“So, how’s it going then?”
“Oh! Mustn’t grumble.”
“No! Not you silly! The Ringing World Centenary Day – Saturday, 26th March 2011!”
“Oh, of course – sorry. I should have realised …”
“Come on then, tell me the latest …”

The conversation in the pub was brisk and urgent. Having heard about The Ringing World Centenary before he went on holiday, my ringing friend was keen to know how things were progressing. And no doubt you are too.

Things are progressing rapidly. Many of our planned events and activities are ‘coming together’, and there will be a packed day of entertainment with something of appeal to every ringer from early in the morning until mid-evening.

We now have a confirmed venue for the “Ringing World National Youth Contest” – St. Saviour’s Church, Pimlico, by kind permission of the Parish Priest, Revd Matthew Woodward and Tower Master, Stephanie Pattenden. We have a Chief Judge, Simon Linford, and young assistant judges who will be named nearer the day. We have a generous offer of a trophy for the winners from a Ringing World Gold Sponsor, Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd. All we need now are teams! (See front page).

The centrepiece of our day will be a unique and unusual honour for the Exercise and The Ringing Worlda special Evensong at Westminster Abbey, by kind permission of the Dean, The Very Revd Dr John Hall. There will be additional opportunities by prior arrangement to explore the Abbey and to see its ringing chamber and bells.

As reported on the back page last week plans are well advanced, for a reception hosted by The Ringing World Ltd at Central Hall, Westminster, just across the road from Westminster Abbey. Up to 1,000 ringers will be able to enjoy light refreshments. During the reception there will be a record-breaking performance of change ringing on 24 (yes, twenty four!) hand-bells. The Chairman of The Ringing World, Jackie Roberts, will say a few words of welcome and introduce the prize-giving ceremony for the RW National Youth Contest.

There will be lots more information and news about these and other aspects of our Centenary in future editions of The Ringing World, as arrangements are finalised.

Why not register for e-mail alerts and be among the first to be told of the developing plans?

Centenary Tickets are already on sale via this website, and an order form for these, together with 2011 diaries, calendars and other merchandise will be included in The Ringing World before the end of this month.

Phil Watts

BB BellBoard
Central Council of Church Bell Ringers