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 – 41 to 50

41. Sunday, 4th April 2010
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1288 changes of Grandsire Triples in 52 minutes.

  1. Maggie F Willans
  2. William Willans
  3. Nicola J Williams
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Matthew A Skues
  6. Thomas N Longridge
  7. Michael W Day
  8. Edward Goater

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by R William Willans.

For Choral Evensong on Easter Sunday.


42. Monday, 5th April 2010
St John the Baptist, Frenchay, Gloucestershire (6, 4-1-03 in Eb)

1440 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 48 minutes.

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

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Leslie W G Morris (comprising 6 variations of Morris's 240, ending with his original touch).

To celebrate the Ruby Wedding Anniversaries of Chris & Gill Greef and John & Karen Payton.

Circled the tower to Quarter Peals: 2


43. Sunday, 9th May 2010
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1288 changes of Grandsire Triples in 50 minutes.

  1. Emma-Jane Nichols
  2. Nicola J Williams
  3. William Willans
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Phillip A Butler
  6. Christopher M Povey
  7. Peter J Devrell
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by R William Willans.

For the evening Christian Aid service.

First on eight bells: 1


44. Tuesday, 22nd June 2010
Blessed Virgin Mary, Compton Dando, Somerset (6, 14½ cwt in F)

1260 changes of Mixed Minor (2 methods) in 46 minutes.

  1. Robert Perry
  2. Margaret E L Chapman
  3. Nicola J Williams
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. William Willans
  6. Peter J Devrell

Conducted by Robert Perry.

2 methods: St Clement's College Bob Minor (540), Plain Bob Minor (720)

Birthday compliment to Margaret E L Chapman.


45. Tuesday, 20th July 2010
St Leonard, Marston Bigot, Somerset (8, 7-0-21 in B)

1264 changes of Plain Bob Major in 43 minutes.

  1. William Willans
  2. Nicola J Williams
  3. Ernest Bray
  4. Terry Nicholls
  5. Johan Nash-Smith
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. John Harrold
  8. Robert Perry

Conducted by Robert Perry.


46. Monday, 9th August 2010
St Mary Magdalene, Ditcheat, Somerset (8, 24-0-04 in Eb)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples.

  1. Terry Nicholls
  2. Ernest Bray
  3. William Willans
  4. Nicola J Williams
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Robert Perry
  7. Peter J Devrell
  8. Johan Nash-Smith

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by Michael Hurst.


47. Friday, 1st October 2010
St Luke the Evangelist, Brislington, Somerset (6, 13-3-23 in F)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 44 minutes.

  1. Tricia Badman
  2. Gordon W Land
  3. Linda Hole
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Philip A Davies
  6. Derek M Wilkins-Smith

Conducted by Gordon W Land.

In honour of the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Pat & Mike Sweet.

First Quarter Peal: 1 (despite suffering from a broken finger!)


48. Monday, 18th October 2010
St John the Baptist, Frenchay, Gloucestershire (6, 4-1-03 in Eb)

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

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

Conducted by John Payton.

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

To celebrate the Wedding of Jeremy Thomas Fox (son of Richard) and Rebecca Louise Pearson (no relation) at this church on Friday, 15th October 2010.
Also for the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association's annual Peal and Quarter Peal Festival.


49. Thursday, 25th November 2010
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1282 changes of Cambridge Surprise Major in 49 minutes.

  1. Nicola J Williams
  2. Emma L Pym
  3. Martin Blanchard
  4. D N 'Arch' Andrews
  5. Paul D Clewett
  6. Peter J Devrell
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Robert Perry

Conducted by Robert Perry.

In loving memory of Yvonne Marie Pearson (née Gregory), mother of Laura and Martin, who passed away on 9th July 2010.
Rung on the occasion of what would have been her 53rd birthday.

First of Surprise: 7


50. Friday, 3rd December 2010
St Michael & All Angels, Buckland Dinham, Somerset (8, 10-2-19 in F)

1282 changes of Cambridge Surprise Major in 43 minutes.

  1. Robert Perry
  2. Nicola J Williams
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. Peter J Devrell
  5. Terry Nicholls
  6. Robert D Bell
  7. Raymond Haines
  8. Peter Neil

Conducted by Robert Perry.

First of Surprise Major inside: 2
50th Quarter Peal: 3