Bell Ringers, your country needs you on 11 November at 12.30pm

To hear bells ringing in unison at 12.30pm on 11 November, across the country and across the world, will be something for us to be proud of as a nation and a memory to cherish. It will be an authentic and moving commemoration of the Armistice of 1918.

To support the Ringing Remembers campaign this year, I have visited bell towers in Bamburgh in Northumberland and Edington in Wiltshire. Both towers lost six ringers each to the First World War. I was moved to hear the stories of those ringers and honoured to have the opportunity to lay a wreath at the grave of Private Leonald Drewett in Edington.

I have seen countless times through my Ministerial engagements how vital bell ringing is to many communities up and down the country, and how extremely beneficial participation can be for those who take it up. I had two opportunities to try out bell ringing myself whilst visiting these towers and got a feel for the challenge and enjoyment of ringing.

The campaign is a fitting way for the Government to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, and the great success Ringing Remembers is having in recruiting new ringers is a tribute to bell ringers and bell towers across the country.

We are calling on you and your tower to be part of this national moment.

LORD BOURNE OF ABERYSTWYTH Minister for Faith, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW14DF