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 – 241 to 250

241. Sunday, 12th June 2016
St Saviour, Coalpit Heath, Gloucestershire (8, 10-0-06 in G)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 46 minutes.

  1. Susan C Haslam
  2. Martin S Pearson
  3. Elaine M Scudamore
  4. Robin Shipp
  5. Alison M Holliday
  6. Benjamin M Haslam
  7. Keith W Scudamore
  8. Hilda Shipp

Conducted by Keith W Scudamore.

Composed by Joseph J Parker (being the first three parts of his 12-part peal).

Rung prior to the Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


242. Sunday, 26th June 2016
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of St John the Baptist Bob Triples in 49 minutes.

  1. Elhana N Edmondson
  2. Sheila C Matthews
  3. Robert T A Goodwin
  4. Christopher P Greef
  5. Sarah J Quintin
  6. Nicholas C Field
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For Festal Choral Evensong, and the Feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist on 24th June.

The band would like to formally name this method St John the Baptist Bob Triples: 7.1.127.123.7.3.7-127

Circled the tower to Quarter Peals: 6
50th Quarter Peal on the bells as Conductor.


243. Sunday, 31st July 2016
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

2016 changes of Grandsire Triples in 1 hour and 18 minutes.

  1. Elhana N Edmondson
  2. Gillian H Greef
  3. Sheila C Matthews
  4. Andrew H Ball
  5. Christopher P Greef
  6. Adrian Udal
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Robert T A Goodwin

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by William Willans.

For the Churches Together in Keynsham & Saltford Service of Prayer and Reflection.

A 21st Birthday compliment to Elhana for 29th July, with congratulations to her and Adam Derrick on their engagement.

First Date Touch: 8


244. Monday, 1st August 2016
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1295 changes of Grandsire Caters in 55 minutes.

  1. Hazel G L Spence
  2. William Willans
  3. Maggie F Willans
  4. Lesley C Houston
  5. Richard W Sweet
  6. Adrian Udal
  7. Josh D P Jones
  8. Thomas G A Wareing
  9. Matthew J Butler
  10. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by William Willans.

On meeting ten for practice.


245. Monday, 15th August 2016
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1296 changes of Grandsire Caters in 55 minutes.

  1. Hazel G L Spence
  2. Martin S Pearson
  3. Richard W Sweet
  4. Nicola J Lang
  5. Karen Tyler
  6. Robert Perry
  7. Jody A Wood
  8. Richard F Curry
  9. Phillip A Butler
  10. Edward Goater

Conducted by Robert Perry.

Rung before evening service to celebrate the birthdays of Abbey ringers Nicholas Field and Josh Jones.


246. Sunday, 4th September 2016
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 48½ minutes.

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

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Jack R Pease (No.31).

For Choral Evensong and to welcome Christopher Thomas as Music Director at St John's.

Celebrating the Centenary of the birth of Roald Dahl, one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th Century, in Llandaff, Cardiff on 13th September 1916.


247. Monday, 12th September 2016
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 53 minutes.

  1. Julie Perkins
  2. Hazel G L Spence
  3. Richard W Sweet
  4. Lesley C Houston
  5. Nicholas C Field
  6. Maggie F Willans
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Josh D P Jones

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

A 21st Birthday compliment to Beth Jones, sister of Josh.


248. Monday, 12th December 2016
St James the Less, Iron Acton, Gloucestershire (6, 15½ cwt in F)

1260 changes of All Saints Place Doubles in 41 minutes.

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

Conducted by Alan J Coombs.

To welcome Revd Malcolm Strange as Rector of the Fromeside Benefice.


249. Saturday, 28th January 2017
St John the Baptist, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (12, 27-1-16 in C#)

1259 changes of Grandsire Caters in 48 minutes.

  1. Tom Edgeworth
  2. Hugh N Evans
  3. Jenni Judson
  4. Roger W Haynes
  5. Sue Coleman
  6. William J Ruck
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Robert Clive
  9. Steve J Coleman
  10. Malcolm Barnes

Conducted by William J Ruck.

Rung by members of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association Management Committee after the meeting to approve the 2016 accounts.


250. Sunday, 12th February 2017
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 48½ minutes.

  1. Rachel M Parker
  2. William J Liebow
  3. Robert T A Goodwin
  4. Philip J Joynson
  5. William Willans
  6. Sarah J Quintin
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

For Evening Quiet Worship.

Rung on Darwin Day (the 208th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin) and to celebrate Evolution Weekend, an annual opportunity for discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science.

250th Quarter Peal, 70th on the bells and 85th as Conductor: 7