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For whom the bell tolls

by Michael Ford last modified 29 Jan, 2021 01:40 PM

Across the Diocese, our churches and their communities are marking the tragic milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths.

For whom the bell tolls

Original photo by Brian Robert Marshall, courtesy

As in many of our Deaneries, Blackmore Vale Chapter discussed how they could respond to the tragic passing of the 100,000 covid death mark, and the suggested idea is that - where possible - a single ringer tolls a bell 100 times on Sunday 31st January at 12.00noon.

Each ring marks 1000 Covid deaths.

Rural Dean Lydia Cook said:

“Tolling a bell in this way is a traditional way of marking national events in our communities: we could do this on Sunday as a mark of respect and a symbol of shared grief.

"Tower Captains will need to liaise with clergy about a covid risk assessment, and no one should be in church alone."

How did your church mark this tragic milestone? .

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