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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.

On Saturday 10 November a band of 8 ringers from the Shropshire Association of Church Bell Ringers are coming to ring a peal on the bells. This is a complicated and demanding feat which is done to celebrate special occasions. A peal consists of ringing 5040 changes each time ringing the bells in a different order. The method they will ring is called Superlative Surprise Major and will take approximately 3 hours to complete and the ringing will start at 10.00 am. The ringing is to commemorate all the people of Ellesmere that served during World War 1 and especially those who died and are named on the war memorial in the church yard. Additionally the ringers wish to commemorate the 10 Shropshire ringers who were members of the Association and who died during the war.

On Sunday 11 November we will ring before the Remembrance Service, from 10.15 to 10.45 as the parade arrives at the churchyard. After the service we will ring as the parade forms up and marches away. This will be sometime between 11.45 and 12.00. We will continue to ring until 12.30 to co-incide with a national scheme to ring church bells across the country to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

Although several people have expressed interest in joining us and learning to ring the bells, so far we have had no serious volunteers. We extend an invitation to anyone who would like to learn to ring to come to one of our practice nights on Fridays at 7.30pm.

Peter Leigh, Tower Captain