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 – 121 to 130

121. Wednesday, 23rd October 2013
St Margaret, Queen Charlton, Somerset (6, 7-1-18 in Ab)

1296 changes of Cambridge Surprise Minor in 43 minutes.

  1. Phillip A Butler
  2. Christopher P Greef
  3. Ian G Smith
  4. William J Liebow
  5. Richard W Sweet
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

To celebrate the Christening today of HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace.

Rung as part of the G&BDA Peal and Quarter Peal Festival.


122. Sunday, 10th November 2013
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (2 methods) in 47½ minutes.

  1. Mary S York
  2. Rosemary A Morgan
  3. Susan D Alexander
  4. Brian W S Angell
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Richard J Sleeman

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

2 methods: Plain Bob Doubles (480), Grandsire Doubles (780)

Rung half-muffled for the Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance.

40th Quarter Peal this year: 5

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


123. Saturday, 16th November 2013
St Michael, Bath, Somerset (8, 14-1-09 in Eb)

1260 changes of Stedman Triples in 46 minutes.

  1. Christine J Sworder
  2. Martin S Pearson
  3. David P Sworder
  4. Richard W Sweet
  5. Robert D Bell
  6. Thomas K Cook
  7. Giles R Wood
  8. Christian J Brown

Conducted by Giles R Wood.

On the 300th Anniversary of the burial of the Conductor's first cousin, ten times removed... a.k.a. Fabian Stedman.


124. Sunday, 17th November 2013
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1344 changes of Plain Bob Major in 53½ minutes.

  1. Steve J Coleman
  2. Ian G Smith
  3. Christopher P Greef
  4. Thomas K Cook
  5. Sue Coleman
  6. Stephen J Crane
  7. Hazel T Bridges
  8. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the Living Water service, and to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the burial of Fabian Stedman, an early pioneer of modern change-ringing, at St Andrew Undershaft, Aldgate in London on 16th November 1713.
This composition – Wrong, Home, Wrong, all repeated five times, with a Single Home at halfway and end – first appeared in Stedman's Campanalogia: or, the art of ringing improved... published in 1677.


125. Sunday, 24th November 2013
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 47 minutes.

  1. Maggie F Willans
  2. Linda N Baker
  3. William Willans
  4. Richard W Sweet
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. The Lord Cope of Berkeley

Conducted by William Willans.

Rung on the front six (tenor 10-3-12 in G) before evening service on the Feast of Christ the King (a.k.a. "Stir-Up Sunday"), to celebrate the birth yesterday of Matilda Rose Wakeham, daughter of Anna and Ben (godson of Lord Cope).

First Quarter Peal (aged 76): 6


126. Thursday, 28th November 2013
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Minor in 48 minutes.

  1. Linda Gittings
  2. Brian W S Angell
  3. Alan J Coombs
  4. Christopher P Greef
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. William J Liebow

Conducted by William J Liebow.

50th Birthday greetings to Caroline James.

No.53 of the "Frampton 50", celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the bells.


127. Sunday, 1st December 2013
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 48 minutes.

  1. Ann Dowding
  2. Christopher P Greef
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. William J Liebow
  5. Ian G Smith
  6. Andrew H Ball
  7. Alan J Coombs
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

For the Advent Carol Service, and to celebrate the marriage yesterday of Tom and Emma-Jane Cook.

First of Triples: 1


128. Friday, 6th December 2013
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Minor in 45 minutes.

  1. Mary S York
  2. Christopher P Greef
  3. Brynley A Shackleton
  4. Brian W S Angell
  5. William J Liebow
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For morning service, and to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela who brought some peace into the world.

No.54 of the "Frampton 50", celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the bells.


129. Sunday, 8th December 2013
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 44½ minutes.

  1. Richard Doubleday
  2. Hazel G L Spence
  3. William Willans
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Maggie F Willans
  6. Michael Brett

Conducted by William Willans.

Rung on the front six (tenor 10-3-12 in G) before evening service.

Ten different extents.

First Quarter Peal at the first attempt: 6


130. Tuesday, 10th December 2013
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1259 changes of Grandsire Caters in 52 minutes.

  1. Linda N Baker
  2. William Willans
  3. Phillip A Butler
  4. R James Cook
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Michael Amphlett
  7. Maggie F Willans
  8. Robert D Bell
  9. Edward Goater
  10. Matthew J Butler

Conducted by William Willans.

For the "Bath Chronicle" and Rotary Club of Bath Carol Service.

First on ten bells: 1