1930 - 2010

Jack King started ringing at Winchester Cathedral and the nearby St Maurice’s Church in 1948. Having become Secretary of the Winchester District of the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild that year, he continued in that role except for the interruption of two years National Service (1949/51) until he was elected General Secretary in 1955 until 1959. He then took a long break from ringing but returned to the cathedral band for a short while in the 1990s and he last rang in 2000 for the Millennium.

Jack pursued his interest in ringing with considerable enthusiasm and vigour. He was a formidable organiser and arranged a number of cycling ringing tours for the younger Winchester ringers. Jessie and Charlie Kippin went on these also, but Chris tells that he was not allowed to go as he was too young to be allowed into pubs! Jack was not fond of peal-ringing but in 1954 he rang the treble to the first peals of Winchester Surprise Major (at East Tytherley) and Winchester Surprise Royal (at St Michael’s, Southampton).

Following his death in December, an ‘In memoriam’ quarter peal of Grandsire Cinques conducted by Tony Smith, past Winchester District Chairman (and currently Central Council President) was rung. The band comprised current or past officers of the Guild, and members of the cathedral band, some of whom had rung with Jack in the past.

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