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Quarter Peals - AND TWO PEALS:-

Hearty congratulations to the bands that rang the following peals, as there were some 'firsts' in each:-


OFFENHAM, Worcestershire
Church of St Mary & St Milburgh
Sunday 30 October 2011 in 2hours 39mins (tenor: 10-3-2 in F#)

5040 Grandsire Doubles

1 Timothy E Pinner
2 Claire Penny
3 Tom Sandham
4 Matthew Kemble
5 Martin B Penny (C)
6 John Kemble

Rung to mark the 150th anniversary of the re-consecration of the church after the rebuild by Frederick Preedy.
Also for All Souls, particularly remembering Harry Moseley who died earlier this month aged 11
First Peal - 1,3,6 First inside - 4
First by a local band for 20 years


MORETON-IN-MARSH, Gloucestershire
Church of St David
Thursday 29th December 2011 in 2hours 50mins (tenor: 10-0-14)

5024 Plain Bob Major

1 Susan E Marshall
2 Isobel M Murphy
3 Keith R Murphy
4 Patricia A M Halls
5 Nicholas K Allsopp
6 John W G Gwynne
7 Richard Lewis-Skeath
8 Christopher F Mew (C)

(Composed by C W Woolley)

Wedding day compliment to Rachel Franklin and Rob Merritt.
Birthday compliments to Lucy Gwynne (27th) and Benjamin Lewis-Skeath (29th)
1st Major - 2

I noted in the last Newsletter that a lot of quarters had been rung. There was one more, but its non-publication was, I'm sorry to say, due to me overlooking it. My apologies to Hilary and the band for missing it. The details are below:-

Badsey, Worcs, 17th June 2011 (on the back 'Maiden' six), 1260 Plain Bob Doubles: John Bolton 1, Claire Penny 2, Martin Kemp 3, Clint Evans 4, Martin Penny (C) 5, Gordon Hill 6. Organised by Hilary Bolton and rung while 'The Badsey Historical Society' members were walking the village. Starting at 'The Fountain', commissioned and placed 100 years ago in the High Street to 'Celebrate' the Coronation of King George V.

The following five quarters were rung in memory of Tony Adams, who died on 2nd October. He was a former lay reader at Whitnash, former curate of Wellesbourne, the vicar of Ettington & Halford, and brother of David:-

Salford Priors, Warks, 3rd Oct, 1260 Grandsire Triples: Chris Mew (C) 1, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 2, Janet Parham 3, John Gwynne 4, Michael Gray 5, Richard Lewis-Skeath 6, John Nicholls 7, Peter Quinn 8. 1st Gr'sire Triples: 3.

Wellesbourne, Warks, 10th Oct, 1280 Yorkshire S Major: Robert Reeves 1, Mark Sayers 2, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 3, Diana Reeves 4, Karen French 5, John Nicholls 6, Richard Lewis-Skeath 7, Peter Quinn (C) 8.

Halford, Warks, 10th Oct, 1309 Grandsire Doubles: David Adams 1, Ted Copson 2, Richard Lewis-Skeath (C) 3, John Nicholls 4, Michael Cummings 5, Peter Kenealy 6.

Whitnash, Warks, 13th Oct, 1260 Grandsire Triples: David Adams 1, Chris Cook 2, Chris Mew 3, Karen French 4, Sue Bacon 5, Peter Quinn 6, Richard Lewis-Skeath (C) 7, Stuart Cummings 8.

Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, 16th Oct, 1260 Grandsire & Plain Bob Doubles: David Adams 1, Richard Lewis-Skeath (C) 2, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 3, Rob Stansbury 4, Peter Kenealy 5, John Nicholls 6.

Mickleton, Glos, 31st Oct, 1260 Stedman Triples: Chris Mew 1, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 2, Peter Quinn 3, John Nicholls 4, Mark Sayers 5, Jackie Hands 6, Richard Lewis-Skeath (C) 7, John Kinchin 8. 75th birthday compliment to John Kinchin. 1st Stedman Triples as conductor.

Salford Priors, Warks, 14th Nov, 1312 Rutland D Major: Chris Mew (C) 1, Peter Quinn 2, Robert Reeves 3, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 4, John Gwynne 5, Richard Lewis-Skeath 6, John Nicholls 7, Mark Sayers 8. 65th birthday compliment to Anne Skeath, mother of 6.

Mickleton, Glos, 19th Dec, 1260 Grandsire Triples: Chris Mew 1, John Gwynne 2, Isobel Murphy 3, Richard Lewis-Skeath 4, John Kinchin 5, Jackie Hands 6, John Nicholls (C) 7, Mike Fairfax 8. To congratulate Joanna Murphy on being awarded MA in Modern History from King's College, London.

Pebworth, Worcs,, 23rd Dec, 1296 Grandsire Caters: Freda Cleaver 1, Richard Lewis-Skeath 2, Katy Lane 3, Michael Haynes 4, Andrew Baker 5, Martin Penny (C) 6, Sarah Chadburn 7, John Nicholls 8, Chris Povey 9, Mike Fairfax 10. Rung prior to the wedding of Sonia Brown, Sandy's daughter and Andrew's step-daughter.

The band that rang the Q at Todenham on 1st Nov 2011

The following quarter was rung to mark the 65th anniversary of the death of Walter Large, 1st November 1946 (article)

Todenham, Glos, 1st Nov, 1260 Grandsire Doubles: 1. Mike Fairfax (Accounts Examiner), 2. Michael Haynes (Committee Member), 3. Keith Murphy (Committee & CC Rep), 4. John Nicholls (President), 5. Chris Povey (C) (Committee & CC Rep), 6. Stuart Cummings (Committee Member)