YOU DECIDE: SHOULD THE BELLS RING OUT FOR CHRISTMAS?

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Church bells are part of our heritage: what will be lost when they ultimately fall silent?

AN ugly internal dispute between bell-ringers and clergy means that York Minster’s famous bells will fall silent on Christmas Day for the first time since the 14th century.

An equally old tradition, that of casting the great bells for churches all over Britain, comes close to an end when London’s 500-year-old Whitechapel bell foundry- one of only two left in the country – ceases operations this year.

So in a country where Christianity steadily commands a smaller and smaller following SHOULD the bells ring out for Christmas? Or Anglicanism be so inextricably linked to the Constitution? Ought our Head of State automatically become  Defender of THE Faith. Or, indeed, of any or all them?

If mighty York Minster and her parishioners are prepared to do without church bells for Christmas, perhaps the rest of Christendom can and should, too.

In the spirit of the age – of the likes of Southern Rail, British Airways, Weetabix workers, junior doctors – should the bells of Bath and Wells, Canterbury and St Paul’s now show solidarity: one out, all out?

A bleak and bell-less Christmas. Is that a prospect to make the heart soar, to soothe the savage breast with the prospect of an extra hour a-bed un-roused by the clanging cacophony from adjacent bell lofts?

Put yourself in the position of the people of York: for them, Christmas 2016 will be a step into a place not known since the 1300s, a Christmas without a clanging call to prayer.

Is that where a modern Britain ought to be headed?

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The more I read about this David, the murkier it seems to get. It should never have been allowed to get to this ridiculous pass., We have connections with York going back to the early 1980s (our grand-daughter is currently in her last year at the University of York) and we find this a very sad situation indeed,

  2. David is a real killjoy; he could hardly expect to qualify as an upholder of British values! Scrooge! Enjoy the efforts of the ringers; enjoy the heritage represented; enjoy the sound; it’s infinitely easier on the ear than some of the mechanical rubbish churned out in shops at Christmas.
    There is also a notion that folk who buy houses close to churches should have the right to have bells silenced – buy a house next to a church and expect bells; buy a house by a railway line – don’t be surprised that passing trains make a noise, but perhaps NUR / ASLEF are trying to allow neighbours of Southern Rail the opportunity of enjoying peace, tranquillity and time with their families!
    Merry Christmas – humbug!!

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