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This page shows posts sent out by Branch Committee Members and Tower Captains giving information about Events in the Peterborough Branch or requesting help.

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Armistice Ringing

Ringing for the Centenary of the WWI Armistice

Please add your planned attempts and then link your completed performances of any length: tolling, touches, quarter peals or peals. You may wish to link performances to other events as well, for instance if there is also a local project to mark the occasion. (It is at the Ringing World’s discretion how these will be printed.)
Ringing Remembers is the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers’ campaign to mark the Armistice Centenary, officially endorsed and sponsored by HM Government. It encourages muffled or half-muffled ringing for the 11am Act of Remembrance followed by open ringing at 12:30pm on Sunday, 11th November – aligning with the published agenda for processions and marches in celebration of peace. Nevertheless, knowing the national mood to acknowledge this centenary, CCCBR encourages all ringers to respond as they see fit, taking into account the wide variety of local circumstances. Ringing open at or around 12:30pm is the ideal and recommended option, but any time that afternoon/evening is also supported.
Ringing Remembers is also focusing on recruiting 1,400 new ringers to ring for the Armistice Centenary, in honour of the 1,400 known to have been lost in the war. There is a database of new Ringing Remembers learners at – please make sure you register yourself, or tell your new ringers to do so.
Performances will be collated and printed in the Ringing World soon after the 11th November, so please remember to link your performance to this event as soon as possible.
The Ringing World is also looking for special photographs to mark the occasion in its published coverage. You can link photographs to performances, submit them independently via the ‘Add Photos’ link on the left panel, or email
Make sure you link your performance so that it can be included.

Vicki Chapman
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers Representative

8 Bell Practice Tonight

A reminder that we have the 8 bell practice at Castor on tonight at 7.30pm at Castor.  The practice will include rounds and methods ranging from Plain Hunt to Surprise Major.

Whatever your ability you will be made very welcome and there the ringing will be organised to suit your requirements.

Hilary Hardie

8 Bell Practice on Friday 5 October

A reminder that we have the 8 bell practice at Castor on Friday 5 October at 7.30pm at Castor.  The practice will include rounds and methods ranging from Plain Hunt to Surprise Major.

Whatever your ability you will be made very welcome and there the ringing will be organised to suit your requirements.

Hilary Hardie

Ringing for Remembrance Sunday

On 11 November 2018, 100 years since the Armistice, bells will ring out from churches and cathedrals in villages, towns and cities across the country. Big Ben will also strike at 11am to mark the centenary. For this year, in particular, the UK Government has invited all bell ringers to join the nation in marking the end of the First World War by ringing together on Remembrance Sunday.  They would like the ringing to take place from 12.30pm on Sunday 11 November, in addition to any ringing for services being held in the morning.

As Ringing Master I am keen that we ring in as many Towers across the Branch as possible.  Therefore over the last few months, I have been in contact will all Tower Captains and Correspondents to understand what ringing is planned, and to identify where there are any gaps or shortage of ringers.  I am pleased to report that the majority of Towers have plans in place, although there may be need for additional ringers to help out.  There are currently only 2 Towers of ringable bells who do not have a band available, and we are putting together bands to ring at them during the day.

Church bells across the UK remained restricted throughout the course of the war and only rang freely once Armistice was declared on 11 November 1918.

Many bell ringers joined the war effort, and many lost their lives. Just after the war, the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers wrote to all bell towers to compile the Roll of Honour. At the time 1,100 men were reported as lost. During the First World War Centenary, the Central Council of Bell Ringers has been reviewing this list and has discovered further bell ringers who died in service to come to a figure of 1,400.

To mark the final year of the First World War centenary commemorations, it was announced in 2017 that 1,400 new bell ringers would be recruited in honour of the 1,400 who lost their lives during the First World War. This campaign, called “Ringing Remembers”, aims to keep this traditional British art alive in their memory – linking together past, present and future. This campaign has been very successful, and to date there are some 1,800 new ringers registered with the website.

The Peterborough Branch has been doing its bit in encouraging new ringers, and many are being trained throughout the area.  The Roll of Honour on the CCCBR website identifies 7 ringers linked to Peterborough Churches who lost their lives in the war, and I can confirm that significantly more than that number have been recruited and trained over the last year. It is intended that as many of these new ringers as possible will take part in the ringing across the Branch on Sunday 11 November.

Hopefully this post puts Elaine’s post of earlier today into context.  Many of you will already have committed to ring at your home Tower, and I am aware that in a number of areas, bands have made arrangements to cover other Towers.    It is not intended to duplicate the plans already in place, but assist in identifying additional ringers who can help out where there are gaps.  If you are interested and able to help out elsewhere across the branch that would be brilliant.

Hilary Hardie, Ringing Master

Ringing for Armitice

Hello all,

This message is aimed to compliment the work being completed by Hillary & Terry looking at those churches with bells and whether or not there is ringing planned for the 11th November.

We already know of towers where there is no ringing planned in the Peterborough on the day due to lack of ringers. My aim is to ensure that as many bells ring in Peterborough and the branch sound on that day. This is aimed at towers of 3 or more bells that are at least hung for chiming.

I am looking for volunteers to make bands of ringers who will commit a period of their time on the 11th to help make the Peterborough towers ring. The intention is to start straight after lunch 12.30pm (requested by the Government)  and be completed in time to ring ‘Battles Over’ at 7.05pm at our own churches.

You will appreciate that this is a mammoth task as there are many towers that do not have a band or share a band of ringers. So to make this manageable the more ringers we can get the better. If you can spare time on the afternoon of the 11th please let me know with the times you could be available. I have arranged a meeting to start planning wc 8th October so please let me know your availability by then.

There are several ringers who will not receive this e-mail. PLEASE ensure that you cascade the request to your towers.

Many thanks & regards

Elaine Wilkinson

Guild Ten Bell Practice

Guild ten bell practices take place on 5th Saturdays so the next one is scheduled for

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