Saturday, 31 March 2012

Bell époque
Financial Times
Bells do not come cheap, as a glance through the price list of London's historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry – where the Olympic bell is being cast – shows: a ...

Thursday, 29 March 2012

All Saint's Church bell ringers win state competition - Local News ...
CHAMPAGNE corks were popping at Singleton All Saints' Anglican Church last week when the church bellringing community heard great news that they had ...

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Community news from around the county
This is Leicestershire
Sapcote bell ringers are offering the opportunity to learn to play one of the biggest and loudest instruments around, with a free taster lesson in ringing a church bell weighing up to 300kg. Everyone is welcome to have a go at 3pm, at All Saints Parish ...
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Raising Bell: Washington National Cathedral Reopens Its Central Tower
Washington City Paper (blog)
At the top, members of the Washington Ringing Society yanked ropes hanging from ceiling in order to sound the peal bells above. The bells range from 600 to 3600 pounds. “It looks easy when you see it done by people who know what they're doing, ...
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Monday, 26 March 2012

New bells finally arrive at Sunderland Minster + VIDEO CLIP
Sunderland Echo
THEY'RE finally here – and the bells of Sunderland Minster should soon be ringingout across the city. Work started last month to repair the tower at the High Street West church, after its eight bells were taken down in 2009.
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Friday, 23 March 2012

Town mouse on a new peal of bells in Fleet Street
Country Life
The 10th-century St Dunstan was a bell founder, and the new bells are the work of the WhitechapelBell Foundry. Nobody in the packed church, whose Romanian ...
Lincolnshire vicar to walk up Snowdon to raise money for village ...
This is Lincolnshire
Repairs include installing eight timber wheels which act as the bells' back-bone. ... these and have sent them to the Whitechapel bell foundry for repair.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Vicar and blind woman to abseil off church tower
This is Local London
"And it's a special thank you to Epsom Bellringers, to the choir at St Martin's, and all among them who have given me the opportunity to learn the music of singing and the joy of ringing bells again." The church is hoping to raise £14000 to refurbish ...
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Friday, 16 March 2012

All Saints bells ringing out - for now
Retford Today
Bell ringers at All Saints Parish Church in Gainsborough. Pictured are Kaye Gilpin, Janet Clarke, Jonathan Swatton, Jennifer Swatton, Delia Heppenstall, Mary Brown and Stephen Clarke, Robin Heppenstall, Rhianne Plumtree G120228-4a THE sound of church ...
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Thursday, 15 March 2012

A bonanza of bellringing is planned for the Jubilee and Olympics
Bells have been rung to mark major celebrations since Roman times, ... off with the tolling of a 27-ton bell cast especially in the Whitechapel Foundry, ...
Royal Sandringham Estate church bells removed for Diamond Jubilee ...
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
The bells are being restored by the White Chapel Bell Foundry in London, makers of Big Ben and the Liberty Bell, and will hopefully be back in working order ...

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

A group of bellringers in Wokingham marked the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by performing a 47-minute peal.
A bellringing bonanza is coming up for the Jubilee and Olympics
Bells will be rung along the route of the Olympic torch, as well as in central London during the entire four hours of the marathons (of which there are three). According to Alan Chantler of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, plans are also ...
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Saturday, 10 March 2012

Halewood vicar and his congregation to strip naked for charity calendar
Liverpool Echo
Bell-ringing had to stop at the church after a huge crack appeared in the bell tower. Parishioners have been fundraising ever since, raising more than £100000, and repair work is now expected to start in June. But tens of thousands of pounds are still ...
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Ringing out for jubilee
Oxford Mail
Jamie Chapman, 10, the village's youngest bellringer, with Graham Clifton and the bell. Picture: OX50758 Damian Halliwell A NEW church bell to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee will be hoisted into place this weekend and will ring out for ...
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Friday, 9 March 2012

Time to change the rings draws nearer
This is Kent
"The community has grown up with these bells – they're very emotive, ringing out at weddings and funerals and all sorts. "Unfortunately, these bells have been untouched since about 1888, so a lot of work is needed." The large wooden wheels over which ...
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Thursday, 8 March 2012

£50k needed or bell will toll for church's chimes
This is Croydon
AN HISTORIC church plagued by copper thefts urgently needs funds to get its bells ringing in time for the wedding season. St John the Evangelist, in Old Coulsdon, needs to raise £50000 to repair its belltower. The Grade I listed church, dating from at ...
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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Second Church Estates Commissioner (Oral): Bell Ringing | Tony ...
The Church of England is delighted that bell ringing in church buildings is taking centre stage this year during the diamond jubilee and Olympic celebrations.
Bell ringer John Creber is still ringing the changes after 75 years
This is Somerset
He joined the bell ringers in his village church at the age of seven, and 75 years later John Creber is still helping them mark the joyful and sombre rituals of village life. His achievement was celebrated in style at the weekend when top ringers from ...
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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Weymouth bellringers unite to ring in Olympic Games
Dorset Echo
Bellringers from each church will join in to ring church bells for a full three-hour peal on different days during early August. The event has been organised by Tom Garrett, Master of the Salisbury Diocesebell ringers, in response to plans by Turner ...
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Monday, 5 March 2012

The sound of music fills city
Daily Echo
Among the scores of activities, there was a singalong at City College, bellringing at St Mary's Church, a ukulele jam at the Bent Brief pub and a marching ...

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Read - UK Parliament
House of Commons; Bell Ringing; Oral Answers to Questions; Environment, Food ... What steps the Church Commissioners are taking to promote bell ringing.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Stephenson - Bell Ringing
DeHavilland (press release) (subscription)
In response to a question from Conservative MP Andrew Stephenson on steps the Church Commissioners were taking to promote bell ringing, Church Commissioner Tony Baldry said that a general fund provided grants to help bell towers.
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Jubilee wish as church bells ring out again at Necton
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
And now, up to 19 people are gathering for bell-handling sessions with experienced ringers Brian Laing, from Whissonsett, Roger Peckham, of Ashill, and Peter Trent, from Great Ryburgh. There's the possibility of a handful more joining them soon, too.
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