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The bands of St Martin's in the Bullring and St Philip's Cathedral (the towers with which Rod had the closest association) have joined with the St Martin's Guild of Church Bell Ringers for the Diocese of Birmingham to arrange a weekend of activities where we can remember and celebrate Rod and his many achievements.

Rod was a true giant of the Exercise.  His contributions as a ringer, composer, conductor, leader and innovative thinker were incalculable and in many ways he was years ahead of his time.  He always demanded high standards of ringing and striking and he was instrumental in raising the bar in Birmingham to a new level, the effects of which remain evident today.  A huge number of aspiring ringers in Birmingham and elsewhere benefitted from his coaxing and encouragement.  He will be remembered with awe and affection by all those of us who were privileged to know him.

The dates for the celebration are Friday October 11th through to Sunday 13th October 2013.

We very much hope ringers from all over the country will join Rod's family and ourselves in Birmingham on this occasion.

The Commemoration Committee

Clare McArdle
Gill Postill
John Anderson
John Fielden
Michael Wilby
Richard Grimmett
Richard Jones
Simon Linford
Stef Warboys
Susan Healy
Vicky Wilby