27th July 2008. St Mary's Rougham Sunday Service started with an unusual event. The Rector, Rev. Nick Cutler, presented Maurice J. Rose (Tower Captain) with a Dartington crystal clock to mark his 50 years man and boy as a ringer at Rougham. Thanking him for his dedication perseverance and making sure the local residents would be aware of the services.
Maurice has kept all six bells in the tower in good order and regularly rung, with 14/16 on practice nights and 6 or more on Sunday mornings. Unable to pass an opportunity, Maurice delivered a heartfelt thank you to the congregation for the clock and his band of Rougham Ringers for their support.
There was also an invitation to Maurice and Anita for an evening out from the Rougham Ringers, and two ringers from Tostock called with a signed "thank you" card from them for the help he had given getting the "Tostock 10" up and running.(ringing?)
Although no idea about the presentation, Maurice had been invited to choose 6 hymns for the service none of which mentioned bells!!
The Sunday Service Band readily joined the congregation in appreciation and applause. The morning service was off to a good start!.
Maurice's 50-year anniversary of starting to ring coincided with a ringing holiday in Worcestershire, arranged by Mandy Shedden and attended by Maurice and a number of other Guild members. In addition to presenting him with an anniversary card signed by the group, a quarter peal was rung to mark the event:
|St James the Great|
|Wednesday 23rd July 2008|
|1264 Plain Bob Major|
|1||Louis Suggett (C)||5||Gordon Slack|
|2||Sue Munford||6||Andrew Gray|
|3||Janet Sheldrake||7||Steve Munford|
|4||Ruth Suggett||8||Stephen Bedford|
|Specially arranged to congratulate Maurice Rose
on 50 years of ringing.
David and Sybil McLean and Mandy Shedden wish to be
associated with this quarter.