In Memoriam

Death of Clare Clark (Lindfield ringer)

CLARK, Clare R (formerly Dart m 6 May 1995) died 31 May 2023 aged 57. A ringer at Lindfield, Sussex.

Republished from the Ringing World Page 600 9 June 2023

Death of Hamish McNaughton (Walberton ringer)

It is with great sadness that I must announce that Hamish McNaughton died peacefully this morning (20 March 2023). Details of funeral arrangements and an appreciation of his contribution to ringing in Sussex will appear in due course.

Hamish's funeral will take place at Walberton church on Wednesday, 26 April at 2:00pm. The service is open to all.

Sue McNaughton would like to get a idea of the number of people likely to be attending the funeral. Please email her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are planning to attend.
In addition there will be open ringing from 1:00pm.

Gareth Higgs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Death of Chris Fynes (Petworth ringer)

It is with great sadness I have to report the death of Chris Fynes of Petworth after a long battle with cancer. Chris learned to ring in Middlesex before moving to Sussex in the mid 60s ringing at Lodsworth and Petworth. He took a break from ringing in the mid 1970s before coming back in more recent years ringing at Petworth, Chichester and becoming a regular in George Francis’ Bell Meadow quarter peal band. Chris was an accomplished ringer but the bare figures showing that he rang 45 peals in total with 16 being for the Sussex Association do not do justice to his earlier exploits in the Stanwell area. In only his second peal he rang 2-3 before going on the ring a total of 15 double-handed peals including one of 98 doubles methods and several of spliced surprise minor. He also conducted all of those peals. He only conducted one peal for the Sussex Association, 43 spliced surprise minor at Lodsworth and, yes, he rang two bells! The interesting thing is that despite his undoubted ability to ring two bells he never rang a hand-bell peal – maybe that was too easy for him!

Many association members will not have known Chris but his picture of Petworth church on the front of the current SCACR annual report is a testament to his artistic abilities. Whilst I have kept this summary of his ringing activities brief there were other interests in his life. I remember chatting with him in a pub after a Westbourne practice about his collection of musical boxes, how he restored them and the editorship of the regular newsletter for a national society of like-minded people. His funeral will be on Friday 27 January 2023 at 2:30pm in St Mary’s Church, Petworth. Ringing arrangements will be announced later.

Gareth Higgs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Deaths of Pam & Arthur Wright (former Shoreham/Heene ringers)

We heard today that Pam Wright died on Thursday 3rd November 2022 after a short illness. Pam and Arthur retired to Sompting and rang at both Shoreham and Heene. Pam hasn't been able to ring for quite a few years, and Arthur also stopped ringing about a year ago, having found the steps at both towers a challenge.

Pam's funeral will be at 2pm on 16th November at Tribes, Broadwater, Worthing and the family have kindly requested that donations in Pam's memory be made to SCACR.

UPDATED: I am sad to report that Arthur Wright (Shoreham and Heene) died this morning (29th November), just 26 days after Pam. Six ringers attended Pam's funeral and, while Arthur was very smartly turned out and aware of who we all were, it was clear that he was devastated. This must be a huge shock for their family. Arthur's funeral will be near Sheffield where he had moved to be near his daughter.

Arthur was ringing with us up until approx October last year, when the stairs became too difficult.

Death of Mary Rice (Ringmer ringer)

We are sad to announce the passing of Mary Rice (formerly Thorpe) of Ringmer. Mary was an SCACR member of over 50 years, ringing in Uckfield and Chiddingly before moving to Ringmer.

A service of thanksgiving for Mary’s life will be held at St Mary the Virgin church, Ringmer on Thursday 20 October at 2.30pm with open ringing beforehand. All are welcome to ring. For those who wish to ring in a quarter peal immediately after the service, please let Marisa know via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mary (thinking of others until her last) has donated her body to medical science.

Needless to say we are thinking of Mary and all her family at this sad and difficult time.

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