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Ringing Remembers

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Ringing Remembers


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.


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, 1,400 new bell ringers will be recruited in honour of the 1,400 who lost their lives during the First World War.


This campaign to recruit bell ringers, “Ringing Remembers”, aims to keep this traditional British art alive in memory of the 1,400 who lost their lives – linking together past, present and future.


Bell ringing is a traditional skill that anyone can do, as it just requires some co-ordination. Ringers come from all walks of life and range from aged 11, through teenage years, universities, to those in their 80’s. It is good exercise as well as a social team event.


The Peterborough Branch of the Guild of Bell Ringers is aiming to contribute to this number, so they are actively recruiting as many new ringers as possible.


Bell ringing in the Peterborough area is taught at the Castor Ringing School most Saturday mornings from 10am to 12 noon, and at a number of other churches.


If you think you might be interested in learning to ring bells, further information can be found on the Ringing School’s website:  or contact Hilary Hardie, 01780 783855




For information


Church bells are large; ranging in weight from a few hundred pounds to several tons. A ring of bells will usually consist of four to twelve bronze bells.
Bells for change ringing are hung in stout frames that allow the bells to swing through 360 degrees. Each bell is attached to a wooden wheel with a handmade rope running around it.

The bells are arranged in the frame so their ropes hang in a circle in the ringing chamber below. Into each rope is woven a tuft of brightly coloured wool (sally), which marks where the ringer must catch the rope while ringing.

EU Referendum Debate

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On 3rd May parishioners from King's Cliffe and the nearby villages gathered in the Parish Church to question activists on their views on the coming In-Out Referendum on our place in the EU.

Pictured here (left to right) are Helen Harrison and Andy Mercer for 'Leave' and Kierran Murray and George Smid for 'Remain'

Missing Person

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Andrew is the son of a Reader who has asked for maximum publicity of this video.

posted by David Teall

Award for our Web Master

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David Teall with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

Our Web Master developed his skills by helping to design and build a new web site for the Cruising Association. Since he was licensed as a Reader he has resigned from his position with the Association in order to concentrate on his work within his Benefice and the Deanery.

His work for the Cruising Association was recognised by the presentation of the Knight Cup by the Association's Patron Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.  The citation for the award read as follows:

"The Knight Cup is awarded for the most outstanding contribution by a CA member to the work of the CA in any sphere and was awarded to David Teall. He has been a member for over 24 years, and was responsible for many of the electronic services that the CA enjoys today. He was an active member of the Med Section for many years, and has had day to day oversight of our website Forums for more than 6 years. He was also the instigator of MedNet."

Women in the episcopate

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Alongside all other benefices and parishes within the Peterborough Diocese, the Oundle Benefice is being asked to consider the recent events discussed at Synod. The debate in General Synod in July 2008 concerning the ordination of women to the episcopate has generated a great deal of media coverage and not a little speculation and misunderstanding. The Bishops of Peterborough and Brixworth, having discussed the matter with the Bishop’s Council, offer the following observations.

We are aware that there will be a variety of reactions to the vote in General Synod. The fact that the motion was passed by a two-thirds majority reflects a very strong affirmation of the ministry of ordained women. We are also mindful that a third of the Synod voted against it. We believe that this minority represents a significant number of people and their parishes, whose presence and ministry among us we also value and affirm. The partial and at times misleading reporting of the decision by sections of the national media has perhaps obscured the very precise wording of the Synod’s decision. While re-affirming the view of the majority that women should be admitted to the episcopate, it also affirmed that ‘special arrangements be available, within the existing structures of the Church of England, for those who as a matter of theological conviction will not be able to receive the ministry of women as bishops or priests’.

It resolved that these should be contained in a statutory national code of practice and requested that he drafting group should prepare draft legislation and a draft code of practice for the consideration of ynod in February. It will be for the Synod, and in due course our own diocesan synod, to decide hether the draft code is (to borrow the Archbishop of Canterbury’s word) ‘robust’ enough to provide assurance for those who disagree with women bishops.
We recognise that there is a great deal of work to be done before suitable legislation can be drawn up and agreed, and that discussion will be continuing for some years before it is enacted. We therefore have the space for quiet reflection and continued listening to each other before the final decision about the legislation is made.

We therefore urge everyone

• to pray for those who will be responsible for drawing up the legislation and the code of practice;
• to continue the fruitful discussions and exchanges of views that have already occurred, so that we can all grow in our understanding of each other, and work with each other, in our common task of bearing witness to Christ in the world;
• to participate fully in the process of discussion of the legislation through deanery chapters, deanery and diocesan synods; and
• to refrain from pre-emptive actions or statements before the exact details of the legislation and code of practice are published and agreed.

Finally, it remains our intention in this diocese to work for unity in mission and ministry with all priests and church members alike. By maintaining good relationships of mutual affection and respect be have the opportunity to model to the world a new way of dealing with differences and realising in our own experience our Lord’s command to ‘love one another as I have loved you’. Therefore we ask all to seek from God the grace to be charitable with one another, moderate in tone, gentle in spirit, patient in listening, gracious in dissent and supportive of all who seek to lift high the name of Jesus Christ in the world.

The Rt Revd Ian Cundy                 The Rt Revd Frank White
Bishop of Peterborough                 Bishop of Brixworth

The General Synod motion moved by the Bishop of Gloucester:
That this Synod:

a) affirm that the wish of its majority is for women to be admitted to the episcopate;
b) affirm its view that special arrangements be available, within the existing structures of the
Church of England, for those who as a matter of theological conviction will not be able to
receive the ministry of women as bishops or priests;
c) affirm that these should be contained in a statutory national code of practice to which all
concerned would be required to have regard; and
d) instruct the legislative drafting group, in consultation with the House of Bishops, to complete its work accordingly, including preparing the first draft of a code of practice, so that the Business Committee can include first consideration of the draft legislation in the agenda for the February 2009 group of sessions.

The motion was carried by a division of the three houses of Synod.
House of Bishops – For 28, Against 12, Abstentions 1
House of Clergy – For 124, Against 44, Abstentions 4
House of Laity – For 111, Against 68, Abstentions 2