The Essex Association of Change Ringers   President: The Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Chelmsford

1400 new ringers for Armistice Day 2018

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On 11 November 1918 British bells, which had been silent all through the Great War, rang out to tell people the war was over; to celebrate the peace and to mourn those who did not return.

11 November 2018 will mark 100 years since the end of World War One and the Government has announced plans for UK-wide bell ringing on Armistice Day. As a tribute to those that lost their lives, there is a national recruitment campaign to symbolically replace the bell ringers that died 100 years ago.

Across the UK 1400 bell ringers died and in Essex we lost at least 46 ringers over the four years. Our fallen ringers came from all walks of life, just as we do today. In their memory we want to teach more people to ring and for them to be able to join in the centenary bell ringing in November.

Ringing a church bell is a brilliant way to keep mind and body active, to make new friends and to learn how to do something really unique. This year, the commemorative 100 years since the end of ‘The war to end all wars’, is a great chance to join in with national and local plans to mark the milestone.

Anyone can learn to ring a church bell: from a ten year old upwards there’s no age limit, no religious requirement, in fact nothing apart from a willingness to have a go.

So if you fancy trying something unique and playing a part in the November commemorations then drop an email to bells@big-ideas.org or click on this link

Emily Ashton

(Thursday 15 February 2018)

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