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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.)

Since my last report we have held our open tower afternoon. The weather was good and many visitors climbed the tower to look at the bells and enjoy the view from the tower roof.

In October, with friends from other towers, we had a Tower Tour to Cheswardine, Norton –in-Hales and Market Drayton. All the ringers enjoyed the chance to ring in new towers and all benefited from the experience. We concluded with a meal at the Four Alls which rounded off a successful afternoon.

Our young ringers are progressing well. I am very grateful to Malcolm Monie from Whitchurch for teaching our learners, with his help they have quickly mastered the techniques of ringing a bell.

Peter Leigh, Tower Captain