We regret to pass on the news that Rosemary Davidson died peacefully at home last night, 28th May.
After retiring in Northern Ireland, Ernie and Rosemary moved to Hellidon. They were very active in the village and Rosemary in 1991 set about organising the funding and pushed through the restoration and augmentation of Hellidon bells from a derelict four to a good five. The PCC had the new treble (without her knowledge) named Rosemary in her honour and now to her memory.
Rosemary started to learn to ring with seven others at a special branch organised teach-in held at Priors Marston in August 1991 and continued at Badby. Although she has not rung for several years, Rosemary was 91 last Autumn, she continued as a keen listener and gave her quality control statements with due Ulster vigour as well as keeping an keen eye on the quality of the cake!
After Michael Knight left the village, Rosemary asked me to help to restart a band on ‘her’ bells and thus in September 2006 we started initial training at Badby for new recruits and in October started the Tuesday morning Hellidon practice with refreshments. I was under very clear instruction to teach new recruits for ringing for service and there was to be no pressure to learn methods! The practices (aka social occasions) attracted people from a range of towers over the years until stopped abruptly by Covid in March 2020. The bells kept ringing for services until recent years. Rosemary's husband, Ernie, died in November 2019, aged 96. Sympathies to their family.