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 – 81 to 90

81. Sunday, 23rd December 2012
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 45 minutes.

  1. Ian G Smith
  2. Thomas K Cook
  3. Peter J Devrell
  4. R James Cook
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Michael W Day

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the Carol Service.

First Quarter Peal at first attempt: 2 (no relation to 4)


82. Wednesday, 26th December 2012
St James, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (8, 7-1-16 in B)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (2 methods) in 39 minutes.

  1. William J Liebow
  2. Jonathan D Storey
  3. Thomas K Cook
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Alan J Coombs
  6. Sophie K Didcott

Conducted by Alan J Coombs.

2 methods: Grandsire Doubles (480 – 5th observation), Plain Bob Doubles (780)

Rung on the Patronal Feast Day of St Stephen.
St Stephen is also the Patron Saint of headaches, horses and stone masons.


83. Tuesday, 1st January 2013
St James, Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (8, 7-1-16 in B)

1300 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 38½ minutes.

  1. Nicola J Williams
  2. Martin Blanchard
  3. Stephen J Crane
  4. Alan J Coombs
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Sandra Godwin

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

Rung to welcome in A Happy New Year.


84. Sunday, 6th January 2013
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Stedman Doubles in 47 minutes.

  1. Karen Tyler
  2. Nicola J Williams
  3. Robert Perry
  4. Peter J Devrell
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Thomas K Cook

Conducted by Robert Perry.

For Choral Evensong on Epiphany. Also in memory of Eleanor and Raymond Norris, former residents of Keynsham and parents of Lesley Coombs, wife of fellow ringer Alan.

Treble observation.


85. Friday, 18th January 2013
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

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

  1. Mary S York
  2. Susan D Alexander
  3. Brian W S Angell
  4. Gary S Crisp
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Brynley A Shackleton

Conducted by Gary S Crisp.

2 methods: Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles (780), Plain Bob Doubles (480)

To celebrate 60 years of ringing by Brian Angell.

No.2 of the "Frampton 50", celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the bells.


86. Saturday, 26th January 2013
St John the Baptist, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (12, 27-1-16 in C#)

1259 changes of Grandsire Caters in 51 minutes.

  1. Claire Redstone
  2. Roger W Haynes
  3. Hugh N Evans
  4. Steve J Coleman
  5. Keith Murphy
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. Pat Hickey
  8. Hazel T Bridges
  9. Robert Clive
  10. Sue Coleman

Conducted by Steve J Coleman.

Rung by members of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association Management Committee after the meeting to approve the 2012 accounts.


87. Friday, 8th February 2013
St Mary the Virgin, Almondsbury, Gloucestershire (8, 23¾ cwt in D)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Triples in 50 minutes.

  1. Stephen J Crane
  2. Ian G Smith
  3. Sue H Jay
  4. John P Cole
  5. Adam Mead
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. William J Liebow
  8. Gerry H Anniss

Conducted by William J Liebow.

First on eight bells as Conductor.


88. Sunday, 31st March 2013
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 45 minutes.

  1. Elhana N Edmondson
  2. Nicola J Williams
  3. Jonathan D Storey
  4. Alan J Coombs
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. George T Colbourne

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For the Living Water Celebration Special service on Easter Sunday, and as a 70th Birthday compliment to George Colbourne for 28th March.

First Quarter Peal at first attempt: 1


89. Tuesday, 2nd April 2013
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1260 changes of Grandsire Doubles in 44½ minutes.

  1. Mary S York
  2. Susan D Alexander
  3. Linda Gittings
  4. Alan J Coombs
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Brian W S Angell

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

In memory of Father Tony Cornish.

Tenth Quarter Peal as Conductor.

No.8 of the "Frampton 50", celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the bells.


90. Friday, 5th April 2013
St Peter, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire (6, 14-1-11 in E)

1320 changes of St Martin's Bob Doubles in 50 minutes.

  1. Brian W S Angell
  2. Jonathan D Storey
  3. Martin S Pearson
  4. William J Liebow
  5. Alan J Coombs
  6. Michael K Beard

Conducted by Alan J Coombs.

Rung on the Patronal Feast Day of St Vincent Ferrer (1350–1419), Patron Saint of plumbers.

No.9 of the "Frampton 50", celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the restoration of the bells.