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/ 3 June 2020

Church bells to ring across London to mark 3rd anniversary of tragedy at Grenfell Tower

Church bells across London will ring 72 times to at 6pm on Sunday, 14th June to mark the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire, in a coordinated effort to ensure the victims of the tragedy continue to be remembered.

Over 80 churches across the Capital, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Southwark Cathedral will join the bell ringing, as will St Clement Notting Dale, the parish in which Grenfell Tower stands.  The 72 rings will mark the beginning of two minutes silence, observed in the local community and elsewhere in memory of those who died.

Churches across London and further afield are invited by the Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, to join in the act of remembrance.

Churches across the Kensington Area, under the leadership of the Bishop of Kensington, were instrumental in offering support immediately following the fire in 2017, and in supporting the community’s wellbeing and cohesion in the three years that have followed.

Bishop Graham worked closely with the community in the aftermath of the fire and undertook a series of interviews that culminated in the publication of a report, “The Social Legacy of Grenfell”. This sought to identify the societal issues that Grenfell brought to the fore and posed an agenda for change in wider society, to improve community cohesion and wellbeing.

 The Bishop of Kensington, the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, said:

“Nearly three years ago, the tragedy at Grenfell Tower left us wondering how this could happen in a twenty-first century city like London. We are now facing a very different tragedy in the form of coronavirus, but we continue to ask similar questions. As we try to make sense of what we are living through today, let’s not forget that hundreds of families are still trying to make sense of what happened on that day in June 2017.  Life has not moved on for the families and friends of the 72 victims – they still mourn the loss of their loved ones and seek justice.

 “On Sunday 14th June bells will ring across our nation; bells of remembrance, of sympathy and support for those whose lives were changed forever that day and of hope that nothing like it will ever happen again. I invite as many churches as possible to join in ringing their bells, and those who listen to join in the silence that follows to remember this tragedy that affected our national life so deeply.”

 Grenfell United, the bereaved families and survivors group, said:

“It means a lot to our families and the community that across London bells will ring out in memory of 72 loved ones lost at Grenfell. Thank you to all faith communities across London that stand with our community in North Kensington to pay respect and show that 72 lives are forever in our hearts.”

If your church wants to join in by ringing the bells on that day do email emma.hughes@nulllondon.anglican.org for more information.

Churches taking part:

All Hallows by the Tower
All Hallows Church, North Greenford
All Hallows’ Gospel Oak
All Saints Church, Queensbury
All Saints Ealing
All Saints Hampton
All Saints Hanworth
All Saints Laleham
All Saints Margaret St.
All Saints Notting Hill
All Saints’ Child’s Hill
Christ and St John, Isle of Dogs
Christ Church Barnet
Christ Church Cockfosters
Christ Church Crouch End
Christ Church Highbury
Christ Church Kensington
Christ Church Spitalfields
Christ Church, West Wimbledon
Christ the Saviour, Ealing
Christchurch W4
Grosvenor Chapel
Hampstead Parish Church
Holy Innocents Kingsbury
Holy Innocents, Hornsey
Holy Sepulchre London
Holy Trinity Brompton
Holy Trinity Hounslow
Holy Trinity Northwood
Holy Trinity Twickenham
Holy Trinity, Dalston
Lighthouse London
Monken Hadley, Barnet
Parish of St Peter and St Paul, Mitcham
Poplar Team Ministry All Saints and St Nicholas
Southwark Cathedral
Ss Philip and James, Whitton
St Andrew’s Church Islington
St Andrew’s Fulham Fields
St Andrew’s Roxbourne Harrow
St Andrew’s Uxbridge
St Ann’s Tottenham
St Anne’s Church Hoxton
St Anselm Belmont
St Augustine Wembley Park
St Augustine Whitton
St Barnabas Pimlico
St Botolph without Aldgate
St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate
St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street
St Chad, Dunloe Street, E2
St Christopher’s Hanwell
St Dionis Parsons Green
St Edmund of Canterbury, Yeading
St Edmund the King Northwood Hills
St Etheldreda with St Clement’s Fulham
St Gabriel’s Cricklewood
St George’s Aubrey Walk
St Giles Camberwell
St Giles Ickenham
St Giles-in-the-Fields
St Hilda’s Ashford
St James Hampton Hill
St James Islington
St James Piccadilly
St James the Less, Bethnal Green
St John on Bethnal Green
St John Stanmore
St John the Baptist with St Mary the Virgin, Isleworth
St John the Baptist, Holland Road
St John the Evangelist, Upper Holloway
St John with St James, Fulham
St John, Clay Hill
St John’s Hampton Wick
St John’s Hoxton
St John’s Church Hillingdon
St Johns Wood Church
St Lawrence Eastcote
St Luke, Clay Hill
St Luke’s Chelsea
St Luke’s Earls Court
St Luke’s Hampstead
St Mark’s Kensal Rise
St Mark’s Hamilton Terrace
St Marks Mitcham
St Martin-in-the-Fields
St Martin’s, Gospel Oak
St Martins Kensal Rise
St Mary and St Peter Staines
St Mary Hendon
St Mary Magdalene Enfield
St Mary Magdalene Paddington
St Mary Magdalene Wandsworth Common
St Mary the Boltons
St Mary-le-Bow
St Mary-the-Virgin, Norwood Green
St Mary, Kenton
St Mary’s and St Richard’s, Northolt
St Mary’s Bedfont
St Mary’s Harefield
St Mary’s Primrose Hill
St Mary’s Spring Grove
St Mary’s Sunbury
St Mary’s Tottenham
St Mary’s Twickenham
St Mary’s Harmondsworth
St Mary’s Stoke Newington
St Mary’s, Harrow on the Hill
St Mary’s, Kilburn and St James’, West Hampstead
St Marylebone
St Matthew’s Sinclair Road
St Matthew’s Yiewsley
St Matthews Bethnal Green
St Michael’s Enfield
St Michael’s Wood Green
St Michael’s North Kensington
St Michaels London Fields
St Nicholas Chiswick
St Nicholas Shepperton
St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s Church, Bow Common
St Paul’s Hammersmith
St Paul’s Harrow
St Paul’s New Southgate
St Paul’s Ruislip Manor
St Paul’s, Winchmore Hill
St Philip’s Earls Court
St Simon Zelotes, Upper Chelsea
St Simon’s Hammersmith
St Thomas the Apostle, Hanwell W7
The Armenian Church of St. Yeghiche
The Good Shepherd, Hounslow West
The Parish of St John the Evangelist at Kensal Green
Westminster Abbey

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