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 – 161 to 170

161. Sunday, 14th September 2014
Blessed Virgin Mary, Compton Dando, Somerset (6, 14½ cwt in F)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (7 methods) in 49½ minutes.

  1. Robert Perry
  2. Nicola J Lang
  3. Matthew A Skues
  4. Thomas N Longridge
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Sharon Bradley

Conducted by Robert Perry.

7 methods: Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles (120), Winchendon Place Doubles (240), St Nicholas Place Doubles (120), St Simon's Bob Doubles (240), St Martin's Bob Doubles (240), Plain Bob Doubles (120), Grandsire Doubles (180)

For Evensong.


162. Sunday, 5th October 2014
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 47 minutes.

  1. Christopher P Greef
  2. Gillian H Greef
  3. Elhana N Edmondson
  4. Alan J Coombs
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For Choral Evensong, the Harvest Festival and Grandparents' Day, on the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of animals, the environment and Cub Scouts.

Rung on the pentatonic six (omitting the 2nd and 5th bells).
3rd observation.

First inside: 3


163. Sunday, 19th October 2014
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1280 changes of Cambridge Surprise Major in 51 minutes.

  1. Nicola J Lang
  2. Ian G Smith
  3. Sarah J Quintin
  4. William J Liebow
  5. Christopher P Greef
  6. Robert Perry
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Andrew H Ball

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Steve J Coleman, Honorary Secretary of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers.

For the Living Water service. Part of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association Peal and Quarter Peal Festival 2014.

First in method: 3
First of Surprise Major: 5
First of Surprise Major as Conductor.


164. Monday, 20th October 2014
St Stephen, Lansdown, Bath, Somerset (6, 2-3-09 in F)

1308 changes of Grandsire Minor in 42 minutes.

  1. Ian G Smith
  2. William Willans
  3. Morley Bray
  4. David J Kelly
  5. Peter J Devrell
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by William Willans.

First of Grandsire Minor, and lightest Tenor rung to a Quarter Peal: 6


165. Saturday, 25th October 2014
St Stephen, Lansdown, Bath, Somerset (6, 2-3-09 in F)

1320 changes of Cambridge Surprise Minor in 40 minutes.

  1. Ian G Smith
  2. William Willans
  3. Maggie F Willans
  4. Matthew A Skues
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Michael J Stubbs

Conducted by Michael J Stubbs.

Rung following the marriage of Ana Jane Iona Stevenson and Woody Sean Jones.


166. Sunday, 26th October 2014
St John the Baptist, Colerne, Wiltshire (8, 14-1-06 in E)

1260 changes of Colerne Imperial Bob Triples in 48½ minutes.

  1. Jacqui Bradburn
  2. Fiona A Hartley
  3. Maggie F Willans
  4. Julian J Hemper
  5. Roger W Haynes
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. William Willans
  8. Alex C P Haynes

Conducted by William Willans.

For evensong and the G&B Peal and Quarter Peal Festival.

It is 30 years since this method was first – and last – rung in this tower. Will and Maggie Willans were in the original band, Will also conducting on that occasion.

Colerne Imperial Bob Triples (not yet officially named): 3.145.7.1.7.1.7-125


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

1260 changes of St Simon's Bob Triples in 48 minutes.

  1. Julia L Crane
  2. Andrew H Ball
  3. William J Liebow
  4. Ian G Smith
  5. Stephen J Crane
  6. Jonathan D Storey
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the Service of Commemoration of the Departed on All Saints' Sunday. Remembering fellow ringer Alan Pidgeon of Chipping Sodbury one year on.

First Quarter Peal: 1


168. Friday, 7th November 2014
All Saints, Corston, Somerset (8, 9-2-25 in Ab)

1320 changes of Mixed Doubles (2 methods) in 46 minutes.

  1. Nicola J Lang
  2. Jonathan D Storey
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Alan J Coombs
  5. Robert Perry
  6. Sarah L Blake
  7. Sharon Bradley
  8. Julie E Doman

Conducted by Robert Perry.

2 methods: Grandsire Doubles (840), Plain Bob Doubles (480)

Rung with 7-6-8 covering.

First Quarter Peal at first attempt: 6 & 8


169. Tuesday, 11th November 2014
St James, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (8, 7-1-16 in B)

1320 changes of St Martin's Bob Doubles in 47 minutes.

  1. Mary S York
  2. Nicola J Lang
  3. Robert Perry
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Alan J Coombs
  6. Michael K Beard

Conducted by Alan J Coombs.

Rung half-muffled on Armistice Day prior to 11:00am and the two minutes' silence.

Remembering all those who lost their lives in both World Wars, and especially those from this Parish.

We remember Thomas Walter Hatherley Paget, Sergeant 240717 of the 1st/5th Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire Regiment, killed in action in the Ypres Salient during the Battle of Passchendaele on 4th October 1917, aged 25. Sergeant Paget was a great-uncle of the Conductor's wife.

Also rung for the Feast Day of St Martin of Tours, Bishop of Tours and Patron Saint of soldiers.


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

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 44 minutes.

  1. Thomas K Cook
  2. William J Liebow
  3. Hazel T Bridges
  4. Matthew J Butler
  5. Nicholas C Field
  6. Alan J Coombs
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Thomas G A Wareing

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

For the Living Water service on the Feast Day of St Margaret of Scotland (c.1045–1093), also known as Margaret of Wessex and Queen Margaret of Scotland, Patron Saint of Anglo-Scottish relations; and St Edmund of Abingdon (c.1175–1240), Archbishop of Canterbury 1233–1240.

Celebrating the first ever controlled touchdown on a comet nucleus by the European Space Agency's Philea lander on 12th November 2014, landing on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko at 15:35 UTC.