Wilf Moreton died in November 2006. As a practical ringer, he was a trail-blazer in the 1950s and 60s, ringing record peals of multi-method minor, major and royal. He rang 1000 peals in an age when it was still rare. He served on the Central Council for many years, and was elected a life member in 1988. But it is probably for his contribution to ringing education that he will be best remembered. He wrote a number of ringing books, most notably the Tutor's handbook in conjunction with Norman Chaddock, and above all he founded the Hereford Ringing Course.
As the course approaches its fiftieth year, the Trustees of the Hereford Ringing Course Bell Fund Trust would like to donate two bells to churches in Herefordshire. One bell, part of the new ring at Yarkhill, will be in memory of Wilf, and the other to celebrate 50 years of the course will augment Stoke Prior near Leominster from five to six.
The cost of this will be about £16,500, of which we have about £10,000 already. We need the help of the wider ringing community with these projects, especially those who have ever attended the Hereford Course. Any extra monies will be used to help with the upkeep of bells used on the course.
If you would like to make a donation to this appeal, please send it to:
Hereford Ringing Course Bell Fund Trust
c/o Mr PA Thompson, The Old School, Church Street, Broughton in Furness Cumbria LA20 6HA.
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Paul Thompson, Trustees.