Happy Easter

Dear all, wishing you a very happy Easter, even if it is one that’s very different from the usual Easter Sunday, when we would be ringing the bells in advance of church services to celebrate that Christ is risen. Some thoughts from the guild, as follows:

Happy Easter

Peterborough Cathedral started their Easter day service with the sound of bells. Don’t worry, there was no lockdown breakage involved, it was a recording of Towcester provided to the diocese for this purpose. The service can be viewed again here: https://youtu.be/G4qS9WJ_lAo

Church bells on Sunday, which was from Canterbury Cathedral

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000h7dn

News from the Central Council

Two announcements from the Central Council this week, both in a positive vein:

The first is about a “Ringing Returns” campaign to mark a return to more normal behaviour. This will obviously be difficult to plan in a continually shifting environment, and we should watch this space: https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/04/10/ringing-returns-campaign/

The second was an Easter greeting from the president. https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/04/12/easter-message/

Guild newsletter

In a normal year the Guild would be getting ready to send out the spring newsletter. Due to problems with distribution of hard copies, this edition is just in online form. You can access it here: bit.ly/nlapr2020

Let’s have bells for our online services!

I’ve been in contact with the diocese communication office about providing some ringing for parishes to use when livestreaming their services. This is now available from the diocese website here: https://www.peterborough-diocese.org.uk/coronavirus/useful-resources

If your parish is producing worship, get in touch with them and ask them to add some bells. It is the one loud noise made to the glory of God and it is currently missing from our soundscape. This aims to fill that gap, in part, until we are back making noise again.

Take care everyone,

Hilary