Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Steeple Ashton and Keevil bell ringers mark historic momentThis Is Wiltshire
The bell ringers of Steeple Ashton and Keevil churches marked a brief moment in history by ringing rounds at precisely 9.10pm on the 11th day of the ...
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New Year's Honours: Full list of people recognised in Norfolk ...Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
Betty Baines at St Mary's church in Diss. She has been made an MBE for services to bell-ringing. Photo: Bill Smith ...
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New Year's Honours: Norfolk bell ringer Betty Baines appointed MBEBBC News
A woman who has helped secure the future of bell ringing across the east of England has been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours list for her ...
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New Year's Honours: Norfolk bell ringer Betty Baines appointed MBEBBC News
A woman who has helped secure the future of bell ringing across the east of England has been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours list for her ...
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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Ringing in 2014 in style...Derbyshire Times
The ringing chamber at All Saints Church now boasts a new set of blue and gold bell ropes replacing strings which are around 20 years old. The ropes ...
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Friday, 27 December 2013

The bells are back in HenleyStratford Observer
On Wednesday (October 2), three ancient church bells came back to St NicholasChurch in Beaudesert Lane after a spell at a bell foundry in ...
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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Can you help church bells hit the right note?Ely Standard
The church bells at St George's in Littleport will soon be ringing out across the parish again after many months sat silent and the church is looking for a ...

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Two stories about silencing of bells...

After Protests Over All-Day Ringing, Manhattan Church's Bells ...New York Times
The controversy over a Christmas-time bell barrage from a Manhattan churchescalated on Monday, after the church, which recently began an all-day ...
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Council forces church to silence its bells at night because they are ...Daily Mail
Last year, meanwhile, the bells of All Saints' Church in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, were silenced from 11pm to 7am after a single complaint from a ...
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New bell cast in Whitechapel for Neston churchThis Is Wiltshire
Worshippers at a church in Neston will have an extra reason to celebrate when the bells ring out on Christmas morning, following the installation of a ...

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Church offered financial lifeline after woodpeckers turned roof into ...Gazette
The historic All Saints Church in Stisted, which is regularly used by bellringers, a mother and baby group and village primary school, has been ...

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Way We Were: Former Audley bell-ringer Reg Proctor relives ...Stoke Sentinel
A FTER spending 65 years ringing the bells for St James' Church in Audley – following in the footsteps of his father to become the tower captain – the ...
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BBC News - Loughborough bell foundry repairing New Zealand ...
In the third part of East Midlands Today's series on carols, Carol Hinds looks at bells and their part in Christmas singing.
Christmas bells ring in happy news for ChristiansBillings Gazette
At midnight on Dec. 24, church bells all over the world will ring out the joyful news of Christmas. From Bethlehem's Manger Square to London's ...

Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas tree festival raises £1500 for church appealRutland and Stamford Mercury
The Seaton Church Tower Appeal committee hopes to raise £25,000 for ...They also need to replace the church bells' bearings and would like to ...

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Three-hour birthday bell peal for Gail, 70The Press, York
Three-hour birthday bell peal for Gail, 70. A THREE-hour full peal was rung from St Peter's Church in Norton on Saturday to mark a special birthday.
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A Storm-Lashed British Isle Famous For Church Bells, Populated By ...NPR
The second part of NPR's series on maritime Britain begins on a small ferry en route to the storm-lashed island of Lundy. The island, just three miles ...
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Monday, 16 December 2013

Church appeal launched to restore bells and organLoughboroughEcho.net
In 1947, having become increasingly difficult to ring, the church approached John Taylor's Bell Founders Ltd and a decision was made that they ...
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Alan Titchmarsh: the bells of waiting advent ringsTelegraph.co.uk
Over the next couple of weeks, church choirs will be working overtime. But also doing their bit, by calling the flock to worship, will be the bell ringers ...
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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Famous [US] bell-maker had local rootsNorwich Bulletin
Apparently, bell-founding and clock-making were equally interesting to him. Hanks started a foundry and began to make large church bells. He made the clock ...
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Saturday, 14 December 2013

Appeal launched to keep bells ringing in Seaton - Rutland Times
An appeal has been launched to raise funds for the urgent repair of bells and a clock at a village church.
Appeal launched to keep bells ringing in SeatonRutland and Stamford Mercury
“A church and a village without bells would be a sad development. To me, the sound of church bells ringing out across the valley epitomises Rutland village life.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Bells to toll for Nelson MandelaWestern Advocate
THE bells of Bathurst will toll for Nelson Mandela to mark the day of his burial. The Bathurst Bell Ringers have planned a ringing tribute to the anti-apartheid icon ...
Villagers support church bellsDartmouth-Today
WELL, not literally of course, but when 'Friends of St Peters' in Stoke Fleming decided to raise money for the renovation of their church clock and bell tower one ...
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Church is to re-openHarborough Mail
church will re-open on Sunday following restoration work which has seen new ... the Green from 6pm, followed by refreshments in the church and bellringing.
Great George tolls to celebrate life of MandelaUniversity of Bristol
Great George, the University of Bristol's famous bell, will ring out across the city this Sunday to mark the life and death of Nelson Mandela, the first black ...
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Cathedral bells ring at school's carol serviceWatford Observer
Aldenham School Pupils got a chance to try bell ringing when they held their carol service at St Albans Abbey on Tuesday night. Mr John Wyatt, director of music ...
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£3m bid to save bell foundry buildingLoughboroughEcho.net
LOUGHBOROUGH Bell Foundry is trying to raise around £3m to save its Victorian building after suffering a number of maintenance problems. Taylor's Bell ...
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Towering task for bell volunteersBury Free Press
This week eight volunteers have been helping professional bell hanger Steve Westerman to lower sixbells and their frame from the tower of St Nicholas' Church ...

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Half way tolls for bell appealMalvern Gazette
“Once the work is done, I hope we can encourage new ringers to join us and safeguard the future of bell-ringing at the priory.” Great Malvern Priory was founded ...
Delays mean Barrow church bells WON'T ring out for Christmas DayNW Evening Mail
BELLS in a Barrow church will not be restored in time to ring this Christmas. The £160,000 improvement to the bells at St James' Church, Blake Street, started in ...
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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Gail Cater celebrates 70th birthday with bell ringing at Norton churchThe Press, York
The parochial church council has agreed to host the peal after a request from Gail Cater, the longest-serving member of York Minster ringers, who is celebrating ...
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Monday, 9 December 2013

Church Bell Ringing for Mandela – The Southern African Catholic ...Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference
You are requested to ring your church bell in honor of the late former President Nelson Mandela at 12pm on Wednesday 11th December 2013. Nelson Mandela ...

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Santiago bells: Swansea service to mark Chile cathedral fireBBC News
They were taken to the 12th Century All Saints Church in Mumbles, while a fourth bell was found in Neath. All four bells have been returned to Chile in recent ...
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Friday, 6 December 2013

Shropshire bell-ringer blocks escape for lead thievesshropshirestar.com
Tower captain Roy Page was alerted when the church alarm was sounded and drove straight to St Mary's Church in Alveley, near Bridgnorth, to challenge the ...
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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Christ Church Cathedral bell tolls 95 for Mandela

St. Louis American - ‎5 hours ago‎
At 5 pm today, the[1] 5,732-lb bell in Christ Church Cathedral's tower – the largest bell in Missouri – tolled 95 times ... once for each year in the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela, who died today in Johannesburg. "The mission of the church is reconciliation ...

In Downtown St. Louis, A Bell Tolls For Mandela

KMOX.com - ‎6 hours ago‎
ST. LOUIS (KMOX/CBS) - The largest bell in Missouri tolled for Nelson Mandela Thursday night. The 5,732 pound bell atop Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis tolled 95 times, one for each of the South African leader's years on Earth, beginning at ...

St. Louis area clergy, activists and elected officials hail Mandela's great ...

STLtoday.com - ‎2 hours ago‎
ST. LOUIS • At 5 p.m. Thursday, the great bell of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis tolled 95 times, and no one had to ask for whom the bell tolled. It rang once for each year of Nelson Mandela's life. He had died just hours earlier in Johannesburg.

Loughborough Victorian bell foundry in £3m fundraising bidBBC News
A foundry that has been making bells for more than 200 years has begun a attempt to ... "This is a focus for bell ringing and bell manufacturing in the country.
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Andrew Meneely (1802-1851): Founder of world-renowned Meneely ...Albany Times Union
Andrew Meneely has a name and a sound that resonates across the centuries and across the Capital Region whenever church bells peal for Sunday services or ...
Bells' return ends a three-year silenceThis is Somerset
This makes it one of the oldest working church bells in the country. ... Conservation work on thebells and bell tower was undertaken by Strachey Conservation of ...

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Bell Tower Memorial acquires land, begins fundraising
The second floor will be reserved for the carillon bell-ringing system, office space and potential small group gatherings. The third floor will house the "bells.".

Monday, 2 December 2013

iTunes - Music - Church Bell Ringers
Top songs and albums by Church Bell Ringers on the iTunes Store. Songs by Church Bell Ringers start at just $0.99.

[So now apparently you can buy changeringing on itunes! I wonder how much money it makes for the ringers!]

Saturday, 30 November 2013

The Bells Of London Are Time MachinesLondonist
Main image: bells at Whitechapel Bell Foundry by Simon Rigglesworth in the Londonist Flickr pool. The sound of a bell collapses the historic distance between ...
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A bit of 'Kent Treble Bob Minor' as bell ringers come to Penzance ...
LET THE bells ring! The 40th annual dinner of the Western District of the Truro Diocesan Guild of Ringers took place in Penzance last week. And the day began ...

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The bells are back in Henley Stratford Observer
On Wednesday (October 2), three ancient church bells came back to St Nicholas Church in Beaudesert Lane after a spell at a bell foundry in Loughborough.
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Monday, 25 November 2013

Chester Cathedral's clock makes a comeback for exhibitionChester Standard
The clock mechanism, manufactured in 1872 by the oldest clock manufacturing company in the world, is part of a modern exhibition aboutbell-ringing in the ...
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Peal appeal Visitors flock to bell tower Bristol Post 
WITH around 400 years of bell ringing, the tower of St Mary Redcliffe church is no stranger ... "There are around 20,000 bell ringers active across the UK and it is ... Bell-ringing is an incredibly important and social activity...
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[I was delighted to read this article stating the importance of bellringing]

Sunday, 24 November 2013

St Andrew's open its church bell tower to the publicPlymouth Herald
DOZENS of people turned up at St Andrew's church bell tower for a look around – and some even had a go at bell ringing themselves. The event was organised ...
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St Andrew's open its church bell tower to the publicPlymouth Herald
“It's an English tradition and people are fascinated by it – bell ringing is steeped in history. “It's free hobby and anyone who is interested in learning can go along ...
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Britain's oldest manufacturing firm rings in changes with online launchThe Guardian
It has cast and sold bells to Britain and beyond since 1570, but now the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, Britain's oldest manufacturing company, isringing in the ...
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Bell tower rings for 90th yearGloversville Leader-Herald
GLOVERSVILLE - Generations of city residents have been hearing the chimes from the bell tower of the First Congregational United Church of Christ on East ...

[This is not strictly about bellringing, but is interesting (a) because of the headline - many English towers could claim a lot more than 90 years but we don't seem to do so, and (b) because it has an underlying pride in the bells and belief that they are important, which are usually missing from news articles on English bell ringing. Ed]

Saturday, 23 November 2013

St Mary Redcliffe church tower in Bristol opens to the publicBristol Post
WITH around 400 years of bell ringing, the tower of St Mary Redcliffe church is no ... “What we have here at St Mary Redcliffe is a fantastic ring of bells which ...
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Friday, 22 November 2013

Bells to ring for three hours in SouthwoldNorfolk Eastern Daily Press
A peal of bells will ring out for three hours over Southwold tomorrow in honour of St Edmund. ... Thebell ringing will start at 9.30am and continue for three hours.
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Cromer church bells about to be castNetwork Norwich
Cromer church belfry 250 Two new bells for Cromer Church bell-tower are about to be cast, and a Christmas concert is taking place at thechurch to raise the ...

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Bells have been ringing at St Mary's Church in Church Hill ...East London and West Essex Guardian Series
Bells have been tolling from the tower of St Mary's Church in Walthamstow for over 200 years but without extensive refurbishments there are fears thebells will ...
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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Lottery chimes in with bell cashBury Free Press
Work to restore the bells of St Nicholas' Church, Rattlesden, starts next month thanks to a £33,400 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The church's tower captain David ...
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Near miss for Somerset bell ringers | West Country (E) - ITV News
Read the latest West Country (E) stories, Near miss for Somerset bell ringers on ITV News, videos, stories and all the latest West Country (E) news.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Bell ringers from St John the Baptist Church to replace live bands at ...This is Local London
Chiming church bells will replace live music at this year's Barnet Christmas Fayre ... a full three-hour peal from bell ringers at St John the BaptistChurch, in High ...
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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Church bell-ringers escape unscathed after a 110lb bell plunged ...Express.co.uk
The freak accident caused so much damage that St Peter & St Paul Church in the Somerset village of Kilmersdon has been sealed off while the bells are ...
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church blesses 244-year-old bellsThis is Local London
Eleven-year-old Klaudia Papp-Molnar, who is the youngest bell ringer, said: “I started bell ringingtwo-and-a-half years ago because I felt it was something ...
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