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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'

Knitters Needed

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We are looking for volunteers to knit a flock of sheep which the pre-school children can carry during the nativity play each Christmas in King’s Cliffe church.  Copies of the pattern and examples of the sheep are available on the windowsill in the CHAOS room in King’s Cliffe church (behind the screen on the right-hand side) or you can download a copy by clicking on the link below.

The pattern is very easy so do please have a go.  If you are not a knitter but would still like to help contributions towards the cost of the materials would be greatly appreciated.

Julia Davies (01780 470314) and Pat Teall (01780 450407)

PDF icon Messy Sheep Knitting Pattern398.46 KB

Corby Male Voice Choir Concert

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The Corby Male Voice Choir concert on the 19th July in St Nicholas church proved to be a most enjoyable occasion.  Many thanks to all who attended, those who helped and those who donated raffle prizes.  A total profit of £253 was raised for church funds and it is hoped that the choir will return in 2015.


Women's Fellowship

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On a beautiful day in July, we set off on our annual outing.  We called first at the Van Hage Garden Centre at Eye and then continued on to John Clare’s Cottage at Helpston.  We enjoyed an appetizing lunch and a brief talk about the life and poetry of John Clare before undertaking a tour of the cottage and gardens.  We concluded our visit with a welcome afternoon tea.