Bell ringing for +Libby installation 2015

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undefinedBell ringers made a big effort to celebrate the installation at Chester Cathedral of Libby Lane as the Church of England's first woman bishop. The twelve bells of the Addleshaw Tower were put to good use on the day

Bell ringers made a big effort to celebrate the installation at Chester Cathedral of Libby Lane as the Church of England’s first woman bishop. The twelve bells of the Addleshaw Tower were put to good use on the day …

Helen Mitchell, who arranges a quarter peal (lasting just under one hour normally) on second Sundays of the month, assembled a group comprising some of her regulars but also made sure that all five branches of the Chester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers were represented for the ringing that heralded Bishop Libby’s installation on Sunday 8 March – International Women's Day. There was also ringing after the service ended.  

A quarter of Little Bob Maximus was deemed a suitable offering on the bells, which are hung in a tower that has challenging acoustics. 

Those ringing before the service were: Andrew Jobson (Tarporley), Peter Wilkinson (Weaverham), Tom Nestor (Goostrey), Diana Anderson (Frodsham), Randle Tinkler (West Kirby), Carrie Hyde (Frodsham), Andrew Rawlinson (Weaverham), Jeanette Jenkins (Prestbury), David Friend (Poynton), Helen Foster (Macclesfield), Kevin Rogers (Macclesfield), Richard Raymond (Prestbury), Ian Taylor (Middlewich), Helen Mitchell (Handbridge), David Adams (Cathedral), Michael Moore (Hale and Bowdon), Susan Stratton (Bowdon), Geoffrey Edwards (Audlem), Duncan Hyde (Frodsham), Patrick Deakin (Tarvin), Peter Winter (Stretton), Rachael Anderson (Frodsham) and Ben Kellett (Malpas).

Those ringing after the service, in addition to the above, were: Christine Ball (Little Budworth), Pam Jobson (Tarporley) and Ray Worrall (Little Budworth).

One person ringing before he went into the service, was Michael Moore from St Peter’s church, Hale (+ Libby's former parish). 

At Libby’s induction service in April 2007 Michael and his wife had handed her the elements. He is an active member of St Peter's, but it is a church with chiming bells only.  Michael was moved to try his hand on proper turning bells, and last September went to learn to ring at Bowdon. On receiving the invitation to the various branches to come over to ring for the new bishop, Michael replied that he would like to come just to watch, but have his name recorded as a representative of Libby's former church. 

The guild, however, decided to include Michael in the ringing – and he did very well in his first ring on twelve bells.