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 – 11 to 20

11. Saturday, 6th May 2006
St Luke the Evangelist, Brislington, Somerset (6, 13-3-23 in F)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 43 minutes.

  1. Chris Brock
  2. Edward James
  3. Gillian M Lees
  4. Philip A Davies
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the 90th Birthday of Elsie Davies, mother of Philip Davies.

First as Conductor.


12. Monday, 15th May 2006
St John the Baptist, Batheaston, Somerset (8, 13-2-18 in F)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 45 minutes.

  1. Maggie F Willans
  2. Thomas N Longridge
  3. Michael Hurst
  4. Russell Jackson
  5. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Michael Hurst.

In lieu of a Branch Practice.

First on five bells: 4 & 5
First with tenor as a working bell: 5


13. Saturday, 27th May 2006
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 45 minutes.

  1. Emma-Jane Nichols
  2. Martin S Pearson
  3. Gillian M Lees
  4. Gemma Weston
  5. Michael Hurst
  6. Bridget Williams

Conducted by Michael Hurst.

In celebration of Lily Chaplin's 100th Birthday.

First together for mother (6) and daughter (1).
Rung on the front six of eight.


14. Tuesday, 30th May 2006
St James, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (8, 7-1-16 in B)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 44 minutes.

  1. Michael J Stubbs
  2. Thomas N Longridge
  3. Gemma Weston
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. David P Hÿtch
  6. Robert D Bell
  7. Michael Hurst
  8. Paul D Clewett

Conducted by Michael Hurst.


15. Monday, 31st July 2006
St John the Baptist, Frenchay, Gloucestershire (6, 4-1-03 in Eb)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 46 minutes.

  1. Pauline Palmer
  2. Edna Cause
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Barbara Edwards
  5. John Payton
  6. Martin Palmer

Conducted by John Payton.

Rung half-muffled in Thanksgiving for the life of Jack Bisacre, father of Didge Freke.


16. Sunday, 3rd September 2006
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1287 changes of Grandsire Triples in 47 minutes.

  1. Chris Brock
  2. Philip A Davies
  3. Gillian M Lees
  4. Maggie F Willans
  5. William Willans
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. David A Huxford
  8. Bridget Williams

Conducted by David A Huxford.

For Evening Prayer, and in fond loving memory of Robin Stubbs, Tower Captain of Bathwick and friend and mentor to so many.
Eric and Jane Webster would like to be associated with this Quarter Peal and its sentiments.

First on eight bells: 1 & 8
First inside on eight bells: 2


17. Friday, 22nd September 2006
St Mary the Virgin, Olveston, Gloucestershire (8, 18-3-08 in F)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 44 minutes.

  1. Fran Webster
  2. Jill Usher
  3. Rosemary J Ruddick
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Alan Friskney
  6. Les Usher

Conducted by Alan Friskney.

For the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Arthur & June Robbins.

First Quarter Peal: 3
Rung on the front six of eight.


18. Sunday, 22nd October 2006
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 51 minutes.

  1. Gillian M Lees
  2. Emma R Greenhill
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Gemma Weston
  5. Michael Hurst
  6. Thomas N Longridge
  7. Michael W Day
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Michael Hurst.

For Choral Evensong, and in celebration of the 28th Wedding Anniversary of George & Alison Colbourne.


19. Saturday, 27th January 2007
Holy Trinity, Watermoor, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (8, 19-2-22 in F)

1260 changes of Stedman Triples in 49 minutes.

  1. Steve J Coleman
  2. Sue Coleman
  3. Ian P Hill
  4. Debby Talbott
  5. Graham Quincey
  6. Robert Clive
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Michael Mulvey

Conducted by Steve J Coleman.

Rung by members of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association Management Committee after the meeting to approve the 2006 accounts.

First of Stedman: 7


20. Sunday, 18th February 2007
St Peter, Wapley, Gloucestershire (6, 8-0-16 in A)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (2 methods) in 43 minutes.

  1. George Lawrence
  2. Mary Taylor
  3. Kathy Mills
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Brynley A Shackleton
  6. Mary S York

Conducted by Brynley A Shackleton.

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

In celebration of George Lawrence's 80th Birthday.