Swanton Morley Parochial Church Council
The aims of this project are:
1. To cast and install two bells at All Saints Church Swanton Morley to commemorate our community's contribution to the Armed Services during World War One, the work of the Royal Air Force during World War Two and our links with the Armed Services in the past 100 years
2. To use the augmented peal of 8 bells and associated training equipment to reinforce and extend the skills of bell ringing to the benefit of this and other parishes in Norfolk
3. To extend the physical, mental and social attributes of bellringing to the benefit of this community's health, well being and community spirit.
We are honoured that the Commanding Officer of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards based at the former airfield, the Station Commander of RAF Marham, and the Chairman of the Royal British Legion Norfolk have agreed to be our Patrons.
The cost of casting and installing the bells, and the related training equipment is £35,000. So far we are delighted to have received pledges from local donors and trusts for over £10,000.
2018 marks the centenaries of the end of the First World War and of the formation of the Royal Air Force. These are national events, but especially important for us with our church's close links to the Armed Services. Our new bells will serve as the village's tribute to those who served and lost their lives in the First World War, as well as to commemorate its links with the Army and RAF since 1918.
It has been estimated that 1400 bellringers lost their lives in WWI, and on Armistice Day 2018, bells throughout the country will be rung as part of the 'Ringing Remembers' project to raise awareness of this historic craft.
We have been fortunate that bell ringing at All Saints is flourishing, with an average of 12-15 ringers attending our Friday evening practice nights. Ringers range in age from primary school pupils to pensioners, and come from a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities. This project is designed to build awareness of and participation in bell ringing in the community by means of the augmented peal and associated training equipment, to the benefit of the community and to the sustaining of bellringing in the 21st Century.
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