In Memoriam

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.

Death of members (January 2021)

Unfortunately we have to report that Stella Knight, wife of the late Ken Knight, died peacefully of natural causes on 8th January, 2021. She rang for many years at Aldingbourne and was a staunch supporter of SCACR. She will be sadly missed.

We have heard that Ruth Reynolds of Eastbourne has died, following a fall. Ruth was Harold Reynolds' widow, and both rang in the Eastbourne area for many years.

We learned that Linda A Moores has died. Linda was the tower captain of Rotherfield for many years. Her funeral is on 19 January 2021 at Darley Dale Church.

We report that Joyce Philpott of Bexhill passed away on 12 January 2021 aged 98. Joyce started ringing wheh she was 60 and had been a very loyal member of the Bexhill Service band. In 1993 at the age of 70, Joyce was a member of the Bexhill Striking Contest Team, which were placed near the top of the results order.

Re report that Angela Long of Westham. She was special part of the bell ringing fraternity at St Mary's and we all hope some of her persistent enthusiasm will rub off on the rest of us.

Our thoughts are with their familes at this sad time.

Death of Alan Collings (honorary life member)

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the death of our friend, and life member of the association, Alan Collings. Sadly Alan passed away this morning (26 November 2020) following a short illness.

Alan will be remembered with great affection for the work he did with Dewby's Bells and his love of handbell restoration.

Our thoughts are with Elizabeth, Alison and Helen at this difficult time.

May he rest in peace.

Death of Tom Barlow (funeral stream online)

A Funeral Mass for Tom Barlow, former member of the Sussex County Association of Change Ringers, will be held at St Michael & All Angels Maidstone on Thursday November 5th at 1100.

Due to current coronavirus regulations attendance at the funeral is limited to 30 mourners who have been invited personally. If you have been invited please remember to have taken your seat by 1045.

It is hoped that many other friends will be able to join in the service and give thanks for Tom's life via the following YouTube link:

No flowers please but, if desired, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to the Marie Curie charity.

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