Item BCA - 2017.625 - Tower cleaning day in St Mary's & Ted Dixey's 80th birthday May 7th 2005

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BCA - 2017.625


Tower cleaning day in St Mary's & Ted Dixey's 80th birthday May 7th 2005


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pdf of 20 photographs

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Once a year, Bampton bellringers give the ringing chamber a really thorough clean. On May 7th 2005 it was also Ted Dixey's 80th birthday and although Ted had reached a time in his life when cleaning the ringing chamber was too much for him, Carole Perry somehow managed to persuade Ted to come and join. Carole had made a birthday cake for Ted and tower captain Dave Rose took up some bubbly. Ted was so thrilled saying it was the first time he'd ever had a birthday cake made for him in his whole life and I had to wipe away a tear hearing this. Ted was such a lovely man, so full of local knowledge I always learnt something new every time we had a conversation which was never easy because he was profoundly deaf. We managed to record a conversation with Ted, getting him to tell us about learning to ring and all the things he could recall about ringing. The film is on YouTube and lasts 45 minutes.

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