Peal Secretary's Report - 2017

There was a total of 70 peals rung for the Guild in 2017, 4 more than in 2016 and the highest total since 2008; 69 on tower bells and 1 on handbells, taking us to 4,236 since the Guild’s formation. The one handbell peal rung this year was in fact the 600th handbell peal for the Guild – the first having been rung in Nuneaton on April 27th 1910. The peals in 2017 were rung thus:-

Warwick Archdeaconry  - 22 (11 towers)
Coventry District - Tower Bell  - 18 (11 towers)
-   Handbell   1 (1 house)
Rugby Deanery  - 23 (5 towers)
Outside the Guild  - 6 (4 towers)

Leading tower for 2017 was Church Lawford Plantagenet Ring with 19, followed by Warwick St Nicholas with 7, Allesley and Wellesbourne with 4, and Claybrooke, Honiley and Lighthorne with 3 each.

Methods were split thus:-

    Tower Hand Total
Doubles  - 5 0 5
Minor  - 23 1 24
Triples  -  0 0 0
Major  -  35 0 35
Caters  - 2 0 2
Royal  -  4 0 4

In 2017 21 methods were rung for the first time for the Guild – all Major methods. Nine of these were rung by the band that rings monthly Monday night peal attempts and eight by the band that meets regularly at The Plantagenet Ring. There was also a series of 6 minor peals during which the 41 “standard” Surprise Minor methods were rung (almost) alphabetically.

Altogether,78 people rang in Guild peals during the year with 13 different conductors. Leading ringers were:-

45 - Ray Sheasby
44 - Simon Rogers (cond 39)
36 - Mike Dew
33 - Andrew Alldrick (cond 2)
30 - Mike Chester (cond 13)
22 - Mark Sayers 20 - Geoff Randall (cond 1)
15 - Peter Fleckney, Chris Stokes (cond 5), Ruth Stokes, Sue Marshall (cond 1)
13 - Julie Tarling
12 - Alison Williams

Just one Guild member rang their first peal during the year – well done to Ryan Kirby, a young Kineton ringer, for achieving this. Also welcome back to peal ringing Jane Kempton who rang her first peal for 30 years.

Meanwhile for the Guild Mike Chester rang his 1100th peal, Simon Rogers rang his 900th, Peter Quinn his 350th, Jane Rogers her 250th, Mike Dew his 150th and Mick Angrave, Lucy Gwynne, Phil Wild, Sue Marshall and Chris and Ruth Stokes their 50th. At a more personal level Geoff Randall rang his 2500th peal, Peter Fleckney his 2400th, Chris Pickford his 1900th, Simon Rogers his 1100th, Ray Sheasby his 700th and Nick Allsopp his 100th. Of Geoff Randall’s 2,500, 1,123 were rung for the Guild and he remains the leading peal ringer for the Guild.

Some peals have been rung this year in memory of Guild members – one at St Nicholas Warwick following the interment of the ashes of Doris Randall, another at St Nicholas Warwick in memory of Margaret Pratt from Bulkington and 3 peals, at Stratford-upon-Avon, Snitterfield and Aston Cantlow in memory of Michael Gray, former Guild Secretary and President, these three towers being where he did much of his ringing. A peal was also rung at Allesley by past and present Guild officers on the centenary of the death of Harry Kettle, who was an Allesley ringer and also Secretary of the Guild (then the Warwickshire Guild) when he was killed in action in France on November 28th 1917.

In celebration peals were rung to mark the 70th wedding anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip at Burton Dassett and St Nicholas Warwick. Peals were also rung to celebrate the weddings of 3 Guild members – at Farnborough prior to the wedding of Jon Tallis and Amy Patterson, at Allesley on the morning of Jonathon Chester and Amelia Corry’s wedding and at Kenilworth 2 days after George and Lauren Kempton’s wedding. A peal at St Nicholas Warwick, of Old Codgers Surprise Major, was also rung to celebrate the 70th birthdays of Geoff Randall, Ian Unsworth and Jim Insley.

Well done to all those who rang firsts during the year and good luck to those who try something new in peal ringing in 2018.

Simon Rogers - Peal Secretary