Rosalind (Ros) Knight née Perry of Crowland, Lincolnshire (and formerly of Tilehurst, Reading) died peacefully on Saturday, 26th October 2013 in Peterborough City Hospital, aged 63, after a prolonged and courageous fight against myeloma. She obtained a degree in geography at Leeds University and her working life was mainly concerned with biological research and quality control.

She learned to ring at Tilehurst, Reading, where she was an enthusiastic and very supportive member of the band. She rang in many local peals; her first was Grandsire Triples in 1972. She could always be relied upon to ring well and was a member of the Tilehurst band which won the Oxford Diocesan Guild 6 bell competition in 1981. She supported many local Branch ringing activities and became Branch Secretary in 1982.

In 1985 she moved to Crowland, Lincolnshire with her husband Andy and their three boys. Sadly Andy died in a vehicle accident in 1995. Ros was very active on the Parish Council at Crowland. Crowland Abbey was packed for her funeral. She was described as a highly regarded, inspirational and passionate Chair who led the town to become best kept small market town in Lincolnshire in 2013 and to gain silver awards in East Midlands in Bloom in 2012 and 2013. Ros was very civic minded, keen on gardening and nature, and a member of the Gardening and Allotment Clubs. You could have a discussion with Ros on many diverse subjects from Lundy cabbages to great diving beetles in local ponds. She had a nice way with her and had exceptional patience. In Lincolnshire she helped teach a band of ringers at Deeping St Nicholas and supported many local towers. She was past Chairman and current treasurer of the Elloe Deaneries Branch of the Lincoln DG and sometime Assistant Ringing Master at Peterborough Cathedral.

Ros rang 289 peals, her last being in 2009. They were mainly rung for the Lincoln, Oxford and Peterborough Guilds. Leading towers were Sproxton (42), Tilehurst (15), Edenham (10) out of 62 pealed towers. Peals were rung in 80 different methods on all stages to maximus, with a predominance of Major (91). Leading ringers with her were Robin Rogers (78), Judith Rogers (60), John Wells (39), Joanne Druce (31), Philip Green (28) and Emma Southerington (26).

Ros leaves a huge hole in Elloe Deaneries ringing, and in the heart of her supportive partner of many years, Philip Green. She was gentle, kind, funny and clever, and is dearly missed by all who knew her. She leaves three sons.

RIP dear friend.

with contribution from E.J.W.

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