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Bell Ringers celebrate 'Heywood Weekend'

Festival weekend marks 125 years

Derbyshire Bell Ringers are set to celebrate with a festival weekend of events starting on Friday 22nd April to commemorate 125 years since the creation of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers by Sir Arthur P Heywood and the 100th anniversary of his death.

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers is the representative body for all who ring bells in the English tradition with rope and wheel. Founded in 1891 by Sir Arthur, the Council today represents 65 affiliated societies, which cover all parts of the British Isles as well as centre’s of ringing in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, South Africa and Italy.

Duffield resident, Sir Arthur also built the ‘Duffield Bank Railway’ in the grounds of his house on the hillside overlooking the village in 1874. He wished to explore the possibilities of such railways for mining, quarrying, agriculture etc. He believed that they would be relatively easy to build, and to move. He saw possibilities for military railways behind the lines carrying ammunition and supplies and also in 1896 he built the Eaton Hall Railway for the Duke of Westminster!

The weekend of events will include Bell Ringing throughout the County and on Saturday afternoon visitors will be warmly welcomed to the Sir Arthur P Heywood exhibition in Duffield Church and to view the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry where they can ‘have a go’.

On Saturday there will also be ‘Ringing for England’ taking place at many churches to celebrate St George’s day.

On Sunday 24th April there will be a special service at St Alkmund’s, Duffield with the Bishop of Derby officiating. Sir Peter Heywood, great grandson of Sir Arthur will read a lesson and another will be read by a young Duffield ringer. Handbells will also be rung during the service.

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From Derbyshire Church, Issue 173
By Diocese of Derby
Sir Arthur was known for his railway as well as bell ringing
Sir Arthur was known for his railway as well as bell ringing
(Source: Diocese of Derby)