Harry Bodenham - 70 Years a Ringer
In June, the Stoneleigh bell ringers raised a glass to fellow team mate and former tower captain Harry Bodenham. A BBQ was held in his honour to celebrate his achievement of 70 years of dedicated ringing alongside his 86th birthday!
Harry started learning the ropes at the age of 16 in June 1947 at All Saints in Warwick. He then went on to ring at St. Mary's in Warwick and in 1990 he joined St. Mary's in Stoneleigh where he still is at present, an active member of the band. Harry had to have a break from ringing to complete his National Service in North Africa where he was famed for his architectural skills. Over the years, Harry has successfully rang four peals. He has taught and instructed numerous ringers - new and old.
Today Harry enjoys his Thursday night bell practises and Sunday services where he can be found leading the ringing up and down of the bells. He encourages the new learners with their understanding of counting places and gives out his valuable advice where required.
Stoneleigh bell ringers past and present, wish him the very best and thank him for his immense contribution to their tower over the past 27 years.
Three cheers for Harry!