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  1. Valia


    Please would it be possible to publish the following article on your website? Thank you very much. Valia


    Monday 4 August marks the 100th Anniversary of the date that Great Britain entered the First World War. The Bell Ringers of St Margret of Antioch, Hinton Waldrist will be ringing the bells half-muffled in honour of the Fallen of WWI from Hinton, Longworth and Kingston Bagpuize – our villages suffered losses of three times the national average. Local historian Rob Belk will display his superb timeline banners which follow the individual stories of our Fallen against the backdrop of the events of the War. There will be compelling narrative extracts from the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers’ annual reports for the years of the War which tell the ringers’ story, and a page reproduced from the ringers’ Roll of Honour in St Paul’s Cathedral which records Longworth resident William Henry Rivers. Various WWI artefacts will also be on display, including some from descendants of the Fallen.

    The Church will be open for ‘prayer and contemplation’ and to view the exhibition from 6.00pm to 9.00pm, with the bells being rung from 7.00 to 8.30pm. The sound of English church bells ringing half-muffled is extremely poignant and is a mark of great respect. It is a sound that would have been heard continuously throughout the country during the War years, so the sound of the bells half-muffled is a fitting complement to this exhibition.

    There is no service or formal ceremony. This 100-year commemoration is designed as a simple acknowledgement of the horrors that were to follow and as a tribute to those from our villages who made the ultimate sacrifice.


    If you would like further details, or if you have any WWI material you would like to be included in the exhibition please contact Valia on 01865-821671.

  2. Valia

    Please could you add the following to the village diary

    Longworth Festival of Bells on Sunday 13 September 2015 11.30 am -4.30 pm, St Mary’s Church, Longworth

    Event details: The launch of the Bell Restoration project including the magnificent Charmborough Ring mobile belfry designed so that you can see how full-circle ringing works , and have a go. Many exhibits including handbells, photographs of St Mary’s bells, White’s of Appleton Bellhangers’ fascinating display, and from St Paul’s Cathedral the beautiful, hand-illuminated Great War Memorial Book which commemorates the Fallen Ringers of WWI. It will be an amazing day! Admission FREE!

  3. Valia

    Please could you add the following to the Longworth Village diary. Thank you very much>

    Saturday 12 December Christ Church Cathedral Singers Christmas Concert
    St Mary’s Church, Longworth 7.30 pm

    In aid of the Longworth Bell Restoration Project

  4. Merilyn Dean

    By popular demand there will be another murder mystery performed by our local talent in the village hall on 7th May 2016

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