In Memoriam

Death of Mary Collings (Dewby's Bells, Hooe)

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Esther Mary Collings (wife of Alan Collings), who died peacefully (aged 82) on 6th August after a long illness, bravely borne.

Although not a ringer herself, Mary always took an active and intelligent interest in ringing, and she and Alan formed an unbeatable team. Notable amongst their joint achievements was the establishment of the mini ring at Dewbys as the runaway success it has proved to be - a wonderful resource for the Association and local ringers. Ringers from Sussex and beyond were always made welcome Dewbys bells (Hooe).

There is to be a Service celebrating the life of Mary at St Oswald's Church, Hooe on Thursday 22nd August at 12pm, Bells to be rung from 11.30am. All are invited to the service, and to join us for a light lunch in Hooe village Hall opposite Dewbys Barn. Please advise Alan (01424 893313) if you intend to come to the parish all for refreshments.

Donations in place of flowers may be sent online to www.Demelza.org.uk or to Demelzas, Rook Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 8DZ

Death of Keith Game (Chichester ringer)

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Keith Game of Chichester. He died on 6th June 2019 of pancreatic cancer which had been diagnosed in January.

The Requiem Mass memorial service for Keith will be on Wednesday 21st August at 11.00 am at Chichester cathedral. The bells will be available for ringing before and after the service, including a possible quarter peal for the ‘after’ slot, among the visiting ringing friends.

The reception and buffet after the service will be in the Assembly Rooms, North Street from 12.00. Please send names/numbers for the reception to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Death of Marcus Davies (Midhurst ringer)

It is with great sadness that we have been informed that Marcus Davies died early last week (late April/early May). Marcus was the tower captain at Midhurst, West Sussex.

His funeral is taking place on Monday, 20th May at Midhurst Church at 1.15pm, followed by a family only cremation. Refreshments will be provided after the cremation at The Weald & Downland Museum, Singleton. Midhurst local ringers will ring before the service, and the bells will be available for general ringing after the service.

The on-street parking near the church is usually full. Visitors are recommended to park at The Grange community centre. The first 2 hours of parking is free, for which a ticket must be displayed. The Grange is a short walk from the church.

Death of John Warner (Heathfield ringer)

It is with great sadness that we have been informed that John Warner passed away peacefully in hospital on 26 April 2019. John had been a ringer had Heathfield for a number of years, was previously a ringer at Rye, and originally learned to ring at Edenbridge. 

We understand that the funeral is likely to be a private family event.

Death of David Tomsett (Crawley ringer)

It is with great sadness that we have been informed that David Tomsett passed away last week (March 2019). David had been a ringer at Crawley for many years and was also the church verger.

The funeral will be at 2:30pm on 28th March 2019, and there will be open ringing at 1:45pm before the service.

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