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 – 221 to 230

221. Tuesday, 1st December 2015
Blessed Virgin Mary, Hemington, Somerset (6, 16-2-27 in F)

1272 changes of Cambridge Surprise Minor in 46 minutes.

  1. Robert Perry
  2. Jane Hooker
  3. Phillip A Butler
  4. Terry Nicholls
  5. Nicola J Lang
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Robert Perry.


222. Sunday, 13th December 2015
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1296 changes of Little Bob Royal in 53 minutes.

  1. William Willans
  2. Josh D P Jones
  3. Nicholas C Field
  4. David P Sworder
  5. John J Bissell
  6. Maggie F Willans
  7. Matthew C Gardiner
  8. Robert Perry
  9. Matthew J Butler
  10. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Robert Perry.

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, the world's first computer programmer, in London on 10th December 1815.

First of Little Bob Royal for all except 1, 3, 5 & 6.
First on an anticlockwise ring: 7
Heaviest bell turned-in to a Quarter Peal: 10


223. Monday, 14th December 2015
St Mary the Virgin, Bathwick, Bath, Somerset (10, 18-3-20 in Eb)

1288 changes of Grandsire Triples in 49 minutes.

  1. Nicola J Lang
  2. Nicholas C Field
  3. Josh D P Jones
  4. Robert Perry
  5. John J Bissell
  6. Jonathan D Storey
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Craig Chaplow

Conducted by Robert Perry.

Composed by R William Willans.


224. Monday, 14th December 2015
Christ Church, Walcot, Bath, Somerset (8, 13-0-04 in G)

1250 changes of Yorkshire Surprise Major in 46½ minutes.

  1. Josh D P Jones
  2. Nicola J Lang
  3. Jonathan D Storey
  4. John J Bissell
  5. Nicholas C Field
  6. Richard F Curry
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Robert Perry

Conducted by Robert Perry.


225. Tuesday, 15th December 2015
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1295 changes of Grandsire Caters in 53½ minutes.

  1. William Willans
  2. Karen Tyler
  3. Richard W Sweet
  4. Phillip A Butler
  5. John J Bissell
  6. Richard F Curry
  7. Maggie F Willans
  8. Nicholas C Field
  9. Martin S Pearson
  10. Josh D P Jones

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by R William Willans.

Rung before the Carol Service arranged by the City of Bath Rotary Club, the Bath Chronicle, and Sirona Care and Health.


226. Monday, 28th December 2015
St Peter, Leckhampton, Gloucestershire (8, 9-1-14 in Ab)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 42½ minutes.

  1. Hilda Shipp
  2. Robin Shipp
  3. John Cornock
  4. Philip J Joynson
  5. Hayley J Messenger
  6. James M Joynson
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Michael J Lamb

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

Rung to celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Judy & Dennis Joynson, parents of Philip and grandparents of James. The ringing was watched by them, daughter Britt and 'Umpire' Reuben Buttrey.


227. Friday, 1st January 2016
St Michael the Archangel, Winterbourne, Gloucestershire (6, 21 cwt in Eb)

1300 changes of January Doubles in 45½ minutes.

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

Conducted by Alan J Coombs.

First blows in variation for all.


228. Sunday, 3rd January 2016
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

2016 changes of Grandsire Triples in 1 hour and 18½ minutes.

  1. Elhana N Edmondson
  2. Gillian H Greef
  3. Alison M Holliday
  4. Christopher P Greef
  5. David J Clark
  6. Andrew H Ball
  7. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by R William Willans.

For Choral Evensong at Epiphany, and to welcome in the New Year.

Rung omitting the 2nd bell.

First Date Touch: 1, 2 & 4
Longest piece of ringing: 1 & 2


229. Saturday, 16th January 2016
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (3 methods) in 45½ minutes.

  1. Mary S York
  2. Gillian H Greef
  3. Susan D Alexander
  4. Christopher P Greef
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Lucy A Bailey

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

3 methods: Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles (480), Plain Bob Doubles (480), Grandsire Doubles (300)

To celebrate the 700th Anniversary of the dedication of the church.

75th Quarter Peal as Conductor, and most methods as Conductor.


230. Sunday, 17th January 2016
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1295 changes of Grandsire Caters in 52½ minutes.

  1. Hazel G L Spence
  2. Richard W Sweet
  3. Phillip A Butler
  4. William Willans
  5. Maggie F Willans
  6. Richard F Curry
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Nicholas C Field
  9. Matthew J Butler
  10. Josh D P Jones

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by Kate Rouse.

For evening service.

First on ten bells: 1