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posted 28 Dec 2017, 04:08 by Mersey Bells   [ updated 28 Dec 2017, 04:08 ]

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Mancroft Ringing Discovery Centre – press release!

Posted: 27 Dec 2017 06:02 AM PST

December 27, 2017
Mancroft Appeal 300
City’s iconic bells to fall silent in January!
The bells of St Peter Mancroft will sound out across the city as usual on New Year’s Eve to mark the passing of the year and the arrival of 2018. However, from 14th January the bells will then fall silent for a period of up to 6 months as work starts on the construction of the ‘Mancroft Ringing Discovery Centre’. This marks the culmination of the Mancroft Appeal 300 Project, begun in 2015 and with the aims of –
Enabling the public to find out about the rich history of bell-ringing in Norwich, where change ringing was first pioneered over 300 years ago
Creating a state of the art training centre for the Eastern counties to train new and existing ringers
Taking ringing out to schools and other organisations and hosting a range of events at the Centre for visiting groups.

Since the project was launched in February 2015 the team of ringers has raised over £400,000, including £260,200 grant funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund. Significant grants were also received from the Town Close Estate Charity, Paul Bassham Charitable Trust, Geoffrey Watling Charity, Anne French Trust, Sir Timothy Colman Charitable Trust and the John Jarrold Trust.

The church of St Peter Mancroft plays a pivotal role in the history and craft of bell-ringing and is world-famous for being the tower in which the first ever true peal was rung, in May 1715. It was the 300th Anniversary of this ground-breaking achievement which prompted the launch of Mancroft Appeal 300 and the series of events and fund-raisers which have led to the momentous developments taking place in 2018.

Project Committee Chair Simon Rudd said “the works starting in just a few days represent the next and most exciting phase yet in the life of our project. The ringers here at St Peter Mancroft, their friends, families and of course the wider community of ringers from across the world, and of course the Mancroft church ‘family’ have worked tirelessly to bring our vision to life. This, combined with the support and encouragement of the Heritage Lottery Fund who have supported this project with a £260,000 grant, mean that during 2018 a real innovation in the way ringing can be shown to the public and new ringers trained will be a reality. Our aim is for the MRDC to be a heritage and training facility for the Eastern counties. Do come and see us when we open!”

Do please contact us for more information or for filming, recording or photographic opportunities. Our last practice session before work starts will be on Monday evening, 8th January and our last Sunday ringing will be on 14th. Other times are possible but cannot be guaranteed.

If you would like more information about this , please contact Simon Rudd – Committee Chair at 07957 406172 or email info@mancroftappeal300.co.uk.
The St Peter Mancroft Guild of Ringers’ website – www.mancroftbells.co.uk
The Mancroft Appeal 300 website – www.mancroftappeal300.co.uk

The <b>bells</b> still <b>ring</b> in Coptic Cairo

Posted: 27 Dec 2017 01:22 AM PST

Many Coptic churches are dedicated to Virgin Mary, and to events surrounding the Nativity, than to any other theme. The Coptic Christian community celebrates Christmas on January 6, with prayers and chants that have remained unchanged for the past 2,000 years. Coptic liturgy is chanted in both ...

History Book: Fears of war tamed New Year&#39;s Eve <b>celebration</b> a century ago

Posted: 26 Dec 2017 09:03 PM PST

Christ Cathedral was mecca to more than 1,000 people who braved frigid temperatures at midnight to hear the chimes ring out their welcome to the year 1918.Whistles shrilled in the night air and church bells rang out, the Reading Times observed, but it was not the same as previous years.

On the Road in Greece: the Kimisis <b>Church</b> and <b>Bell Tower</b> of Palaiopyrgos, Greece

Posted: 26 Dec 2017 01:56 PM PST

We visited the historic church of Kimisis Tis Theotokou (Dormition) Church with its Bell Tower. ... The Peloponnese was invaded by Slavic nomads who ruled some areas from the seventh to ninth centuries CE; even after the restoration of Byzantine rule, some of these tribes retained their Slavic identity ...

&#39;Air rifle&#39; shots fired at Hartlepool church on Christmas Eve

Posted: 26 Dec 2017 09:15 AM PST

The bell ringers at St Oswald's Church in the town were forced to stop playing when shots, from what is thought to have been an air rifle, were fired at the ... just about to start in the church, which was packed with children and families, when one of the bell ringers came down to say what was happening.

Photos show how people <b>celebrate</b> the holidays around the world

Posted: 26 Dec 2017 06:06 AM PST

... where people celebrate Boxing Day with sporting events, shopping, and shows. A festival in Appenzell, Switzerland, has people dress in elaborate, homemade costumes made of moss, twigs, and leaves. They circle the town: singing carols, ringing bells to scare away evil spirits, and wishing families a ...

Fallen CHP officer remembered as hero, loving father

Posted: 26 Dec 2017 06:00 AM PST

The bell ringing ceremony is a way for the department to immediately acknowledge his sacrifice while funeral planning is underway. ... to learn of the tragic loss of Officer Camilleri...we join his family, friends and the entire California Highway Patrol in mourning his death and in honoring his sacrifice."

Repairs planned for an Indiana city architectural landmark

Posted: 26 Dec 2017 02:52 AM PST

The money will pay for restoration of a skylight leaking rainwater into the sanctuary of First Christian Church in Columbus. ... focuses natural light on the limestone cross at the front of the sanctuary and is considered a signature feature of the church that also has a 166-foot-tall free-standing bell tower.

Coptic Solidarity Supports Congressional Resolution for Coptic Equality

Posted: 26 Dec 2017 02:52 AM PST

A recent report by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) says that not a single new church permit has been granted since the passage of the new church law was passed. Last Friday's attack by fanaticized mobs on a church in Atfeih, 40 km south of Cairo, following a rumor that a bell-tower ...
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