Saturday, 30 April 2011

Durham church bells peal for first time since 1929
BBC News
In 2009 the bells were taken to one of only two bell foundries left in England - Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London - to be cleaned and retuned. ...

Friday, 29 April 2011

Norwich man to ring royal wedding bells at Westminster
BBC News
"As soon as the wedding finishes and the bride and groom are approaching the main door we'll start ringing the bells again." With the world's attention focused on the grand ceremony, the bell ringers will have to make 5000 different changes in a ...
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Religion briefs: St. Mark's to host bell ringing festival
Shreveport Times
Alan Hughes, CEO of Whitechapel Bell Foundry, the oldest manufacturing company in England, and the foundry that cast St. Mark's bells, will teach a festival ...

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Royal wedding: Norwich man to ring the bells at Westminster Abbey
Norwich Evening News
He rings the bells twice each Sunday at St Peter Mancroft, near Millennium Plain and also takes part inbell ringing practice each Monday. He has been part of the Westminster Abbey Company of Ringers for around 18 years and has taken part in special ...
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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Where have all the Birmingham bell ringers gone?
Birmingham Mail
“People don't have to be particularly fit – they just have to possess the strength to pull the bell ropes. “Young people have many distractions nowadays but ringing is fantastic fun,” he added. Mr Linford claimed bell ringers in Birmingham were among ...
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Sunday, 24 April 2011

Truro Cathedral bell ringing postponed
BBC News
The foundry in Loughborough where they were cast is having to change some of the parts and the cathedral hopes they will be in the bell tower in the next few weeks. Two bells are being added to the cathedral's already impressive ring to make Cornwall's ...
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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Prince William and Kate Middleton Royal Wedding: Full peal of bells to mark day
Mr Hilling was one of the Abbey bell ringers when the Duke and Duchess of York married there in 1986, and tolled the tenor bell during the 1997 funeral for the Princess of Wales - something he described as "quite emotive and quite difficult". ...
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Eynsford bell ringer to sound the Westminster Abbey chimes at royal wedding
Mr Hilling first started ringing bells when he was 13, having been a church chorister, and is now tower captain at St Martin's Church in Eynsford and St Peter and St Paul's Church in Farningham. He added: "Bell-ringing is a wonderful hobby for the ...
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Royal wedding: full peal of bells at Westminster Abbey to mark end ...
Of the 10 bells, eight were cast in 1971 at east London's Whitechapel Bell Foundry and two were kept from an old set dating from the Elizabethan period.
Stone church six bells ring for first time in 373 years
BBC News
For 20 years six bells with an interesting past had been in storage at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London waiting for a suitable church. ...

Thursday, 14 April 2011

St Botolph's Bells will ring out over Northfleet once more.
Gravesend Reporter
Bell-ringing stopped when the safety of the tower was called into question in 2009, leading to renovation work. The team required electric hoists to place the bells, weighing up to 720 kilograms, back in the tower, which has now been declared safe. ...
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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

St Mary's Church awarded £18k grant for bell project
The Surrey Herald
ST MARY'S Church Bell Restoration Project has been an awarded an £18000 grant from ... a project to keep their church bells ringing for generations to come. ...

Friday, 8 April 2011

Historic Dorset church bells need restoration funds
BBC News
The bells of a Grade I listed church in Dorset may have to stop ringing unless restoration funding is found, its warden has said. The work to replace the unstable framework of five bells at St Giles Church in Chideock, and to add a sixth bell, ...
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Thursday, 7 April 2011

Appeal for bells to ring again going like clappers

Yorkshire Post
Where once they heralded Sunday services, weddings and funerals in the parish and sounded a unique musical backdrop to village life in Tong in Bradford, the 18th century bells fell silent in the 1960s.

But thanks to a grant, which should fund the final leg of a restoration project spanning several years, it is hoped the bells will again be ringing out in time for Christmas this year.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
BBC News
The Thames flotilla being organised as part of the Jubilee celebrations next year "will be made up of five sections each separated by a "herald barge", the first of which will be a floating belfry of eight new bells cast by the Whitechapel Bell foundry in east London and commissioned by the 17th Century City Church of St James Garlickhythe."

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Kate Middletons village plans party
Meanwhile the local reverend, Julian Gadsby, is planning a full peal of bell ringing, which will last about three hours and is called Bucklebury Delight. ...
Queen's 1000-strong Thames flotilla will be most lavish since ...
Evening Standard
... be a floating belfry of eight new bells cast by the Whitechapel Bell foundry and commissioned by the 17th century City Church of St James Garlickhythe. ...
Queen to lead huge Thames Flotilla for Diamond celebrations
... belfry of eight new bells cast by the Whitechapel Bell foundry in east London and commissioned by the 17th century City Church of St James Garlickhythe. ...
Thames pageant to celebrate Queen's Diamond Jubilee
London SE1
... of which will be a floating belfry of eight new bells cast by the Whitechapel Bell foundry and commissioned by the church of St James Garlickhythe. ...

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

IT IS highly addictive – an activity in which people from all walks of life ...
This is Total Essex
St Peter's Guild of Church Bell Ringers in South Weald were more than happy to show the Gazette the ropes. Tower captain Beth Johnson first began with friends in Romford at the age of 13 and has beenringing ever since. The 57-year-old from London Road ...
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Monday, 4 April 2011

Celebrate the royal wedding in Alvechurch
Bromsgrove Advertiser
The party is being organised by the St. Laurence Bell Ringers, who are themselves celebrating the 300th anniversary of the bells being hung in 1711. All proceeds go to the bell fund, to get them restored. A spokesman said: “If you haven't received your ...
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Sunday, 3 April 2011

BBC News
"Hawkear" a new technical aid for judges in bell ringing competitions... It's not surprising that the judges might lose focus during the three and a half hour competition. That's where hawkear comes in....
Ding dong! The church bells are coming back to Tong!
Bradford Telegraph and Argus
New bell wheels, pulleys and other fittings will be made before the bells are returned to the church from a bell foundry. For the full story, ...

Friday, 1 April 2011

Bells ring out across Sussex for South Downs National Park
Sussex Express
BELLS will ring out across Sussex to celebrate the first official day of the South Downs National Park today (Friday April 1). The bell ringing team from St Leonard's Church in Seaford is just one of the many teams marking the occasion from East to ...
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