The bells at Shustoke were rung today both for Easter and for the Christening of Ava. The bells sound lovely but it was clear we have not ring them for a while as they were a little stiff for a bit. The Sunday sun and the bells made it a lovely service.
We rang five bells for the midnight Christmas Eve Communion service for the first time since the pandemic hit. It is a lovely time to ring being so late at night and certainly makes the welcome noise to open the Christmas period. Happy Christmas to all.
The bells rang out half muffled for the service of Remembrance on Sunday 15th November. There sombre sound ushered all to church to listen to Peter, the bugle player, call us to our memorial silence. All the four parishes read the names of all the fallen from both world wars and then wreaths were laid.
Church services with the bells calling all to worship are distant memories to the village at the moment but today the bells were back. For the first service since COVID regulations dictated the bells welcomed our congregation into the church today and practices have been arranged from the Thursday July 29th 2021.
The bells were rung at midday on April 10th 2021 for ten minutes half muffled to commemorate the life of HRH Prince Phillip who passed away yesterday aged 99. The country had been asked to mark the occasion with ninety nine tolls or ringing but as we had a large family bubble we were able to ring in a COVID safe manner, missing the fifth out.
Once again we rang half muffled with no issues with them coming off. A full church enjoyed the lovely tone of the bells. We had some visitors and Xavier rang being one of our "Ringing Remembers" students from 2018
The tenor bell at St Leonard’s, Over Whitacre, was tolled on Sunday 2nd June, 2019 to mark the occasion of re-dedication of family graves. The church was packed for a simple service of remembrance led by Marjorie Walton. The bell was tolled from 10.45 until 11.00am. Tolling is ringing slowly and stately a single bell. Usually the tenor it is associated with funerals and remembrance.
Once again we managed to welcome 2019 with bells. This year we had a few more than usual which allowed us to ring some nice rounds and some methods too. For once we made the effort to properly muffle the old year out and then after a swift change welcome the new year with open ringing.
Tonight we rang all three bells for the Carol Service. Ringing for the first time in two years the front two bells especially took a bit of time to "warm" up. Xavier managed to ring here for the first time contrasting Dick who was also ringing. Nearly eighty years separate them - not many places where you can witness this now.
St Giles Bellringers
The trials and tribulations of a small village bellringing band.