We are very sorry to have to report the death of Heather Dobson in a road accident on 17th. August at the age of 66.

Heather had lived in Crakehall for the past 31 years, and with her husband David learned to ring at St. Gregory’s, Bedale, in the mid 1980s, becoming a member of the Yorkshire Association in 1987. Although never advancing very far in change-ringing, Heather was a regular, reliable and conscientious member of the band. She never lost her desire to get on and, albeit slowly, was still making progress when , about five years ago, physical difficulties forced her to retire from the tower.

Heather was an extremely active member of the community in Crakehall, where she will be sorely missed. A devoted family person, she also had a great love of gardening, and indeed of all things lovely in nature. She had a great fondness for animals, above all for her dogs.

Not surprisingly, there was a large congregation for her funeral at St Gregory’s, when all eight bells were rung half-muffled by a good turnout of ringers past and present. We remember her with affection and keep the members of her family in our thoughts and prayers: her husband David, son Andrew, daughter and granddaughter Jacqueline and Niamh.


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