At the Annual General Meeting of the All Saints Church bellringers yesterday Jane Mellor was elected as the new Tower Foreman. The Tower Foreman is the leader of the bellringing band for the year of office. Jane’s biographical note on the website of the All Saints Church bellringers states:
“Jane’s bellringing is just in the blood. She was taught by her father Ian Thompson at All Saints Allesley in Coventry. She has been a bell ringer for 40 years. Not only does Jane’s whole family ring but she has an ancestor back in the 1800s who was a bell ringer. When Jane left home to train she joined the Leeds University Society of Church Bellringers with whom she still meets up regularly for weekends of ringing and social events. Through this society, she met her husband Nigel (current Ringing Master at All Saints). Bellringing is a healthy hobby for Jane but she rings to welcome people to church to the Glory of God.”
Jane is only the second female Tower Foreman since records began in 1880.