A bell ringer for 70 Years

Market Lavington Museum is not only about preserving old things. We also preserve the present so that future generations can learn about and enjoy aspects of twenty first century life. So here we have a photo that was taken at the end of 2009.

Tom Gye, on the left, receives his award for ringing the bells of St Mary's, Market Lavington for 70 years

Tom Gye is a lifelong Market Lavington man. Amongst his many and varied interests is bell ringing. He first rang the bells at Market Lavington in the 1930s and continued ringing there for more than 70 years.

In 1939 Tom became a member of the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers and a special celebration was arranged to celebrate his 70 years of membership. The photo shows Tom receiving his award from the President of the Guild. The celebration tea was actually at Steeple Ashton.

The Museum is always delighted to receive information about current events. They may not go on display immediately but they are carefully stored for people to see in the future. If you have anything to offer then do contact us.


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2 Responses to “A bell ringer for 70 Years”

  1. A Peal Board « Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] wheelwright etc. He was also father of Tom Gye who is the widower of museum founder, Peggy Gye. Tom was a bell ringer, himself, for 70 years. 51.286513 […]

  2. The Bell ringers of 77 | Market Lavington Museum Says:

    […] From the left we have Johnathan Gye who, sadly, died far too early back in 2001. Next to him is a man we are not certain of, but we think he could be a son of Maurice Baker. Maurice is the man on the right and he died a couple of years ago. The third man from the left is Johnathan’s father, Tom Gye. He is still alive, but no longer ringing for he is well into his 90s. We marked him getting an award for 70 years ringing on this blog (click here). […]

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