Appeal of Bells
Memory and Memorial
Saturday 10th November 2018
Village Hall and the Church of St Martin, Martinstown, Dorset
Appeal of Bells - Memory and Memorial will be a celebratory event and an opportunity to remember the 33 Dorset bell ringers lost to conflict in WW1. During the afternoon there will be talks, readings and a hands on demonstration of bell ringing, taking place in Martinstown Village Hall, where refreshments will be available.
This will be followed in the early evening by a newly commissioned performance piece for voices and six bells performed in the Church of St Martin, Martinstown.
David Ward (visual artist), collaborating with Orlando Gough (composer), has been commissioned by the Dorset County Association of Bell Ringers to make a multifaceted artwork for Armistice Day Centenary Weekend 2018. Part of a citizen-led commissioning programme, New Patrons (Fr.).
The performance will highlight the significance of the Martinstown Church Bells, which were installed as the memorial to the five men of the village who lost their lives in WW2. The libretto, written by David Ward, and readings, make reference to the 4 men who lost their lives in WW1, remembered in the village by the dedication of ‘The Reading Room’ as their memorial.
These events will ‘echo’ the community of Martinstown’s history of remembrance.