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 – 131 to 140

131. Tuesday, 31st December 2013
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 45 minutes.

  1. Brynley A Shackleton
  2. June C Curry
  3. Gillian H Greef
  4. Christopher P Greef
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Gary S Crisp

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

With "get well" wishes for Cilla Rochford, mother of June Curry.

First inside: 2
30th Quarter Peal as Conductor.

No.55 of the "Frampton 50", celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the bells.


132. Tuesday, 31st December 2013
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 47½ minutes.

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

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

50th Quarter Peal this year: 5

The final Quarter Peal (No.56) of the "Frampton 50", celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the bells.
The celebrations throughout the year raised £1100 for church funds.


133. Thursday, 2nd January 2014
St Peter, Wapley, Gloucestershire (6, 8-0-16 in A)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (5 methods) in 41 minutes.

  1. Sheila Lewis
  2. William J Liebow
  3. Ian G Smith
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Alan J Coombs
  6. Richard Fox

Conducted by Alan J Coombs.

5 methods: St Simon's Bob Doubles (240), St Martin's Bob Doubles (240), Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles (240), Grandsire Doubles (240), Plain Bob Doubles (300)

Rung one year after the passing of Raymond and Eleanor Norris, parents of Lesley Coombs (wife of the Conductor). Raymond was 81 years old when he died, and accordingly this Quarter Peal contained 81 calls.

5th observation throughout except for the first 120 changes of Plain Bob Doubles (4th observation).

Most methods: 1


134. Saturday, 25th January 2014
St John the Baptist, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (12, 27-1-16 in C#)

1254 changes of Grandsire Cinques in 51 minutes.

  1. Fiona A Hartley
  2. Claire Redstone
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Hugh N Evans
  5. Sue Coleman
  6. Hazel T Bridges
  7. Keith Murphy
  8. Roger W Haynes
  9. Derek Harbottle
  10. Pat Hickey
  11. Steve J Coleman
  12. Malcolm Barnes

Conducted by Hazel T Bridges.

Rung by members of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association Management Committee after the meeting to approve the 2013 accounts.

First on twelve bells: 7 & 12


135. Sunday, 2nd February 2014
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1288 changes of St Agatha Bob Triples in 49 minutes.

  1. Linda N Baker
  2. William J Liebow
  3. Ian G Smith
  4. Andrew H Ball
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Philip H Kinsman
  7. James H C Hillier
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by R William Willans.

For Choral Evensong on Candlemas, and to celebrate the birth of Jemima Ruth Vane, first grandchild of Richard (of this tower) and Jacqui Pannett, on 25th January 2014.
Also for the Feast Day of St Agatha, Patron Saint of bells, bell founding and bell ringing, on 5th February.

First blows in method for all.


136. Monday, 10th February 2014
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1260 changes of St Clement's College Bob Minor in 45 minutes.

  1. Ian G Smith
  2. Rosemary A Morgan
  3. D N 'Arch' Andrews
  4. William J Liebow
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Martin Blanchard

Conducted by Martin Blanchard.

Collective February birthday good wishes for Arch (7th), Mary York (9th), and Stella Leitch, daughter of the Conductor (11th).

First in method: 5 and as Conductor


137. Sunday, 16th February 2014
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 49½ minutes.

  1. Linda Gittings
  2. Martin S Pearson
  3. Gillian H Greef
  4. Ian G Smith
  5. William J Liebow
  6. William Willans
  7. Alan J Coombs
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

For the Living Water service, and to welcome new curate Reverend Denise Calverley to the Parish.
Also in support of Team GB at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Circled the tower to eight-bell Quarter Peals: 2


138. Sunday, 23rd February 2014
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1288 changes of Grandsire Triples in 51 minutes.

  1. Hazel G L Spence
  2. Fiona A Hartley
  3. William Willans
  4. Alex C P Haynes
  5. Maggie F Willans
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. Roger W Haynes
  8. Matthew J Butler

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by R William Willans.

Rung before evening service.

First on eight bells: 1


139. Sunday, 2nd March 2014
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Triples in 47 minutes.

  1. Ann Dowding
  2. Gillian H Greef
  3. Ian G Smith
  4. William J Liebow
  5. Janet K Wyatt
  6. Christopher P Greef
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Alan J Coombs

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For Choral Evensong, on the 45th Anniversary of the maiden test flight of prototype Concorde 001 from Toulouse, France on 2nd March 1969.
With Birthday Greetings to Alan Coombs for Wednesday, 5th March.


140. Sunday, 23rd March 2014
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1288 changes of Grandsire Triples in 51 minutes.

  1. Hazel G L Spence
  2. Fiona A Hartley
  3. William Willans
  4. Robert D Bell
  5. Maggie F Willans
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. Roger W Haynes
  8. Thomas G A Wareing

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by R William Willans.

Rung before evening service.

Recorded and filmed – in the Belfry and Ringing Room as well as around the City of Bath – as part of a two-day workshop organised by Liminal, a partnership between architect Frances Crow and sound artist and composer David Prior, for their sound installation project Of This Parish: Bath Abbey.