One hundred and thirty bell-ringers past and present will gather in Nottingham this weekend to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
The Nottingham University Society of Change Ringers (NUSCR) celebrates its golden anniversary with a bell-ringing tour of four Nottinghamshire churches and a celebration dinner at the Council House in Nottingham's Market Square on Saturday 16 February 2008.
Founded in 1958 by two students at The University of Nottingham, NUSCR set up home at All Saints' Church in Nottingham where they continue to practice every Tuesday between 7pm and 8.30pm and ring for Sunday service.
The current President of NUSCR is Teresa Meadows, a Geography student at The University of Nottingham. She said: "Bell ringing has a wide ranging appeal, as you can see from our current students that study a diverse mix of courses from Archaeology and English to Physics. The social life that surrounds practice ringing and Sunday services is always fun and friendly, with many tours to towns and villages across the country throughout the year. New members are always welcome whether they can ring or not, and are a valuable part in retaining a long-standing tradition."
During their 36 year association with All Saints' Church the society has raised £14,500 to restore and re-hang the original eight bells and more recently they raised another £12,000 to add another two bells to the tower.
NUSCR is one of the oldest societies affiliated to the University of Nottingham Students' Union. Its principal aim is to encourage and develop the art and science of change ringing. The society welcomes students from The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University to teach and practice English change ringing and represent Nottingham at the annual Northern Universities Association Striking Competition each November.
All members across the fifty years have been either undergraduate or postgraduate students, or university staff. Today the society's 25 members continue to maintain the bells and fittings in their home tower.
Gavin McLeod, a second year law student at The University of Nottingham and Secretary of the society said; "This anniversary is a truly significant event for the society. Fifty years is a long time, particularly when one considers that the society is made up of, and entirely run by, students. We all hope it will prove a big success, as it deserves to be.'
The society begins its anniversary tour by ringing the bells at Southwell Minster from 10am to 10.15am. They ring the changes at East Bridgford from 11.15am to 12noon. From 2pm to 2.45pm they will be at St Mary and All Saints' Church in Bingham and St Mary's Church in Radcliffe on Trent from 3pm to 3.45pm. They re-convene at the Council House for the 50th Anniversary Dinner in the evening.
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It provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia.
Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation - School of Pharmacy).
Its students are much in demand from 'blue-chip' employers. Winners of Students in Free Enterprise for three years in succession, and current holder of UK Graduate of the Year, they are accomplished artists, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and fundraisers. Nottingham graduates consistently excel in business, the media, the arts and sport. Undergraduate and postgraduate degree completion rates are amongst the highest in the United Kingdom.
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