FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEDICATION AT EMBLETON,
NORTHUMBERLAND.


From the Bell News   Vol 12, Issue 605, page317,

Saturday 28th October1893

EMBLETON, NORTHUMBERLAND.

  The first anniversary of the dedication of the peal of six bells (the most northern in England), was duly commemorated on Saturday, October 28th (SS. Simon and Jude). A party of ringers were in the belfry about 7.15 a.m. to ring for the early service (Holy Communion) at 8 a.m. The ringers met again at 6.15 p.m. to ring for the evening service at 7, when a plain course of Bob Minor was tapped off in very good style, considering that none of the ringers, except the tenor-man, could ring at all a year ago. T. McLaren, 1; C. Pattison, 2; R. McLaren, 3; C. Langley, 4; J. Smailes, 5; Rev. C. Buston (conductor), 6. There was a very fair congregation at the evening service, the musical portion of which included some very good bell hymns which were used at the dedication a year ago. The Rev. Canon Osborne, Vicar of the parish, preached the sermon, which, while it did not fail to give due prominence to the observance of the apostolic festival, contained also some thoughtful remarks on the bells, and good advice to the ringers. The ringers were entertained at breakfast by the Vicar, and at supper by the Curate.

  We append the following, thinking that it may interest some of our readers. It represents a lady's thoughts on the Embleton bells, SS. Simon and Jude’s day, 1893, but it also has much of a general character about it that cannot fail to be appreciated by all ringers.

“ For a year we have had the presence of the bells amongst us. They have identified themselves with our joys and sorrows, and they have shared in our Church life. They have ushered in our great and happy festivals, stirring our dull hearts in the early morning of Christmas and Easter day with a peal of joy and thanksgiving. The muffled peal on Good Friday spoke also to many, whose hearts could in no other way be reached, and desired those who love their crucified Lord, to kneel once more beneath His Cross. Our Sundays are no longer silent. These voices high in mid-air call on us to worship our Creator, and moreover testify to the great truth, that whether men obey the call or not, God lives and reigns, and one day all the whole world shall bow before His Rule of Love and Righteousness. If we are sometimes tempted to be downhearted as we look at our isolated village, will it not cheer us to remember, as the sweet chime of our bells strikes up, that far away the same chime is sounding from stately cathedrals, town churches, and in hundreds of quiet villages, each inviting its own company of worshippers. So our lonely prayer is not really lonely. As the poet says :—
Streams shall meet it by and bye,
From thousand sympathetic hearts;
Together swelling high,
Their chant of many parts.

  And can we not believe that as God has graciously allowed us to put up these bells in His House, and to dedicate them to His Honour, so their music will be heard on high, blended with all others throughout the world, .ascending up even to the Great White Throne, and ringing forth the Universal Te Deum — “ We praise Thee, O God ; We acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.”

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