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Last month on VE day, we and thousands of other ringers used the bells to help mark the event. Many ringers rang at more than one tower during the day to ensure as many churches as possible could take part. As well as ringing at All Saints, I was asked to help ring two other quarter peals, one of which was at Hurst organised by the sole survivor of a quarter peal rung there on VE day in 1945.
Much of the VE day ringing was sponsored as part of the 'Peace a Peal'. This was a scheme organised by the Church of England Childrens Society who asked ringers to undertake sponsored ringing with half going to the Society and half for the ringers to dispose of as they wished. It seemed fitting to give our half of the £450 raised to the Wokingham British Legion. Needless to say, they were delighted to receive a donation out of the blue.
John Harrison ( July 1995 )
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