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Island Bells to celebrate NHS70
05 July 2018

Bells will be ringing out across the Island on Saturday 7th July in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the NHS.   The times for each church tower are as follows:

  1. 10:30-11:15 - All Saints', Ryde
  2. 10.30-11.00 - All Saints', Newchurch
  3. 10.30-11.00 - St. George's, Arreton
  4. 11:00-11:30 - St. Mary's, Brighstone
  5. 11:00-11:45 - St. Michael's, Swanmore, Ryde
  6. 11:00-11:45 - Sts. Mary and Rhadegund, Whitwell
  7. 11:30-12:00 - All Saints', Godshill
  8. 12.15 -13.00 - St. Mary's, Brading
  9. 14:00-14:45 - St Saviour-on-the-Cliff, Shanklin
  10. 14:15-14:45 - The Minster Church, Newport
  11. 14:45- 15:15 - St. John the Baptist, Niton
  12. 16:00-16:45 - St. Andrew's, Chale - followed by 5p.m. Communion Service    
  13. 17:00-17:30 - All Saints', Freshwater

Additionally during the day bells will be ringing at St. Mary’s, Carisbrooke and St. Peter’s, Shorwell where there will be ringing following weddings.

The celebratory ringing on the Island has been organised by the Isle of Wight ringers, members of the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Bell Ringers. Viv Nobbs, a bell ringer at All Saints', Ryde said: “The NHS plays an important role in everyone’s lives and 70 years is a major milestone. We felt it was important to celebrate this and to give thanks to all who work in the NHS. All the towers on the Island were keen to participate.

“We’re currently practicing specifically for "Ringing for Peace" when bells across the UK will ring out on 11th November to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. On the Island 5 ringers died in the First World War. Any one interested in learning to ring so they can take part in commemorative Armistice 2018 Ringing in November should register by e-mailing bells@big-ideas.org   Bell towers on the Island are offering taster sessions. Anyone interested in ringing with us for this truly significant event should contact us now.”

Deborah Pollock, Health Visitor in Ventnor, says: “When I came up with the idea and approached the Portsmouth Diocese I never thought this would take off in such a big way. It’s great the way all the Bell Towers on the Island have supported the idea.”

Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive at Isle of Wight NHS Trust says: “This is a really nice gesture by all the Churches and bell ringers on the Island. I am sure that the sound of bells across the Island will be impressive.”

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