26th February 1928 – 7th February 2012

My late father was a keen ringer all his life. He was an avid reader of The Ringing World and regularly contributed letters. He was taught to ring by his eldest brother, Ernest Brown, in Somerleyton and he rang in towers all over Suffolk and Norfolk. When he married my mother, they went to live in Norwich, and Dad rang at St Giles, and St Peter Mancroft. Stedman was his favourite method.

He taught me to ring at Halvergate Church in Norfolk, and I rang regularly at St Giles and at All Saints, Norwich. People I remember him talking about included Nolan Golden, Charlie Goodman, Bill Barrett and Harry & Mary Poyner.  Dad bought a set of handbells and trained many groups of children and adults to ring, both where he taught Maths at Great Yarmouth Grammar School, and in the area where we lived in Norwich. Most Christmas Eves were spent going round the hospital in Norwich, ringing in the wards. I still use the system he used for tune-ringing, which had been invented by Ernest, that enables anyone to take part and be successful quickly. He also taught me to ring double-handed change ringing. Dad and I last rang tower bells together on the occasion of the Millennium, when we rang at All Saints, Norwich.

I am grateful for all he inspired me to do and I know that he lives on through the many people out there who now enjoy maths, chess and bellringing because of him.

The funeral service was held at Sunderland Minster. We were not able to have the bells as they are in the process of being renovated, but a team of six rang tunes at the service, and two of us rang Plain Bob Minimus as the curtain closed at the Crematorium.

The ashes were interred on Wednesday, 11th April at St Mary’s Church, Somerleyton.


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