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 ...
Slipped Disc
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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