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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