Castle Bromwich

Published on May 1st, 2015 | by Bill Dargue

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Bellringing for Special Occasions

St Mary & St Margaret’s church bellringers don’t need much of an excuse to sound out the bells across Castle Bromwich. And this year there are plenty of anniversaries to celebrate. The band joined thousands of English ringers on St George’s Day to commemorate the feast day of England’s patron saint. It is reckoned there are some 44,000 bellringers across the country and 208,000 bells in 12,000 English churches.

HM Government has also requested bells to be rung to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day, the day that victory was declared bringing to an end the Second World War in Europe. Castle Bromwich will join the following Birmingham bell towers taking part with others across the UK: Boldmere, Castle Bromwich, Coleshill, Edgbaston, Erdington, Hampton in Arden, Handsworth, Harborne, Knowle, Nether Whitacre,  2015 (1479) AprilNorthfield, Polesworth, St Philip’s, St Paul’s, Shirley, Smethwick, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield. The time and date: 11 am Saturday 9 May.

Sunday 14 June will be observed as ‘Strike a Blow for Democracy’, the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta by King John – yet another reason for the Castle Bromwich band to make themselves heard.

For more information visit the ringers’ website – cbbells.webs.com.


About the Author

Bill Dargue has been ringing the bells of St Mary & St Margaret's church in Castle Bromwich for over 30 years. He's one of the Castle Bromwich Bell Restoration Project trustees (Registered Charity 1155131) aiming to celebrate the tercentenary of the bell installation by setting the bells in good order for the next 300 years.



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