Monday, 31 December 2012

Successful full peal to mark occasion lasted three hours with 5040 changes
Bradford Telegraph and Argus
By Jo Winrow, City Hall Reporter. The bell ringers of St Oswald's Church in Guiseley, Jeffrey Cooper, Jane Lynch, Catherine Oram, Lorraine Trebble, Barrie Dove, Neil Murray, Chris Bostock and Alan Trebble. The bell ringers of St Oswald's Church in ...
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Beccles bells ring out again after work is completed
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
It was decided that the bell would be recast rather than repaired, and was sent to Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, where all of the work was completed.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Meet the family roped in by the pull of bell ringing
This is Cornwall
We all have to-do lists as long as our arms over the festive season but as well as the usual merry-go-round of cooking, celebrating and present-wrapping, Sarah Peck will also have to find time to fit in a few bell-ringing sessions. She won't be doing ...
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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Ding dong merrily as the art of bell ringing makes a comeback
STV Local
The next time you step up to ring a doorbell, stop and think about what a marvellous little piece of history is about to be pushed under your finger. In medieval times, small forged bells would be baptized and hung in doorways to protect homes from the ...
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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Bell toll rings in new training technology
ABC Online
Updated December 26, 2012 08:57:00. Christmas is a particularly demanding time for the Adelaide Bellringers, who have fewer than half the members needed to keep up with bellringing demands in the city of churches. To encourage new members they've ...

Friday, 21 December 2012

Old North Church to Ring Her Historic Bells in Memory of Those Who Died in ...
Old North Church in Boston will join with churches around the country and ringtheir bells at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 21 in memory of those who died last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy called forbells to ring ...
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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Abandoned Imber church to ring bells on Christmas Day
BBC News
Church bells in a deserted Wiltshire village will ring on Christmas Day for the first time in more than 70 years. The Army took over Imber on Salisbury Plain during World War II to use the area for training. Local residents were made to move out and ...
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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Bells will be ringing out to mark a milestone
Chesham Examiner
A CHURCH has been ringing the same bells for 200 years and, to celebrate, bell ringers will be getting together at the weekend to take part in a rare peal to mark the occasion. The bells at St Mary's Church, in Church Street, Chesham, turned 200 years...
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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Refurbished church bells set to get a ringing endorsement
Bundaberg News Mail
"The restoration work was carried out at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London where they were originally manufactured for Edgar Aldridge.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Refurbished church bells set to get a ringing endorsement
Fraser Coast Chronicle
St Paul's Church Bells Appeal Committee publicity officer Ian Miles said the restoration process cost more than $100,000. Valerie Horton. ST PAUL'S Church bells will be ringing in tune across Maryborough later this week when the newly restored bells ...

Friday, 7 December 2012

Bells of Limerick: Campanologists to perform in city
Limerick Leader
Every Monday night the bell ringers from the Redemptorists meet their Church of Ireland compatriots at St Mary's Cathedral for practice. Then they meet up again on Sunday and help each other out at 11.15am and 12 o clock in the two different churches...
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Thursday, 6 December 2012

One bell of a workout: Could bell-ringing fitness classes help you get in shape?
The new scheme has been organised by The Churches Conservation Trust, YMCAfit, and The Ringing Foundation to encourage bell-ringing groups across England to welcome new ringers by starting up classes. The aim is to help people get in better shape, ...
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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Adelaide home to most high-tech bellringing centre in the world
The Adelaide Ringing Centre allows bell-ringers to practise and teach without using the cathedral's "real" bells. The $30,000 project connects eight "dumb" bells large weighted timber and steel wheels to computer software, speakers and headphones, ...
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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Wylam church bell-ringing appeal proves successful
Journal Live
The last of the ringers were all aged between 60 and 83 and absence or illness meant alarm bellsrather than church bells would have been sounding. But three weeks after The Journal revealed that tradition was on the ropes in the lead-up to Christmas, ...
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Sunday, 2 December 2012

Tower captain leaves £120000 bellringing legacy
Diss Express
Albert Driver died in 2010 aged 95, and left money in his will to St Mary's Church in Redgrave to safeguard the future of bellringing in the village. After discovering the bequest, the Redgrave Church Heritage Trust sought planning consent to allow a ...
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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Bell ringer Albert Driver's £120000 legacy
BBC News
A man who rang the bells of a Suffolk church for more than 80 years has left £120,000 in his will to help them continue to ring. Albert Driver, who was 95 when he died in 2010, left the money to St Mary's Church in Redgrave near Diss. It will be used ...
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Monday, 26 November 2012

Time takes its toll on church bells
NW Evening Mail
However, the church's bell ringers are now looking forward to hearing them peal again. Mr Pollock said the PCC was appealing for support to get the bells, “that are the only ones in Barrow hung in that fashion” back operational. The tower of the Grade ...
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Eye: Bell ringer leaves £120000 in will

East Anglian Daily Times-10 hours ago
A DEDICATED bell ringer whose chimes were heard for 80 years has left £120,000 in his will to ensure his legacy is felt for years top come.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Bell-ringing ideal for toning up (From The Argus)
Forget running, rowing or cycling, a group of Brighton woman have discovered a new way to keep fit – by bell-ringing at their local church.

Friday, 23 November 2012

At this time of year news of church bellringing is drowned out by hundreds of "news" articles about Salvation Army volunteers ringing bells and collecting money in red kettles. This particular article is far more interesting than most!

Salvation Army Bell Driving Woman Mad
ABC News
By her calculation, she has been exposed to 1,400 hours of bell-ringing. "My customers complain about it," she tells ABC News. "They ask me how I possibly can stand it." In fact, she cannot. She has to wear ear plugs in the store to keep her sanity ...
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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Church in search of bell ringers

ITV News-7 hours ago
More than a century of village history could end at a church in Wylam if younger bell-ringers cannot be found. After 126 years of unbroken ...

Saturday, 10 November 2012

And here's the Huffington Post with a ridiculously overblown article cobbled together from reports in the real press. You'd think that 5 days after the event they would have had the time to get the facts straight. But no...

Helen Springthorpe, Bell Ringer, Nearly Dies While In Church Belfry (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post
Springthorpe, 58, a bell ringer at St Nicholas Church, in Bathampton, U.K., had to be rescued by firefighters after becoming tangled up and trapped 20 feet above the belfry floor during a practice session earlier this week, HuffPost UK reported ...
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Try bell ringing
This is Somerset
People who would like to try bell ringing and live in or around the parish of East and West Harptree are invited to Martin Sperring a call on 01761 221824. He would be pleased to hear from you. 0. 0. Digg · Reddit · Delicious · StumbleUpon · Tweet this ...
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Bell-ringer knocked out
Church Times
A NOVICE bell-ringer sparked a full-scale rescue when she was knocked unconscious after getting caught up in her rope and hauled off her feet. Rescue services took almost an hour to bring Helen Springthorpe to safety from the first-floor gallery in the ...
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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Christmas morning bells will not ring at Baldock church
Comet 24
The traditional ringing of six bells for the 8am service on Christmas Day at St Mary's the Virgin Church in Baldock will cease following a complaint made to North Herts District Council (NHDC). Revered Andrew Holford will ring a single bell at 8am for ...
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Cathedral bells ring out across the world
Worcester News
THE BELLS at Worcester Cathedral were heard on the other side of the world during a special service on Sunday. Bellringers from the city appeared via video link at Adelaide Cathedral, South Australia, during a dedication service to open its bellringing ...
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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

I was just a bit unlucky, says Bath woman caught up in freak bell-ringing accident
This is Bath
A woman knocked unconscious in a freak bell-ringing accident has said she was “just a bit unlucky” after her belfry ordeal. Helen Springthorpe, 58, only began ringing three months ago and admitted said she couldn't remember too much of her ordeal. ...
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Bath bell-ringer gets tangled in rope
ITV News
bell-ringer in Bath has been injured after she became tangled in the ropes. Helen Springthorpe had only been bell-ringing for six months. She was pulled up into belfry and was injured when she fell to the floor. Photo of Church in Bath Credit: ITV ...
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Novice bell-ringer, 58, in dramatic church tower rescue after becoming tangled ...
Daily Mail
Helen Springthorpe, 58, collapsed on to the bell-ringing gallery floor perched at the top of a steep and narrow spiral staircase in the church near Bath, Somerset. A team of 19 firefighters - including officers specially trained to rescue stranded rock ...
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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Bell-ringer saved after rope mishap
MK News
"A section of the bell-ringing gallery floor was lifted up and the woman was then safely lowered about 20ft to the ground, where she was taken into the care of ambulance staff who took her to hospital with a suspected pelvic injury." < Back. Reddit ...
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Rescue drama as woman bellringer entangled in rope in Bathampton Church

This is Bath - ‎8 hours ago‎
A bellringer was caught up in a rescue drama last night after becoming entangled in a rope at a church in Bathampton. Helen Springthorpe, 58, became entangled in the rope and was lifted and thrown around the bell tower at St Nicholas Church - on her first

Bellringer injured after getting ropes drag her up belfry

The Sun - ‎2 hours ago‎
A BELLRINGER was seriously injured after she was entangled in ropes and dragged 20ft up into a belfry. The woman, believed to be in her late 50s, was taking part in her regular bell-ringing practice when she suddenly shot into the air. She was dragged ...

Almighty ding-dong at bell-ringer's tangle - ‎1 hour ago‎
As she recovered at home in Bath tonight, she described herself as “just a bit unlucky” and could recall very little of the incident. "I don't really remember very much about it," said the mother-of-one. "The other bell ringers all had a go because I am new.

Bell-ringer rescued after accident

Irish Independent - ‎45 minutes ago‎
A bell-ringer has spoken of the rescue drama she was caught up in after she knocked herself unconscious in a church belfry. Helen Springthorpe was lifted off the ground by the rope and landed awkwardly at the top of the church's spiral staircase.

Bathampton bell-ringer tangled in rope in belfry
BBC News
A bell-ringer became entangled in ropes and was knocked unconscious at a belfry near Bath.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Ding Tong! Tong village gets its church bells back at last
Bradford Telegraph and Argus
The six bells were removed from the tower at the church last September before being taken to John Taylor's Bell Foundry in Loughborough.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Cathedral bells go to meet their maker
The Southland Times
Earlier this month, the bells were shipped to the John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough, Leicestershire, for repair. Ex-Cantabrian Murray Reynish and his ...

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Shenfield St Mary's Nicola is a new breed of bell ringer
This is Total Essex
BELL ringing is not just the domain of bookish types with a penchant for wearing socks with sandals. Just ask Nicola Stark, a 34-year-old with two small children who wants to open up the mysterious world of campanology to the young, the old, and even ...
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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Bells ring out for Alison
Worcester News
THE SOUND of handbells were ringing out at a Guide meeting to honour a helper who had passed away. Girls from 25th Worcester Guides were taught how to use the instruments by Hallow Handbell Ringers as they worked toward their Bluebell Challenge.
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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Historic bells to ring over Gloucester
This is Gloucestershire
Rudhall of Gloucester was a family business of bell founders which between ... Abraham I started the firm which had its foundry where the Post Office now ...

Friday, 26 October 2012

Village that was Horningsworda
Bury Free Press
So this year's Jubilee made Horringer's bell ringers realise that it was time to look at getting the bells rehung after 60 years. Tower captain Sally Crouch explained: “We've got two cracked ones that will need welding and they tend to wear where the ...
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Christmas Eve bells - a first in 30 years
Weston & Somerset Mercury
The bells will be transported to a bell foundry in London in January and Nicholas Engineering, a company of bell hangers and iron smiths, will refurbish the ...

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Cacophany at Cobweb Castle
This is Kent
She is pretty good at peeling potatoes so is perfect for her newfound hobby of bell-ringing. She tells me it was a childhood dream to yank at ropes but instead of joining the navy she has enrolled in the dark arts of campanology after spotting an ...
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Stone church bells 'going home' to heritage centre
BBC News
The two treble bells, which will no longer be needed, were cast at the Rudhall Bell Foundry in Gloucester. A church spokesman said the bells, ...

Thursday, 18 October 2012

'Surreal' to see cathedral bells being repaired
The Press
REPAIRS BEGIN: Murray and Rhonda Reynish with the bells from the Christ Church Cathedral. The bells are being repaired at the John Taylor Bell Foundry in ...

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Bellringers want to bring in young blood
Oxford Mail
AN enthusiastic group of Oxford bellringers desperately wants young members to continue the tradition that dates back centuries. The bellringers in Iffley meet every Wednesday evening at St Mary the Virgin, where the tower has six bells – the oldest of ...
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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Ringing endorsement for precious bell work
This is Leicestershire
Thirteen bells rescued from the cathedral have been shipped to the John Taylor Bell Foundry, in Loughborough, for damage assessment.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Having the chime of our lives at cathedral
Times & Star
Mrs Boumphrie said bell ringing was an enjoyable pastime but one that also required a good degree of dedication. She said: “If you are going to learn how to ring it is a commitment to the church and to church life.” One member of the group, Maureen ...
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Benefactor helps 'tallest church' to ring changes
Yorkshire Evening Post
Mr Pygott, 46, who started bell ringing aged just four, said: “It'll really put Ossett on the map. “We have added the two new bells to create a lightweight set of 10 bells as we are struggling to get enough people to ring the heavy four bells. But this ...
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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Ringing in the new at Wheathampstead church
Herts Advertiser
The tradition at the church is that towards the end of the service the new Rector should ringone of the bells to represent the number of years he expects to stay in the parish. Richard made a good job of chiming the lightest bell – and the slight ...
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Bells of St Helen's chime out across Sandal for 200 years
Wakefield Express
“We ring the bells during weddings and for Sunday services to remind people that the church is alive and well. “The bells are important to the life of the church and a proclamation of the gospel. “The six bells have different tones, which is unique to ...
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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Get involved in bell ringing with LUSCR
Bell ringing is the art of ringing church bells hung in the English style. A set or 'Peal' of tuned bells are rung by one ringer each, who control the timing of the strikes in mathematical patterns called methods. What sets the English style of bell ...
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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Christ Church Cathedral bells shipped to England
Newstalk ZB
Church bells rescued from the quake-crippled Christ Church Cathedral have been shipped to the Englishfoundry where they were made for specialist ...
Loughborough foundry to repair earthquake-damaged bells
BBC News
They were originally cast at Loughborough's John Taylor Bell Foundry, in 1978. Simon Adams, from the foundry, said there was no option but to send them back ...
Cathedral bells being repaired in UK
Radio New Zealand
A British foundry has begun repairs to ChristChurch Cathedral bells damaged in the February ... They were originally cast at the John Taylor Bell Foundry in ...
Maker tests quake-hit bells
This is Leicestershire
The bells, weighing a total of six tonnes, were taken back to John Taylor Bell Foundry, in Loughborough, where they were made. The bells were rescued from ...

Historic church bells silenced after 140 years when local council receives ...
Daily Mail
A noise abatement order has been issued that bans the 140-year-old Hertfordshire church from ringing the bells between 11pm and 7am - but church leaders say the automated system cannot be set to operate at specific times and will have to be deactivated.
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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Church fund rings up £33k grant for bells' restoration
This is Staffordshire
RESTORATION work can soon start on a set of 300-year-old church bells after a successful bid for a £33,000 lottery grant. Preparations are now being made to dismantle the bells, which have been ringingout from the Church of St. Michael and St. Wulfad, ...
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Archbishop of York rings in sixth bell at All Saints Church in Roos
This is Hull and East Riding
A well-attended service yesterday involved the Archbishop ringing and blessing the newbell. Speaking afterwards, he said: "The bells really are ringing brilliantly. To raise £47,000 in the matter of such a short period in these difficult times is very ...
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Meet the ringers of Holy Trinity's bells
ABC Local
These are the people hard at work inside the bell tower, holding tightly onto their ropes and making the magic happen. It takes a lot of practice, a good ear and a fair bit of strength and coordination to ring the bells. Seasoned bell ringers can do a ...
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Monday, 24 September 2012

Sentamu dedicates new church bell
ITV News
We're delighted that Archbishop Sentamu is coming to visit our bells, and we've been practising our ringing in preparation for his visit. Three of our old bells date back to the 17th century, and the remaining two were cast in 1911. One hundred years ...
Tribute to Olympics by church bellringers
Harborough Mail
The bell ringing team at Husbands Bosworth, combined with two regular bell ringers from Badby and Welford, there to replace two missing members, played tribute to the Olympians, the Paralympians and the creators, organisers and helpers of London 2012.
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Sunday, 23 September 2012

New bells make Wimborne Minster sound more joyful
Bournemouth Echo
They were made at the same foundry, Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, as the bells made for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which was held earlier ...
All Saints Church in Oakham hosts bell ringing competition
Rutland Times
The annual contest ran by the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, which covers Northamptonshire, Rutland and Peterborough, with each of the ten branches taking it in turn to host this annual contest. The competition comprised of six...
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Wimborne Minster tower gets new bells
BBC News
The new bells were cast earlier this year at Whitechapel Foundry in London, on the same day as the bells used for the Diamond Jubilee Rover Thames Pageant ...

Monday, 17 September 2012

Bellringer Alison honoured with Girl Guide badge
Worcester News
FLASHBACK: Worcester bellringer Alison Regan with her three children William, Catherine and Nicola. THE legacy of a Worcester bellringer who died unexpectedly in July will be honoured with a new Girl Guide badge. Mother of three Alison Regan, of St ...

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Bells chime for the Olympics
Bridport and Lyme Regis News
Bell ringers: At St Mary's in Burton Bradstock. BELL ringers in West Dorset joined in the national chimes to herald the start of the Olympics. They included groups at St Mary's in Burton Bradstock and eight members of the Bradpole team at Holy Trinity ...
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Monday, 10 September 2012

Bell-loved Peter hits high notes
Spenborough Guardian
The book charts the history of hand-bell-ringing, from its inception in the 1500s, through its prominance in working-class communities during the industrial revolution, up to its global popularity in the present-day. He said: “I was amazed to discover ...
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Bell ringers ring all the right notes
This is Grimsby
A team of Grimsby Minster church bell ringers won a countywide striking competition in Wrangle, near Boston, last Saturday. The team of six ringers saw off competition from six other towers from the whole of Lincolnshire to win the Edward Colley Plate, ...
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