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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.

On Sunday our local ringers rang before the start of the Service of Remembrance and again afterwards as the parade formed up and marched away to the Town Hall. We continued to ring from 12.30 till 12.45 as part of a national bell ringing celebration with churches across the country together marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. A total of 10 ringers took part during the morning.

On Thursday 15 November the Children in Need Rickshaw passed through Ellesmere. We had a last minute request from the BBC to let them film it from the top of the tower. After some rushing around to get things organised they went up the tower and filmed the cavalcade passing. Unfortunately, none of the film from Ellesmere was used either by the One Show or the local news - what a disappointment.

In recognition of the 42 years that Terry Davies served as Tower Captain the ringers had pleasure in presenting him with a picture of the bells. It is an engraving by Tony Lewry, the local artist, who did the work shortly before the bells were refurbished. We hope it will remind Terry of his long association with ringing in Ellesmere and the bells of St Mary's.

Peter Leigh, Tower Captain