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 – 231 to 240

231. Saturday, 6th February 2016
St Julian, Wellow, Somerset (6, 21-2-11 in Eb)

1296 changes of Cambridge Surprise Minor in 48 minutes.

  1. Christopher D O'Mahony
  2. Josh D P Jones
  3. Nicholas C Field
  4. Matthew J Butler
  5. Richard F Curry
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Christopher D O'Mahony.

For Waitangi Day (celebrating the foundation of New Zealand on 6th February 1840) and Accession Day.


232. Sunday, 7th February 2016
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Triples in 50 minutes.

  1. Emma-Jane Cook
  2. Rachel Morrish
  3. Gillian M Lees
  4. David A Huxford
  5. Ann Dowding
  6. Thomas K Cook
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Celebrating the centenary of Keynsham Church Bell Ringers, first constituted in February 1916.
Rung by past and present members and friends.


233. Sunday, 6th March 2016
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 48½ minutes.

  1. Elhana N Edmondson
  2. Lorna E Swan
  3. Sheila C Matthews
  4. David J Clark
  5. Ann Dowding
  6. Andrew H Ball
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

For Choral Evensong on Mothering Sunday.

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the closure of the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway, and the closure to passengers of the former Midland Railway branch line from Mangotsfield to Bath, on 7th March 1966.

First of Grandsire inside: 5


234. Thursday, 10th March 2016
St Matthew, Widcombe, Bath, Somerset (6, 12 cwt in F#)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (4 methods) in 45 minutes.

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

Conducted by Nicholas C Field.

4 methods: Grandsire Doubles (420), Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles (360), Winchendon Place Doubles (240), St Martin's Bob Doubles (240)

To celebrate of the birth of the Churchwarden's first child.

First blows in both Winchendon Place and St Martin's Bob: 5


235. Sunday, 1st May 2016
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (4 methods) in 48 minutes.

  1. Sheila C Matthews
  2. Andrew H Ball
  3. Robert T A Goodwin
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

4 methods: Grandsire Doubles (180), Plain Bob Doubles (360), St Martin's Bob Doubles (360), St Simon's Bob Doubles (360)

Rung on the pentatonic six (omitting the 2nd and 5th bells).

For Choral Evensong on Rogation Sunday, and celebrating the opening of the new Avon Fire & Rescue Service station at Hicks Gate on 19th April.

First in multiple methods: 3 & 4
Most methods as Conductor.


236. Sunday, 22nd May 2016
St Stephen, Lansdown, Bath, Somerset (6, 2-3-09 in F)

1320 changes of Cambridge Surprise Minor in 39 minutes.

  1. Martin S Pearson
  2. Ian G Smith
  3. Matthew A Skues
  4. David J Kelly
  5. Karen Tyler
  6. Edward Goater

Conducted by David J Kelly.

A birthday compliment to Ian Smith, Tower Captain.

Rung for the Bath International Music Festival.

First in method: 5
Circled the tower to Quarter Peals: 1 (the 12th person to do so)


237. Thursday, 26th May 2016
St Matthew, Widcombe, Bath, Somerset (6, 12 cwt in F#)

1296 changes of Cambridge Surprise Minor in 48 minutes.

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

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the Bath & Wells Association Quarter Peal Month.


238. Thursday, 2nd June 2016
St Matthew, Widcombe, Bath, Somerset (6, 12 cwt in F#)

1296 changes of Cambridge Surprise Minor in 46 minutes.

  1. Josh D P Jones
  2. William Willans
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Sarah J Quintin
  5. Nicholas C Field
  6. Thomas G A Wareing

Conducted by William Willans.

For the Bath & Wells Association Quarter Peal Month. With best wishes to Tom Wareing on his 27th birthday.


239. Sunday, 5th June 2016
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Triples in 50 minutes.

  1. Elhana N Edmondson
  2. Sheila C Matthews
  3. Ann Dowding
  4. Andrew H Ball
  5. Alison M Holliday
  6. Robert T A Goodwin
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For Choral Evensong, and in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, one of the largest naval battles in history, on 31st May & 1st June 1916.


240. Saturday, 11th June 2016
St Michael, Bath, Somerset (8, 14-1-09 in Eb)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 46 minutes.

  1. William Willans
  2. R James Cook
  3. Nicholas C Field
  4. Maggie F Willans
  5. Thomas G A Wareing
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. Matthew J Butler
  8. Josh D P Jones

Conducted by William Willans.

In honour of the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 95th Birthday of His Royal Highness Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.

For the Bath & Wells Association Quarter Peal Month.