15th November 1941 - 30th March 2012

A full church with over 200 present was a fitting testament to the warmth and appreciation felt by the congregation of St Michael & All Angels, Hughenden, Bucks, and by the wider community of ringers towards Joyce Cornwall at a service of celebration and thanksgiving for her life on Friday, 13th April 2012. The splendid Taylor 1952 15cwt octave were rung open both and after the service which followed cremation earlier at Amersham.

Joyce was born in nearby High Wycombe and lived in Hughenden Valley / Great Kingshill from the the age of five until her death at age 70. She had been a diligent member of the congregation at Hughenden for over 60 years, meeting her husband, David, at confirmation classes. She became a ringer in 1959 and rang a total of 558 peals and 1,048 quarter peals. Since retirement she and David joined in various groups, including the Chiltern Midweek Group and they greatly enjoyed dashing around the World. Joyce rang in a total of 3,841 towers including 59 in Australasia and 39 in North America. Her main towers for peals were Hughenden with 160 and Amersham and Chalfont St Giles both with 47 each. The bulk of her peals – 456 peals in 90 different methods – were on 8 bells and she rang 61 peals on ten in 15 different methods and four peals on twelve. She particularly liked ringing Double Norwich Court Bob Major and Spliced Surprise Major and, like the writer, enjoyed the physical and rythmic aspects of ringing but was not necessarily interested in listening to others ringing. She called three peals of Bob Major including, in 1966, the first ladies peal of major for the Oxford Diocesan Guild and a subsequent 25th anniversary peal in 1991, both at Hughenden.

Joyce fell ill early in 2010 with MDS (a serious blood disorder) which developed into acute leukemia and had chemotherapy et c. However this did not deter her from ringing at 383 new towers since her treatment started in August 2010, including, only last December, at St Paul’s Cathedral, and she carried on ringing in between hospital visits and chemotherapy in her usual cheerful, friendly and enthusiastic way.

She leaves David, her husband, children Louise and Philip, both ringers, and five grandchildren, two of whom have learnt to ring so far.


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