1938 - 2011

The funeral was held on 2nd December at St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Farway of this popular and well respected ringer and farmer. A local band rang the bells half-muffled before and after the service.

Alan learnt to ring in his teens on the old ring of three and became a regular Sunday ringer until the bells were declared to be unsafe. As a young man he was also a keen footballer and his twinkle toes fooled many defenders. While his contemporaries were settling down to married life Alan remained single, until after a shopping trip to Exeter he returned with Sue who was to become his wife and soul mate. In later years he was to say that it was the best shopping day of his life.

Many years after the old three at Farway were re-hung and augmented to six in a new frame and both Alan and Sue returned to regular bell-ringing. From then on ringing became a passion; there were few evenings when Alan was not to be found ringing somewhere in the area. One of his greatest pleasures was to join with ringing tours and experience the delights of ringing at different towers throughout Devon and into neighbouring counties. His was an infectious enthusiasm which encouraged many, both young and old, to try their hand at the art and his encouragement ensured that many succeeded when they themselves felt they must be a lost cause. He will be sadly missed. Ringing in Farway will be in safe hands however as his son Roger is the current tower captain.

On 17th December a band from the East Devon Branch of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers rang a quarter peal of Bob Doubles at Farway in memory of, and as a tribute to, Alan. We extend our sympathy to Sue and sons Roger and Martin.


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