Tony Hocking 2/10/1935 - 28/9/2020.
Tony volunteered to learn to ring in 1980 at Wolston when the scheme to restore the four existing bells and augment them was in the early stages, the work in the tower to be done on a DIY basis to reduce costs. A new group was formed to learn to ring the existing bells, which were ringable but out of tune. As well as learning to ring Tony joined the restoration team which was carried out most weekday evenings for 9 months as the team at that time were in full time employment. Tony's skills as a woodwork and metalwork teacher were a great use to the project. After the restored and augmented eight bells were dedicated in 1982 Tony along with the rest of the new team joined the Guild, membership which continued until his retirement from ringing in 2015. Tony supported, in addition to his home church Wolston, practices at Stretton, Bubbenhall and Ryton after the bells in those churches were restored and also Shilton.
Tony rang in over 50 quarter peals all of doubles and minor at St Margaret's and other local churches.
It was a pleasure to have known Tony over the past 40 years and as soon as it is possible to gather together again his ringing friends will attempt a quarter peal at St Margaret's in his memory. RIP - Tony