Ross Bradley writes:
“The June Quarter day was designated a Smithies day remembering our fellow ringing friend Christopher, a founding member of this group.
“Having lost one of our regular organisers and Ross having family matters to deal with it was with great courage and fortitude that Peter [Murdock-Saint] stepped up to the mark once again.
“There were a number of last-minute changes, as usual on these days. However we had a good start with Double Oxford at Martinstown. Some great conducting from Angie and some serious learning by our three firsts made for a good Quarter Peal.
“We did lose Grandsire and Double Bob but they can wait for another day. The Bob Major at Dorchester went well with one first. Well done Richard.
“Sadly the Bob Triples at Cattistock failed. At first the band thought that Ross’ sloppy handling was causing the bell to drop. After the fourth time and giving up closer inspection showed that the stay was held only by one bolt and had slipped, causing it to hit the frame.
“Sadly, our Method of the Day, Smithies Bob Minor, failed but I expect it will remain an annual feature for years to come. Grandsire Triples [at Bradpole] went well: although not everyone’s favourite it was a success and dedicated to Christopher.
“Overall the day was a success and most seemed to enjoy it. Members who had special requests in general had most of them met. They are grateful to those with no requests for fitting in unselfishly and boosting the ringing. Here’s to the next one, to be organised by Jack and proposed for 12th July.”
Full details of the three successful quarter peals can be viewed by clicking the relevant links in the text above.
Jack Pease writes:
“Hampreston Quarter Peal Day was a great success, with 4 quarter peals scored, and a 5th which got very close to being scored had it not have been for mechanical problems. A new method was scored, 1344 New College Little Bob Major at Wareham which was a first for all the band; 1344 Plain Bob Triples at Swanage saw Peter Murdock-Saint ring his first on 8 inside; 1320 May Day Doubles at Oakdale had firsts for Kim Matthews, Tricia Stephens and Sally Jenkins and a further quarter peal of 1260 Plain Bob Minor at Corfe Castle completed the set.”
Angie Jasper writes:
“This was a hugely successful day with all 6 quarters scored and all containing firsts. Special thanks go to Caroline Barnes who stepped in with only a few hours’ notice and rang in three quarters including her first of St Martin’s doubles and also scored her 100th quarter peal. Other notable firsts included Richard’s first of Norwich, Paul’s first of Kent and Gill’s first of more than one method. Well done to David too for his first go on an anti-clockwise ring. Two topical quarters to end with were St George’s doubles as it was St George’s Day and of course April Day doubles which also brought quite a few more firsts.“
Links to details of the six quarter peals are given below.
“A hastily arranged Hampreston Quarter day for February resulted in some good ringing with quite a few firsts. Angie’s Union doubles blew the cobwebs away early in the morning as did the five doubles methods at Canford Magna. The mixed Plain Bob and Grandsire called by Mike was a steady well-struck quarter on the heavy six at Sturminster Marshall.
“Sadly the Double Oxford failed after some good ringing, one for next month perhaps.”
Links to details of the three successful quarter peals are given below.
This month we were very short of ringers so just six of us set out to ring three quarters in the morning, finishing at a local pub for lunch. We had some good ringing but failed to score Kent Treble bob minor and mixed doubles, our only success being the one detailed below.
Milborne St Andrew (St Andrew), Dorset:
1296 Single Oxford Bob Minor in 45 mins
1 Ross A Bradley
2 Ed Warren
3 Marisa Bartlett
4 Paul Tyson
5 Mike Jasper
6 Angie Jasper (C)
1st in the method for 4.
Rung for Hampreston Quarter Peal Day and as a birthday compliment to Hampreston ringer Tom Harris.
[Ross Bradley writes:]
A wonderful day out in Somerset, against all the odds, thanks to Jack’s organising skills when we were unexpectedly reduced in numbers. Congratulations go to Harry for his first on 8 and to Jack on ringing his 100th for the Guild.
We attempted our new method Hampreston Bob Major but it came to grief not far from coming round. The Single Canterbury major proved to be a step too far but an excellent attempt at [Single Canterbury Bob] triples also came to an unhappy end with only about ten minutes to go.
Next event: Friday Fun Kingston tbc. 2nd September; Quarter day Friday 23rd September tbc; October Quarter day in half term week tbc by Jack.
Details of the successful quarter are as follows:
Hardington Mandeville (Blessed Virgin Mary), Somerset:
1260 Plain Bob Triples in 46 mins
1 Sue Barrance
2 Jack R Pease
3 Marisa P G Bartlett
4 Mike L Jasper
5 Richard Picker
6 Paul J Tyson
7 Angie M E Jasper (C)
8 Harry Roberts
First on 8 at first attempt for 8.
100th quarter peal for the Guild, aged 17 for 2.
Rung for Hampreston Quarter Peal Day.