Obituaries

Molly Elphick

28th September 1914 - 12th September 2013

Molly was the widow of George Elphick. They met when Molly answered an appeal in the Southover Church magazine for ringers and George taught her. They were married on 19th August 1944. This was the start of her life time interest in ringing. She was unable to ring in her later years when it became too difficult to climb the stairs to the ringing chamber but she was always interested in the ringer’s activities and her church.

During the early years as a ringer most of her ringing was done on six bells until young ringers were recruited and more experienced ringers joined the band. She was not a keen quarter peal ringer but was a stalwart of the service and practice band. When she had the opportunity to learn new methods her favourite challenge was Scientific Triples. She used to call Stedman Doubles.

When her two daughters learnt to ring there were a lot of family holidays incorporating local practices. Molly and George would always find a local tower to ring at when George was doing his bell researches or advising on bell restoration projects.

Molly was tower captain from 1959-1978, with a gap of one year, and visiting ringers would always be made very welcome. She is remembered by all the learners for her patience and calmness and encouragement when standing with them. She was always able to explain a method in a way that each individual learner was able to understand.

She used to arrange superb homemade teas for the Sussex County Association and there was very little left to be taken home. On one occasion she arranged a lunch for a coachload of visitors to the tower.

Molly was made an honorary life member of the Sussex County Association of Change Ringers in 1999, and was also a long service member.

Her funeral and thanksgiving service was held on 26th September. This was attended by her family, her many friends and ringers from around the county.

The family would like to thank all those ringers who attended this service of thanksgiving, and the many ringers who have since rung in the memory of her long life.

JANET MACEY
with the help of Hazel Craven,
Tower Secretary at Southover

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