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 – 251 to 260

251. Sunday, 5th March 2017
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1344 changes of Plain Bob Triples in 50½ minutes.

  1. Philip J Joynson
  2. Rachel M Parker
  3. Christopher P Greef
  4. Josh D P Jones
  5. Nicholas C Field
  6. James M Joynson
  7. Andrew H Ball
  8. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For Choral Evensong on the First Sunday in Lent and the Feast Day of St Piran, Patron Saint of Cornwall and tin miners.


252. Monday, 17th April 2017
St John the Baptist, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire (8, 16-0-08 in E)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 48 minutes.

  1. James M Joynson
  2. William J Liebow
  3. Rachel M Parker
  4. David J Clark
  5. Alison M Holliday
  6. Alan J Coombs
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Philip J Joynson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

First in method inside at first attempt: 3


253. Friday, 28th April 2017
St Mary the Virgin, Marshfield, Gloucestershire (8, 15-1-22 in E)

1344 changes of Plain Bob Major in 52 minutes.

  1. Philip J Joynson
  2. Rachel M Parker
  3. David J Clark
  4. Alison M Holliday
  5. Ruth R Beavin
  6. Alan J Coombs
  7. James M Joynson
  8. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

In memory of fellow bellringers Sheila Cobb of Publow and Mervyn Cox of Compton Dando who both passed away on Tuesday.


254. Sunday, 30th April 2017
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 50½ minutes.

  1. Andrew H Ball
  2. Rachel M Parker
  3. David J Clark
  4. James M Joynson
  5. Philip J Joynson
  6. Alan J Coombs
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Jack R Pease (No.31).

For the Churches Together in Keynsham & Saltford Service.

In memory of Mervyn Cox, friend, ally, and dedicated ringer at Compton Dando, who passed away on Tuesday.


255. Friday, 7th July 2017
St Mary the Virgin, Thornbury, Gloucestershire (8, 18-2-19 in Eb)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Minor in 47 minutes.

  1. David J Clark
  2. Rachel M Parker
  3. William J Liebow
  4. Matthew W Thewsey
  5. James M Joynson
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

In Thanksgiving for the life of six-year-old Bradley Lowery who died today after a long battle with cancer. An inspirational life cut short. May he rest in eternal Peace.


256. Sunday, 23rd July 2017
St Margaret, Queen Charlton, Somerset (6, 7-1-18 in Ab)

1260 changes of St Margaret Doubles in 45 minutes.

  1. Rachel M Parker
  2. Nicholas C Field
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Josh D P Jones
  5. David J Clark
  6. Richard F Pannett

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the Patronal Festival, celebrating the Feast Day of St Margaret the Virgin-Martyr of Antioch, Patron Saint of childbirth, nurses and exiles on 20th July.

First Quarter Peal at first attempt: 6
First blows in variation: 4 & 5


257. Sunday, 30th July 2017
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1288 changes of Middlesex Bob Triples in 52½ minutes.

  1. Hazel G L Spence
  2. Rachel M Parker
  3. Gillian H Greef
  4. William J Liebow
  5. William Willans
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. Christopher P Greef
  8. Philip J Joynson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by William Willans.

In anticipation of the birth of a second child to Pete & Louise Tamblin, a sibling for Bethany and a second grandchild for George (of this tower) & Alison Colbourne. (Alice finally arrived safely on Tuesday, 8th August.)

First blows in method: 2
First Quarter Peal in method: 4
Circled the tower: 7


258. Monday, 28th August 2017
All Hallows, South Cerney, Gloucestershire (6, 9-3-10 in G)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Minor in 41 minutes.

  1. Philip J Joynson
  2. Rachel M Parker
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. D Paul Smith
  5. Alison M Holliday
  6. James M Joynson

Conducted by D Paul Smith.

Along the Cotswold Way...


259. Monday, 28th August 2017
All Saints, Oaksey, Wiltshire (6, 9-3-12 in Ab)

1260 changes of Single Canterbury Pleasure Bob Minor in 42 minutes.

  1. Alison M Holliday
  2. James M Joynson
  3. D Paul Smith
  4. Philip J Joynson
  5. David J Clark
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Along the Cotswold Way...

First in method for all except the Conductor.


260. Monday, 28th August 2017
St John the Baptist, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire (8, 16-0-08 in E)

1344 changes of Plain Bob Major in 50 minutes.

  1. D Paul Smith
  2. Alison M Holliday
  3. Peggy Collett
  4. Philip J Joynson
  5. David I Lee
  6. David J Clark
  7. James M Joynson
  8. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Along the Cotswold Way...

In memory of David Somerset, 11th Duke of Beaufort who passed away peacefully at his home on the Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire on 16th August 2017.

First of Major: 5
First of Major inside: 3