Janet Crabb died on Tuesday, 9th March 2010. Her funeral took place at All Saints Epping Upland on Thursday, 18th March and was very well attended. The service began with general ringing by tower ringers from all over the district and concluded with a quarter peal in her memory.

Janet was involved with many organisations. She was a brownie and worked her way up through the ranks to Guide Captain and was also treasurer for the Epping and Theydon District. Janet was a regular member of the church at Epping Upland. From a very early age she sang in the choir and was also a keen bellringer on both Tower and Handbells. She took over as Tower Captain after the death of Cyril, her father, and has rung around 80 quarter peals. A regular ringer at Epping Upland and Nazeing churches she often helped out at other towers. She was always keen to encourage new ringers. Already a number of quarter peals have been rung in her memory.

Janet’s Guiding training was appreciated on outings as she was always equipped with plasters for any ringer who developed blisters etc. On one occasion, when the mini-bus in which we were travelling had a burst tyre, we were grateful that, being prepared, she had brought her AA card with her. She stayed with the mini-bus, while other arrangements were made for the passengers, and did not get home until the early hours of the next morning. During our summer outing in 2009 Janet raised money for St Clare’s Hospice with a sponsored ring over the weekend. This entailed ringing 28 different bells during the course of our outing. She was rarely allowed to sit out and completed the task ringing 31 bells in total and raising £285 for the Hospice.

Janet rang the handbells regularly at Epping Upland, together with Vera, her mother, and other ringers. They gave handbell concerts at the church in conjunction with the organist to raise funds for the upkeep of the church. I recently joined their group and soon realised what great fun it was. Although Janet could be serious she had a wicked sense of humour and we could often be found in fits of laughter on practice afternoons.

Janet worked for Barclays Bank and latterly for a firm of solicitors. Apart from ringing her other interests included knitting, reading, jigsaws and gardening. She also regularly led services for a house group which met in someone’s home.

We have very fond memories of her and she will be greatly missed.

Sara Pracy

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