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Quarter Peals

Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, 9th Jan, 1260 Grandsire Triples: Robin Green 1, Richard Lewis-Skeath 2, Jane Gilbert 3, Chris Righton 4, Keith Murphy 5, Isobel Murphy 6, John Nicholls (C) 7, Rob Stansbury 8. To celebrate England winning The Ashes in Australia.

Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, 24th Jan, 1280 Wessex S Major: Keith Murphy 1, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 2, Richard Lewis-Skeath 3, Peter Quinn 4, Robert Reeves 5, John Gwynne 6, John Nicholls 7, Chris Mew (C) 8. Wedding anniversary compliment to Catherine and Andy Lowe, sister and brother-in-law of 2.

Swerford, Oxon, 24th Jan, 1260 Doubles (Grandsire & Plain Bob): Michael Gray 1, Michael Haynes 2, Richard Hartwell 3, Rosemary Hemmings 4, Colin Meakes (C) 5, Stuart Cummings 6. Rung in memory of Alistair Haynes, who passed away on Saturday 22/1/11, father of 2.

South Newington, Oxon, 29th Jan, 1260 Plain Bob Doubles: Stuart Cummings 1, Rosemary Hemmings (C) 2, Michael Haynes 3, Peter Kenealy 4, Richard Hartwell 5. Rung in memory of Alistair Haynes, father of 3, who passed away 22/1/11.

Salford Priors, Warks, 31st Jan, 1260 Stedman Triples: Richard Lewis-Skeath 1,John Gwynne 2, Lucy Gwynne 3, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 4, Annie Hall 5, Chris Mew (C) 6, John Nicholls 7, Michael Gray 8. To celebrate the life of Rev Malcolm Beal (11/5/31 - 11/1/11), Vicar of Salford Priors 1974-1983.

Swerford, Oxon, 24th Jan, 1260 Plain Bob Doubles: Peter Kenealy 1, Michael Haynes 2, Graham Allman 3, David Roskelly 4, Richard Hartwell (C) 5, Stuart Cummings 6.

Harbury, Warks,, 28th Feb, 1280 Christchurch S Major: Chris Mew (C) 1, Diana Reeves 2, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 3, Robert Reeves 4, John Gwynne 5, Peter Quinn 6, John Nicholls 7, Richard Lewis-Skeath 8. In memory of those who lost their lives in the Christchurch earthquake.

Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, 20th Mar, 1260 Plain Bob Triples: Keith Murphy 1, Isobel Murphy 2, Sue Marshall 3, Bill Nash 4, Joe Johnson 5, Michael Dane 6, Joanna Murphy (C) 7, John Nicholls 8. Isobel's birthday treat! 1st in method as conductor.

Tower News

Temple Guiting: this project is much nearer its conclusion. Gloucester Diocese has granted a faculty, subject to English Heritage's requirements being satisfied and the inscriptions being acceptable. EH have advised no interest, so they present no concern. The inscriptions for the bell and a wall plaque are being finalised and will soon be submitted to Gloucester DAC for approval. Hopefully these will be accepted. Grants nearly total the amount required and (at the time of writing) the PCC has agreed to underwrite the deficit, pending another grant application being made. Acceptance of the inscriptions will therefore mean a green light for the order to be placed. One part of the work has seen a significant price rise, so a firm order will fix the cost. It would be nice if the July Newsletter were able to carry a report of the completed, or at least the nearly completed, work.

Wyck Rissington: I have heard the PCC are to go ahead with rehanging these unringable bells (4, 7cwt).

Adlestrop: as the current proposal is to remove the bellframe, English Heritage came in February to inspect and to determine its historical value. They thought it later than had previously been dated, C19th rather than C18th, which is good for the project. However, there has to be a survey and report by an expert person for this, so the next job is to engage one.

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