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Church bells toll as act of remembrance

S14845H14 St Pater's Church, Upper Beeding

S14845H14 St Pater's Church, Upper Beeding

THE parish of Beeding and Bramber with Botolphs will be tolling the church bell at midday to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

The Rev John Challis, vicar for the 3bs parish, said the plan was to toll the church bell of either St Peter’s Church in Upper Beeding or St Nicholas’ Church in Bramber at midday on each day that a soldier from the parish fell.

He explained: “The parish has been working on making sure we remember the anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

“We plan to toll the church bell as a mark of remembrance and respect for those who gave their lives.

“Listen out for the bell tolling at noon today and then whenever you hear it again at noon, the chances are it will be marking the death of a person from our villages who fell.”

The First World War started in the UK at 11pm on August 4, 1914, which was midnight in German time.

People in the villages are being asked to join the parish and the Royal British Legion in turning out their lights and placing a lit candle in the window from 10pm to 11pm.

The parish will also be holding exhibitions later in the year, to show the work of those who stayed behind and had to change the shape of the villages and keep the war effort going.

 

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