We know our bells are currently quiet, but if you have ever wondered why visitors can ring the Church bells so easily, it’s because they are on what’s called an Ellacombe Chiming Method.
An Ellacombe apparatus is a device that enables one person to ring all the bells of a church. It’s said that Revd. Ellacombe devised the mechanism so that all the bells could be rung by one trusted person without involving a band of unruly and perhaps drunken ringers! So apologies to Revd. Ellacombe, but we have a lot of fun on the system he created to say ‘down with that sort of thing!’
Saturday 26th June 2021, a worldwide celebration is planned for the 200th anniversary of Rev Henry Thomas Ellacombe’s invention of ringing chimes, focused on St Mary’s Church Bitton, England where the ‘Ellacombe Chiming Apparatus’ was invented and first installed.
Bells throughout the world will be ringing at noon local time, starting in New Zealand. They will make their way to Bitton, and then across the Americas, finishing in Vancouver, Canada, 17 hours after they first started. We will be ringing the Shandon bells at noon tomorrow to mark the event.
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