St George’s Day 2010 in the Southwell & Nottingham Diocese

In 2010 the Guild decided to join the Ring for England initiative promoted by Libby Alexander in the Ringing World. BBC Radio Nottingham were delighted to hear of this nationwide campaign, came positively on board, and gave significant publicity to the initiative starting with a live on air interview on 23 March with Libby Alexander and the Guild’s PRO, Mary Stephens.

The April 18th local radio Sunday Morning faith and religious affairs programme featured the presenter’s visit to a local practice night talking to six of the ringers. The variety of voices demonstrated just how diverse today’s ringers are. This also included the presenter talking through “having a go” at backstroke! (Listen to the interview here)

On 22 April BBC TV East Midlands decided they wanted some footage of bells and bellringing to show on the next day news bulletins in the context of the St George’s initiative. This was hastily arranged at Clifton St Mary the Virgin. Some footage was obtained, and the ringers gave a TV reporter his first experience of bellringing, complete with “having a go” (off camera!)

On the day itself there were live interviews on the Radio Nottingham Breakfast programme about the Ring for England campaign with Alan Ainsworth, from St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Canon Ian Sherwood from Istanbul, Turkey, Libby Alexander and Robert Lewis, Editor of the Ringing World. (Listen to the interview split into first, second and third parts).  Also, Peter England (aptly named!) tower captain of Nottingham St Mary, and his wife Corinna, gave a brief live interview before the start of a Quarter peal attempt of St George’s Day Surprise Major at 6.00p.m. (Listen to the interview here)

The following towers Rang for England – some at 6p.m. and others later in the evening:
Arnold, Annesley (8 tubular bells), Aspley, Attenborough, Bawtry ,Beeston, Bingham, Bramcote, Bulwell, Bunny, Clifton St Mary the Virgin, Coddington, Cotgrave, Daybrook, Eastwood, Edwalton, Everton, Gedling, Holme Pierrepont, Keyworth, Lambley (1 steel bell), Lenton, Mattersey, Orston, Plumtree, Nottingham St Mary Sutton Bonington, Sutton in Ashfield, Teversal, Thoroton, Thrumpton, Tickhill (S. Yorks.) Whatton, Winthorpe, Woodborough.

Quarter peals were rung at:
 Arnold, Beeston, Clifton St Mary the Virgin, Coddington, Eastwood, Nottingham St Mary the Virgin.