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 – 171 to 180

171. Tuesday, 25th November 2014
Holy Trinity, Paulton, Somerset (6, 8-2-24 in A)

1320 changes of Spliced Surprise Minor (2 methods) in 44 minutes.

  1. Martin S Pearson
  2. Jane Hooker
  3. Sheila C Matthews
  4. Nicola J Lang
  5. Terry Nicholls
  6. Robert Perry

Conducted by Robert Perry.

2 methods: Messing Surprise Minor, Mucking Surprise Minor (720 changes spliced, 600 changes Mucking Surprise Minor only)

First blows in Messing Surprise Minor for all.


172. Tuesday, 25th November 2014
All Saints, Dunkerton, Somerset (6, 5-0-18 in C)

1320 changes of Primrose Surprise Minor in 41 minutes.

  1. Nicola J Lang
  2. Jane Hooker
  3. Sheila C Matthews
  4. Terry Nicholls
  5. Robert Perry
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Robert Perry.

First in method, and 40th Quarter Peal this year: 6


173. Tuesday, 2nd December 2014
Blessed Virgin Mary, Timsbury, Somerset (6, 12 cwt in G)

1320 changes of Hexham Surprise Minor in 47 minutes.

  1. Nicola J Lang
  2. Sheila C Matthews
  3. Jane Hooker
  4. Terry Nicholls
  5. Robert Perry
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Nicola J Lang.

First blows in method: 6


174. Sunday, 21st December 2014
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 45½ minutes.

  1. Graham Veitch
  2. Ian G Smith
  3. Sarah J Quintin
  4. William Willans
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the Carol Service on the Feast Day of St Thomas the Apostle, Patron Saint of architects.

Celebrating the birth of Bethany Louise Tamblin, first child of Peter and Louise, and first grandchild of George and Alison Colbourne, on 12th December 2014.

250th Quarter Peal: 2


175. Wednesday, 24th December 2014
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Triples in 48 minutes.

  1. Elhana N Edmondson
  2. Phyllida J Alexander
  3. William J Liebow
  4. William Willans
  5. Ann Dowding
  6. Nicola J Lang
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the Crib Service on the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Christmas truce, a moment of peace along the Western Front during the First World War.

5th observation.

First blows in method, and first inside on eight bells: 5
30th Quarter Peal on the bells as Conductor.


176. Tuesday, 30th December 2014
St Laurence, Priddy, Somerset (6, 10-3-18 in G)

1320 changes of Pigstye Green Surprise Minor in 46 minutes.

  1. Martin S Pearson
  2. Jane Hooker
  3. Sheila C Matthews
  4. Nicola J Lang
  5. Terry Nicholls
  6. Robert Perry

Conducted by Robert Perry.

First in method for all.


177. Tuesday, 30th December 2014
St Michael & All Saints, Dinder, Somerset (6, 10½ cwt in G)

1320 changes of Berwick Surprise Minor in 46 minutes.

  1. Nicola J Lang
  2. Sheila C Matthews
  3. Jane Hooker
  4. Terry Nicholls
  5. Robert Perry
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Robert Perry.

First blows in method: 6


178. Wednesday, 31st December 2014
St Saviour, Coalpit Heath, Gloucestershire (8, 10-0-06 in G)

2014 changes of Spliced Triples & Major (2 methods) in 1 hour and 9 minutes.

  1. Anthony M Bulteel
  2. Susan C Haslam
  3. Elaine M Scudamore
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Gary M Haslam
  6. David Powell
  7. Kristian D Scudamore
  8. Keith W Scudamore

Conducted by Keith W Scudamore.

2 methods: Plain Bob Triples (14 – the first lead), Plain Bob Major (2000)

Composed by Keith W Scudamore.

A wedding compliment to Kirsty V Haslam (daughter of 2 & 5) and David A Hine whose marriage will take place at St Mary the Virgin, Almondsbury on Saturday, 3rd January 2015.

Farewell to the year 2014.

First Date Touch: 4 & 6


179. Thursday, 1st January 2015
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

2015 changes of Grandsire Triples in 1 hour and 17½ minutes.

  1. Lorna E Swan
  2. Nicola J Lang
  3. William J Liebow
  4. Nikola Gawler
  5. Andrew H Ball
  6. Robert Perry
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Alan J Coombs

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by R William Willans.

To herald in the New Year.

50th Quarter Peal (and first Date Touch) as Conductor.


180. Friday, 2nd January 2015
St Peter, Wapley, Gloucestershire (6, 8-0-16 in A)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 46 minutes.

  1. Martin S Pearson
  2. Sheila Lewis
  3. William J Liebow
  4. Brian W S Angell
  5. Alan J Coombs
  6. H Rex Isaac

Conducted by Alan J Coombs.

Rung to commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of the passing of Raymond and Eleanor Norris, parents of Lesley Coombs (wife of the Conductor).

180th Quarter Peal: 1