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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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The Bells of St Mary's

On 13 October the bell ringers went on a tour to 3 church towers. With friends from Whitchurch and Malpas, 7 of our ringers visited churches between Wrexham and Chester, those at Holt, Pulford and Dodleston, giving everyone the chance to ring in unfamiliar towers and on different sets of bells, a great experience for our less experienced ringers. The tour concluded with a meal at the Red Lion at Dodleston. (What a surprise - ending up at a pub!) The afternoon was enjoyed by all and we plan to have another tour to other towers next year.

We have plans to commemorate the end of the Great War, 100 years ago.

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Tower Captain's Report to the 2018 Annual Church Meeting

Held on Tuesday 10th April 2018 in St. Johns Room

During 2017 the Ellesmere bellringers rang for all but one of the 10.15 Sunday morning Services. The one we missed was due to snow.

We are fortunate at Ellesmere to have 9 bellringers (myself, Elizabeth, Peter, Jackie, Ray, Simon, Ian, Robin and Daniella). Daniella came originally from Germany, where church bells are not rung for full circle ringing, as in the UK and she is enjoying the experience.

I like to think that the ringing of church bells for the Sunday morning service is an important part of our church life, and helps to remind the community of Ellesmere that this church continues to exist and service is about to start, and just as important, there are still people around with a Christian belief and that belief applies to all of our bellringers.

It is thought that a few hundred years ago, the ringing of church bells, ideally as many as the tower could cope with, deterred evil spirits from the town or village. I like to think that for the last three hundred years, the Ellesmere bellringers have done a pretty good job!

Terry Davies, Tower Captain

The Bells will be Ringing!

Members of the Shropshire Association of Church Bellringers will be coming to Ellesmere to ring the Church Bells on Saturday, 9th December 2017, from 6.00pm to 7.30pm followed by their Carol Service.

I anticipate that the ringing will be of a good standard, and well worth a listen.

I will take the opportunity to wish all members of the Ellesmere Parish an enjoyable Christmas and all the very best for the New Year.

Terry Davies, Tower Captain

Mrs. Kathryn (Kate) Sampson

A member of our team passed away recently - Mrs. Kathryn (Kate) Sampson of Dudleston Heath. As a mark of respect, Ellesmere bellringers, and other bellringers who knew Kate, rang Saint Mary's eight bells prior to the funeral service on Thursday, 31st August 2017.

Kate had been a member of our team for around four years, and became a valued and essential member. I find it difficult to accept that on a Friday nqht and Sunday morning, the door to the ringing room will no longer open for Kate to join us for ringing, which she did until fairly recently.

For any voluntary organisation to function we, the people involved need to be friends, friends who share a common interest, and friends who share a mutual respect and belief that what they are doing is important and appreciated. In our case, the ringing of the church bell for the 10:15am Sunday morning service, which I like to think is an integral part of church life in Ellesmere, and is recognised as such by the church members and the wider community.

We miss you Kate and we were fortunate to have you both as a member of our team and, more importantly as a friend.