Saturday, 31 December 2011

Jane Fogarty and Leslie Taylor preparing for the Christ Church Cathedral ...
Irish Independent
"In the belfry, as we strike midnight we can hear people cheering outside," said ringing master Leslie Taylor. "We don't know how long the bell ringing has been taking place but it has been going on for at least a 100 years," Mr Taylor said. ...
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After 117 years bell ringers swing into action
Western Advocate
BY JO JOHNSON FOR the first time in more than a century, the bells of All Saints' Cathedral will be rung to herald the New Year. The Society of Bathurst Bell Ringers will ascend the tower tonight to ring the New Year's rounds from 11.50pm. ...
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Lincoln Cathedral bell Great Tom repaired for new year
BBC News
Cathedral staff were worried the bell would not be ready for New Year's Eve, but a new spring has now been made and fitted by a specialist firm. Bell ringers will be ringing out the old year from 23:00 GMT. The Dean's Verger John Campbell said: "They ...
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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Volunteers help save tradition for whom bell tolls
Irish Independent
However, a shortage of volunteers to ring the bells in churches has been answered by young and old. Earlier this year, the bell ringers of Limerick city's two biggest churches appealed for more people to come forward to help them. ...
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Chardstock church prepares to ring in the New Year
Chard & Ilminster News
The group has enjoyed increased interest this year, following an exhibition in July, which showed the history of bell ringing in the village. Tower captain Derrick Goff said: “We have had some recruits but not as many as we'd like – so we're looking ...
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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Bell ringers needed for ambitious jubilee celebration
Isle of Wight County Press
One man who has already pledged to take part is Isle of Wight Council chairman Cllr David Williams — also the chairman of the Island's diamond jubilee organising committee — who joined bell ringers at Newport Minster for a practice session. ...
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BBC News
Bells at a Hampshire church will peal for the first time in more than 30 years following their restoration. The bells at St Peter's Church, West Tytherley, include one from 1260, believed to be one of the oldest church bells in the world.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Bells fall silent in village at New Year
Northampton Chronicle & Echo
PARISHIONERS in Harlestone and surrounding villages are up in arms at the breaking of a bell-ringing tradition. For 12 years St Andrew's Church in Harlestone has hosted an open house event on New Year's Day, when villagers and bell ringers from across ...
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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Prince Charles backs Norfolk church bells appeal
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
There would originally have been three bells in the tower, all from the Norwich foundry.” The two surviving bells are the first and third members of a ring ...

Thursday, 22 December 2011

World's oldest bell to sound again
Salisbury Journal
“The community has been united in a desire to be able to ring the oldest bell in the world and for the unique nature of West Tytherley to be recognised.” Villagers have formed a bell ringing group and six adults and one teenager are learning the art ...
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The Science of Mysteries: For Whom the Bells Toll
Scientific American
There are still 12 bells, cast at the famed Whitechapel bell foundry in 1956, after the church and bell tower were refurbished. ...

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Thatcham bell-ringers join record books
Newbury Weekly News Group
By Tanya Haji, Reporter THE bell-ringers at St Mary's Church, Thatcham have been entered into the record books by ringing a full peal of bells for the 1000th time. The team at the Church Gate church took on the challenge on Friday evening (16) by ...
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Special honour for bell ringer
Oxford Mail
Mr Hester, who was brought up in the town, started bell ringing after he was confirmed at the church and quickly became “fascinated” by it. He rose to become the church's tower captain and, in the past five decades, has rung in more than 1300 churches ...
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Friday, 16 December 2011

Festive dong-dong erupts in village after vicar sacks his bell ringers just ...
Daily Mail
By Graham Smith The bell ringers, who have more than 200 years' experience between them, were informed - by letter - that their services are no longer required at St James' Church in the Warwickshire village of Alveston. Rev Canon Richard Williams, ...
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Thatcham bell ringers ring 1000th peal in St Mary's
BBC News
Bell ringers are to ring out the full peal of bells of a Berkshire church for the 1000th time. The ringers are due to reach the milestone later at St Mary's Church, in Thatcham. St Mary's has 10 bells, ranging in weight from 280lb to 1479lb, ...
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Silent Christmas fear on bell damage
Lynn News
“The Whitechapel Bell Foundry have been contacted and are making arrangements to visit the church and see if it's possible to remedy the situation. ...

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Technology is ringing changes at churches
Worcester News
LEDBURY is becoming a centre for bell-ringing excellence by training beginners to a high standard without them sounding one actual note – and it's all down to computer technology and human ingenuity. Churches in the local area, including Ledbury and ...
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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Lichfield students learn the art of bell ringing
Lichfield Live
Miss Wooding, the school's Head of RE, who organised the activity said: “ St Chad's is very close to the school and so we were really pleased to be able to work with the bell ringers from the church. “The students have returned to school full of ...
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It's still ding dong merrily down the years for John, 88
Cambridge News
SECOND HOME: The church in Meldreth where John got the bell-ringing bug. “Two old chaps from Melbourn showed me the ropes,” he says When John Gipson first rang a church bell at the age of 14 he had no idea he would still be sending out peals more than...
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Still Ringing After All These Years: A Short History of Bells
Radio Times
learns how bells are made at Whitechapel Foundry (the country's oldest manufacturing facility), and explains why Big Ben's bong is flat. God bless BBC4. ...

Friday, 9 December 2011

Bells Ring Out in Little Paxton
The work has been carried out by builders Bakers of Danbury, bell hangers John Taylor of Loughborough and clock restorers Smiths of Derby. A team of ringers has been formed in Little Paxton led by Debbie Ellis and they have been training at ...
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Thursday, 8 December 2011

BBC4 9pm on Wednesday 7th December 2011
Charles Hazlewood devises and performs a unique musical experiment using three separate church towers and 30 handbell ringers gathered from across the eastern counties.
Bill, 93, shows youngsters how to ring out the changes
Hunts Post
FOUR of Graveley's newest bell-ringing recruits are still in their teens, but they proved to be old hands at producing a good ding-dong. To send a link to this page to a friend, simply enter their email address below. The message will include the name ...
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English bell ringers visit Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta
The Augusta Chronicle
Members of the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths ring the bells at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta. They are all change ringers, a term used for a style of English bell ringing that produces no melody, but a series of precise mathematical ...
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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Church bells to ring over neighborhood
The Augusta Chronicle
By Kelly Jasper The bells of Church of the Good Shepherd will ring out over Summerville for hours at a time this week as a group of English bell ringers demonstrate the art of changeringing. Eight people at a time will work to ring the church bells in ...
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Thursday, 1 December 2011

This project should have set alarm bells ringing
Nothing reveals this hollowness more than the recent spat between conceptual artist Martin Creed and official Olympic bell-ringers. At issue are plans to herald the Olympic flame on 27 July 2012 with a cacophony of bells rung, it seems, ...
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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

True artists should not give the Olympic Games their blessing
The Guardian (blog)
We do not believe ringing for three minutes nor ringing as fast as possible is really suitable for churchbell-ringers." Such a position of refusal vis-à-vis Creed's ill-thought-out project is echoed by art world scepticism regarding the value, ...
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Fakenham church bells may not ring at Christmas
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
As large dynamic forces and stress are imposed by the heavy clapper when the bells are rung it is feared that the heavy clapper could break free, causing immense danger and risking the lives of bell ringers. The problem was discovered during a recent ...
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Rotund World
“All of the bells in a city or town rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes,” October 20 and 21, 2006, in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico...
[Not news exactly, but it is interesting that this is not an original idea thought up especially for the 2012 Olympics - ed]

Monday, 28 November 2011

Cornish bell-ringer Viv Williams' 80 years of service
BBC News
Viv Williams, 85, who now lives in Leeds, was presented with a special certificate at a service to rededicate Truro Cathedral's new bells. His bell-ringing highlights include the coronation of King George VI, the Queen's coronation and the Queen ...
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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Bradford Cathedral installs bell simulator to boost ringers
BBC News
A computer-based bell ringing simulator has been installed at Bradford Cathedral to encourage more bell ringers. The cathedral's bells have been ringing out for nearly 170 years. There has been a decline in the number of people volunteering to ring ...
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Friday, 25 November 2011

For Christchurch Bellringers Sydney Churches Offer a Chance to ...
Over a long weekend, the 12 bellringers from earthquake-devastated Christchurch were able to practice, train and ring the bells at the seven churches, including ...

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Appeal sounds for bellringers
Yorkshire Post
An open afternoon is being held to encourage new members to join a church's bellringing team. Bellringers are in short supply and All Saints' Church, Hessle is inviting people to come along on Saturday, between 1pm and 4pm. Barry Baxter, who with wife ...
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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

CHIDEOCK: Chideock church bells fall silent as overhaul begins
View Online
THE historic bells of Chideock's St Giles Church were waved off by school ... last week before they were taken to Taylor's Bell Foundry in Loughborough. ...

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

'City of Churches' needs bell ringers
There are 43 bells that ring through the “City of Churches.” Problem is, there are only 20 people who ring them. “Every Sunday, we have to do a circuit of all the churches just to get the bells rung,” Matthew Sorrel of Adelaide bell ringers told ABC. ...
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Saturday, 19 November 2011

Ring them bells for Martin Creed
The Guardian
Charlotte Higgins upbraids the Central Council of Bell Ringers (This week's thing of beauty, 16 November) for refusing to participate in Martin Creed's "brilliantly bonkers project", Work No. 1197: All the Bells in a Country Rung as Loudly as Possible ...
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Tower Hamlets city bid gets Parliamentary boost
The Wharf
Mr Dawber also revealed the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, the oldest in the world, has been commissioned to cast a replica of the Liberty Bell for the United ...

Friday, 18 November 2011

Church in poisoning drama was prosecuted three years ago
Kent Online
Vicar of St Botolph's the Rev Lawrence Smith said the tower had been sealed off until the faulty boiler was fixed and bell ringing cancelled until further notice. He said: "We're not sure why that happened. I can't thank the paramedics enough, ...
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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Cathedral bells in Liverpool ring to mark anniversary
Click Liverpool
Published Thu 17 Nov 2011 12:16, Last updated: 2011-11-17 The bells of Liverpool Cathedral are to ring for over four hours to make the 60th anniversary of their opening.Bell ringers will attempt a full peal which is to start between 9:30am and 10am on ...
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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

This week's arts diary
The Guardian (blog)
We think 8am is not the right time for ringing in very many towers … We do not believe ringing for three minutes nor ringing as fast as possible is really suitable for church bell ringers." Hard to imagine a more joyless response to a brilliantly ...
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Made in Britain: The future of manufacturing
Channel 4 News
The Whitechapel Bell Foundry has been in business since 1538. They made the bells for Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. And they still have a full order book. ...
(See 5:05 into the video)

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Retuned bells ring out in city
Oxford Mail
The bells were restored after their musical quality was criticised, compared to other church bells in the city. Tower captain John Pusey, 71, who lives in South Oxford, started bellringing aged 14 and has been part of the team at St Giles since 1976. ...
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Monday, 14 November 2011

Christchurch Cathedral bell ringers find new home to practice art
3News NZ
The Australian and New Zealand Association of Bellringers used to ring the Cathedralbells together every week. Now, some nine months on, the team of 12 have been to Sydney to ring bells for the first time since the quake. This is a big moment for the ...
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Sunday, 13 November 2011

Mitt Romney Vows to Gut Arts Funding, Church Group Opposes Martin Creed's ...
Rather than creating an enchanted atmosphere, as Creed had hoped, the sound of all available bells ringing as quickly as possible for three minutes “made people get a bit stressed,” according to the CEO of the production company in charge of the ...
Why Martin's Olympic idea has plenty of appeal
Belfast Telegraph
But the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers have put the dampener on the idea, which they say is out of kilter with their 'views and practises' and lacks 'knowledge of ringing'. More proof that if you give a group a title and a whiff of authority, ...
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Friday, 11 November 2011

City clock tower opens to public
BBC News
The tower, which sits above the entrance to the town hall, has several bell-ringing and mechanical rooms and is home to the eight tonne hour-striking bell, Great Abel. Mr Amesbury said that it was not just the sights inside that were worth seeing. ...
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2012 has no pull for bell-ringers
BBC News
The UK's bell-ringing body has pulled its support for a work by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed that forms part of London 2012 celebrations. The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers says plans to ring bells ahead of the Games' opening are ...
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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Bell-ringing campaign to launch UK 2012 Olympic arts extravaganza
Bells will ring out across Britain on the morning of July 27 to mark the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, part of a 12-week programme of c...

Monday, 7 November 2011

Christ Church Cathedral bellringers head to Sydney
"The idea of the Sydney trip was for us to be able to ring together again and to catch up on some much-needed training," he says. "Like any sport or pastime, bellringing requires regular practice to ensure good 'striking' (regular and even sound ...
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Town ready for role in Olympic launch celebration
NW Evening Mail
Thousands of bells will be rung for three minutes at 8am on July 27, next year – the first day of Olympic Games. Turner Prize winning artist and musician Martin Creed will lead the bell-ringing. The nation is invited to ring thousands of bells at the ...
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Sunday, 6 November 2011

Martin Creed to Use Every Bell in England to Ring in London 2012 Olympics
Huffington Post (blog)
The London Olympics has also launched All the Bells, a Web site that is probably the first ever social network meant only for bell-ringers. Professional bell-ringers can sign up to help out in a bell tower, while amateurs can sign up to join ringing ...
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Saturday, 5 November 2011

Ding dong over Olympics festival bellringing
Herald Scotland
Plans to mark the opening to the London Olympic Games with a national ringing of bells has run in to opposition … from the nation's bell-ringers. Scottish artist Martin Creed, winner of the Turner Prize in 2001 for his famous 'The lights going on and ...
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Friday, 4 November 2011

London 2012 arts line-up unveiled
BBC News
A mass bell-ringing will be held to mark the launch of the Olympics as part of the London 2012 Festival, a UK-wide programme of cultural events. Masterminded by artist Martin Creed, the three-minute nationwide bell-ringing will start at 0800 on 27 July ...
Exclusive: Church bell-ringers reject Olympic ap-peal
I have been informed that the Central Council of Church-Bell Ringers have told the organisers of the 2012 Olympics that they cannot participate in the national ring-in on the first morning of the Games. Here's their website and, below, their ...
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Ring out the bells for 2012 Cultural Olympiad
Turner Prize winner Martin Creed masterminds mass bell ringing event for 27 July 2012 to mark London's Olympic Games. Juliette Gruss from the Land of Giants project celebrates the launch of the Festival in Northern Ireland with a nod to Martin Creed's ...
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Monday, 31 October 2011

Christchurch to deconsecrate quake-damaged cathedral
The Guardian
The future of Christchurch's most famous landmark hangs in the balance following an announcement that the city's 19th-century cathedral will be deconsecrated and partially demolished.
Fund launched in memory of Norfolk bell-ringer
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
By ADAM GRETTON Sunday, October 30, 2011 A memorial fund has this evening been launched in a bid to create a lasting reminder to a Norfolk bell-ringingambassador, who died two years ago. To send a link to this page to a friend, simply enter their ...
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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Bell-ringing record at Blackburn cathedral
This Is Lancashire
Campanologists who came up with 10000 permutations of St Mary's 10 bells on Saturday.Bell-ringers travelled from across the UK and abroad to attempt the unique feat, under the watchful gaze of no less than three umpires. ...
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Saturday, 29 October 2011

Bell ringing world record attempt at Blackburn Cathedral
Lancashire Telegraph
A WORLD record attempt is taking place this morning by bell ringers at Blackburn Cathedral. The team aims to set a ringing record with a peal of 10000 'changes', lasting up to six and a half hours. Most full peals involve 5000 'changes' or numerical ...
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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Return of church bells finally rings true
Worcester Standard
Church vicar Reverend Stuart said the bells, which have not been heard in St John's for four years, could be ringing again within two weeks time. "There's almost a sense of disbelief if I'm honest," said Rev Stuart. "It feels like it has been so long ...
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Abbots Langley Bell Tower ringers seek volunteers
Watford Observer
By Amie Mulderrig » Campanologists in Abbots Langley claim the art of bell ringing could die out, following a poor response to a recruitment drive held in the village. Members of Abbots Langley Bell Tower ringers held at an open day at St Lawrence ...
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Abbots Langley Bell Tower ringers seek volunteers
Watford Observer
By Amie Mulderrig » Campanologists in Abbots Langley claim the art of bell ringing could die out, following a poor response to a recruitment drive held in the village. Members of Abbots Langley Bell Tower ringers held at an open day at St Lawrence ...
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Monday, 24 October 2011

Leiston: Bell ringers recreate brothers' finest hour
East Anglian Daily Times
Bell ringing celebrations in Leiston on Saturday at St Margaret's Church marking the 100th anniversary if the Bailey brothers three hour peel. From left: Conductor Richard Munnings, Diana Pipe, Tom Scase, Mike Whitby, Alex Tatlow, Adrian Knights, ...
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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Bell a loss after going through the ringer
Perth Now
"Even today, the Bell Tower is the world's largest musical instrument and attracts around 62000 visitors a year.'' Ms Fulker added that the tower was rated as one of the best bell ringing facilities in the world. * The Bell Tower will remain open til ...
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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Biddenham church calls for more bellringers
BBC News
Bellringers at a Bedfordshire church have organised a recruitment drive to stop the tradition from dying out in the village. St James Church in Biddenham ...
Plea for more parish bellringers
BBC News
"We should have enough to ring at least half a dozen of the bells then," he said. St James has eight bells, with six dating from 1787 and two from 1986. They are rung before Sunday services and at weddings by the bell ringing team, which currently ...
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Monday, 17 October 2011

Kingston church aims for gold with Olympic bell-ringing song
Surrey Comet
The All Saints bell-ringers will be the first performers of songs for The New Music 20x12 – 20 new pieces of music each lasting 12 minutes. Kate Flavell, president of the Central Council of ChurchBell-Ringers and member of the All Saints team, ...
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Friday, 14 October 2011

Frank White
Alfred had become interested in bells in 1818 when he learned the art of campanology after the three bells at nearby Appleton Church were recast into a Ring of Six by Thomas Mears. He began work on rehanging bells, constructing oak bell frames in the...
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St Lawrence Church, Abbots Langley, is seeking bell ringers
Watford Observer
By Amie Mulderrig » On Saturday, October 15, villagers are invited to try their hand at ringing bells at St Lawrence Church in the High Street. David Harris, who has helped organise the session, said: “Bell ringing is a dying art in villages. ...
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Bell-ringing to open Cultural Olympiad year
BBC News
a collaboration between sports men and women and a string quartet - will premiere in March A new church bell-ringing composition will bring in the new year as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Howard Skempton's Five Rings Triples will premiere at the All ...
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