Join our campaign and become a bellringer in 2018
In memory of 1400 bell ringers who died in the First World War, we are launching a new campaign to recruit 1400 new bell ringers. This is a call out to all of us and an opportunity for everyone, a chance to make this wonderful ancient tradition open to all.
Bells rang out for the Armistice
When the bells rang out on the 11th November 1918 they announced the end of the most catastrophic war the world had yet seen. At the time, bells were at the heart of the community, marking events of great significance and communicating to people long before modern technology connected us. Bellringing has always had a much wider function than its role in the church, but most of us today are not aware of its broad and inclusive service.
Bell ringers lost their lives
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 a thousand men were reported as lost. During the First World War Centenary the CCCBR has been reviewing this list and has discovered a further 400 bell ringers who died in service. Two bell towers—Edington in Wiltshire and Bamburgh in Northumberland —lost 6 ringers each during the war. In total 1400 bell ringers lost their lives. A loss to them and their families. A loss to communities.
Ringing Remembers is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, and is a partnership with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.