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 – 61 to 70

61. Saturday, 27th August 2011
St John the Baptist, Frenchay, Gloucestershire (6, 4-1-03 in Eb)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (2 methods) in 44 minutes.

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

Conducted by John Payton.

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

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the dedication of the bells on Sunday, 25th August 1991.

The Grandsire began with one calling each of Brian D Price's 240 No.2 and Leslie W G Morris's 240.


62. Tuesday, 27th September 2011
St Peter, Wapley, Gloucestershire (6, 8-0-16 in A)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (3 methods) in 42 minutes.

  1. Linda Gittings
  2. Mary S York
  3. Ian G Smith
  4. Brian W S Angell
  5. William J Liebow
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by William J Liebow.

3 methods: Grandsire Doubles (540), Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles (360), Plain Bob Doubles (360)

To celebrate Tony York (husband of Mary York), Eddie Welch and Alan Pidgeon all reaching 75 years this month.


63. Saturday, 29th October 2011
St James, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (8, 7-1-16 in B)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 40 minutes.

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

Conducted by Christopher P Greef.

To celebrate the birth of Chris & Gill Greef's grandson, Gregory Billington, born on 13th October.
Also for the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association's annual Peal and Quarter Peal Festival.


64. Saturday, 19th November 2011
St John the Baptist, Frenchay, Gloucestershire (6, 4-1-03 in Eb)

1260 changes of Spliced Doubles (9 methods) in 41 minutes.

  1. Edna Cause
  2. Nicola J Williams
  3. Robert Perry
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Alan J Coombs
  6. Richard Fox

Conducted by Robert Perry.

9 methods: Winchendon Place Doubles, St Nicholas Bob Doubles (each spliced with Huntley Place Doubles); St Simon's Bob Doubles, St Martin's Bob Doubles (each spliced with Eynesbury Bob Doubles); Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles; Grandsire Doubles; Plain Bob Doubles

Belated birthday compliment to the Conductor.


65. Sunday, 20th November 2011
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 51 minutes.

  1. Linda N Baker
  2. William Willans
  3. R James Cook
  4. Richard Doubleday
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Michael Amphlett
  7. Matthew J Butler
  8. Michael W Day

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

For evening service on the Feast of Christ the King (a.k.a. "Stir-Up Sunday").


66. Thursday, 8th December 2011
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1288 changes of Grandsire Triples in 54 minutes.

  1. Emma L Pym
  2. William Willans
  3. Richard W Sweet
  4. Michael Amphlett
  5. Christian J Brown
  6. Michael W Day
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Edward Goater

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by R William Willans.

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


67. Monday, 16th January 2012
St Nicholas, Radstock, Somerset (6, 11-0-25 in F#)

1296 changes of Cambridge Surprise Minor in 44 minutes.

  1. Nicola J Williams
  2. Marianne Webb
  3. Jane Hooker
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Terry Nicholls
  6. Robert Perry

Conducted by Robert Perry.

200th Quarter Peal: 3


68. Sunday, 29th January 2012
Abbey Church of Ss Peter & Paul, Bath, Somerset (10, 33-0-25 in C; anti-clockwise)

1260 changes of Stedman Triples in 50 minutes.

  1. Maggie F Willans
  2. William Willans
  3. Roger W Haynes
  4. Michael Amphlett
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Phillip A Butler
  7. Matthew J Butler
  8. Michael W Day

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by R William Willans.

For evening service.

First of Stedman Triples: 4


69. Sunday, 26th February 2012
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. Richard Doubleday
  2. William Willans
  3. Maggie F Willans
  4. Richard F Curry
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Michael Amphlett
  7. Michael W Day
  8. Matthew J Butler

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by R William Willans. This composition now enters its 42nd year of unmerited fame (or shameless notoriety) – first rung on 21st February 1971 at St Giles, Camberwell, Surrey (10, 22-0-27 in Db), conducted by the composer.

For evening service.


70. Sunday, 8th April 2012
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. Maggie F Willans
  2. William Willans
  3. R James Cook
  4. Michael Amphlett
  5. Edward Goater
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. Phillip A Butler
  8. Michael W Day

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

For Evening Eucharist on Easter Sunday.