The Memorial Bell

jim24

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Book Reviewer
#1
Well I think it's a good cause, but just hope it never gets to be rung,

Memorial Bell Appeal - Localgiving.com

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.
 

jim24

LE
Book Reviewer
#3
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.
because the nearest church is about a mile away from the memorial garden,
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#6
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
Well I think it's a good cause, but just hope it never gets to be rung,

Memorial Bell Appeal - Localgiving.com

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.
Why does there have to be a bell?
 
#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.
 

oldbaldy

LE
Moderator
#12
& when the route is changed what happens to the bell?
 
#13
Because RWB had one.
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.""
 

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