On 11th November Newchurch Bell Ringers joined both the national bell ring at 12.30 pm, along with other churches and cathedrals around the UK, and the international bell ring at 7.05 pm when every church in the world rang out to celebrate peace to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. At 12.30 pm three new ringers who have signed up to the 1400 initiative started by the government to replace the 1400 bell ringers killed in WW1 took part.
On one of the pews in Newchurch is a ‘There But Not There’ figure depicting the silhouette of a ‘Tommy’ soldier who died in WW1. This is to commemorate Edwin Leatherbarrow aged 22, a member of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, who was killed on 15th July 1918 just four months before the end of the war. Edwin was an active member of Newchurch Parish Church and was also a bellringer. In his honour on 22nd July before the10.30 am service, the bellringers will ring the King’s Peel in his honour followed by 22 rings of the toll bell representing his age when he died. The silhouette will remain in church until Remembrance Sunday.
Revd Barbara Alldred, the Choir, representatives of the Royal British Legion, uniformed organisations and members of the congregation gathered round the War Memorial following the Service of Remembrance to lay wreaths and say prayers.