Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers

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Quarter Peals

Evesham, Worcs, 29th Mar, 1287 Stedman Caters: Chris Povey 1, Diana Reeves 2, Annie Hall 3, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 4, Alan Hartley 5, Richard Lewis-Skeath 6, Robert Reeves 7, Chris Mew (C) 8, Mark Sayers 9, Steve Bowley 10. 1st on 10: 4 (On light 10)

Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, 11th Apr, 1260 Grandsire Doubles: Richard Lewis-Skeath (C) 1, Isobel Murphy 2, Jane Gilbert 3, Keith Murphy 4, Nick Allsopp 5, David Adams 6. Rung as a farewell compliment to Nick as he leaves to start a 3 year contract in Saudi Arabia.

Ilmington, Warks, 23rd Apr, 1260 Grandsire Triples: Andrew Gunn 1, Fran Chapman 2, Chris Righton 3, Bill Sabin 4, John Kinchin 5, Bill Nash 6, Michael Dane (C) 7, Mike Fairfax 8. For St George's Day.

Hook Norton, Oxon, , 23rd Apr, 1260 Plain Bob Minor: Claire Tarrant 1, Gayle Woods 2, Sally Austin 3, Mick Austin 4, Jonathan Muller 5, Graham Clifton (C) 6. For St George's Day. 1st Minor: 2

Although attributed to the Cov DA, this Q is well-worthy of inclusion here:
Harbury, Warks, 10th May, 1280 Four Shires Guild D Major: Chris Mew 1, Diana Reeves 2, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 3, Karen French 4, Robert Reeves 5, Richard Lewis-Skeath 6, Alan Hartley 7, Peter Quinn (C) 8. 1st in method: 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7 (Congratulations. Ed) For Evensong.

Mickleton, Glos, 8th May, , 1260 Plain Bob Minor (with tenor cover): Andrew Gunn 1, Chris Righton 2, John Nicholls 3, Bill Nash 4, Jackie Hands 5, Michael Dane (C) 6, Mike Fairfax 7. For the 65th anniversary of VE.Day

Evesham, Worcs, 24th May, 1259 Grandsire Caters: Richard Lewis-Skeath 1, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 2, Diana Reeves 3, Karen French 4, John Nicholls 5, Robert Reeves 6, Peter Quinn 7, Chris Mew (C) 8, Mark Sayers 9, Chris Povey 10. 1st Grandsire Caters: 4 (On back 10)

Wellesbourne, Warks, 29th April, 1260 Grandsire Triples: Ted Copson 1, Isobel Murphy 2, Michael Haynes 3, Sue Bacon 4, John Carroll 5, Paddy Taylor 6, Michael Dane (C) 7, Allen Turner 8. To celebrate the 50th birthday of 4th (tomorrow).

Offenham, Worcs, 12th June, 1260 Grandsire Doubles: Tim Pinner 1, John Bolton 2, Claire Penny 3, Colin Currill 4, Martin Penny (C) 5, John Middleton 6. For Offenham Wake. 1st Q away from tenor behind: 1

Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, 14th June, 1280 Cambridge S Major: Robert Reeves 1, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 2, Diana Reeves 3, Karen French 4, Alan Hartley 5, Mark Sayers 6, John Nicholls 7, Richard Lewis-Skeath (C) 8. 1st Surprise Major as conductor.

Todenham, Glos, 16th June, 1260 Grandsire Doubles: Isobel Murphy 1, Chris Righton 2, Michael Cummings 3, John Nicholls (C) 4, Keith Murphy 5, Stuart Cummings 6. To celebrate Stuart Cummings' 60th birthday earlier this month

(Please let me have details of quarters. I cannot guarantee to see them on Campanophile or wherever. I do some, but probably not all. Ed)

Tower News

Adlestrop although reported last year that a bells rehanging committee was likely to appear, it is only recently that the PCC has given the formal go-ahead for this to begin. A committee has been formed and the options for how the bells will be arranged when rehung have been discussed. These options are based on the quotations supplied by bellhangers in 2007. A meeting with the new Gloucester DAC Bells Adviser took place at the beginning of May. He is supportive of the favoured option: discarding the tenor and using the 4th bell (5cwt) as the tenor of a lighter ring, using the existing 2nd as a fixed clock bell and casting 2 new trebles, replacing the bellframe with a 6-bell frame if allowed, and augmenting to 6 if money allows. The cost of this work is currently estimated at £50k. As ever, if there are any millionaires out there with a need to offload lots of dosh in the name of charity, or anyone else who happens to feel likewise, please let Ralph Price at Adlestrop know (Ralph is the Chairman of the Rehanging Committee).

Please let me have any information about what's happening in towers in the area. Ed