Quarter Peal Report 2007

Again I start by stating that the data used for this report is taken from the Ringing Worlds for the year 2007 and January 2008 and includes only those tower and handbell quarters rung at churches, campaniles and residences within the Diocese of Ely. The figures may not tie up with your own records, especially if you have rung quarters outside the Diocese.
A total of 411 quarters have been recorded, up by 23 on last year’s total, of which 25 were rung in December 2006 and not published in time to be included in last years figures. Again I recommend using the Internet to send up your quarters either directly to the Ringing World or through Campanophile.
197 were rung in the Cambridge District, 140 in the Ely District, 56 in the Huntingdon District and 18 in the Wisbech District. An increase for all the districts except Huntingdon, who were down by 15.
Congratulations to the 24 who have rung a quarter for the first time; they are:
Benjamin Barnes
Lyn Clackson
Lucy Cook
Jonathan Dunlop
Gemma Ferrier
Alice Goldman
Mervyn Greaves
Elizabeth Johnson
Tristan Johnstone
Clive Jones
Aniella Shaw-Miller
David Moore
Robert Overden
Jenny Pell
Graham Pye
Katharine Rutter
Francois Sherwood
Andrew Smith
Catharine Smith
Christopher Smith
John Somers
Chris Surridge
Felicity Webster
Emily White
and it is pleasing to see that several have already gone on to ring more quarters. Conducting a quarter for the first time were Roger Beaman and Sarah Johnson.
Janet Garnett retains her top position as leading ringer also increasing the number of quarters she has rung during the year by 17.
Janet Garnett 95 Paul Seaman 33
Philip Bailey 73 Luke Smith 31
Chris Northeast 62 Geoff Grayton 29
Edith Robinson 56 Samantha George 29
Benjamin Willetts 50 Andrew Stevens 26
Marion Robinson 46 Geoffrey Reed 25
Michael Purday 44 Andrew Downs 25
Vicky Johnstone 42 Dee Smith 24
Will Scheilling 41 Alan Winter 22
Helen Atkins 41 Robert Oakeshott 22
Philip Gorman 40 James Maltby 22
Roderick Johnstone 37 Chris Clare 22
Peter Johnstone 37 John Gipson 21
Michael Davies 35 David Gilbert 21
Jonathan Western 34 Peter Hinton 20
The leading conductor was Philip Bailey conducting 30 of the 73 quarters he rung.
So what was rung ?
Singles 2
Minimus 5
Doubles 123
Doubles/Minor 1
Minor 151
Triples 35
Major 81
Caters 5
Royal 3
Cinques 1
Maximus 4
Plain Bob (140) still seems to be the favoured method, but this year 60 quarters of more than one method takes second prize with Cambridge Surprise third.
This year Histon is pushed into 2nd place as leading tower with a new name on the leader board with St Edward’s Cambridge coming in on top with 39.
Included in the totals are 4 date touches of 2007 changes and one half peal.
From the footnotes of particular note were the following personal milestones:
David Gilbert celebrated 30 years as Tower Captain with a quarter; Engagement and Wedding compliments were rung for Neville Greenacre and his wife Linda, and Greg Shields’ engagement to Jo Hoverd was celebrated; and a farewell quarter was rung to Bill & Liz Blake as a tribute for eight years dedication to establish ringing at Swaffham Bulbeck.
Several ringers have reached significant birthdays – Jem Finch, Becky Hudson and Amie Setter all came of age at 18; for Kit Kilgour and Sarah Hinton life began at 40; Sally Mew reached half a century; Marilyn Thompson, Paul Rayner, John Gregory, Monica Lilley, Sheila George, Evelyn Kirby and Joan Lonsdale have all reached the age when they can apply for bus passes; and elder statesmen were Roger Palmer 70, Tony Bullock 70, Frank Rann 80 and Gerald Barnard 80. Wedding anniversaries were celebrated by Bruce & Sally Mew 20th ; Richard & Pat Edgeley, John & Cass Boocock, and Phillip & Sheila George 35th ; and Ruby anniversaries for Mike & Jacqui Davies and Jeremy and Chris Clare.
Finally the lives of ringers were remembered in quarters rung for Pete Marsden (Brampton), Ginn Weston (Cherry Hinton), Derek Careless (Great Shelford), Les Harvey (Isleham), Heather Goddard-Wilson & Vera Horner (Huntingdon), John Eddy (Bluntisham), Franklin Hodson (Over), Marion Perryman (Orwell) and Peggy Stanier (Swaffham Prior).
Once again happy and successful quarter peal ringing in the year to come and don’t forget – publish early and CHRISTIAN names please.
Sheila George

A detailed list of all the quarter peals rung in 2007; a summary of the quarter peals rung can be found here.