Bell Ringing

Quarter Peals

For each performance, following the tower's name and location are given the number of bells in the tower and the weight and strike note of the tenor (the heaviest bell in the ring). Where the exact weight of the tenor is known it is given in the traditional way using the British imperial units of Hundredweight, Quarters and Pounds (cwt-qtr-lb) in which there are 28 pounds in a quarter, four quarters in a hundredweight, and 20 hundredweight in a ton (one hundredweight is approximately equal to 50.8 kilograms); otherwise it is estimated to the nearest quarter of a hundredweight. If not all of the bells in the tower were used, such as when ringing six bells at an eight-bell tower, unless otherwise stated it should be assumed that the ringing took place on the heaviest or "back" bells. As always, I've highlighted my own name simply to make it easier for you to spot.

Quarter Peals – 111 to 120

111. Friday, 5th July 2013
St Peter, Marksbury, Somerset (6, 10 cwt in G)

1260 changes of Spliced Minor (8 methods) in 42 minutes.

  1. Nicola J Williams
  2. Jane Hooker
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Thomas K Cook
  5. Robert Perry
  6. Jonathan D Storey

Conducted by Robert Perry.

8 methods: St Clement's College Bob Minor (720) spliced with Buxton Bob Minor, Badgeworth Bob Minor, Armitage-is-the-name Bob Minor; Double Oxford Bob Minor (540) spliced with Pinehurst Bob Minor, Kemerton Bob Minor, Edge Hill Bob Minor

Most Plain Minor methods: 2, 3, 4 & 6


112. Sunday, 7th July 2013
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1300 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 48 minutes.

  1. Nicola J Williams
  2. Emma-Jane Nichols
  3. Ann Dowding
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Nicholas W Bowden
  6. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For morning service to welcome new curate Reverend Ian Rousell and his family to Keynsham.
Also to celebrate the 76th Birthday today of Wendy Williams, grandmother of Emma-Jane, and to wish her a swift return home from hospital.

First on an inside bell: 3


113. Tuesday, 9th July 2013
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (11 methods/variations) in 43 minutes.

  1. Linda Gittings
  2. Ian G Smith
  3. John Payton
  4. William J Liebow
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Henry Taysom

Conducted by William J Liebow.

11 methods/variations: Grandsire Doubles (60 – 5th observation); St Simon's Bob Doubles, St Alban Bob Doubles, St Martin's Bob Doubles, St Paul Bob Doubles, Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles, Southrepps Place Doubles, Clifford's Pleasure Place Doubles, Plain Bob Doubles, Kennington Bob Doubles, April Day Bob Doubles (120 of each – 4th observation)

Most methods/variations: 5th and as Conductor.
First together for 50 years: 2 & 6

No.37 of the "Frampton 50", celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the bells.


114. Sunday, 21st July 2013
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 46 minutes.

  1. Robert Perry
  2. Martin Blanchard
  3. R James Cook
  4. Thomas K Cook
  5. George E Wyatt
  6. Andrew H Ball
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Nicola J Williams

Conducted by Andrew H Ball.

A 30th Birthday compliment to Martin Pearson, Captain of this Tower.

First of Grandsire Triples inside: 4


115. Tuesday, 23rd July 2013
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1260 changes of Stedman Doubles in 48 minutes.

  1. Steve J Coleman
  2. Rosemary A Morgan
  3. Susan D Alexander
  4. Simon P A Wilmot
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Sue Coleman

Conducted by Steve J Coleman.

To celebrate the Baptism on 21st July of Oliver and Joshua Colman, and the birth yesterday of His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge.
Also a 30th Birthday compliment to Martin Pearson for 21st July.

Ten different extents.

First of Stedman: 3

No.40 of the "Frampton 50", celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the bells.


116. Sunday, 28th July 2013
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 50 minutes.

  1. Linda N Baker
  2. R James Cook
  3. William Willans
  4. Karen Tyler
  5. Richard W Sweet
  6. Michael Amphlett
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Thomas K Cook

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

To celebrate the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge. Rung before Evening Service.

Heaviest bell rung to a Quarter Peal: 8


117. Sunday, 11th August 2013
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1280 changes of Grandsire Major in 49½ minutes.

  1. Linda Gittings
  2. Jody A Wood
  3. William Willans
  4. Ian G Smith
  5. William J Liebow
  6. Thomas K Cook
  7. Andrew H Ball
  8. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Owen T Northwood.

To commemorate the 45th Anniversary of the 1T57 'Fifteen Guinea Special', the last main-line passenger train to be hauled by steam locomotive power on British Railways, on 11th August 1968.

First blows in Grandsire Major: 4 & 6
First Quarter Peal of Grandsire Major: 5 & 8
First of Major as Conductor.


118. Monday, 16th September 2013
St Margaret, Queen Charlton, Somerset (6, 7-1-18 in Ab)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 45 minutes.

  1. Martin S Pearson
  2. Anita E Matthews
  3. Alan J Coombs
  4. Christopher P Greef
  5. Nicola J Williams
  6. Mary S York

Conducted by Alan J Coombs.

Rung half-muffled following the Funeral Service of Mr Graham Wesley Spencer who passed away on 4th September 2013.
He will be sadly missed by all the family and those who knew him.

Personal note: On Saturday, 24th August I managed to break a bone in my right hand in a car accident. Following surgery I returned to ringing one-handed (with my left hand, obviously) on Sunday, 1st September, but sadly I had to pull out of two Quarter Peal attempts, one of which I'd arranged myself and was looking forward to conducting at Keynsham – both attempts went ahead without me and were scored successfully. Consequently, this was my first Quarter Peal since the accident, and my first rung one-handed.


119. Monday, 14th October 2013
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (3 methods) in 51 minutes.

  1. Sheila Lewis
  2. Mary S York
  3. Susan D Alexander
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. William J Liebow
  6. Linda Gittings

Conducted by William J Liebow.

3 methods: Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles (360), Plain Bob Doubles (360), Grandsire Doubles (540)

50th Birthday greetings to Andrew Lewis, son of the Treble ringer; and Birthday greetings to fellow ringer June Curry.

No.47 of the "Frampton 50", celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the bells.


120. Thursday, 17th October 2013
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Minor in 44½ minutes.

  1. Philip C Coward
  2. Gillian H Greef
  3. Christopher P Greef
  4. Brian W S Angell
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. David E Hibbert

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

50th Birthday greetings to Nicola Packer (fourth half-cousin of the Conductor).

No.49 of the "Frampton 50", celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the bells.