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Longstock’s Re-enactment of WW1 photo scene – 18th and 19th August

Hi all,

This video is also now available on our website here (for those who do not have social media who might like to see it):

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Jamie Singleton


 Big Ideas

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Report from the Ringing Remembers Event at Longstock on Sunday 19th August 2018

Please take the time to read the report by the Big Ideas team following the terrific event hosted by the band of St. Mary’s Church, Longstock on Sunday 19th August.

From my perspective as it was an exciting couple of hours watching Bryony Leyland and the camera operator interview and film for South Today. All those placed in front of the camera did a brilliant job telling their stories and it was a real pleasure hearing them. Sadly so much of it wasn’t aired, and what was broadcast that Sunday night is now no longer available to view. Unfortunately, due to licencing restrictions on the famous old photograph of the Longstock Ringers and Reverend Routh, the BBC could only make the clip available for 24hours.

Particular thanks go to Mary Saunders, Longstock Captain and ringer for over seven decades, the Routh family, the band who worked to make all feel welcome with tea, cake and pizza, and of course BBC South and Hampshire Chronicle and Daily Echo. delivers community and education projects and is promoting Ringing Remembers at many levels. It was great to meet some of the team who travelled down from London for the event.

Please do read their report for the full story which can be found here

Gary Marsh, Wonston Tower and Guild Comms Team Member


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Ringing Remembers Event – Longstock – Sunday 19th August – 2.00-4.00pm

Ringing Remembers is a national campaign to recruit new bell ringers in memory of the 1,400 ringers who died in World War One. All new ringers will ring together on Armistice Day this year as part of the national commemorations to mark the centenary since the end of the war.
Longstock is a village in Hampshire. It had a population of 413 in 1911, 212 men and 201 women. St Mary’s Longstock has 5 bells. The oldest, the tenor, was cast in 1593.
75 of the village’s men served in WW1, including bell ringers
The following photo shows “THE WOMEN’S WORK IN SERVICES, 1914-1918.




Girls of Longstock village in Hampshire replacing the male bell ringers who joined the armed forces. They are assisting the local vicar in ringing the bells.”




Female bell ringers in the village church of Longstock in Hampshire.

© IWM (Q 109790)

Ringing was largely closed to women before the war, and their involvement was one of many steps towards the parity we see today.
We have located the descendants of the Vicar in the photo; his great-grandson, great-granddaughter, and two great-great-granddaughters. They are all ringers today.
They will be involved in a ringing event to commemorate this historical moment; for both the ringers at Longstock, and more broadly for women taking part in ringing across the country during WW1. This will take place on Sunday 19 August at St Mary’s church from 14:00 to 16:00.

New Ringing Remembers learners will also take part in this commemoration. 100 years ago,women took up ringing there because of WW1. 100 years later, new ringing recruits who are learning for the WW1 centenary as part of Ringing Remembers will mark this historical moment. We hope to find the descendants of the women in the photo through this event, and to learn more of the story behind the photo.

Jamie Singleton from Big Ideas said, “It was remarkable that, through Ringing Remembers, we were able to find the descendants of the ringers taking part in this historical moment at Longstock. This event will be a special way to remember what happened there and help us to look forward to the Armistice Day commemorations for the WW1 centenary.”
Longstock is a tower in The Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. The Guild has 200 towers and is always looking to find new ringers to help them sound out all the bells. So far, nearly 60 recruits have come to them through Ringing
Remembers. The Longstock Bell Ringers will be in the church on Saturday 18 August from 2.30pm to welcome anyone who would like to try Bell Ringing.

Ringing Remembers is led by Big Ideas and the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and supported by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Contact Chris Reynell

Telephone Number is: 01264 810569
Address: Windover Farm, Longstock, Stockbridge, SO20 6DJ
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