Best news of the season and just in time for trick-or-treating up north! Thomas’s daughter Lily is back to normal after her emergency appendectomy five weeks ago. It was somewhat of a harrowing experience for all concerned, however, the whole family is now catching up on long awaited sleep and Lily had a growth spurt and is noticeably taller now. Warm and yummy pumpkin spiced regards from Miami!
Amazing view of Trinity Bell Tower from Bobbie’s balcony. Imagine the fireworks last night! Photo credit Barbara.
Julie McDonnell is a bell ringer from Sussex (UK) who has Leukaemia (CML) who recently organized an International ringing event to help fund vital research. Her goal was to raise £100,000 and to add 1,000 potential stem cell donors to the Anthony Nolan and associated registers. She had a stem cell transplant in December 2016 and wants to give other people the chance of life through this event.
This past weekend UK sponsored Bell ringers and walkers walked and rang along the historic Pilgrims Way from Wye to Canterbury Cathedral, ringing at Wye, Chilham, Chartham, St Dunstan’s and St Stephen’s, and at Canterbury Cathedral a specially composed method Quarter Peal “Strike Back Bob Cinques” was rung by Julie and her band mates. Julie is only a novice ringer of 18 months, however, she was thus challenged to join in and learn to ring on 12 bells beforehand, reaching the high standard of ringing at Canterbury Cathedral.
On the same day, 200 churches and twenty five cathedrals across the UK and as far and wide as possible rang in unity of the sponsored walk and awareness campaign of the 137 blood cancers that exist. This is the first time in the history of the church that bell ringers have united together in such a cause.
Trinity Cathedral joined in on Sunday to dedicate the Service Touch to Julie’s cause.
See full list of participants to include Miami: http://bb.ringingworld.co.uk/event.php?id=4067
For more information on Julie’s Strikeback: http://juliedmcdonnell.wix.com/strikeback
Trinity Bell Tower Band Members Present: Bobbie, Marguerite, Judy, Anne (back); Jim and Robert (front).
“We had an incredible practice last night with Phil taking on not only very helpful instruction for me, but also valuable pointers on rounds, changes and even rope-tying tips for the whole group. Thank you Phil and Kimberly and of course Judy and Carol for being always incredibly supportive of me.” Robert
In addition, we are very pleased to have new ringers Robert and Ana joining in with the band as of late and thrilled to have Pamela back in town for a bit so that we can bask in the splendor of her advanced ringing counsel and camaraderie.
It was a pleasure to ring for the “Liturgy of the Palms” service this year which commenced in the courtyard with the choir stationed on the stairs to the bell tower to sing prior to leading the procession into the cathedral.
Please visit the link below to find out more about bell ringing at the Trinity Tower!