“Ringing Out For Peace” is part of the national “Battle’s Over” celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. Church bells are to be rung all over the country including those in Hollingbourne as part of this event.
All Saints’ Parochial Church Council has received the following briefing from the Diocese of Canterbury:
Battle’s Over is a national tribute taking place on 11 November this year, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1. Many bell ringers lost their lives during WW1, and this event is an opportunity to pay tribute to them too. Every church throughout the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man is being encouraged to take part in ‘ringing out for peace’, by ringing their bells at 7.05pm on 11 November 2018. At the same time as the bells are rung a beacon will be lit close to the 100 hawthorn trees that have been planted to commemorate the end of WW1 on Hollingbourne Meadows Trust land at the rear of Tilefields. More details about the national chain of beacons is at https://www.brunopeek.co.uk/
The lighting of the beacon will be the finale to the events organised in Hollingbourne to mark the centenary of the end of WWI. Each of the 100 trees at Project 100 on Hollingbourne Meadows Trust land at the rear of Tilefields is to be lit with a candle and the beacon will be lit in the centre of the trees. The ceremony will include the Last Post and residents are invited to bring refreshments. There is a marquee in case of wet weather and there is a loo. Please see below for more information.