Following bell practice on Tuesday 17th September 2019, Barry was invited to the tower for a farewell presentation and drink.
Ringing Master Clive Stephenson thanked Barry for his valuable help and support over the past 12 years, particularly for the ‘new ninth bell’ project in 2013-14.
Barry commented on the regular peal ringing that had taken place during his time as vicar and the peal for Barry & Mary’s wedding in August 2009 was recollected.
Barry also said that he had appreciated the good integration of the bell ringers within the church community.
A farewell quarter peal was rung as a tribute to Barry on his last day of ministry at St Andrew’s. Full details as follows:
Sunday, 29 September 2019 in 48min
1260 Grandsire Triples
1. John M Church
2. Heather A Rayner
3. Leonie J McCaughren
4. Paul T Crick
5. Jonathan R Slack
6. Gavin S Carpenter
7. Matthew E Rayner (C)
8. Alan S M Street
A farewell compliment to Revd Barry Hobson on his last day of ministry at St Andrew’s, Hornchurch.
The photograph shows Barry receiving his farewell gift from the bell ringers.