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Volunteer to help keep the Westbury bells ringing

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 at 11:03 am.

WESTBURY bell ringers at All Saints Church are looking for new members  to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice, by remembering the 1,400 British bell ringers who died during the war.

The government has started a national campaign, Ringing Remembers, to recruit 1,400 new bell ringers to commemorate those who lost their lives during the First World War. As part of commemorations for the 100th anniversary, bells will ring out from churches and cathedrals in cities, towns and villages across the UK.

The Westbury branch lost one member Herbert Frederick “Fred” Kerley, who died on 26th August 1914 at the battle of Mons aged 34, and the Edington branch sadly lost six members, wiping out their entire group.

Chris Jenkins, a member of Westbury bell ringers said, “Bell ringing is a great social, traditional, physical, mental and musical hobby to have and it’s a privilege to be part of this ancient tradition. I myself attended Matravers School, when in 1997, at the age of 13, I was recruited to ring the bells for the millennium.

“I can honestly say I have never looked back and have progressed up to become the Devizes branch ringing master and chairman of the Edington Ringing Centre.

“Bell ringing is cool! It has become such a social sport, with regular get togethers, outings, competition, young ringers’ events and so much more. Most universities now have bell ringing guilds, which are very popular and a great way to mix with fellow ringers of that age group.

“We are hoping to visit local schools in the area to hold a presentation to the students about bell ringing in the hope that they will come and have a go.

“The armistice is a really good focus point, it will give people something to work towards during their training. We need to be proactive now in our search and hopefully get some new people on board.”

If you are interested in learning how to become a bell ringer you can contact the group via facebook www.facebook.com/groups/devizesringing/ or visit www.bellringing.org for details. Practice is every Tuesday, 7.30pm at All Saints Church, Westbury.

3 Responses to Volunteer to help keep the Westbury bells ringing

  1. Jean Harkett

    February 15, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    I’ve always wanted to learn bellringing and having seen your article in White Horse News, this would be a good time for me to start, so long as you don’t mind an older person. 64, but I look a lot younger and am fit and healthy. I live in Westbury.

  2. PM in Westbury

    April 14, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    The bell ringing is an very rude,unnecessary, outdated annoyance. I work all week to enjoy my weekends, but get a random racket from the church which gives me headaches. Sometimes they will ring for hours from first thing in the morning (as they have been while I am writing this). Is this what I pay my taxes for? Give me my restful weekends.
    If I made this racket, for as loud and for as long, I would get arrested, why is it alright for the church to do? It shouldn’t be.

  3. YM

    October 3, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Dear PM
    So sad to read due to the age old tradition of church bells ringing, you inccure regular headaches. Perhaps I may suggest that you invest in a dath piercing. That should not only relieve your pain, but also mine in the knowledge that you may finally come to your senses and work out how your taxes contribute towards bell ringers. Sincerely yours YM

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