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 – 51 to 60

51. Friday, 3rd December 2010
St John the Baptist, Frome, Somerset (8, 27-1-19 in C#)

1260 changes of Stedman Triples in 47 minutes.

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

Conducted by Robert Perry.

First of Stedman Triples: 1


52. Saturday, 29th January 2011
St John the Baptist, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (12, 27-1-16 in C#)

1254 changes of Grandsire Cinques in 50 minutes.

  1. Keith Murphy
  2. Michael Mulvey
  3. Darran Ricks
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Sue Coleman
  6. Hugh N Evans
  7. Steve J Coleman
  8. Derek Harbottle
  9. Pat Hickey
  10. John Nicholls
  11. Bill Nash
  12. Robert Clive

Conducted by Steve J Coleman.

Rung by members of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association Management Committee after the meeting to approve the 2010 accounts.

First on twelve bells: 1 & 4


53. Wednesday, 16th March 2011
St Peter, Dyrham, Gloucestershire (6, 14¾ cwt in F#)

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

  1. Susan D Alexander
  2. Fran Christianson
  3. Linda Gittings
  4. Mary S York
  5. William J Liebow
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by William J Liebow.

2 methods: Grandsire Doubles (660), Plain Bob Doubles (600)

Remembering family and friends in Christchurch, New Zealand.


54. Tuesday, 5th April 2011
St James, Ashwick, Somerset (6, 7 cwt in Bb)

1296 changes of Cambridge Surprise Minor in 41 minutes.

  1. A Roy Shallish
  2. Nicola J Williams
  3. Jane Hooker
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Mervyn A Arscott
  6. Peter J Devrell

Conducted by Peter J Devrell.

First of Surprise Minor: 4


55. Tuesday, 5th April 2011
St Nicholas, Radstock, Somerset (6, 11-0-25 in F#)

1296 changes of Beverley Surprise Minor in 45 minutes.

  1. Martin S Pearson
  2. Jane Hooker
  3. Nicola J Williams
  4. Mervyn A Arscott
  5. A Roy Shallish
  6. Peter J Devrell

Conducted by Peter J Devrell.


56. Sunday, 24th April 2011
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1277 changes of Grandsire Caters in 53½ minutes.

  1. Richard W Sweet
  2. Edward Goater
  3. William Willans
  4. R James Cook
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Matthew A Skues
  7. Maggie F Willans
  8. Michael Amphlett
  9. Michael W Day
  10. Matthew J Butler

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by Richard F Deal.

For Choral Evensong on Easter Sunday.


57. Friday, 29th April 2011
St John the Baptist, Frenchay, Gloucestershire (6, 4-1-03 in Eb)

1280 changes of Mixed Doubles (3 methods) in 44 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.

3 methods: Stedman Doubles (60), Plain Bob Doubles (480), Grandsire Doubles (740)

In celebration of the marriage of HRH Prince William of Wales, K.G. with Miss Catherine Middleton which took place this day at Westminster Abbey.


58. Friday, 29th April 2011
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. Linda N Baker
  2. R James Cook
  3. William Willans
  4. Richard W Sweet
  5. Matthew J Butler
  6. Michael Amphlett
  7. Michael W Day
  8. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by David Woodward.

Rung for the marriage earlier today of HRH Prince William with Catherine Middleton (now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) at Westminster Abbey.


59. Tuesday, 5th July 2011
St Mary, Chepstow (Cas Gwent), Monmouthshire (10, 16-1-24 in Eb)

1282 changes of Cambridge Surprise Royal in 52 minutes.

  1. Steve J Coleman
  2. Nicola J Williams
  3. Robert Perry
  4. Emma L Pym
  5. D N 'Arch' Andrews
  6. Sue Coleman
  7. Cathy Baker
  8. Francesca Cinderey
  9. Paul D Clewett
  10. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

First of Royal, and first of Surprise as Conductor: 10
First outside of England: 4 & 10


60. Tuesday, 2nd August 2011
St Peter, Wapley, Gloucestershire (6, 8-0-16 in A)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (4 methods) in 41 minutes.

  1. Linda Gittings
  2. Gillian H Greef
  3. Christopher P Greef
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. William J Liebow
  6. Alan J Coombs

Conducted by William J Liebow.

4 methods: Stedman Doubles (180), Grandsire Doubles (360), Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles (360), Plain Bob Doubles (360)