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Announcing Guild of Bellringers

4/14/2014

Dean Markham of Virginia Theological Seminary recently announced plans for the bells of the new chapel – and parishioners of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill are invited to play a role.  Please speak with the Rector if you are interested in this exciting opportunity!

Read on for details: 
 
Friday, March 28, 2014
Today I am part of a group watching history being made. I am standing at the historic
Whitechapel Foundry (where the Liberty Bell was made) watching the last and largest of
the bells being cast for our new chapel. These are the bells which will go into our tower -
a full set of eight changing bells - the only set of changing bells in all of Virginia.
 
Today I am pleased to announce that we will start to create, in partnership with
Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, our very own guild of bellringers. The guild is open to
(a) anyone who wants to learn how to change ring and (b) anyone who wants to be a
Friend of all things having to do with the bell tower. Learning to change ring is
technical and skilled work, which takes practice to do well. So Ms. Linda Huntington
has agreed to take a lead on the creation of the guild; and she will be working with two
tower captains - Rob and Catherine Gibson. The Gibsons have offered to start training
those who are interested in learning this ancient and beautiful craft. However, the
second option of being a friend is a more gentle way of connecting with this remarkable
 musical world.
Anyone at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill and in our Seminary community should feel free to approach
Linda Huntington and express their interest in joining the guild. The bells will be operational in January;
it will be fabulous to have our guild ready and willing to announce the significant arrival of our new chapel
with a peal of bells.
 
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President 
 
 


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