Diocese of Portsmouth

    Bells to ring for the birthday of the NHS

    5 July 2018

    CHURCH bells will ring out across the Isle of Wight this Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

    The celebratory ringing on the Island has been organised by Isle of Wight bell-ringers who are members of the Winchester and Portsmouth Guild of Bell Ringers

    You can hear the bells ringing in various churches at the following times:

  • 10:30-11:15 - All Saints', Ryde
  • 10.30-11.00 - All Saints', Newchurch
  • 10.30-11.00 - St. George's, Arreton
  • 11:00-11:30 - St. Mary's, Brighstone
  • 11:00-11:45 - St. Michael's, Swanmore. Ryde
  • 11:00-11:45 - Sts. Mary and Rhadegund, Whitwell
  • 11:30-12:00 - All Saints', Godshill
  • 12.15 -13.00 - St. Mary's, Brading
  • 14:00-14:45 - St Saviour-on-the-Cliff, Shanklin
  • 14:15-14:45 - The Minster Church, Newport
  • 14:45- 15:15 - St. John the Baptist, Niton
  • 16:00-16:45 - St. Andrew's, Chale - followed by 5p.m. Communion Service
  • 17:00-17:30 - All Saints', Freshwater
  • Additionally during the day bells will be ringing at St. Mary’s, Carisbrooke and St. Peter’s, Shorwell where there will be ringing following weddings.

    Viv Nobbs, a bell ringer at All Saints', Ryde said: “The NHS plays an important role in everyone’s lives and 70 years is a major milestone. We felt it was important to celebrate this and to give thanks to all who work in the NHS. All the towers on the Island were keen to participate.

    “We’re currently practicing specifically for 'Ringing for Peace' when bells across the UK will ring out on 11th November to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. On the Island, five ringers died in the First World War. Any one interested in learning to ring so they can take part in commemorative Armistice 2018 Ringing in November should register by e-mailing bells@big-ideas.org Bell towers on the Island are offering taster sessions. Anyone interested in ringing with us for this truly significant event should contact us now.”

    Deborah Pollock, Health Visitor in Ventnor, said: “When I came up with the idea and approached the Portsmouth diocese I never thought this would take off in such a big way. It’s great the way all the bell towers on the Island have supported the idea.”

    Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said: “This is a really nice gesture by all the churches and bell ringers on the island. I am sure that the sound of bells across the Island will be impressive.”

    A multi-faith service of celebration is also  being held on Wednesday 11th July 2018 at All Saints Church, Ryde. The service will start at 6pm and last for about 45 minutes. Light refreshments will be available afterwards. The service is open to all serving and former NHS staff as well as Islanders who want to support the NHS. Please register your interest in attending at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NHS70service/ or e-mail NHS70@iow.nhs.uk or telephone 01983-822099 ext. 5703.