Public Relations Officer’s Report 2021
The Association got back to ringing slowly and only for short periods in spacious and well-ventilated towers once suitable guidance from the Central Council was disseminated in the summer of the year, but nothing that was particularly newsworthy.
Given that most of our ringing has historically been on bells hung for full-circle ringing, it is perhaps ironic that the one occasion where ringing reached the national news was the 200th anniversary of the Ellacombe Chimes ringing apparatus on June 20th 2021. I wrote around the Diocese asking for information from churches planning to mark this occasion with ringing, but had replies from only a few towers (all in the Huntingdon District) who had suitable Ellacombe devices and, crucially, someone available to ring them. The Hunts Post gave us some nice publicity, accompanied by a photo of Roger Beaman with the Holywell chimes, also mentioning planned ringing at Hemingford Abbots and St Ives. Those churches lucky enough to have working chimes had an opportunity even during lockdowns to keep the sound of bells in the ears of the public so that towers didn’t fall completely silent – in itself a very direct and potent form of publicity!
As the situation hopefully returns to something nearer normal in 2022, please do give me your news of special ringing with good advance notice, including suitable photos, so that I can pitch it to local papers and radio stations. We have been asked to ring for the anniversary of the Queen’s Accession on 6th February, and during the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend in June. Please let me have your plans so that we can notify the public in advance, and they can be listening out for our efforts.
Public Relations Officer's Report 2020 & 2019
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