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 – 21 to 30

21. Friday, 16th March 2007
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1360 changes of Mixed Doubles (3 methods) in 50 minutes.

  1. Susan D Alexander
  2. Mary S York
  3. Brian W S Angell
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Gary S Crisp
  6. Richard J Sleeman

Conducted by Gary S Crisp.

3 methods: Grandsire Doubles (360), Plain Bob Doubles (500), Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles (500)

To mark the retirement of Reverend Sue Rushton, Priest-in Charge at Frampton Cotterell since 6th September 1994, and additionally at St James the Less, Iron Acton since 15th June 1998, and her move to York with husband David.

First Quarter Peal: 1


22. Sunday, 8th April 2007
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 44 minutes.

  1. Susan M Morgan
  2. Gillian M Lees
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Philip A Davies
  5. Edward James
  6. Colin L Crabb

Conducted by Edward James.

For Easter Sunday.

First Quarter Peal: 1


23. Sunday, 24th June 2007
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1288 changes of Grandsire Triples in 51 minutes.

  1. Alison Waller
  2. R James Cook
  3. William Willans
  4. Robert D Bell
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Michael Hurst
  7. Thomas N Longridge
  8. Michael W Day

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by R William Willans.

For Evening Service.

First on an anti-clockwise ring: 5


24. Sunday, 15th July 2007
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1260 changes of Stedman Triples in 49 minutes.

  1. Martin S Pearson
  2. William Willans
  3. Phillip A Butler
  4. Robert D Bell
  5. Maggie F Willans
  6. Michael W Day
  7. Michael Hurst
  8. James White

Conducted by William Willans.

For Evening Service.


25. Sunday, 2nd September 2007
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1295 changes of Grandsire Caters in 54 minutes.

  1. Michael J Stubbs
  2. Phillip A Butler
  3. William Willans
  4. R James Cook
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Michael Hurst
  7. Maggie F Willans
  8. Gemma Weston
  9. Michael W Day
  10. David P Hÿtch

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by Kate Rouse.

For Evensong.

First on ten bells: 5


26. Sunday, 21st October 2007
St Mary the Virgin, Almondsbury, Gloucestershire (8, 23¾ cwt in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 52 minutes.

  1. Peggy Collett
  2. Steve J Coleman
  3. Sue Coleman
  4. John Welch
  5. Stephen J Crane
  6. Adam Mead
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Gerry H Anniss

Conducted by Steve J Coleman.

For the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association's annual Peal and Quarter Peal Festival, and for Trafalgar Day.

First on eight bells: 1 & 4
First of Grandsire Triples inside: 6


27. Monday, 22nd October 2007
St John the Baptist, Frenchay, Gloucestershire (6, 4-1-03 in Eb)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Minor in 43 minutes.

  1. Edna Cause
  2. John Payton
  3. Aled G Jones
  4. Gillian H Greef
  5. Christopher P Greef
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by John Payton.

For the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association's annual Peal and Quarter Peal Festival, and in celebration of Gillian Greef's 60th Birthday.

First of Minor: 6


28. Sunday, 20th January 2008
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1277 changes of Grandsire Caters in 52 minutes.

  1. Thomas N Longridge
  2. Emma R Greenhill
  3. William Willans
  4. R James Cook
  5. Phillip A Butler
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. Maggie F Willans
  8. Robert D Bell
  9. Michael W Day
  10. Matthew J Butler

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by G E Symonds.

Rung before Choral Evensong for the 77th Birthday of Jim Cook.


29. Saturday, 26th January 2008
St John the Baptist, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (12, 27-1-16 in C#)

1259 changes of Grandsire Caters in 49 minutes.

  1. Keith Murphy
  2. Michael Mulvey
  3. Hugh N Evans
  4. Sue Coleman
  5. Debby Talbott
  6. Steve J Coleman
  7. Robert Clive
  8. John Nicholls
  9. Martin S Pearson
  10. Ian P Hill

Conducted by Steve J Coleman.

Rung by members of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association Management Committee after the meeting to approve the 2007 accounts.

First on ten bells: 1


30. Sunday, 15th June 2008
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1274 changes of Grandsire Triples in 46 minutes.

  1. Linda Hole
  2. Wendy Walters
  3. Colin L Crabb
  4. William J Liebow
  5. Rachel M Walters
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. Alan Walters
  8. David C Crabb

Conducted by Alan Walters.

For Songs of Praise in the Park with guest speaker Lord George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury.

First on eight bells: 1
First Quarter Peal for about fifteen years: 4