Peal Secretary's Report - 2015

There was a total of 67 peals rung for the Guild in 2016, one more than in 2015 and the highest total since 2008; 65 on tower bells and 2 on handbells, taking us to 4167 since the Guild’s formation. The peals in 2016 were rung thus:- 

Warwick Archdeaconry  - 22 (13 towers)
Coventry District - Tower Bell  - 16 (11 towers)
Handbell   2 (1 house)
Rugby Deanery  - 21 (5 towers)
Outside the Guild  - 6 (4 towers)

Leading tower for 2016 was Church Lawford Plantagenet Ring with 15, followed by Warwick St Nicholas with 6, and Allesley, Brinklow, Claybrooke, Honiley and Wellesbourne with 3 each. The first peal at Leek Wootton since augmentation to 6 was rung, as was the 100th on the bells (81 for the Guild) at The Plantagenet Ring in Church Lawford. Methods were split thus:-

    Tower Hand Total
Doubles  - 2 0 2
Minor  - 20 1 21
Triples  -  5 0 5
Major  -  34 1 35
Caters  - 3 0 3
Cinques  -  1 0 1

In 2016 15 methods were rung for the first time for the Guild – all Major methods, mainly Surprise Major. Nine of these were rung by the band that rings monthly Monday night peal attempts and six by the band that meets regularly at The Plantagenet Ring. Altogether 99 people rang in Guild peals during the year with 16 different conductors. Leading ringers were:-

46 - Ray Sheasby
39 - Simon Rogers (cond 31)
38 - Mike Chester (cond 13)
32 - Mark Sayers 29 - Andrew Alldrick (cond 2)
23 - Geoff Randall
21 - Mike Dew
14 - Peter Quinn

Just two Guild members rang their first peal during the year – well done to Linda Gatehouse and Cate Stokes for achieving this. Well done too to John Gwynne for conducting a peal for the first time. Also welcome back to peal ringing David Bell who rang his first peal for 45 years.

Meanwhile for the Guild, Geoff Randall rang his 1100th peal, Simon Rogers his 850th, Ian Thompson his 700th, Ray Sheasby his 500th and Simon Adams and Doug Kempton their 50th. At a more personal level Mike Chester rang his 2000th peal, Andrew Alldrick and Simon Rogers their 1000th, (also Simon’s 600th as conductor), Mark Sayers his 650th peal, Ray Sheasby his 600th and Mike Chester his 750th as conductor. Of Andrew’s 1000 peals 123 were rung for the Guild, Andrew having spent much of his working life in other parts of the country. Simon, on the other hand, has rung 844 of his 1000 for the Guild and is the leading conductor.

Simon Rogers - Peal Secretary