Battle's Over. A Nation's Tribute - 11th November 2018
It begins at 6am on November 11 th 2018 with lone pipers playing Battle’s O’er, a traditional tune played after a battle, outside of every cathedral and many churches, throughout the country.
During the day, town criers will ‘Cry For Peace Around The World’ in their communities, and later in the day, at 6.55pm, buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, where at 7pm WW1 Beacons of Light will be lit, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of war.
Finally, at 7.05pm church and cathedral bells throughout the UK will be ‘Ringing Out for Peace’.
A dozen families in the parish of Norton-in- Hales lost a husband or a son in the Great War, and the ringers of St.Chads wish to commemorate them as part of the tribute.
If you want to be part of this unique event, and aren't a piper, town crier or bugler, then perhaps you would like to ring? You can’t ring? That isn’t a problem. The ringers of St Chads would more than happy to help you become a competent ringer in time for the event.
Anyone from age 12 upwards can begin to learn this traditional skill. It can help you keep fit and is a good workout for the brain. It takes about three months to become competent, and can provide a lifetime of challenges. Come and see how it's done - and give it a try!
You do not have to be a churchgoer to join us, we welcome everyone. We ring on Sundays between 10.45 and 11.15am and practise on Mondays. We also ring for occasional seasonal services, weddings and other events, and the tower is often visited by ringers from other towers throughout the country.