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 – 31 to 40

31. Sunday, 10th August 2008
St John the Baptist, Frenchay, Gloucestershire (6, 4-1-03 in Eb)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (2 methods) in 41 minutes.

  1. Edna Cause
  2. Gillian H Greef
  3. John Payton
  4. Christopher P Greef
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Richard Fox

Conducted by John Payton.

2 methods: Plain Bob Doubles (480), Grandsire Doubles (780)

To celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Wally & Maureen Watkivs.


32. Sunday, 28th September 2008
St Michael the Archangel, Winterbourne, Gloucestershire (6, 21 cwt in Eb)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 46 minutes.

  1. David A C Matthews
  2. Gillian H Greef
  3. Christopher P Greef
  4. Gary S Crisp
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Steve Holmes

Conducted by Christopher P Greef.

For Michaelmas, and to celebrate the appointment of Martin Clacker as Priest-in-Charge.

3rd observation.


33. Wednesday, 17th December 2008
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1295 changes of Grandsire Caters in 52 minutes.

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

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by Kate Rouse.

For the "Bath Chronicle" and Rotary Club of Bath Carol Service.

1250th Quarter Peal: 6


34. Saturday, 31st January 2009
Holy Trinity, Watermoor, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (8, 19-2-22 in F)

1344 changes of Double Norwich Court Bob Major in 50 minutes.

  1. Keith Murphy
  2. Martin S Pearson
  3. Sue Coleman
  4. Steve J Coleman
  5. Hugh N Evans
  6. John Nicholls
  7. Robert Clive
  8. Bill Nash

Conducted by Steve J Coleman.

Rung by members of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association Management Committee after the meeting to approve the 2008 accounts.

First of Major: 2


35. Sunday, 12th April 2009
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 52 minutes.

  1. Richard Doubleday
  2. Anne Willis
  3. William Willans
  4. R James Cook
  5. Phillip A Butler
  6. Robert D Bell
  7. Michael W Day
  8. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

Rung on Easter Sunday for Choral Evensong. With best wishes to Gemma Weston and Michael Hurst, married yesterday.


36. Monday, 18th May 2009
St John the Baptist, Frenchay, Gloucestershire (6, 4-1-03 in Eb)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (2 methods) in 45 minutes.

  1. Edna Cause
  2. Gillian H Greef
  3. Christopher P Greef
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. John Payton
  6. Peter Hawkins

Conducted by John Payton.

2 methods: Grandsire Doubles (720), Plain Bob Doubles (540)

To celebrate the Engagement of Andrew Waddicor and Judith Langfield, and the 80th Birthday of Peter Shapcott.


37. Sunday, 25th October 2009
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1288 changes of Grandsire Triples in 51 minutes.

  1. David C Crabb
  2. Maggie F Willans
  3. Thomas G A Wareing
  4. Bruce Martin
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Thomas N Longridge
  7. William Willans
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by R William Willans.

Rung prior to John Samways's last service before retirement. Wishing him and Chris all the best for the future.


38. Saturday, 30th January 2010
Holy Trinity, Watermoor, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (8, 19-2-22 in F)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 45 minutes.

  1. Martin S Pearson
  2. Keith Murphy
  3. Bill Nash
  4. John Nicholls
  5. Michael Mulvey
  6. Robert Clive
  7. Darran Ricks
  8. Ian Wigmore

Conducted by Robert Clive.

Rung by members of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association Management Committee after the meeting to approve the 2009 accounts.


39. Monday, 15th March 2010
St John the Baptist, Frenchay, Gloucestershire (6, 4-1-03 in Eb)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (2 methods) in 43 minutes.

  1. Barbara Edwards
  2. Edna Cause
  3. John Payton
  4. Gillian H Greef
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Christopher P Greef

Conducted by John Payton.

2 methods: Plain Bob Doubles (480), Grandsire Doubles (780)

To celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of David & Barbara Edwards.

First on a covering bell: 6


40. Wednesday, 17th March 2010
Blessed Virgin Mary, Charlton Mackrell, Somerset (6, 10-2-05 in F; anti-clockwise)

1260 changes of Stedman Doubles in 41 minutes.

  1. Nicola J Williams
  2. Martin S Pearson
  3. Tim Phillips
  4. Peter J Devrell
  5. Robert Perry
  6. Terry Nicholls

Conducted by Robert Perry.

Ten different extents.

First of Stedman: 1
40th Quarter Peal and first of Stedman Doubles: 2