Four Shires Guild of Bell Ringers

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Around the Towers

Peals, Quarter Peals and other special ringing:-

L-R: Tom Sandham, Clint Evans, Robert Chadburn, Matthew Kemble, Chris Povey, Robert Hall, William Hall, Sandra Parker

Badsey, Worcs, 6th April, 1260 Grandsire Triples: William Hall 1, Robert Hall 2, Sandra Parker 3, Tom Sandham 4, Clint Evans 5, Chris Povey (C) 6, Robert Chadburn 7, Matthew Kemble 8. Rung to celebrate Robert Hall’s 75th birthday (9th April), and for completing 60 years of ringing.

Offenham, Worcs, 23rd April, 1260 Grandsire Doubles: Chris Povey 1, Matthew Kemble 2, Roland Merrick 3, Tom Sandham 4, Claire Penny (C) 5, Sandra Parker 6. Rung to celebrate St George’s Day. 1st Grandsire as C.

Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, 3rd June, 1280 Diamond D Major: Clive Sparling 1, Richard Lewis-Skeath 2, Chris Mew (C) 3, Karen French 4, Sophia Lewis-Skeath 5, Robert Reeves 6, Mark Sayers 7, John Gwynne 8. Rung to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Offenham, Worcs, 9th June, 1260 Grandsire Doubles: Christina Ireland 1, Tom Sandham 2, Robert Hall 3, Martin Penny 4, Chris Povey (C) 5, Claire Penny 6. For Offenham Wake. 1st Q: 1 Congratulations Christina!!

Ilmington, Warks, 10th June, 1280 Double Norwich Court Bob Major: Jonathan Tallis 1, Richard Lewis-Skeath 2, Karen French 3, Peter Quinn 4, Chris Mew (C) 5, Michael Dane 6, John Nicholls 7, John Gwynne 8. 92nd birthday compliment to HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.

Saturday 22nd June
1260 Grandsire Triples

	1 Jane Gilbert	    5 Sally Austin
	2 Ted Copson	    6 Richard Lewis-Skeath
	3 Mick Austin	    7 John Nicholls (C)
	4 Nick Allsopp	    8 Peter Kenealy

Rung to celebrate the 95th birthday on the 19th June of Rob Harvey, our senior member, who has been ringing for 84 years.

Temple Guiting, Glos, 28th June, 1260 Doubles (Stedman, Grandsire, Plain Bob): Chris Povey 1, Claire Penny 2, Tom Sandham 3, Matthew Penny 4, Martin Penny (C) 5, Andrew Gunn 6. A birthday compliment to Tom.

(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)


Church Lench bells are out of action at present due to a dislodged lintel in the tower. The Church Surveyor has sought specialist advice. The work to replace the lintel is imminent, but it will take 6-8 weeks (from the end of June) before the bells can be rung again.

Blockley bells are also out of action at the moment. Anne Bourne tells me a crack has appeared in the tower wall near where part of the belllframe is attached. Professional advice has been sought and a temporary fix is proposed. This will allow the bells to be used for essential ringing until a full rehang of the bells, long flagged up as necessary, can be undertaken. No extra ringing will be allowed in the temporary-fix period, so the bells will not be available to visiting bands. The rehang work could cost £90-£100k. Additionally, major work is required to the tower roof, which is leaking badly.

Dumbleton's work, undertaken by Taylors, has been completed, although a crack was found in one of the cast-iron gate-ends of the historic 1892 Taylor bellframe (see last Newsletter for its significance). The crack appears to have existed for some time, and seems to be a stress crack. Taylors have quoted for undertaking a specialist and guaranteed weld. The PCC are minded to undertake a proper repair, thus keeping the frame original. It is hoped this bellframe can be listed in its own right in due course.

Evesham's Bell Tower requires stonework repairs, for which an appeal for £500,000 has been launched recently. Ringing is unaffected, although it may be suspended for some time while the Tower is fully scaffolded in, probably, 2015.

A rehang at Stanway may  be  moving closer, as  a  site  meeting  involving interested parties was held recently. This work will include underpinning the present 5-bell frame, retuning the bells and rehanging them on new fittings. The plans may include an augmentation if resources allow. The proposals at Stanway were outlined in the July 2012 Newsletter.

Temple Guiting's bells are receiving far more use since their augmentation to 6 in 2011. Donations towards the bells have consequently increased. The PCC here is accounting ‘bell money’ separately and this means maintenance work is starting to be funded. While the sums involved are still small, this is a major improvement on the nil maintenance expenditure previously. A good case for ‘tower money’ having a separate accounting stream!

Offenham now has a simulator system. This allows the fully-muffled bells to be rung without making any external noise (electronic switches on the wheels activate a speaker in the Ringing Room to give the relevant bell sounds), so learning can go ahead without annoying the neighbours. Sunday ringing is always ‘for real’, though. There is a strong possibility the evening ringing after the AGM will be with the simulator making the sounds! If you’ve never tried this system before (the ringing action is unaffected), come then!

Pebworth's tenor may still be out of action. Any updates available?

Whichford's bells are having minor work. Peter Kenealy reports the pulleys on the back six are being refurbished, and some new ropes are on order.