Quarter Peal Report 2009

The data used for this report is taken from the Ringing Worlds for the year 2009 and January 2010 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 or quarters have not been sent up to the Ringing World.
A total of 443 quarters have been recorded, down by 39 on last year’s total. Of these 28 were rung in 2008 and published too late to be included in last year’s report. Again I recommend using the Internet to send up your quarters either directly to the Ringing World (ringingworld.co.uk) or through Campanophile (campanophile.co.uk)
The Districts retain their usual running order with 193 in the Cambridge District, 167 in the Ely District, 69 in the Huntingdon District and 14 in the Wisbech District.
A total of 469 ringers have taken part. 35% only rang one quarter, 20% rang ten or more and 7% rang over twenty.
Congratulations to the 21 who have rung a quarter for the first time - they are:
Philip Asher
Kathy Batty
Michael Beekin
Philip Blunt
Geoff Cooke
Gwilym Davies
Andrew Ellis
Diane Fraser
Ray Gambell
Jenny Goodwin
Roger Haddaway
James Hayden
Ann Hullah
Andrew Marshall
Emily Marshall
Sue Maynard
Mike McCall
Gavin Philpott
Chris Rickett
Adrian Tester
Liz Thompson
Conducting a quarter for the first time were Susan Binns and Geoff Grayton.
Janet Garnett retains her top position as leading ringer and those ringing twenty or more appear in the list of leading ringers below.
Janet Garnett 86 Andrew Stevens 31 Marjorie Winter 23
Phillip Bailey 52 Will Scheilling 30 Helen Barker 22
Jonathan Western 52 Vicki Johnstone 29 Chris Northeast 22
Alan Winter 52 Samantha Gorman 28 Penny English 21
Roderick Johnstone 44 Phillip George 26 Barbara Le Gallez 21
Geoff Grayton 39 Marion Robinson 26 Susan Marsden 21
Helen Atkins 38 Paul Seaman 26 Angie Gell 20
Geoffrey Reed 37 Andrew Downs 24 Peter Hinton 20
Stephen Theobald 37 Robert Oakeshott 24 Tom Ridgman 20
Edith Robinson 36 Jonathon Agg 23 Luke Smith 20
Susan Binns 31 Michael Purday 23
The leading conductor was Alan Winter conducting 30 of the quarters he rang, closely followed by Janet Garnet (27) and Philip Bailey (24).
So what was rung?
Singles 3
Minimus 4
Doubles 130
Doubles/Minor 1
Minor 171
Triples 42
Major 75
Caters 6
Royal 3
Cinques 5
Maximus 3
Included in the totals are two date touches of 2009 changes.
Histon retains the leading position followed by St Edward in Cambridge and Trumpington.
First quarters on new or recently restored rings were rung at Brington, Great Wilbraham, Great St Mary’s Cambridge and Waresley.
Quarters were rung to remember the lives of ringers – Timothy Griffiths (St Neots), Ron Woodward (Houghton) and Tim English (Histon).
Ely 900 was celebrated throughout the diocese with a total of 34. Several quarters were also rung for the 800th anniversary of the foundation of Cambridge University.
From the footnotes of particular note were the following personal milestones:
Helen Barker 100th, Geoffrey Reed 125th, Vicki Johnstone and Will Scheilling 200th, Sheila George 400th, Andrew Downs 450th, Terry Greenacre 600th, Edith Robinson 800th and Paul Seaman 800th on tower bells. Andrew Downs recorded his 150th as Conductor and Jonathan Shanklin 400th as Conductor.
Special birthdays were also celebrated - Lydia Allen 18th; Shirley Warbrick, Lesley Boyle, and Ali Brooke all reached 50th; John Coppendale, Alan Winter and Heather Wilkin can now apply for bus passes; John Boocock reached 65; Tim English and David Coleman celebrated 70 and Ray Clist achieved 80 and ran his first quarter on handbells.
Engagement compliments were paid to Kate Langley and Ben Willetts. The marriage of Phil Gorman and Samantha George was celebrated. Wedding Anniversaries were marked for Carol and Martin Kitson, Sheila and Stephen Allen (Pearl), and Jane and Chris Johnson, David and Tricia Newland (Golden).
I end with the usual plea – publish early and Christian names please.
Sheila George

A detailed list of all the quarter peals rung in 2009; a summary of the quarter peals rung can be found here.