by: Marcia Mary Cook
We are well into the Advent Semester at Sewanee. The Rev. Dr. Ray Gotko has ten new students, making a total of twenty of us who ring at varying levels. We are enthusiastically looking forward to the arrival of two ringers who will spend the first half of December with us: Tom Roast from England and Bill Perrins from Australia. With plenty of practice beforehand and refinements after they arrive, we expect to ring a quarter peal before the University’s Lessons & Carols service on December 8 and hope most of the ringers are from the Sewanee band.
Mr. Tom Roast visited Sewanee last March, and since then, we have been encouraging him to return and help us with instruction. Mr. Roast began ringing when, at the age of ten, his father stood him on a box and taught him to ring. His career has been as a Chartered Surveyor with a number of private and public bodies, including three years with the Anglican Church in Central Africa. As a fervent railroad enthusiast, he has taken train travels in over one hundred countries.
Mr. Bill Perrins, started ringing at theage of twelve in Hampshire, UK. He was Master of the Cambridge University Guild in 1971 and 1972. In 1975, he traveled to Australia to ring a peal and he has remained there ever since. For the last forty years he has been associated with St. Andrews, Sydney. His professional life has been as a mathematics teacher, interrupted by a twenty-year interlude when he was a self- employed software engineer. He has four children, who are all ringers.