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 – 261 to 270

261. Sunday, 3rd September 2017
St John the Baptist, Keynsham, Somerset (8, 24-3-27 in D)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Triples in 49 minutes.

  1. Julia L Crane
  2. Rachel M Parker
  3. William Willans
  4. Andrew H Ball
  5. David I Lee
  6. Alan J Coombs
  7. Martin S Pearson
  8. Stephen J Crane

Conducted by Martin S Pearson.

For Choral Evensong and Merchant Navy Day.

With congratulations to Philippa Crane and Lola Hurford for achieving their Baden-Powell Challenge Awards, the highest award in Girlguiding.

First in method inside: 2


262. Tuesday, 19th September 2017
St James the Less, Iron Acton, Gloucestershire (6, 15½ cwt in F)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Minor in 44 minutes.

  1. Hilda Shipp
  2. Rachel M Parker
  3. D Paul Smith
  4. David J Clark
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Alan J Coombs

Conducted by Alan J Coombs.

A First World War Centenary commemoration for Private Alfred George Wollen of Iron Acton who died aged 20 on 30th August 1917.

For Lynda, wishing you a speedy recovery.


263. Friday, 22nd September 2017
St Matthew, Widcombe, Bath, Somerset (6, 12 cwt in F#)

1260 changes of Mixed Doubles (6 methods) in 44 minutes.

  1. Josh D P Jones
  2. Sarah J Quintin
  3. Nicholas C Field
  4. Richard F Curry
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Barry R P Quintin

Conducted by Nicholas C Field.

6 methods: Stedman Doubles (60), Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles (240), St Simon's Bob Doubles (240), St Martin's Bob Doubles (240), Grandsire Doubles (240), Plain Bob Doubles (240)


264. Saturday, 27th January 2018
St John the Baptist, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (12, 27-1-16 in C#)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 48 minutes.

  1. Rachel M Parker
  2. Michelle Waymont-Palmer
  3. Robert Clive
  4. Hugh N Evans
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Tom Edgeworth
  7. William J Ruck
  8. Alex Hosking

Conducted by Tom Edgeworth.

Rung on the middle eight (bells 2–9 including 6b; tenor 11-3-00 in F#) by members of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association Management Committee after the meeting to approve the 2017 accounts.


265. Thursday, 14th June 2018
Blessed Virgin Mary, Swainswick, Somerset (6, 6-2-21 in A)

1272 changes of Bourne Surprise Minor in 38 minutes.

  1. Mervyn A Arscott
  2. Martin S Pearson
  3. Patrick Tucker
  4. Charles H P Pipe-Wolferstan
  5. Paul D Forbes-Harper
  6. Paul Feast

Conducted by Charles H P Pipe-Wolferstan.

Commemorating the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire.


266. Thursday, 14th June 2018
St Matthew, Widcombe, Bath, Somerset (6, 12 cwt in F#)

1272 changes of Cambridge Surprise Minor in 44 minutes.

  1. Paul Feast
  2. Paul D Forbes-Harper
  3. Mervyn A Arscott
  4. Charles H P Pipe-Wolferstan
  5. Martin S Pearson
  6. Patrick Tucker

Conducted by Patrick Tucker.

Wishing Adrian Shepherd a speedy recovery after his recent surgery.


267. Saturday, 30th June 2018
Christ Church, Walcot, Bath, Somerset (8, 13-0-04 in G)

1260 changes of Grandsire Triples in 48 minutes.

  1. Julie Perkins
  2. R James Cook
  3. Hazel G L Spence
  4. Laura J Amor
  5. William Willans
  6. Martin S Pearson
  7. Maggie F Willans
  8. Karen Tyler

Conducted by Maggie F Willans.

Composed by John Reeves (presumed) – published in Clavis Campanalogia, 1788.


268. Thursday, 9th August 2018
St Andrew, Chew Stoke, Somerset (6, 10-3-10 in F#)

1272 changes of Lightfoot Surprise Minor in 44 minutes.

  1. Michael T Howes
  2. Martin S Pearson
  3. Mervyn A Arscott
  4. Charles H P Pipe-Wolferstan
  5. Paul D Forbes-Harper
  6. Paul Feast

Conducted by Charles H P Pipe-Wolferstan.

Rung in memoriam of Teresa Campbell, sister-in-law of the tenor ringer, who died on Monday, 6th August 2018 aged 83 years and is being interred today in Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Also to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Amiens.

First blows in method for all except the Conductor.
First in method and as Conductor: 4


269. Thursday, 9th August 2018
St Margaret, Queen Charlton, Somerset (6, 7-1-18 in Ab)

1272 changes of Cambridge Surprise Minor in 41 minutes.

  1. Paul Feast
  2. Mervyn A Arscott
  3. Michael T Howes
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Paul D Forbes-Harper
  6. Charles H P Pipe-Wolferstan

Conducted by Charles H P Pipe-Wolferstan.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the restoration of these bells and augmentation from five to six.


270. Sunday, 24th March 2019
Holy Trinity with St Edmund, Horfield, Gloucestershire (5, 6-3-14 in Bb)

1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 38 minutes.

  1. Matthew J Ellis
  2. Timothy J Ellis
  3. Philip J Naylor
  4. Martin S Pearson
  5. Robert C Beavis

Conducted by Robert C Beavis.

In celebration of the birth of Iris Goodall, first child of Jenny and Mark, on 8th February.

First in method inside: 2