Welcome to the Big Ben Silent Minute

The Silent Minute is a Registered Charity promoting a Prayer for Peace within the UK and internationally. We are run entirely by vounteers and exist with the help of charitable donations.

Please note - we do not currently have a FaceBook or Twitter presence. The existing Silent Minute FaceBook page has no connection to the Silent Minute Charity No. 1054185

We invite all of you everywhere, young and old, of any religion or non-believer, of all nations and all racial groups to enter into silence at least once a day, preferably at 9.00pm local time or when convenient.  It is as simple as that.

We now have 105,412,734 people in 65 countries worldwide supporting the Silent Minute Prayer for World Peace.

See messages from our supporters to the Silent Minute, including Holinesses, Spiritual and Religious Leaders and Gurus who bring words of peace from across the globe.

World Peace Day on 21 September 2015 - the Silent Minute Prayer for Peace will take place at 12.00pm BST (or your time zone). Join over 105 million people in 65 countries worldwide in the Silent Minute Prayer for Peace.

Origins of the Big Ben Silent Minute

The original Big Ben Silent Minute was a peace prayer initiated by Wellesley Tudor Pole, a major in the British Army and the founder of the Chalice Well Trust, Glastonbury.

During World War II, all over Britain and the Commonwealth, millions of people joined together every evening at 9.00pm just before the news, to the chimes of Big Ben, to pray for peace.

In the dark days of war, the Silent Minute became a vast network of Light and Hope in the hearts of all people of goodwill.  It had the blessing of King George VI, Sir Winston Churchill and his Parliamentary Cabinet, and it was also recognised by the US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  The Silent Minute was observed on land, at sea, on the battlefields, in air raid shelters and in hospitals.  With Churchill’s support, the BBC, on Sunday, 10th November 1940, began to play the chimes of Big Ben on the radio as a signal for the Silent Minute to begin.

Major Wellesley Tudor Pole said :

"There is no power on earth that can withstand the united co-operation on spiritual levels of men and women of goodwill everywhere.  It is for this reason that the continued and widespread observance of the Silent Minute is of such vital importance in the interest of human welfare."

Dorothy Forster (7 November 1916 - 2012) revived the Silent Minute in 1994 and registered it as the Big Ben Silent Minute Charity.  With the help of the trustees, Dorothy organised millions of people to pray at a given time world-wide, creating a powerful thought for world peace.

Due to ill-health, Dorothy passed responsibility for the Silent Minute to a Trustee, Ivy Smith who was registered as Chair of the Silent Minute by the Charities Commission in 2011. Sadly, Dorothy Forster passed away in 2012.

Message from Dorothy Forster

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A Minute of Peace


Join us in the Silent Minute Prayer every day at 9.00pm or when convenient.

Source of my being,
Help me to live in peace,
And save my home the planet Earth

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