Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Bell ringing record set at All Saints Church, Inverary

New  Bell Ringing Records set to mark the 86th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee .

On Saturday 21st April 2012, Inveraray Bell Tower hosted a record breaking peal attempt on its heavy ring of 10 bells.   A band of ringers drawn from the Ancient Society of College Youths successfully rang a record peal of 10,060 changes of Stedman Caters in 7 hours and 13 minutes.  It was a specially commissioned composition which involved ten individuals ringing one bell each continuously for the full 7 hours and 13 minutes.   

Although similar record peals have been rung before, usually in England, this was the first attempt in Scotland.  And one has never been rung on a set of ten bells as heavy as Inveraray, which are the second heaviest peal of 10 bells in the world with the heaviest bell weighing 2.112kg (apx. 2 tonnes).

Thanks to Cationa Beel for this piece.
Additional information about the bells can be found at www.inveraraybelltower.co.uk

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

'Bells & Smells' followed by sherry, at Easter

The Easter service at Christ Church was both a solemn and a joyful occasion and tinged with sadness.  We had candles, bells and incense, a great change from our usual service.  Clouds of incense filled the church along with bright spring sunshine.

A farewell sherry party followed the service as we said good bye to our interegnum Minister Keith Riglin.  Who donned his kilt for the occasion!

Keith has been with us for two very brief, months. His presence among us was very well timed and lifted us from our doldrums.   He leaves us uplifted and grateful for his time with us.

He will be greatly missed though has promised to come back soon!  Keith - We'll hold you to that!  But wish you all the best with your new job.