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 – 211 to 220

211. Sunday, 20th September 2015
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1280 changes of Plain Bob Major in 56½ minutes.

  1. Richard W Sweet
  2. Fiona A Hartley
  3. William Willans
  4. Maggie F Willans
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Matthew J Butler
  7. Roger W Haynes
  8. Thomas G A Wareing

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by D Sullivan (et al?).

In memory of Declan Duff who died 12th September 2015. Rung before Evening Service.


212. Friday, 16th October 2015
St Stephen, Lansdown, Bath, Somerset (6, 2-3-09 in F)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Minor in 37 minutes.

  1. Myra J Gibbs
  2. Ian G Smith
  3. Gloria Wilshire
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. William J Liebow
  6. David J Kelly

Conducted by David J Kelly.

Rung in memory of Gordon F Wilkins, brother of the Treble ringer. His only quarter peal was conducted by the ringer of the 2nd in 1962.


213. Sunday, 18th October 2015
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1259 changes of Grandsire Caters in 51½ minutes.

  1. Richard W Sweet
  2. Fiona A Hartley
  3. Phillip A Butler
  4. William Willans
  5. Maggie F Willans
  6. John J Bissell
  7. Roger W Haynes
  8. Martin S Pearson
  9. Michael W Day
  10. Matthew J Butler

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by William T Elson.

Rung before Evening Service in memory of Mike Amphlett, ringer and churchwarden at Bath Abbey.


214. Thursday, 22nd October 2015
St Matthew, Widcombe, Bath, Somerset (6, 12 cwt in F#)

1260 changes of St Nicholas College Bob Minor in 44 minutes.

  1. Richard F Curry
  2. Sarah J Quintin
  3. William Willans
  4. Nicholas C Field
  5. Elizabeth A Evans
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

First blows in method for all.


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

1344 changes of Grandsire Triples in 52 minutes.

  1. Hazel G L Spence
  2. Lorna E Swan
  3. William J Liebow
  4. James M Joynson
  5. Philip J Joynson
  6. Andrew H Ball
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Nicholas C Field

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by R William Willans.

For the Service of Commemoration of the Departed on All Saints' Day.

Celebrating the opening of the new Somerdale Pavilion.

Part of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association Peal and Quarter Peal Festival 2015.

First of Grandsire Triples: 4 & 5
500th of Grandsire Triples: 6


216. Monday, 2nd November 2015
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 54 minutes.

  1. Clare Homfray
  2. Hazel G L Spence
  3. Richard W Sweet
  4. Nicholas C Field
  5. Phillip A Butler
  6. Matthew J Butler
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. John J Bissell

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

Rung half-muffled on All Souls' Day, remembering Mike Amphlett (fellow ringer), Declan Duff, Alan Singer and Ron Spence, all late spouses of Abbey ringers; and Catherine Spence, late daughter of Ron and Hazel.

In lieu of practice.


217. Thursday, 5th November 2015
St Stephen, Lansdown, Bath, Somerset (6, 2-3-09 in F)

1260 changes of Stedman Doubles in 39 minutes.

  1. William Willans
  2. Nicholas C Field
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Josh D P Jones
  5. Richard F Curry
  6. Barry R P Quintin

Conducted by William Willans.

Ten different callings.

First of Stedman: 4 & 5
50th Quarter Peal this year: 4
First Quarter Peal of Stedman on the bells.


218. Wednesday, 11th November 2015
St Matthew, Widcombe, Bath, Somerset (6, 12 cwt in F#)

1260 changes of St Martin's Bob Doubles in 47 minutes.

  1. Katherine A L Newbery
  2. Martin S Pearson
  3. Nicholas C Field
  4. Richard W Sweet
  5. Phillip A Butler
  6. William Willans

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Rung half-muffled on Armistice Day, the Feast Day of St Martin of Tours.

First in method: 4
First of St Martin's Bob Doubles as Conductor.


219. Thursday, 26th November 2015
St Matthew, Widcombe, Bath, Somerset (6, 12 cwt in F#)

1296 changes of Bourne Surprise Minor in 46 minutes.

  1. Richard F Curry
  2. William Willans
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Sarah J Quintin
  5. Nicholas C Field
  6. Thomas N Longridge

Conducted by William Willans.

First blows in method: 4 & 5


220. Sunday, 29th November 2015
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1344 changes of Plain Bob Major in 50 minutes.

  1. Elhana N Edmondson
  2. Lorna E Swan
  3. Sheila C Matthews
  4. William J Liebow
  5. Andrew H Ball
  6. Sarah J Quintin
  7. Nicholas C Field
  8. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the Advent Carol Service.

First without a covering tenor: 1