On the 1st June 2018 the following article was published in the OD Newsletter:
A LOOK BACK IN TIME On This Day - 30th May 1937
On Wednesday, 81 years ago, the three bells on the East side of the Chapel were dedicated by Archbishop Phelps. They are named Fides, Spes and Caritas (Faith, Hope and Charity) and have the donor's initials on each bell (FIDES Frank Reid; SPES - Mrs Brian Peake; CARITAS - Mary Ella Birt, Alice Sophy birt & Roderick Harold Birt). Today the three bells still act as a call to start the day at Bishops (either Chapel service or House assembly) and they are the only form of bells that ring during the day at the College. In the June edition of the 1937 Diocesan College Magazine it is quoted by the Archbishop: "...The bells ought always to be thought of as the voice of God calling..." To read the full newsletter click HERE.
In response to this article, Archie Swanson sent in his publication relating to the Chapel Bells entitled: Silence of the Bells:
silence of the bells
the call to chapel at the start of each college day ding dang dong ding dang dong ding dang dong ringing clanging calling falling feet voices echoing in colonnades on the way to morning chapel then abruptly they stop the chaplain rises “let us pray”
chapel bells heartbeat of the school common denominator week in and week out year in and year out at the start of each year at the start of each term and on the last day of the year - psalm 150 sung with gusto “let everything that hath breath praise the lord!”
on our very last day of school we finally silenced the bells clappers muffled by foam rubber silence no call to worship boys milling around as school slipped into cardiac arrest
then on to the wide world to life without the bells to military call up and university
on this crisp autumn Sunday morning as I sip a strong Italian coffee at the Chelsea farmers’ market the bells of St. Luke’s ring out suddenly the bells that would not be silenced calling out over decades calling me back to the stone pine avenue to the playing fields of my youth bowling loose leg breaks into a blustery southeaster
Archie Swanson is a 62-year-old surfer living in the Garden Route whose fruit export business and love for surfing have taken him to many parts of the world. His poems have been published since 1973 when his poem “mapolisa – the police” was included in English Alive – an annual anthology of South African High School creative writing. His poems appear in several anthologies, poetry blogs and quarterly poetry publications like Stanzas and New Contrast and have been published in Spanish and in Japanese. In 2017 his poems were short listed for the Sol Plaatje Award and for the UK Bridport prize. His poetry collection the stretching of my sky was published earlier this year.
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