Somerford Keynes A Parish in the Cotswold Water Park
© Somerford Keynes Parish Council and contributors 2014-9
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Daniel, Lynton & Dave at the church- PW
The handbells waiting quietly- PW
Nearly ready - JS
Look what I brought - JS
Ringing - JS
What a noise! - JS
Ringing - JS
Cowbells? - JS
Breakfast with Grandad - JS
Breakfast with granny - JS
still ringing - JB
Phone ringing - JS
Bike bell - JS
Daniel - PW
David A - PW
David C - PW
Lynton going wild - PW
As an Olympic starter we rang as many bells as could be found at 08:12 on 27th July 2012. We joined with many others up and down the land in this idea thought up by Martin Creed, the Turner Prize winning artist. About 60 people joined in, with several ringers at the church, and everyone else at the village hall. At the church, all four bells were rung at the same time for the stipulated three minutes, by five ringers. We then rushed down to the village hall to join everyone else for breakfast. Meanwhile in the hall the village’s handbells were rung for the first time by all the children.  The adults had found that there were all sorts of bell-like things at home, and brought them along to join the general noise. Once the three minutes were up everyone joined in breakfast, which lasted about an hour. No doubt some were well enough fed until the evening TV show of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Thanks to the Village Hall committee, the Parochial Church Council and the Parish Council for sponsoring this event - we did not get round to asking the Arts Council (the advertised sponsor). Thanks to Muriel, Sandy and Stephanie for the breakfast idea and execution: without them it would all have been over in three minutes. We also thank the tireless duo of Mike and Des for the decoration and setup of the village hall, beflagged inside and out.
Pictures by John Brailey, John Sweet and Peter Watkins
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