This weekend, half-muffled bells rang out across Sussex to commemorate Armistice Day. Next year will be the centenary of the end of World War I, in which more than 50 Sussex ringers lost their lives. In memory of the 1400 bell ringers who died in the First World War, a new national campaign was launched today [12 Nov 2017] to recruit 1400 new bell ringers to participate in the 2018 centenary ringing. This is a call out to all of us and an opportunity for everyone, a chance to make the wonderful ancient tradition of bell ringing open to all. Join the project and become a bell ringer today in memory of the 1400 who lost their lives.
The campaign launch received nationwide media coverage. The ringers of Northchapel, West Sussex, were featured by The Telegraph. The BBC Breakfast interviewed Alan Regin (Central Council Steward of the Rolls of Honour) and demonstrated teaching new recruits. The Guardian and BBC News also ran articles about the new campaign and special plans for ringing on Armistice Day 2018.
More information here.