On Thursday 8 November, 9.15-10 am a group of North Americans on a bellringing tour will ring the bells at St Mary’s.
What is it about Wivenhoe that brought them here, you may wonder?
Well, we’re not too sure but fancy: they’ve rung in Australia, New Zealand , South Africa and other places where there are bells, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, etc.
We’re happy for you to speculate why they wanted to add Wivenhoe, UK to the list!
On Sunday 11 November bells will ring out across the country to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. This is a national moment and St Mary’s tower will be part of it.
Muffled bells will be rung from 10 am before the Sunday service.
The muffles will be off at 12.30 pm when bells ring for about 20 minutes.
During the wreath laying at the war memorial in the churchyard at about 3.30 pm a muffled Tenor will toll during the calling of names of the fallen.
Then in the early evening, after the lighting of the beacon on the King George V playing field, St Mary’s bells will join in the national Ringing for Peace from 7.05 pm until 7.30 pm.