Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers

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Quarter Peals

Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, 3rd April, 1260 Grandsire Doubles: Andrew Gunn 1, Jane Gilbert 2, John Nicholls (C) 3, David Adams 4, Peter Kenealy 5, Richard Lewis-Skeath 6. 39th wedding anniversary compliment to David & Maureen Adams. 1st Grandsire Doubles inside: 4.

Pebworth, Worcs,, 16th April, 1260 Grandsire Triples: James Trewin 1, Richard Hartwell 2, Rosemary Hemmings 3, Angela Roskelly 4, Michael Haynes 5, David Roskelly 6, Michael Dane (C) 7, Graham Allman 8. Dedicated to the memory of Rod Pipe.

Salford Priors, Warks, 9th May, 1280 Whilton Hybrid Major: Chris Mew (C) 1, Diana Reeves 2, Peter Quinn 3, Karen French 4, James Ingham 5, Robert Reeves 6, John Gwynne 7, Mark Sayers 8. First of Hybrid for all.

Wellesbourne, Warks, 23rd May, 1280 Yorkshire S Major: Veronica Quinn 1, Peter Quinn 2, John Gwynne 3, Diana Reeves 4, Robert Reeves 5, Mark Sayers 6, John Nicholls 7, Richard Lewis-Skeath (C) 8.

Mickleton, Glos, 6th June, 1250 Furbarn S Major: Diana Reeves 1, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 2, Annie Hall 3, John Gwynne 4, Richard Lewis- Skeath 5, Chris Mew (C) 6, Robert Reeves 7, Peter Quinn 8.

Offenham, Worcs, 19th June, 1260 Doubles (St Simon's, St Martin's, Plain, Grandsire): Tim Pinner 1, Claire Penny 2, Chris Povey 3, Matthew Kemble 4, Martin Penny (C) 5, Roland Merrick 6. For Fathers Day, especially remembering the father of the treble ringer, who would have been 100 today. First as cover. First multi-method: 4.

(Please let me have details of quarters. I cannot guarantee to see them on Campanophile or wherever. I do some, but probably not all. If I have left out a quarter or other special ringing, please let me know and I will include it in the next issue. Ed)

Tower News

Temple Guiting: St Mary's PCC formally agreed to order the augmentation work from Berry & Co (Arthur Berry) at their meeting in early June. A confirmatory letter was sent in mid-June, so the bellfoundry work can start. This work includes fitting the bell with a new cast-iron headstock, providing a new clapper assembly, removing the old inscription and incising a new one. The foundry work is to be undertaken by John Taylor & Co, who cast the existing 5 bells and who rehung the bells in a new bellframe with new fittings in 1971. The PCC's vision of a ring of 6 bells will therefore have taken exactly 40 years to materialise! As readers may recall, the new treble bell is a second-hand one, sourced through the Keltek Trust. Not only was it cast by Taylors (in 1967), thereby ensuring the complete Taylor ring continues, but it was the right diameter, right weight and, amazingly, the right note (it is not being retuned). It was a very lucky find! Readers will recall that the bell itself is a gift to the Church by Guild Vice-President Peter Newing.

Arthur Berry is to make the wheel and will provide the slider system and stay, plus other necessary fittings. Taylors' wheels in the 1970s had no chamfers on the spokes, so Arthur will replicate this style to ensure everything matches. He will hang the bell, which is expected to take two days (probably in mid September).