The Memorial Bell

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  1. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    Well I think it's a good cause, but just hope it never gets to be rung,

    Memorial Bell Appeal -

    The purpose of the Memorial Bell Appeal is to purchase a 31", 644lb bell that would toll to signal the approaching repatriation cortège. Representatives from a group that was responsible for the design and construction of the Memorial Garden which include the Royal British Legion are working together with the local community to raise £18,000 for a permanant tower and bell that will be located on the route.
    Why the community needs this charity

    The proposal is to install the bell in a permanent tower on the repatriation route between RAF Brize Norton and The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
    Results and outcomes

    The Memorial Bell Appeal is a community fundraising initiate that will ensure repatriations in Oxfordshire are dignified. Any excess funding from this appeal maybe paid to a charity or charities supporting ex-services personnel.
  2. I personally think it's a ridiculous idea. Why does someone need to ring a bell? If they did "need" to ring a bell, why not get a local church to ring it's bell(s)?

    The whole bell ringing thing instantly conjures up the old "bring out your dead" thing for me.

    Gash idea.
  3. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    because the nearest church is about a mile away from the memorial garden,
  4. Oh well........
  5. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    Sorry but Bump
  6. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    Sorry, but no interest. The arrival of the repatriation cortège is amply announced by the arrival of hearses and the man in the top hat getting out to walk in front.

    £18,000 wasted that could be better spent on the families of the deceased.
  7. Why does there have to be a bell?
  8. Because RWB had one.
  9. Oh right, ******* copy cats.
  10. This is only $37

  11. Have to agree with Smudge on this. It does seem a little like a "bring out your dead" bell. Why do they need a bell to announce the arrival of the cortege? Do people want to just get on doing stuff before racing over and paying their respects on the sound of the bell? The cortege arrival time will be known so stand and wait ... if it's delayed then you just stand there longer ... the guys in the coffins won't mind. The money could be spent more wisely besides which a church bell 1 mile away would still be heard.
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  12. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
    1. Battlefield Tours

    & when the route is changed what happens to the bell?
  13. Then just nick this one - it's not like they need it any more!

    As already said, not a good idea and smacks of melodrama.
  14. Adrian Coomber """The original idea for the memorial bell came from the mother of the late Marine Jason Mackie. So far the memorial bell appeal has attracted kind donations of more than £4,000. It will not be tax payers money or council reserves that pays for a bell, if it does indeed come to fruition it will be due to the kindness and generosity of those who feel that it would be a fitting addition to the repatriation ceremonies.""