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Peace and the Peace Bell at St Peter's Church

Following the Armistice the bells of St Peter's rang out for an hour from noon to one o'clock. Mr Leonard Manfield, who had arrived home from the front that morning, joined his old colleagues to ring them.

The Union Jack was flown from Ash Vale School and the scholars sang the national anthem. Then they had a lesson on what armistice meant. In the afternoon the school managers came and everyone sang patriotic songs. Then they went to St Mary’s Church for a thanksgiving service.

Mr James Payne composed an appropriate verse on the victory, and exhibited it on a blackboard outside his home, Hereford House, on the corner of Firacre Road and Vale Road.

At a meeting of Ash Parish Council, Mr Murrell moved that a letter of congratulations be sent to the King.

In July 1919 there was a "Peace Display" at Ash Walsh Memorial School.

Ash Walsh Memorial School Peace Display
The Peace Bell

In 1919 a treble bell called the “Peace Bell” was added to the peal of five bells at St Peter’s Church.

The bell was inscribed: “AD 1919 – THINE O LORD IS THE VICTORY”

To commemorate this a wooden plaque was placed at the base of the tower, inscribed:

“IN HONOUR OF THOSE WHO FELL AND SUFFERED IN THE GREAT WAR AND TO COMMEMORATE THE PEACE AFTER VICTORY THE BELLS WERE RESTORED AND A SIXTH ADDED”

The Peace Bell

Ash War Memorial

St Peter's Church

 


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