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 – 151 to 160

151. Sunday, 20th July 2014
St Margaret, Queen Charlton, Somerset (6, 7-1-18 in Ab)

1710 changes of St Margaret Doubles in 56½ minutes.

  1. Nicholas C Field
  2. Alan J Coombs
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Lorna E Swan
  5. Robert Perry
  6. Elhana N Edmondson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

To celebrate the Patronal Festival on the Feast Day of St Margaret the Virgin-Martyr of Antioch, Patron Saint of childbirth, nurses and exiles. Margaret died aged 15 in 304 AD, 1,710 years ago.
Also a 31st Birthday compliment to the Conductor for tomorrow.

First in variation for all.


152. Sunday, 20th July 2014
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of St Martin's Bob Triples in 45 minutes.

  1. Karen Tyler
  2. Lorna E Swan
  3. Nicholas C Field
  4. William J Liebow
  5. William Willans
  6. Alan J Coombs
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Andrew H Ball

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the Living Water service on the 45th Anniversary of the first manned Moon landing, by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of the Apollo 11 mission, on 20th July 1969.
A 31st Birthday compliment to the Conductor for tomorrow.

First in method: 3, 5, 6 & 7
20th Quarter Peal this year and 40th overall as Conductor: 7


153. Sunday, 27th July 2014
Cathedral Church of St Andrew, Wells, Somerset (10, 56-1-14 in C – the world's heaviest ring of ten bells hung for English-style change ringing)

1260 changes of Stedman Triples in 54 minutes.

  1. Richard W Sweet
  2. William Willans
  3. Matthew J Butler
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Claire O'Mahony
  6. Michael W Day
  7. Andrew Mead
  8. Thomas G A Wareing

Conducted by William Willans.

Rung before Choral Evensong to celebrate the baptism of Bryony MacLeod-Jones, a granddaughter of David Marshall.
Also to mark the departure of the Reverend Dr Alan Garrow as Vicar Theologian from Bath Abbey.

A portion of this Quarter Peal was recorded on video (4:34) by Rebecca Day (the wife of Michael who was ringing the 6th bell) from the Camery Garden, the site of the mortuary chapel of Bishop Stillington demolished in the second half of the 16th Century. Note that the bells are hung in the smaller south-west tower, not in the larger central tower.

The bells sound a lot clearer outside compared to what we could hear in the Ringing Room. Of course, bells are intended primarily to be heard from outside the tower, but it certainly helps us to have the best possible sound inside as well so we can ensure our ringing is as good as it can be.


154. Sunday, 3rd August 2014
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1400 changes of Grandsire Triples in 58 minutes.

  1. Lorna E Swan
  2. Ian G Smith
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Christopher P Greef
  5. William J Liebow
  6. William Willans
  7. Nicola J Lang
  8. Alan J Coombs

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Alex W Tatlow (No.111).

Rung half-muffled to commemorate the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War on 28th July 1914 and the start of Britain's participation on 4th August 1914.


155. Wednesday, 13th August 2014
St Matthew, Widcombe, Bath, Somerset (6, 12 cwt in F#)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 42½ minutes.

  1. William Willans
  2. Sonia G Field
  3. Matthew J Butler
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Christopher J Field
  6. Nicholas C Field

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

First inside: 2

First together as a family for mother (2) and sons (5 & 6).


156. Friday, 29th August 2014
Blessed Virgin Mary, Compton Dando, Somerset (6, 14½ cwt in F)

1260 changes of Stedman Doubles in 46½ minutes.

  1. Martin S Pearson
  2. Margaret E L Chapman
  3. Nicola J Lang
  4. Jonathan D Storey
  5. Robert Perry
  6. Sharon Bradley

Conducted by Robert Perry.

Rung to congratulate Gabriel Hardwick for achieving four A's in his exams.

Ten different extents.


157. Tuesday, 2nd September 2014
St Mary, Bridgwater, Somerset (8, 25-1-11 in D)

1250 changes of Yorkshire Surprise Major in 49 minutes.

  1. Terry Nicholls
  2. Mervyn A Arscott
  3. Nicola J Lang
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Martin J Blazey
  6. Robert Perry
  7. Giles R Morley
  8. Charles H P Pipe-Wolferstan

Conducted by Robert Perry.

First in method: 4


158. Tuesday, 2nd September 2014
St John the Evangelist, Highbridge, Somerset (8, 2-3-17 in F)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 40 minutes.

  1. Nicola J Lang
  2. Martin S Pearson
  3. Robert Perry
  4. Mervyn A Arscott
  5. Charles H P Pipe-Wolferstan
  6. Giles R Morley
  7. Martin J Blazey
  8. Terry Nicholls

Conducted by Charles H P Pipe-Wolferstan.

Lightest bell (1-0-23) rung to a Quarter Peal: 2 (N.B. The Treble here is heavier at 1-1-01.)


159. Tuesday, 2nd September 2014
St Peter & All Hallows, Huntspill, Somerset (6, 22-3-24 in E)

1260 changes of St Clement's College Bob Minor in 48 minutes.

  1. Giles R Morley
  2. Nicola J Lang
  3. Terry Nicholls
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Martin J Blazey
  6. Robert Perry

Conducted by Robert Perry.


160. Sunday, 7th September 2014
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of St Alkmund Bob Triples in 45½ minutes.

  1. Ann Dowding
  2. Ian G Smith
  3. Andrew H Ball
  4. Stephen J Crane
  5. Christopher P Greef
  6. Alan J Coombs
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Sharon Bradley

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For Choral Evensong on the Feast Day of St Alchmund, Bishop of Hexham 767–781, and to congratulate former Queen Charlton ringer Sarah Vowles on her new job at the British Museum.

First blows in method for all.
40th Quarter Peal on the bells and 160th overall: 7