Notices and Adverts

Notices published in issue 5725 (January 15 2021) and in the two preceding issues


ALEC COLIN CRAWFORD. Passed away after a long struggle on December 22nd, 2020. He had been a bellringer for nearly 80 years, starting to learn with his mother at Whaplode St Mary’s in Lincolnshire. He was a member of the Lincolnshire Guild and had rung in many of Lincolnshire’s towers. He rang many quarter and full peals in his time. He organised many ringing tours including one to Scotland and one to Ireland. After retirement he moved to Suffolk and became a member of the Suffolk Guild. During the last 3 years because of his increasing ill health, he was unable to ring but kept in touch with bell ringing friends. Now at peace and pain free. Sadly, missed by his wife, children, and grandchildren.           [6007]

LINDA MOORES. Following a short illness Linda, of Darley Dale, Derbyshire and formerly of Rotherfield, East Sussex, died 12th December 2020.         [6005]

PAUL A WILLIAMS. Paul Anthony Williams passed away suddenly at home in Newport, South Wales on the morning of Sunday, 13th December 2020. Paul was born on 25th May 1952 in Newport, the third son of Ray and Anita Williams and youngest brother of Alan and Phil. He had an incredible life, which he lived to the full. He gained his BSc in Engineering at the University of Surrey and pursued a successful career as a chartered civil engineer in various locations including Germany, South Africa and most recently London. He was multilingual, fluent in English, French, German and Cymraeg. He was also an accomplished bell ringer, which he combined with his love of travel to ring at locations in many of the 111 countries that he visited in his lifetime. He was a past Master of the Ancient Society of College Youths and had been a core member of St Paul’s Cathedral Ringers in London and St Woolos Cathedral, Newport, where his funeral will be held on 20th January at 2pm. Due to Covid restrictions, only invites will be allowed at the service. Interested parties are invited to access streaming of the ceremony via the link: Charity donations please to WaterAid, Registered Number 288701.          [6006]

I am sad to report the death of MALCOLM PITSTOW of Ewell, on New Year’s Eve, age 97. He learnt to ring at Banstead, being taught by his father Harold. He gave up ringing for a while but took it up again in the late 1980s at Ewell. He was tower captain there from Jan 1998 - Jan 2002, though he had been running the practices for some years before this. He was generous in his support to the ringers and taught many of us to ring. Jeff Cousins.                [6004]

IAN SMITH. It is with great sadness that I report the death of Ian Smith of Darwen, Lancashire, on 20th December, aged 69. Donations in Ian’s memory to Blood Cancer UK. IPB.               [6001]

We are sad to announce the death of BILL TAYLOR, aged 92, at home in Devon. A ringer for 80 years. Formerly Ringing Master at St Andrews, Kingswood, Surrey then, on retiring to Herefordshire, a regular ringer at St Weonards, Orcop, Ross-on-Wye and many other towers. After the death of his wife, Margaret, he moved to Ashwater, Devon, to live with his daughter and regularly rang at Marhamchurch (Cornwall) and Bridgerule. A small funeral will be at Ashwater on 11th January and a memorial service will be held at St Weonards, Herefordshire later in the year.  [6003]

Change of Address


For sale / wanted

LIFE STORY OF HAROLD WALTER ROGERS – This 44-page booklet by his daughter, Trish Hitchins, is available from Trish, price £5 inc. UK p. & p. Please contact Trish at or phone 01202 889308.  [6002]

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University Announcements

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Guild / Association Announcements

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Tower Announcements

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Weekday Meetings and Practices

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Saturday Meetings and Practices

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