Church bells at St Bartholomew’s Church rang out on Maundy Thursday to show solidarity with the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, which was devastated by fire on the evening of Monday April 15th. The bell team led by Tower Captain, Liz Hughes, rang peals of reverence for half an hour from 15:30 hrs on Thursday 18th, for the 850 year old French cathedral, whose iconic spire was lost and roof structure severely damaged by the fire, which took firefighters around 15 hours to extinguish.

Crewkerne bell ringers at the parish church responded to a request by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu and others in the echelons of the Christian clergy across England, to toll their bells at churches and cathedrals across the country on Thursday. Our featured photograph, taken by Jeffrey Hutson, shows Liz Hughes (Tower Captain), with Tash Judeo, Sue Berridge, Margaret Hutson, Sam Murphy and Katy Pritchard ringing the bells at St Bartholomew’s Church in Crewkerne on Thursday afternoon.

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