Villagers and friends gathered at St Peter’s on Wednesday evening to celebrate and remember Brian Ross, and particularly, Brian the bell ringer It was a year, all but a couple of days, since Brian died.
The church itself was enhanced by a display of some of Brian’s more creative photographs – many of them national and international prize winners.
The evening began with a quarter peal, conducted by Simon Humphrey and rang by those who had rung with Brian, including some who had rung when Brian himself rang a quarter peal.
Everybody then crowded into the ringing chamber to watch Carrie unveil a plaque to commemorate Brian’s contribution as tower captain from 2007 to 2013. The plaque includes a print of a wood cut of bell ringers, sketched by the artist one winter evening during a bell ringing practice led by Brian.
The evening concluded with drinks and nibbles and ringing for all who wished to pull a rope for Brian.
The quarter peal ringers (left to right: Fred Pearson, Margaret Cohen, Jill Pearson, Rob Handscombe, Simon Humphrey, Chris Lucas)