Sadly, as a result of central government advice, all bell ringing in Rutland has ceased until the danger of transmission of the Covid-19 virus has passed. (Ringing chambers are not large enough for everyone to stand more than 2 metres apart, and viruses may well survive on bellropes). The CCCBR has produced a short video explaining why:
Normal service will resume as soon as it’s allowed. Probably with a bit of additional ringing just to celebrate.
Branch members met on 11th January 2020 for ringing in Market Overton and Whissendine, a service conducted by the Rev Deborah Marsh, Vicar of Whissendine and the Annual General Meeting of the branch. The minutes of the AGM are now available here.
On Remembrance Sunday church bells rang out all over Rutland, many of them half-muffled, to remember those who died or were injured in armed conflicts. Most services were in the morning, with silence at 11.00; the main County service was in Oakham at 2.30 pm, attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County, the High Sheriff, Sir Alan Duncan and many other civic dignitaries, together with an impressive display of military personnel.
Even more bells would have been rung if only Rutland had more bell ringers! Please follow this link if you think you might be interested in learning.
Ecclesiastical insurance is donating £1000 to 120 charities in the lead up to Christmas. If you would like to nominate the Peterborough Guild of Church Bell Ringers, please go to https://www.ecclesiastical.com/movement-for-good/12-days/ and enter Charity No. 258271. That should bring up the charity on screen as “The Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers”.
The more nominations we have, the greater the chance of being supported!