In Memoriam

Death of Margaret Pink (Bexhill ringer)

Margaret Pink, ringer at Bexhill and some time officer of the Eastern Division, died peacefully at home on 21st October 2021.

The funeral will be at St Peter’s Bexhill on Friday 26th November at 12 noon, preceded by ringing from 11 am, and followed by a wake at St Peter’s Community Centre.

Donations are invited in her memory to St Peter’s Church, or Oxfam.

The funeral will be https://youtu.be/po26BMocB30.

Memorial Service for Jane and Cyril Shutler (Westbourne)

Westbourne is having a Shutler Memorial Weekend on 23rd and 24th October 2021, to remember Jane and Cyril Shutler, and all they did for the parish - and, importantly, for ringing: they were both long serving members of the band and Cyril was tower secretary for many years. He also made the peal boards at Westbourne.

There will be an exhibition and sale of Cyril’s pictures - he did rather charming topographical pictures, mostly but not all, in water colour - on the Saturday from 10 to 5, and on the Sunday from 11 to 4.

A thanksgiving service will be held at 2pm on Saturday 24th October 2021, with ringing beforehand from 1:15pm. The Westbourne ringers would welcome any ringing visitors, ideally to ring for the service but also to see the exhibition.

Death of Margaret Thomas (Horsham ringer)

Margaret Thomas, a former a member of the ringing band at Horsham, sadly passed away in September. Having learnt to ring in the Dorking area, Margaret moved to Horsham where she rang for many years, including as our tower captain. 

The funeral is on Thursday 7th October at 11am in St. Mary's church, Horsham We will ring half muffled before the Service at 10.30am - 11am please let Val Burgess know if you can ring. After the Service it is hoped to ring a 1/4 Peal. There will also be a wake after the Service in the "Barn" to which all who knew Margaret are invited.

Death of Doug Linington (Chichester ringer)

Doug Linington passed away on the 11th of July this year after a short illness. He was a ringer and Tower Master at Chichester for many years as well as other towers in Sussex over his years of ringing. He valued the many friendships he made throughout his ringing career.

Doug moved to Cambridgeshire to be close to his daughter Elspeth and continued to ring with the Ramsay band up until lockdown where was a valued member of the tower.

The memorial service will be held on 1 September 2021, at the church of St Thomas à Becket, Ramsey, Huntingdon, PE26 1DW, starting at 2.30pm. The church requests that all those attending wear masks if able and use the hand sanitiser before entering. The service will be followed by tea at the Old Nene Golf & Country Club, Brick Kilns Farm, Muchwood Lane, Huntingdon PE26 2XQ.

Because attendance numbers are limited by the church's Covid precautions, please inform This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to attend by 23 August 2021.

The family would prefer people did not wear black, and ringing jumpers/sweatshirts positively encouraged! There will be the opportunity to ring both before and after the service, but our Tower Captains respectfully ask that ringers wear face masks and use hand sanitiser before taking hold, and do not overcrowd the ringing room.

We appreciate many people live a long way from Ramsey and many will not wish or be unable to come. The family would like to thank everyone who has written or emailed for their kind words and fond memories of Doug.

Death of Roy Osborne (Hellingly ringer)

Roy Osborne, a member of the ringing band at Hellingly, sadly passed away in early January, aged 85. Having learnt to ring at Hellingly as a teenager, Roy started ringing again some fifty years later; his favourite bell was the tenor. He was a popular, enthusiastic and dependable member of the team and will be sadly missed. Roy was also a former steeple-keeper and regularly wound up the church clock.

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