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

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Association is saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh today. We echo the sentiments expressed by the Central Council of Church Bellringers and encourage you to recognise the Duke's contribution to the country by tolling of a half-muffled bell 99 times or for up to 5 minutes, at noon on Saturday 10th April.

As advised, the country will enter an 8 day period of mourning, and all other ringing due to take place over this time should also be half muffled. Arrangements for the day of his funeral are still in development, and further detail will be provided in due course on this.

The Church of England has not indicated that there should be a change in guidance related to Covid 19, and thus any ringing should continue to comply with https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/. I am happy to help interpret this guidance at any member's request.

Andrew Kelso
Association Master

(Friday 9 April 2021)

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