November this year is particularly special as it is 100 years since the end of the First World War. It is recorded that 1400 bell ringers lost their lives in the conflict; nationally it was the aim to recruit 1400 new bell ringers during this year as part of “Ringing Remembers”.
We have been fortunate over recent years to have had a number of new learners and this year we have one new ringer who qualifies to be included in “Ringing Remembers” and potentially one more. This would be particularly fitting as two Blewbury Ringers lost their lives in the conflict.
Along with the nation we will be remembering this Armistice Day with some special ringing, the bells will be rung half muffled for the Remembrance Day Service. At 2.30pm there will be an Armistice peal attempt and at 7.05pm we will ring for approximately 10 minutes to mark the national “Battle’s Over” initiative when it is hoped that nationally all church bells will be rung at the same time as beacons being lit across the country.