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  • Ding Dong Merrily On High

    From John.

    Listening to the others ringing the method 'St Nicholas' on Sunday reminded me of another example of 'topical' ringing. On remembrance Sunday, we finished with 'Diminishing Rounds' - The bells rung in order of weight, lightest to heaviest, round and round. Then one by one the lightest bell remaining stops, and so falls away from the pattern of sound, leaving eventually only the deep tenor bell tolling alone, then silence. A poignant salute to the dead.

    Recent BBC Four programmes: 'Still Ringing After All These Years: A Short History of Bells' and 'Come Bell Ringing with Charles Hazlewood' might be found on the BBC iPlayer, and are well worth watching. And all scenes filmed at Berlin zoo are clearly and honestly described as such.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b018ct1c/Still_Ringing_After_All_These_Years_A_Short_History_of_Bells/

    Though there will not be enough ringers to ring all eight, the bells of St Johns will be rung for the midnight service on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas morning. Normal practice will resume in the new year.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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