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A Bell for Ypres

 

The Harrow Association (HA) and Harrow Development Trust (HDT) donated the tenor bell for a new ring of eight bells in the St Georgeʼs Memorial Church in Ypres in Belgium, in honour of the Harrovians and Masters who died in World War One. 

This Anglican Church was built to serve the British community who settled in Ypres after the War and as a place of remembrance for the soldiers killed, as well as for those who served and returned home. Latterly, it has become a place of pilgrimage for the many thousands of visitors to Ypres and the surrounding battlefields and cemeteries.

The fine tower at St Georgeʼs was originally intended to house a peal of English change-ringing bells, although this was never realised. In 2016, however, permission was granted by the church authorities and by the Flanders Heritage Department finally to fulfil this intention by installing a new peal of eight bells with a tenor (the heaviest) of 6cwt (300kg). The new bells are the completion this lasting legacy of commemoration.

On 11 November 2017, three Harrovians, accompanied by four supporters from the School and St Mary’s parish visited the church to meet with those involved with the bells project, and to ring the bells before the Service of Commemoration on Remembrance Sunday.