Anne Haskard obituary

Anne Rosemary Haskard died on IS May 2018, aged 76, after a long battle with cancer. After a well attended funeral service at St Cuthbert's Church on 23 May a quarter peal was rung to celebrate her life.

Anne was born on 1st August 1941 and lived in the Adelaide suburb of Prospect all her Life. It was because she was a regular worshipper at St Cuthbert's Church that she decided to learn to ring in 1970 in anticipation of the construction of the ,church tower and installation of the bells. She became a founding member of the St Cuthbert's band upon the dedication of the tower and bells on 7 November 1971. Thereafter she remained one of the mainstays of Adelaide ringing until her illness prevented her from active participation.

She was tower captain of St Peter's Cathedral from 1986 - 1991, St Cuthbert's, Prospect from 1995 - 1998, St Peter's Cathedral again from 2000 - 2008 and Prospect again from 2009 - 2011.

Anne rang 64 peals. mostly in the five Adelaide towers but also in the UK and Canada. She took part in a number of notable "firsts". Her first peal was on 23 April 1973, being the first peal on the newly rehung bells at St Paul's. Bendigo. Her second peal was the first all ladies peal in Australia and for ANZAB on I December in the same year - Grandsire Triples at St Paul's Melbourne. She was a member of the bands which rang the first peals on the Prospect bells on 19 October 1975 and the Adelaide Town Hall bells on 23 April 1984. On 9 September 1989 she rang the treble in what was then the heaviest peal of Doubles ever rung - eight methods, including Stedman. on the back 5 of St Peter's Cathedral in 3 hours SO minutes (tenor 41 - 1-0). She rang in the first peal of Maximus in South Australia on the St Francis Xavier Cathedral bells on 16 March 1997.

Anne, together with one of the churchwardens at that time, was instrumental in raising $120,000 for the completion and extension of the St Cuthbert's tower project in 2000. She taught many ringers. including those of the foundation band of St Francis Xavier Cathedral.

She was a participant in many interstate ringing visits and a reliable host and organiser for many touring bands and ANZAB Festivals, as well as providing hospitality on many occasions for local and touring bands.

Anne's service for and dedication to ANZAB was recognised in 2003 by her election to Honorary Life Membership of ANZAB. She was ANZAB Secretary from 1975 - 1977. When ANZAB was incorporated in 1988 she was appointed Public Officer of the Association, a position she held until 2014. She was elected to membership of the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths on 10 October 2010. Her only peal rung for the Cumberlands was her last, rung on 17 November 2013 at Prospect.

As well as her dedication to ringing, Anne continued as a faithful member and sometime Churchwarden of the St Cuthbert's congregation, a dedicated member of the Army Reserve and an enthusiastic walker. The onset of her cancer and many months of chemotherapy did not deter her from participating in life to the fullest extent possible, including her ringing, travel and walking activities. Her courage and determination shone through to the last.

She will be sadly missed.