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Bells in Caston

by Alison Skipper - 15:40 on 28 July 2012

At 08:12 today, 27th July 2012, thousands of people across the UK joined together to ring in the first day of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

A group of 11 villagers gathered at The Church of The Holy Cross, Caston at 8.00am to take part in this national event.
After a short practice the volunteers precisely counted down the seconds to 8.12am to start the 3 minute ringing session. The first one and a half minutes went very smoothly and then the ringers started to reach the “burn” and the final one and a half minutes seemed a very long time for the amateur ringers, some not having rung a church bell for a great number of years.

After ringing finished, they joined other parishioners in a short service dedicated to the Olympics and Paralympics, praying for the protection and safety of all. Annabel Valentine reminded us that this was the first time in 70 years, to the day,  that so many bells had been rung at one time across the nation. The last time marked the victory at El Alamein in World War 2, which signified the first major victory for the allied forces.

More pictures are available from the parish council clerk at

This event was organised by All The Bells and lots more information can be found on this site where you can here a new work by artist Martin Creed and also download a special celebration Olympic ring tone for your phone.

Malcolm Valentine checks his watch - Jane Horner patiently awaits.

Comment from John Barnes at 23:05 on 23 January 2013.
Well done Caston to chime the bells for the start of the Olympics. I was ringing at Christ Church, Spitalfieds, London. There is no reason why Caston bells should not be swing-chimed before Sunday services. Would a small group of people be willing to arrive at church 15 minutes before service to do that? Chiming is not hard to do. (Full circle ringing needs much more training and practice.) Caston has a tradition of hearing bells on Sundays.
Comment from David Banham at 00:44 on 30 March 2013.
So nice to see my home Village spread across the world. It's changed a bit since I left in 1970 to join Royal Air Force, my last visit was to show off the Village to my fipina wife in 2008, presently working in Singapore, home now very North of Philippines, if any one remembers us feel free to email.

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