Prior to Sung Evensong at St Mary’s, Burton Bradstock on Sunday 28th May, a presentation was made to Basil Dent who had been awarded Honorary Life Membership at the Guild’s AGM held at Wimborne Minster a short while before.
Vice-president, Ivan Andrews, had been invited to make the presentation and, in doing so, briefly outlined Basil’s many years of service to ringing.
Basil, who will celebrate his 93rd birthday this year, is however as active as at any time, and as tower captain ever since 1974 continues to maintain a keen and ready band.
Since learning to ring back in 1969 he has taught many recruits over the ensuing years and as well as ringing at Burton assists, with other members of the team, at other local towers when required. Basil served on the West Dorset Branch committee for many years and with other members of his team still organises and runs the raffle at Branch meetings.
Basil’s other interests over the years have included churchwarden, PCC vice-chairman, Parish Councillor, Meals on Wheels and running the football club, and supports the Royal British Legion and gives regular assistance at the Altzheimers’ Day Centre.
Bells called the congregation to Evensong which was led by the Revd. Sue Linford, with a member of the tower reading a lesson.
The presentation had been kept from Basil’s knowledge until that evening so the surprise as well as the presentation made for a very special occasion.