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Stanley Evans RIP
It is with much sadness that we report the passing of one of our longest serving members, Stanley Evans.
Stanley had been a member since 1959 and had rung 17 peals for the Guild. He was a regular attender at Annual Tours until health cutailed his activity. When unable to attend Stanley always wrote a lovely note of apology at not being able to join the members on tour. Members were always delighted to hear his letter being read out at the annual meeting. Later in life he married Marie and brought Marie on a few tours. They both added a sparkle to the tour, and as we mourn Stanley's passing we very much hold Marie in our prayers.
Stanley served his ministry in the Diocese of Canterbury and was for many years the Vicar of St Saviour Westgate on Sea, on the south east corner of Kent. He was instrumental in getting a ring of 6 bells installed into the tower there and we pray they continue to ring out over the coming years as a memorial to his time in that parish.
We have a picture of a young Stanley after a peal for the Guild during the annual tour in 1964, at St. Thomas Exeter. His lovely cheery smile was always present and marked the delightful character he was - a shining light of Christ's presence that exuded from within him, and he has been a blessing to so many people over the years and will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace old friend.
Back row - middle: Stanley Evans, smiling as ever!
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The Guild of Clerical Ringers Prayer
Almighty God, whose glory fills the skies
And whose steadfast love fills all creation:
Bless we pray you the members of our Guild,
That by our works in belfry, sanctuary, city, town and village,
your love may be known amongst all people,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God now and forever. Amen.
(Written for the Guild by John Nixon R.I.P. 2017)
Message from Guild President Anthony Ellis
While our aim is to enjoy ringing and meeting together we recognise that as clergy we have a responsibility to ensure that relations between the ringing community and Church authorities remain as harmonious as possible. We know that there are tensions at present that have evolved in recent times which we are in a unique position to bridge as ringers who are ordained. We understand that ringing has always been an activity which announces the presence of the Church in the world but it is now an activity undertaken by a group of people with a very varied set of beliefs.
We offer ourselves as a group that has a foot in both camps
Tony Ellis - President
Our Guild was set up with two aims:
- encourage fellowship between clergy who are ringers
- promote change-ringing.
We do this by arranging an annual five day tour in Low Week (the week after Easter Week) which traditionally has been a time for parish clergy to have a break. We spend the week based in comfortable affordable accommodation, and travel round ringing at nearby towers, usually by coach, in different parts of the country. The programme is relaxed, with time for conversation and friendship, and including some shared worship. It is a safe and refreshing week for clergy, who reflect a wide range of working backgrounds – parish, chaplaincy, business, teaching and retired.
The tours allow us to encourage one another in both confidence and skill, not only in trying new methods but tackling different sorts of bells. The tours often include some adventurous choices of tower, from mini-rings to St Paul’s Cathedral. Members range in ability from learning to manage rounds to spliced surprise, and those who have little opportunity to ring otherwise – all ringers are welcomed and encouraged.
We also meet for occasional peal attempts, bringing the opportunity to ring methods that may elude us at home, and for tours of areas where more travelling is needed to reach the towers there, such as Ireland or Cumbria.
We aim to enjoy ourselves and each other’s company, able to be ourselves, and enjoy ringing!
The Guild is open to Ringing Clergy and Ministers from all main denominations.
St Mary Axminster - First tower on the 2019 Low Week tour