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Ringing Remembers

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Deanery

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: www.castor.ringingschool.uk  or contact Hilary Hardie, 01780 783855 hilary.hardie@btinternet.com

 

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

 

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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Deanery

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'

Christian AId Week 2016

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Benefice

Christian Aid week in Thrapston is trying to raise donations to support 6 families just like Morsheda’s to benefit from a Christian Aid Home Safety Package. This will flood-proof a home, raising it eight foot on an earth plinth creating a safe place to rebuild, keep livestock and grow crops. It could also buy a goat, seeds and a wormery to help produce compost, all of which will give a family a long-term income and a solid foundation for a new life.


Morsheda’s Story

Morsheda is a young mother of four living in Bangladesh. She has no land, few assets and no savings. For Morsheda’s family living on low-lying islands in the Brahmaputra River, floods are a terrifying part of everyday life. Morsheda can’t even count on having a safe place to call home: the single-room, corrugated-iron house she shares with her children has been flooded four times. One year, her humble house filled up to her knees with floodwater. To stay dry, and keep away from the dangerous snakes that now swam through her home she raised her bed up on bricks. But during the night she was woken by a loud splash. In the pitch black, her baby son had fallen into the inky water. He could have drowned in moments.

In a bad year, huge waves crashed against her house, giving her less than an hour to uproot her home and scramble to safety. Racing against time, she gathered her terrified children together and hastily made a raft from a banana tree. At any moment, it could have tipped and plunged them into the swirling waters, but it was their only hope. She put her youngest daughter in a cooking pot and clung to it as it floated in the current. Morsheda and her children live a precarious life. They know that the floods will come again, and soon.

Please look out for the red Christian Aid donation envelope being delivered to your door from 15th -21st May 2016. Our volunteer collectors will revisit later in the same week to collect them.

Thank you

Beetle Drive

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Parish

Beetle Drive Social

On 9th April some of our congregation and residents of Manor flats met for a social afternoon. There were about 32 of us, all different ages, and a great time was had by all. From the youngest to the oldest there were shouts of 'Beetle' - and the noise of dice being shaken. Beetles of every shape and form were drawn, it is a very fast game as you all rush to be first to get a complete Beetle. John McGill was the overall winner - but the fun we had meant we were all winners.

After the 9 games, we shared a tea that everyone had contributed to. Socialising is such an important part of Church life, and there were many lively conversations and new friendships formed.

New Rector

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Benefice

We are pleased to announce that the Reverend Nolan Robson has accepted Bishop Donald’s invitation to become Rector of Thrapston, Denford and Islip. Nolan will be instituted by the Bishop of Brixworth on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 3 pm.

Nolan is currently assistant curate of the Parish of St Thomas, Kilnhurst in the Diocese of Sheffield and previously worked as an architect. He is married to Sophia and they have four young children: Molly, George, Arthur and Heather.

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