Press release issued 22 May 2009At midday on Sunday 24 May, church bells across Bristol will ring to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the University, just as they did in May 1909 when King Edward VII granted the University its Royal Charter to grant degrees.
Great George, the nine-and-a-half-ton bell in the tower of the Wills Memorial Building on Queen’s Road, will ring for two minutes at midday, then other churches in Bristol will join in with a quarter ‘peal’, which lasts approximately 45 minutes.
The participating churches are Bristol Cathedral, College Green; St Mary Magdalene, Stoke Bishop; St Mary Redcliffe, Redcliffe Way; St Matthew’s, Kingsdown; St Michael on the Mount, Without, St Michael's Hill; and St Stephen The Martyr, City Centre.
Some 50 campanologists (bell-ringers) will participate in the mass bell-ringing event and they include local bell-ringers, the President of the University of Bristol Society of Change Ringers, the Student Ringing Master, University of Bristol staff and students (past and present) and UWE students.
The event is part of the University’s ongoing programme of centenary celebrations and everyone is encouraged to come along and enjoy the free event on Sunday in the pleasant surroundings of the University’s new centenary garden next to the tower of the Wills Memorial Building or on College Green.
Professor David Clarke, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Centenary Celebrations Project Board, said:
‘We hope the ringing of the bells will serve as a reminder that although the University is now a global player, it remains proud to be part and parcel of the city from which it grew.’
Please contact Dara O'Hare for further information.
Bell-ringers preparing for the big event on Sunday
Mike Dury and Charles Clapham doing a final maintenance check on Great George
We hope the ringing of the bells will serve as a reminder that although the University is now a global player, it remains proud to be part and parcel of the city from which it grew.