In Memoriam

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.

Death of three members (October 2020)

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of Cyril Shutler on 17 October 2020. His wife Jane died on 2nd May 2020.

They both rang at Westbourne. Jane had been a member up until her illness. Their children Wendy and Anthony are SCACR members.

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death of Elizabeth Butler, long time Tower Captain of Amberley bell ringers and supporter of the Sussex Association. She passed on 17 October 2020. Elizabeth was a not only stalwart supporter of the ringers but to the village as a whole and will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts are with their familes at this sad time.

Death of John Howard (East Grinstead ringer)

It is with great sadness that we report the death of John Howard on 16 September 2020. 

John for many years was a ringer at East Grinstead and was one of those who was involved in the project to have the eight bells there replaced with a new ten which were then augmented to twelve to mark the centenary of the SCACR in 1985.

He served the Association as Treasurer from 1976 until 1991, during which time the Sussex Churches Bell Restoration Fund was established and the SCACR became a registered charity. He was elected an Honorary Life Member in 1986. John had moved to France a number of years ago and he passed away in hospital in France, during the morning of Wednesday, 16 September.

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