Ringing Remembers

Posted by rmt22 at Nov 02, 2018 11:08 AM |
On Saturday 10 November, University bell ringers will be ringing the bells of St Peter's Church in Oadby to mark the Centenary of the University

“When the bells rang out on the 11 November 1918 they announced the end of the most catastrophic war the world had yet seen.”

To mark the centenary of this momentous event, bells will ring out in unison from churches and cathedrals in villages, towns and cities across the country. As is customary, bells will be rung half-muffled over the weekend to commemorate the past – the lives lost and affected in World War I and other wars. In addition, bells will be rung unmuffled during Sunday afternoon and evening, as a message of hope and reconciliation for the future.

At St. Peter’s church, Oadby, on Saturday 10 November (10.30am start), a quarter peal (approx. 45 minutes of ringing) will be rung with the bells half-muffled, by a band representing the University of Leicester, to mark the centenary of the founding of the University as a ‘living’ memorial to those killed in the war. The eight ringers involved comprise one current undergraduate, three graduates, three current members of staff and one former member of staff.

The bells will also be rung half muffled for the Remembrance Day service on Sunday morning (9.30-10.30am). One undergraduate from the University, who has learned to ring over the summer as part of the Ringing Remembers campaign, will be ringing with us: this campaign aims to recruit 1,400 ringers countrywide to ‘replace’ the 1,400+ ringers who died in World War I.

Undergraduate ringers are very welcome ring with us at Oadby. Please contact oadbybells@gmail.com or visit the website.

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