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 – 191 to 200

191. Sunday, 1st March 2015
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of St Martin's Bob Triples in 50 minutes.

  1. Elhana N Edmondson
  2. Lorna E Swan
  3. Gillian H Greef
  4. William J Liebow
  5. Christopher P Greef
  6. Andrew H Ball
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For Choral Evensong on the Feast Day of St David, Patron Saint of Wales.

Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of the birth in Dartmouth of Thomas Newcomen, inventor of the atmospheric steam engine and Father of the Industrial Revolution.

First courses in method: 3
First Quarter Peal in method: 5


192. Wednesday, 11th March 2015
St Saviour, Coalpit Heath, Gloucestershire (8, 10-0-06 in G)

1250 changes of Yorkshire Surprise Major in 43 minutes.

  1. Elaine M Scudamore
  2. Ian P Hill
  3. David P Sworder
  4. Cameron A Waters
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Jonathan D Storey
  7. Keith W Scudamore
  8. Russell N Scudamore

Conducted by Keith W Scudamore.

Rung as a pre-wedding compliment to Rebecca Haslam and Carl Bullingham whose marriage ceremony will take place at Selly Oak on Saturday, 14th March 2015.

Also rung for the birth of Paige Frankie-Lee Jackson, born on Sunday to Ashley and Laura.


193. Sunday, 22nd March 2015
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1250 changes of Yorkshire Surprise Major in 50 minutes.

  1. Nicholas C Field
  2. Sheila C Matthews
  3. Lorna E Swan
  4. Nicola J Lang
  5. Roger W Haynes
  6. Robert Perry
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Andrew H Ball

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Rung half-muffled during the final journey of Richard III (1452–1485), King of England 1483–85, from the University of Leicester to Leicester Cathedral.

First in method as Conductor.


194. Sunday, 5th April 2015
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 48 minutes.

  1. Sarah J Quintin
  2. Robert T A Goodwin
  3. Graham Veitch
  4. Alan J Coombs
  5. Barry R P Quintin
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For Choral Easter Praise on Easter Sunday.
Celebrating Emma & Steve Douglas's first wedding anniversary.

Rung with 4-6-8 covering.

First on a covering bell: 4
First together for Barry & Sarah, father & daughter.


195. Sunday, 19th April 2015
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Canterbury Pleasure Bob Triples in 50 minutes.

  1. Hazel G L Spence
  2. Sarah J Quintin
  3. Lorna E Swan
  4. Nicholas C Field
  5. Andrew H Ball
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. Alan J Coombs
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the Living Water service.

Celebrating the 89th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and the Feast Day of St Anselm of Canterbury, both on 21st April.

First blows in method for all except 5.


196. Wednesday, 22nd April 2015
St Matthew, Widcombe, Bath, Somerset (6, 12 cwt in F#)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 43 minutes.

  1. Sarah J Quintin
  2. Helen Button
  3. Nicholas C Field
  4. Richard W Sweet
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Roger C Button

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Ten different extents.


197. Sunday, 3rd May 2015
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Triples in 49 minutes.

  1. Lorna E Swan
  2. Andrew H Ball
  3. Gillian H Greef
  4. Christopher P Greef
  5. Ann Dowding
  6. Alan J Coombs
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Nicholas C Field

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For Choral Evensong, and in celebration of the birth yesterday of a daughter to Prince William and Catherine, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.

Also to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of what is believed to be the first true peal ever rung: 5040 Plain Bob Triples at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich on 2nd May 1715.


198. Tuesday, 5th May 2015
St Michael the Archangel, Winterbourne, Gloucestershire (6, 21 cwt in Eb)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 45 minutes.

  1. Mary S York
  2. Gillian H Greef
  3. William J Liebow
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Christopher P Greef
  6. Alan J Coombs

Conducted by Christopher P Greef.

In thanksgiving for the life of Edward Bailey, Rector of Winterbourne 1970–2006.

5th observation.


199. Sunday, 10th May 2015
St Saviour, Coalpit Heath, Gloucestershire (8, 10-0-06 in G)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 44 minutes.

  1. Russell N Scudamore
  2. Susan C Haslam
  3. Elaine M Scudamore
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Benjamin M Haslam
  6. Gary M Haslam
  7. Keith W Scudamore
  8. David Powell

Conducted by Keith W Scudamore.

Rung prior to the Victory in Europe 70th Anniversary Celebration Service.


200. Sunday, 17th May 2015
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1250 changes of Yorkshire Surprise Major in 48 minutes.

  1. Hazel G L Spence
  2. Lorna E Swan
  3. Sheila C Matthews
  4. Nicola J Lang
  5. William Willans
  6. Robert Perry
  7. Andrew H Ball
  8. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the Living Water service on the Sunday after Ascension.

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the last train to run on the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Railway on 18th May 1940.

First of Major: 1
200th Quarter Peal, and 40th on the bells as Conductor: 8