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The Bells of St Mary's - February 2020

The quarter peal tribute to Eglantyne Jebb and Save the Children was successfully rung on 17th December. Our thanks to the band, mainly from Oswestry, who rang it. We rang on Christmas Eve for the Midnight service and again on Christmas morning, with our full band on both occasions.

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The Bells of St Mary's - December 2019

This year is the centenary of Save the Children founded by Eglantyne Jebb and her sister Dorothy Buxton. Each year the church marks the achievements of Eglantyne Jebb as a social reformer on the anniversary of her death on 17th December 1928. This year Save the Children have asked that church bells be rung on or near that date to mark their centenary. We therefore intend to ring a quarter peal on the afternoon of Sunday 15th December as a tribute to her and the work of Save the Children. (A quarter peal is 1260 changes on the bells and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.)

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The Bells of St Mary's - September 2019

After the holiday period when we were rather short of ringers we hope things will pick up in September. In addition to our normal ringing on Sunday mornings and our weekly practice nights on Fridays there are some other activities during the month.

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The Bells of St Mary's - July 2019

Just a few notes from the bell tower. We ring every Sunday morning with at least 6 ringers. On our practice nights on Fridays we are assisted by ringers from St Martins and Whitchurch to swell our numbers.

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The Bells of St Mary's - December 2018

The Remembrance weekend involved quite a lot of ringing!

We started on Saturday morning with a band from the Shropshire Association of Church Bell Ringers ringing a peal in tribute to those people of Ellesmere who fought and died in the Great War and those 10 bell ringers of Shropshire who died during the conflict. The team, 5 men and 3 women, came from various towers in the area, Lilleshall, Edgmond, Market Drayton, Shrewsbury and Welshpool. They rang for a total of 3 hours and 8 minutes and throughout that time their ringing was accurate and melodious. As it was a calm day the sound of the bells carried well and could be heard all over town. It provided a fitting background to the official opening of the Remembrance Garden at the library.

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