Gransden Church Bells & Training Centre


Peals

A peal on six bells is a minimum of 5040 changes. This number of changes is determined by the maximum number possible on 7 bells (7x6x5x4x3x2x1 = 5040). As we have six change ringing bells at Gt.Gransden a peal must conform to this rule in order for it to be recognised by the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Peals are usually rung for territorial associations. As we are in the diocese of Ely most peals are rung for this local ringing association. Visting ringers from outside the diocese might choose to ring a peal for their own assoction and hence peals have been rung for the Bedfordshire and the Hertfordshire associations.

The method is the name of the sequence in which the changes are made. Where a number is displayed in brackets e.g. (7m) this means that seven different sequences were rung during the peal. The terms Surprise, or Plain indicate the complexity of the methods which are defined by the specific way in which the changes are made.

Peal Fees
With effect from 26th March 2014 the peal fee per ringer will be £4

No
 Date Changes  Method hrs/min
Conductor
Association
1
14/11/1908
 5040  Minor (7m)
2.54
Charles R Lilley
 Ely
2
26/04/1930
5040
 Norwich S. Minor
2.50
Frank Warrington
 Ely
3 17/09/1930
 5040  Minor (7m)
3.00
Charles W Clarke
 Beds
4 26/08/1961
 5040  Plain Bob Minor
2.49
Mansfied Ginn
 Ely
5  29/02/1964  5040  Minor (5m)
2.52
Harold S Peacock
 Ely
6 02/10/1965
 5040  Plain Bob Minor
2.47
Peter Woolven
 Ely
7 23/10/1995
 5040  Surprise minor (3m) 3.00 Phillip S George
 Ely
8  31/10/1999  5040  Surpise minor (4m)
2.59 Phillip S George
 Ely
9  19/10/1999  5040  Surprise minor (3m)
2.47 Phillip S George
 Ely
 10  08/12/2001  5040  Surprise minor (7m)
2.50 Phillip S George
 Ely
 11  07/12/2002  5040  Minor (2m)
2.52 Phillip S George
 Beds
12
 12/04/2003  5040  Surprise minor (11m)
2.55 Alan M Barber
 Ely
13
13/12/2003
 5040  Surprise minor (7m)
3.02 John P Loveless
 Beds
14
 06/03/2004  5040  Surprise minor (14m)
2.50 Peter G C Ellis
 Herts
15
 20/11/2004  5040  Minor (4m)
2.49 Phillip S George
 Ely
16
 30/04/2005  5040  Cambridge s. minor
2.50 Phillip S George
 Ely
17
 22/04/2006  5040  Surprise minor (7m)
2.56 Anthony H Smith
 Ely
18
 03/05/2008  5040  Surprise minor (7m)
2.50 Phillip S George
 Ely
19  08/11/2008  5040  Minor (7m)
2.57 Phillip S George
 Ely
20  16/05/2009  5040  Plain minor (6m)
2.54 Phillip S George
 Ely
21  15/09/2012  5040  Surprise minor (7m)
3.00 John P Loveless
 Ely
22
09/11/2013
 5040  Surprise Minor (7m)
3.04
Phillip S George
 Ely
23
28/11/2015
5040
 Surprise minor (7m) 2.55
 Anthony H Smith
 Beds

Notable Peals
Peal No 7 on 28th October 1995.
This was to mark 100 years since the rehanging of the bells and the recasting of the 4th.

Peal No 8 on 31st October 1998.
A compliment to the Revd Bruce Curry (Priest in Charge at this parish, & Rural Dean) on being installed as Honorary Canon of Ely Cathedral.

Peal No 9 on 9th October 1999.
A compliment to Victor Hughes on completing 40 years as organist and choir master at this church.

Peal No 16 on 30th April 2005.
To celebrate the completion of the tower project, the peal being rung from the new ringing room.

Peal No 19 on 8th November 2008.
To mark the centenary of the first peal on the bells rung to the same methods and also conducted from the 3rd (although not the same bell!).





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