The Centenary of the Armistice - bellringing
15 October 2018 by Cara Butowski

The Centenary of the Armistice - bellringing

As part of the programme to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice which signalled the end of the First World War, Her Majesty's Government is inviting communities across the UK to ring bells on 11 November at 12.30pm.

This will be a symbolic way to give thanks for the end of war 100 years ago and it will replicate the national outpouring of relief that took place at the end of the war as news of the Armistice filtered through and bells which had long been silent rang out. It will also coincide with the stepping off of 10,000 members of the public who will process past the Cenotaph in a nation's thank you. In this way, bells ringing out at 12.30 will help mark a shift in emphasis from the solemn services of Remembrance in the morning to one of thanksgiving for the end of war and for peace, in the afternoon.

The Government wants bells of any sort and in any location - across the country and also worldwide - to join in, as is appropriate, to mark this historic occasion, and very much hopes that churches across the UK will participate. 

They very much want anyone participating in bellringing on 11 November to help populate this map by adding their bell ringing events at the button. It's very quick and you don't have to register. Simply go on the website, enter the details and it will appear on the map.