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 – 71 to 80

71. Sunday, 20th May 2012
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. Maggie F Willans
  2. Fiona A Hartley
  3. William Willans
  4. R James Cook
  5. Roger W Haynes
  6. Michael Amphlett
  7. Thomas G A Wareing
  8. Martin S Pearson
  9. Michael W Day
  10. Matthew J Butler

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by R William Willans.

For evening service.


72. Saturday, 2nd June 2012
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1200 changes of Mixed Doubles (3 methods) in 45 minutes.

  1. Rosemary A Morgan
  2. Brynley A Shackleton
  3. Susan D Alexander
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Gary S Crisp
  6. Richard J Sleeman

Conducted by Gary S Crisp.

3 methods: Grandsire Doubles (420 – 3rd observation), Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles (400), Plain Bob Doubles (380)

For Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.


73. Saturday, 2nd June 2012
St Michael the Archangel, Winterbourne, Gloucestershire (6, 21 cwt in Eb)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (5 methods) in 43 minutes.

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

Conducted by Alan J Coombs.

5 methods: St Simon's Bob Doubles (240), St Martin's Bob Doubles (240), Plain Bob Doubles (240), Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles (240), Grandsire Doubles (300)

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

5th observation.

Circled the tower to Quarter Peals: 6


74. Sunday, 3rd June 2012
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 48 minutes.

  1. Emma-Jane Nichols
  2. Nicola J Williams
  3. Fiona A Hartley
  4. William J Liebow
  5. Roger W Haynes
  6. Michael Amphlett
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by Michael Hurst.

For Choral Evensong and to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

First on eight bells as Conductor.


75. Sunday, 24th June 2012
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Triples in 50 minutes.

  1. Hazel T Bridges
  2. Gillian H Greef
  3. William Willans
  4. Nicola J Williams
  5. Christopher P Greef
  6. Michael Amphlett
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Alan J Coombs

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by R William Willans.

For Festal Choral Evensong, and to celebrate the 29th Wedding Anniversary of Alan and Lesley Coombs.
Also to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Alan Mathison Turing, father of computer science and artificial intelligence, born in London on 23rd June 1912.

First of Plain Bob Triples inside: 2
75th Quarter Peal and first of Plain Bob Triples: 7


76. Sunday, 29th July 2012
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. Richard Doubleday
  2. Fiona A Hartley
  3. William Willans
  4. R James Cook
  5. Richard W Sweet
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. Christian J Brown
  8. Roger W Haynes
  9. Michael W Day
  10. Thomas G A Wareing

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by Kate Rouse.

For Evening Service.


77. Friday, 14th September 2012
St Anne Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Siston, Gloucestershire (6, 9-2-12 in G)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (3 methods) in 44 minutes.

  1. Gloria Wilshire
  2. Martin S Pearson
  3. Ian G Smith
  4. Mervyn J Gibbs
  5. William J Liebow
  6. Brian K 'Mick' Lewis

Conducted by William J Liebow.

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

To celebrate Mervyn Gibbs's 100th blood donation.


78. Sunday, 7th October 2012
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Minor in 48 minutes.

  1. Linda N Baker
  2. Susan A Haines
  3. William J Liebow
  4. Alan J Coombs
  5. Teresa J Humphrey
  6. Martin S Pearson

Conducted by Teresa J Humphrey.

For Choral Evensong, and as a farewell to Parish Office Manager Liz O'Hara, wishing her all the best in her new job.

First with tenor as a working bell: 1


79. Sunday, 4th November 2012
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1288 changes of Grandsire Triples in 51 minutes.

  1. Linda N Baker
  2. Emma L Pym
  3. Ian G Smith
  4. Peter J Devrell
  5. Jody A Wood
  6. Alan J Coombs
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Composed by R William Willans.

For the Commemoration Service, and in memory of Len Colbourne, brother of George.

First of Grandsire Triples: 6


80. Tuesday, 11th December 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. Anne Willis
  2. Richard W Sweet
  3. William Willans
  4. Michael Amphlett
  5. Phillip A Butler
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. Michael W Day
  8. Edward Goater

Conducted by William Willans.

Composed by R William Willans.

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