*News - 2006

David Hollis RIP

It is with great sadness that I must announce that our dear friend David G Hollis died very suddenly last night (28th Sept) whilst ringing at the Beckenham Practice.

He had just conducted one of his lovely touches of Stedman Triples, for which he was well known. Upon setting his bell, he collapsed. Despite our best attempts, and those of the paramedics who worked tirelessly to help him, nothing could be done.


I am sure that all those who knew him will be as sad as I am at the news of his passing, but perhaps comforted by the fact that he died doing something that he loved.


I will circulate details regarding the funeral / memorial service as soon as they become available.


May he rest in peace.


Jim Hardy



There will be a private committal (family only) for David on the morning of Tuesday 17th October.


The funeral service will be held the same day at 2.30 p.m. in the Dulwich College Chapel (next to the Dulwich Art Gallery), Dulwich SE21.

National 12 bell Final at Worcester

The final of the National 12 Bell Contest took place at Worcester Cathedral on 24th June. Southwark got drawn 8th out of 9 that meant a long, beer free wait to ring. The ringing was of a generally high standard on these tricky bells and Southwark acquitted themselves well eventually coming 7th.


The BBC4 film crew that had been closely following the pre event favourites Birmingham and the College Youths in the run up to the final might have to change their slant a bit as St Paulís Cathedral came through to win. The programme is supposed to be due out in the new year.


A good day was had by all and the Worcester ringers made excellent hosts.

National 12 bell Contest Eliminators

I know that itís not strictly Lewisham district news but the Southwark band that took part did contain a couple of the members of the district.


The eliminators this year were held at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, St Peter Mancroft, Norwich and Southwark Cathedral. Home bands get drawn at home so Southwark were at Southwark. Months of practice paid dividends when we came third and qualified for the final for the first time. The final will be held at Worcester Cathedral in June,


Full results and details about the competitions can be found at http://www.12bell.org.uk/

Bromley Parish Overhauled

The overhaul of the bells at Bromley Parish has been completed and with new bearings the "go" is noticeably improved.The oddstriking of the 5th and 6th has also been reduced.


The bells are available for peals but not more than 4 a year.


David Kingston

KCACR AGM, Easter Monday, 17th April 2006

The AGM this year will be held at St. George, Benenden (12, 18-0-24). The service will start at 12 noon followed by lunch in the village hall. Meeting at 2.30pm.


Note that the Chairman, the Handbook Editor and the Training Officer are not seeking re-election, but all other officers are prepared to stand again.


Nomination forms for elections may be obtained by clicking here. Completed forms should be sent to the General Secretary, Margaret Funnell, 40 Trubridge Road, Hoo, Rochester ME3 9EW, by 17 March please.


Lunch tickets £10.00 each (for a Steven Haynes special) available with ringing programme from Peter Sims, 17, Cunningham Crescent, Wayfield, Chatham, ME5 0ES. (01634 830045). Please make cheques payable to KCACR and include a stamped addressed envelope by April 3rd latest.


The ringing programme for the day is now on the KCACR website Downloadable copies of the officers' reports for 2005 are now available here.


MUSIC FOR THE AGM. If you are interested in singing in the KCACR Choir for the service on AGM day, please contact Craig Huxley. Details on the KCACR website

KCACR Insurance update

The latest insurance position from the KCACR website.

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