To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, all of the towers in the town of Blackburn will be ringing. We will be supporting the DDMS Centenary of the Armistice, Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute and services of remembrance at the three churches with bells. 

Centenary of the Armistice

Her Majesty's Government's ambition is for bells to ring out at 12.30pm on 11th November to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice which signalled the end of the First World War. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport wants bells - of any sort and in any location - across the country and worldwide to join in, as is appropriate, to mark this historic occasion, and very much hopes that the network of English Cathedrals will take part.

Battle’s Over - A Nation’s Tribute

As part of this ‘tribute’ we are encouraging 1000 Cathedrals/Minsters/Churches etc, to ring their bells at 7.05pm that evening and would be grateful if you would consider taking part in this aspect of the event too.

Ringing times for the Blackburn Towers

8.45 am – 9.30 am Ringing for the 9.30 am Civic Service of Remembrance

10 am – 10.30 am Ringing for the 10.30 am service at Saint Silas’, Blackburn

11.02 am – 11.10 am Short peel of bells following two minutes silence at Blackburn Cathedral

11.20 am – 12 noon Ringing at Saint Jude’s, Blackburn after their morning service

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm Ringing at Blackburn Cathedral (Centenary of the Armistice)

7.05 pm – 8.05 pm Ringing at Blackburn Cathedral (Battle’s Over)

The Cathedral has invited all of their  learners join the band in the tower at 7.05 pm to ring with us as part of the Ringing Remembers Campaign.

A New Band for Shore

Congratulations to the new band at Shore and good luck with the ringing planned for November 11th.

Read the full story here.

Just a quick note about the next ten-bell practice at Blackburn Cathedral. 

The next practice will be on Saturday, 8th December 2018 from 10.45 am to 12.15 pm

The last six ten-bell practices at the Cathedral have been very successful and well supported, with lots of different ten bell ringing taking place. Ringing has included rounds, call changes, Plain Hunt, spliced Surprise Major, Grandsire, Erin & Stedman Caters, Little Bob Royal, Kent TB Royal, Cambridge Surprise Royal and Yorkshire Surprise Royal.
These practices are open to anyone that would like to come along and ring on ten bells. Everyone is welcome and we try to allow for all levels of experience: everyone will get a chance to ring. If there is something you would like to ring on the day, then please let us know in advance.
Please feel free to pass on the invitation to anyone that you think would be interested in coming along for the morning.

There is limited parking available on the Cathedral Court, with access via Dandy Walk (next to the Postal Order), and there is plenty of parking available in the town centre for a small fee.
Please let Ray Hutchings know if you are coming along so that we can make sure there are enough people to make the practice a success.