Church Hall, followed by tea, and more ringing at the discretion of the Tower Captain.

Micheldever bells ring out for Christmas Day!

Micheldever only has a small band, but were able to ring on Christmas morning when, for many years, the Micheldever bells have been silent on Christmas Day due to lack of ringers.

The band  included the Winchester District Chairman, John Croft, who lives nearby, and two relative newcomers, Milena Nunn and her son Tomas.

The Micheldever band, in particular Mary Tiles for her tireless efforts, deserve to be congratulated for their achievement.

Link to video

Ropley ringers need your help please!

As you will know Ropley has no church and no bells at the moment, but we do have a band of ringers. We practice on the second Thursday of the month at Old Alresford in the winter and Bishops Sutton in the summer. We do have a problem, half the band are ill. Two are needing an operation in the near future which will put them out of ringing for some time, another is getting over an illness which put them in hospital before Christmas and they are still weak and a fourth has a sick husband. I do not want to stop practices but with only three ringers it may happen. I am asking if you could give an evening a month to help? If there is no response then practices will stop, meaning it will be very difficult to start again. Please contact me if you can help.

Rodney Skinner

Peals at Winchester Cathedral in 2020

Applications are invited for peal attempts at Winchester Cathedral on Mondays 13 April (Easter Bank Holiday), 25th May (Spring Bank Holiday) and 31st August (Summer Bank Holiday) 2020.

The draw for these dates will be held on Wednesday 12th February, and the deadline for applications is 12 noon on that day.

Further details from Steve Lamb, Tower Secretary, tel. 07508 008864 or email.

 

Basingstoke District Practice at Eversley – 15th February 2020 – 11am – 12:30pm

The next Basingstoke District practice will take place at Eversley (6 bells, 5cwt tenor) on Saturday 15th February 2020 from 11am until 12:30pm.

As always all levels and abilities will be catered for and rounds, call changes, Plain Bob and Grandsire will be rung and a brief meeting for the election of any new members will be held.

Ring out for Peace – Friday 8th May 2020

Announcement from CCCBR – Ring out for Peace on 8th May 2020

https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/01/10/ring-out-for-peace/

During the Second World War, the Bells of Britain were silenced, only to be used to give warning of air raids or invasion. During air raids, many churches suffered damage from bombs and incendiaries, including such iconic churches as Coventry Cathedral, St Clement Danes and St Mary le Bow pictured in London, along with many others, saw their bells destroyed through indiscriminate enemy action.

On 8th May 1945, the news the nation had been waiting for arrived. The War in Europe was over. Six years of bloodshed that had killed millions of our armed forces and civilians had finally come to a close.

Bells across the country pealed, tugs on the Thames sounded their horns and planes victory rolled overhead. A sea of red, white and blue erupted as men, women and children rejoiced.

At 7pm on 8th May 2020, bells are invited to ring across the nation again in celebration of 75 years of peace, along with paying tribute to the millions that either died or returned home wounded during or after the war in Europe ended, along with remembering those civilians at home that went through so much while loved ones fought and died overseas, and those still in conflict with the Japanese until VJ Day on 15th August 1945.

The aim is to involve as many bells as possible to mark this important anniversary. To register go to the RINGING OUT FOR PEACE page of the VE Day 75 website – www.veday75.org – and register your involvement as soon as possible.  All those taking part will be able to print a copy of the General Certificate of Grateful Recognition as a reminder of their involvement in VE Day 75.

The Central Council encourages all ringers to respond as they see fit, taking into account the wide variety of local circumstances. Ringing open at 7pm (local time wherever you are in the world) is the ideal and recommended option, but any time that afternoon / evening, and indeed throughout the weekend of events planned, is also supported.  Bellboard has an Event link – https://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/event.php?id=11043 – for you to record your ringing on the day so that it can be collated for print in The Ringing World.

Vicki Chapman
CCCBR Public Relations Officer