Seven ringers were able to ring for the service with some excellent rounds being completed and Hazel back ringing on a bell for the first time in a while after an operation. Well done to all.
Once again we have managed to ring fully muffled for the Remembrance service both before and afterwards - putting the bells down. It is the first time that the second ringer Ruby has rung in rounds for a service unaided and the first time that her family have rung together.
The bells were rung on the 19th September 2022 deeply muffled immediately following the committal service at St Georges Chapel, Windsor on the day of the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The ringers who rang were
Steve Collins, Quentin Howell, Xavier Howell, David Jackson, Anne Jackson, Michael Miller
Requiescet in pace
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor
21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022
The bells were rung fully muffled after the formal announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We used both our new and old muffles to complete this ringing and made sure that all present both old and young were able to ring. Even our youngest learners both are able to say that they rang for this event. The bells in England have not been heard this way since the death of the Queens father so it is a very rare event to hear the bells ringing in this way.
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
St Giles Bellringers
The trials and tribulations of a small village bellringing band.