Wiltshire to honour Ringing Remembers campaign

18th October 2018, 2:46pm | By David |

The date was 11 November 1918 and the ringing of church bells were heard across the country.

Four years of violence and bloodshed was over, the First World War had ended.

At 12:30pm on 11 November 2018, alongside Big Ben and the rest of the country, bells will once again ring out in unison from local churches and Salisbury Cathedral to mark the centenary.

1,400 bell ringers lost their lives during the First World War and Edington, lost all six of its bell ringers. Only one other bell tower in Britain – Bamburgh in Northumberland – lost as many.

Allison Bucknell, chair of Wiltshire Council and bell ringer in her spare time, said: “Wiltshire is in the region covered by the Salisbury Guild of Ringers, which lost 75 ringers during the First World War, including the six from Edington. I would like to encourage people to take part in Ringing Remembers and learn to ring in memory of the 1,400 ringers that lost their lives.

“All new ringers will ring together across the country on 11 November 2018 as part of the national commemorations to mark the centenary of the Armistice, and we would love people to play their part in this fitting tribute.” 

To honour the 1,400 bell ringers who died during the war, the Ringing Remembers campaign aims to recruit 1,400 new bell ringers to take part in the commemorations across the country and ring a full peal of bells on 11 November.   

Ringing is open to adults and children alike, with the youngest learners normally around the age of 10. It offers the opportunity to learn a new skill which is good for the mind, and helps with focus and fitness. It also offers the chance to be part of a friendly and sociable community, both locally and nationally, and connect with an ancient British tradition.

Across the country 1,000 have so far signed up to Ringing Remembers, including over 70 people from Wiltshire.

To find out more about Ringing Remembers and to sign up, please visit https://www.big-ideas.org/project/ringing-remembers/

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