Church towers ring out for Suffolk Day
Thursday 21st June 2018
Church towers throughout the county were in fine voice on Suffolk Day as they rang peals in celebration of the annual event.
Bell ringers in our Diocese showed their support for the second Suffolk Day by making their church’s voice heard through a variety of tunes rung out on the bells. Those taking part included: Great Barton; Thurston; Bardwell; Clare; Halesworth; Lakenheath; Woolpit; Elveden; Yoxford; Horringer; Barrow; Exning; Theberton; Rougham; Rattlesden; Falkenham; Kersey; Exning and Wissett. Joining in the occasion were Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike, who rang the church bells at the S Nicholas Centre in Ipswich.
Bishop Martin said: "We are delighted to play our part in a joyous celebration of the county that we are fortunate to call our home. I am so pleased that this is now becoming an annual event in which we celebrate the wide variety of activities, attractions, communities and countryside that gives Suffolk such a special atmosphere. The sun rises in the east of the county and sets in the west, and, at all points of the compass there is something to be cherished in Suffolk. ‘Suffolk Day is a day to come together in our care for one another and especially for those in need in our county. We thrive as a county when we work to overcome deprivation in all its forms, often hidden from most people’s view. Our churches are committed to this and I am thankful that on Suffolk Day so many people are helping us all. We will have even more to celebrate as we together tackle the challenges of isolation, loneliness and poverty in our county.”
Bishop Mike added: "Suffolk Day is a great springboard to showcase some of the wonderful features of our county - from food to fashion - and a fabulous way for us to celebrate our good fortune in living in such a vibrant, creative and richly blessed area"
The day says a huge thank you to all the many volunteers busy working across our region. A number of stories are being posted on our social media feed and you can follow #thankyousuffolk and #suffolkday.
Today the Diocese has also launched three 'Connect' videos on social media, each one tells our story as we offer support to our communities. The three films feature The Rural Coffee Caravan, Thirst Youth Club in Beccles as well as Parish Nurses. Each film and many more can be seen on Facebook @cofesuffolk or on www.YouTube.com.