1928 - 2015

The quarter peal rung at St Lawrence, Stratford sub Castle on Sunday, 8th February was a tribute to the late Ian Wilson who died on 21st January. Ian’s funeral service was held at St Lawrence, Hungerford on 28th January.

Ian and his wife, Daphne, had lived in the village for a number of years until they moved away in 2006, and took a lively interest in village activities. In preparation for ‘Ringing in the Millennium’ Ian was encouraged to learn to ring and so along with Daphne and a friend did so at St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury.

With only two bells at Stratford Ian then had the idea that the church should have its own ring of bells and so began the huge task of getting the project off the ground. Although, when approached, the PCC gave their backing they made it clear that no financial support would be available.

Undaunted by this Ian, almost single-handedly, obtained funding from a number of sources including a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. With the bulk of the money raised he also gained the support of many local residents who not only gave financial support but also their time and labour once the project got under way.

Thus the six bells at Stratford were dedicated in October 1998 with a band of local ringers ready to ring them.

Ian and Daphne were both regular Sunday service ringers until ill health forced the move away from Stratford to be nearer their daughter at Hungerford, by which time Daphne had rung her first quarter on the bells.

They continued to keep a close link with Stratford and it was with mixed feelings that Daphne returned on Sunday, 8th February to attend worship, to meet the ringers, all friends of theirs when they lived in Stratford, and to listen to the quarter peal.


Stratford sub Castle, Wilts. 8 Feb, 1260 Doubles (3m): Andrew Howes 1, June Howes 2, Patricia Davidson (C) 3, Mary Melbourne 4, Ian Davidson 5, Harry Brockway 6. Rung by friends in loving memory of Ian Wilson who passed away recently. Ian was the driving force behind the restoration and augmentation of the bells here for the Millennium. £5

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