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URGENT INFORMATION

For all Tower Captains

Re BELL STAYS

Whilst investigating a broken stay at Oakham this evening (September 5th) I discovered 4 further cracked stays.
It would seem that the extremely dry conditions over the summer have contributed to this problem. Even some spare stay wood has splintered and cracked.

I would urge all tower captains to check their bell stays for condition and tightness of stay bolts and wheels as a matter of priority.

The extreme cold, wet weather during the winter and spring months, followed by a prolonged heatwave, has undoubtedly had an effect.

Please can you all give priority to this health & safety issue. If cracked stays are discovered and no replacement available , I would caution on the bell being rung. If several are discovered at once then I would also urge a postponement of ringing until matters are rectified.

Both myself, Alan Ellis and Ted Phillips should be consulted if anyone is in doubt or have any queries.

Louis Totaro


Rutland BellRingers are Proud to Support

Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute - 'Ringing out for Peace'

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On the 11 November 2018 the United Kingdom and its friends overseas will mark the day 100 years ago when the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.

'Battle's Over' is a unique series of events in the morning and evening.  It will involve organisations and communities from the length and breadth of the nation and in many countries abroad.

The events will remember the sacrifice of millions of men and women during World War One.

In recognition of the Centenary of this peace at 7.00pm on 11 November 2018 1,000 beacons across the UK will be lit to celebrate this great moment. In conjunction at 7.05pm 1,000 church towers will start to ring their bells. This sight and sound should be seen and heard by all. 

In Rutland we have 182 ropes and we plan to join the rest of the UK to ring in as many towers as possible at the same time. If you are interested in supporting this event and want to ring on 11 November please contact us.

We are also keen to welcome new ringers and learners. If you know of anyone wishing to learn to ring and join in this Centenary celebration please contact either of the Masters or our Chairman.


Armistice 100 Celebrations

Arrangements are being made for as many of Rutland's ringable bells to be rung on the 11th November for the WW1 Centenary Commemorations

Drawing upon previous experience when we rang for the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations, a provisional list of towers and groups has been compiled and a number of designated co-ordinators have been allocated to make contact with each of these towers.

This is primarily to query and organise teams to ring on the day and the details are summarised in our October 2018 Newsletter.

So far 8 towers within the Rutland Branch have registered to take part.
This event is open ringing and aimed solely to ring at precisely 7.05pm - the exact moment Downing Street received notification of the Armistice being signed on 11/11/1918.

A Nation's Tribute

A nationwide Day of Commemorative Events marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War and paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived.

19.05: Ringing Out for Peace

1000 cathedrals and churches will ring out their bells across the nation, and beyond, in celebration of Peace.

The second initiative comes from the Central Council. Any towers ringing in the morning for services will be required to ring half muffled, as normal for Armistice Sunday. Muffles are then to be removed for open ringing for a more celebratory tone at precisely 12.30pm.