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Around the Towers

Peals, Quarter Peals and other special ringing:-

Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, 7th Jan, 1344 Spliced S Major (Camb, Yorks, Lincs): Richard Lewis-Skeath 1, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 2, Peter Quinn 3, Chris Mew (C) 4, Robert Reeves 5, Alan Hartley 6, John Nicholls 7, Mark Sayers 8.

Evesham (Bell Tower), Worcs 23rd Jan, 1260 Doubles (Grandsire & Plain): Peter Forder 1, Claire Penny 2, Matthew Kemble 3, Robert Hall 4, Chris Povey (C) 5, Tom Sandham 6. 1st Q: 1.
Congratulations Peter!! We met just six for the practice, so decided to go for a quarter to get more ringers there - somebody else always turns up about a third of the way through: it's the law! This time nobody else came…, so we completed. (On the little 6: 7½cwt)

Mickleton, Glos, 11th Feb, 1344 Yorkshire S Major: Keith Murphy 1, Richard Lewis-Skeath (C) 2,Peter Quinn 3, Nick Allsopp 4, Robert Reeves 5, John Nicholls 6, Clive Sparling 7, Mark Sayers 8. Circled the tower to Q's twice: 2.

Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, 17th Feb, 1260 Grandsire Triples: Rob Stansbury 1, Keith Murphy 2, Isobel Murphy 3, Joanna Murphy (C) 4, Joe Johnson 5, John Nicholls 6, Bill Nash 7, David Adams 8. In loving memory of Frederick Murphy, father of 2, grandfather of 4 and father-in-law of 3, who died on 31st January 2013 aged 89 years. On the eve of his funeral.

Wellesbourne, Warks, 25th Feb, 1260 Stedman Triples: Chris Mew (C) 1, Steven Tibbetts 2, Mark Sayers 3, Richard Lewis-Skeath 4, John Gwynne 5, John Nicholls 6, Peter Quinn 7, Robert Reeves 8.

Middle Littleton, Worcs, 1st Mar, 1260 Grandsire Doubles: Andrew Gunn 1, Tom Sandham (50yrs) 2, Matthew Kemble 3, Robert Hall (60yrs) 4, Chris Povey (C) (50yrs) 5, Barrie Wheeler (65yrs) 6. Rung to celebrate some long-term ringing anniversaries.

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


Dumbleton: have just had all six pear-top clappers rebushed and refurbished by Taylors, plus two of the pulley assemblies converted to ball bearings. New double-pulley assemblies are to be provided by Taylors, to draw four of the ropes under the wheels, thereby bringing the rope drops further away from the walls. Taylors rehung these bells in a new frame with all new fittings in 1892 and everything is still in good condition despite virtually no major work in that time. The above work in probably the most this installation has ever seen. The bellframe here is very historic, being the first of the cast-iron low-side frames the firm ever provided - and many hundreds of this type have been provided since.

Cropthorne: have had polyester tops hand-spliced on to all ropes, as the old tops were badly worn. One of the double-pulley assemblies is to be refurbished soon.

Pebworth: does anybody know if the tenor there is back in operation yet? I have been unable to ascertain anything on this.

Evesham and Hinton-on-the-Green: are trying samples of the new low-cost, non-stretch top-end rope that was advertised in The Ringing World recently. First impressions are very good. Speak to Chris Povey for more information.