Armistice 100 in the Ely District
A nationwide Day of Commemorative Events was planned for Sunday 11th November 2018, marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War and paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived.
To support this Day of Events, in the Ely DA, we intended to ring 100 rows (i.e. 100 blows from each bell) at as many of our towers as possible during the weekend 10-11th November.
Ely District ringing for Armistice 100
Bottisham – rounds, call changes and Plain Bob Doubles
Burwell – half-muffled rounds and call changes for the Service of Remembrance, open rounds at 6.55 pm for Battle's Over. All the Ringing Remembers recruits were included: Nathan Fuller, Woody Swann, Gwen Spike, Vanessa Dolphin and Robert Fuller (the Burwell one).
Chatteris – rounds and call changes for morning service, for Remembrance service parade and for lighting the beacon
Cottenham – call changes for morning service, including Ringing Remembers recruit Helen Jenkins; call changes, Plain Bob doubles and Reverse Canterbury Doubles for the commemoration of the Armistice centenary; call changes and Plain Bob Doubles for Battle’s Over commemoration.
St Mary, Ely – 1300 Plain Bob Doubles rung open for the commemoration of the Armistice centenary; rounds for the lighting of the Beacon of Peace, including Ringing Remembers recruit Alexandre Kabla.
Fordham – Call changes and Plain Bob Doubles before the Armistice Day service at the War Memorial; diminishing rounds rung during the procession to the church for the Remembrance service.
Histon – Grandsire Doubles, including 39 changes with 3 covers in memory of the 39 fallen members of the parish.
Landbeach – Half-muffled call changes before the village Act of Remembrance; open call changes for Evening Prayer in thanks for peace. Also call changes rung fully muffled with the tenor open at backstroke while the Parish Council unveiled a plaque in memory of the fallen of Landbeach.
Oakington – Call changes for Battle’s Over commemoration.
Over – 1260 Plain Bob Doubles, with 3 covers, rung half-muffled during the procession from the war memorial for the Service of Remembrance.
Rampton – Call changes for Battle’s Over commemoration.
Soham – Rounds on 10 for Battle’s Over commemoration.
Stretham – Diminishing rounds rung half-muffled during the procession from the cemetery to the church war memorial, leading up to the 11.00 am service and including Ringing Remembers recruit Helen Taylor; half-muffled rounds, a whole pull for each of the 45 fallen members of the parish; 100 rounds to mark the centenary of the Armistice; increasing rounds and more lively call changes for Battle’s Over commemoration.
Swaffham Bulbeck – Rounds, including whole pull and stand, and call changes rung half-muffled for the 11 am act or remembrance; rounds and call changes, rung half muffled and including Whole Pull and Stand and tolling 100 times on the tenor, for the Benefice Remembrance Service;. call changes and Grandsire Triples rung open for Battle’s Over commemoration.
Swaffham Prior – Rounds and call changes, rung half-muffled for the centenary of the Armistice and open for the Battle’s Over tribute.
Swavesey – 1320 Cambridge Minor, rung open for the commemoration of the Armistice centenary.
Willingham – Half-muffled Plain Bob Doubles rung for the morning service; Plain Bob and Grandsire rung open for Battle’s Over commemoration