From the Tower Records - 1942

THE BELLS RING AGAIN

Ringers generally as well as the public were greatly excited to hear from the wireless on Wednesday Nov 11th 1942 that the Prime Minister had ordered that the bells should be rung between the hours of 9 & 12am on Sunday Nov 15th as a thanksgiving for our victories in Libya & Newspapers too emblazoned the fact with headlines far above the publicity usually devoted to bells. Ringers responded generously to the call, but not all were in the fortunate position as us here, many bands being depleted, & also many bells gone, as some must have realized more acutely. Such were the demand for bellringers that they were advertised for in the papers.

Our first appeal came from Avening & a party of 4 rang there from 9am till nearly ten am when we motored back for ringing here from 10am till 11.15. After rising & a short try-out of men & materials & which both proved competent after the long period of idleness, a start was made & a good Quarter Peal (1260) of Stedman Doubles was rung. For once all comments were of a congratulatory nature.

Being the first occasion of meeting since the wedding of P. Ponting which took place on Oct 17th it was proposed by H. Barratt & seconded by H. Newman – all others agreeing – that we present him with £1 from the Bellringers Funds with our sincere wishes for the Best of Luck both in his married life and a safe return from H. M. Forces which he was joining the following Thursday Nov 19th. Percy not being present, the Captain promised to convey these expressions to him.

Xmas Bells. The further removal of the ban was again joyfully received by all, especially at this festival. All ringers (excluding those in the forces) were prompt at 10am and once more a well-struck Quarter Peal of Stedman Doubles was rung by F. Canter Treble, H. Newman 2nd, F. Simmonds 3rd, F. Ponting 4th (conductor), H. Barratt 5th, J. Hammond Tenor, E. Jefferies offering to stand out. A Report of this was inserted in the Ringing World. A short touch afterwards for a visiting ringer from Wolverhampton unfortunately spoilt the concluding ringing.

The party of 4 that met on Old Years Night at H. Newman’s greatly enjoyed themselves with the handbells & a Course of Grandsire Triples at another calling place was well applauded.

The remaining Ringers Subs (7) have again been paid by the Churchwardens.

In concluding the years report the writer wishes to say how gratifying it was to find all ringers so eager to respond on the two occasions.

Signed at the 1943 AGM, May 2 1943 Rex V Hodson (Rector) Chairman