Without doubt, one of the major successes for bellringing during 2018 was the Ringing Remembers recruitment campaign, aimed at recruiting 1,400 new ringers in memory of the 1,400 ringers who died during World War I, in this Armistice centenary year. It seemed that this project captured the imagination of the national press, and an official launch was made on 11th November 2017 from Eddington, a tower that had lost its entire band during the war. The UK Government encouraged open ringing at 12.30 on 11th November 2018 to coincide with the Nation’s Thank you, a 10,000 strong march past the Cenotaph in London. By the end of the campaign, some 3,332 people had registered and at last count 2,804 of those are known to have taken part in commemorative ringing during the day and received their special Ringing Remembers badge. You can read a full report on the Ringing Remembers campaign and also view some of the local, national and international media interest that brought this project to life on the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers website.
Please do continue to let us know how you are progressing by posting to our Facebook page or use the #ringingremembers tag on Twitter. We love to hear your stories and see photos of your progress, and we’ll share continuing developments of Ringing Remembers campaign as we turn our thoughts to the 75th Anniversary of the D Day Normandy landings, and the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the official end to World War I.
To help you keep in touch with the wider world of ringing The Central Council, which you will know helped to organise the Ringing Remembers scheme, is keen to improve its communication links with individual ringers. As a first step they offer all ringers the opportunity to sign up for a free email information service and become a “subscribing member”. There are weekly mailings which give an update not only on what the Central Council is doing but also snippets of news from elsewhere in the world of ringing. (Funnily enough, Ringing Remembers featured quite a lot last year!). It costs nothing and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you are interested then please visit the subscribe page in order to sign up.
Thank you so much for being a part of this project and we hope that you have found a fulfilling and worthwhile new hobby.
CCCBR Ringing Remembers Project Co-ordinator