Quarter Peal Club
Are you interested in ringing a Quarter Peal? Would you be interested in ringing them on a regular basis? We're trying to get ringers together who would like to have a go [either for the first time or on a regular basis]. Don't think of a quarter peal as a massive hill that has to be climbed; instead, just think of it as a long practice session. In something like Plain Bob Doubles, you'd ring just over 10 extents in a row. It's not that difficult, and if you don't get the quarter peal, you can always try again another time... Moreover, as the saying goes "You don't really know the method until you've rung a quarter peal of it!" If you need further convincing, read this from the Ringing World.
If you are interested in a Quarter Peal, contact one of our ringing masters [Christine or Andrew] and tell us what you would like to do a quarter peal in. It's now Quarter Peal Fortnight, but you can ring quarter peals any time of the year.
QP Fortnight is here!
1 April - 14 April
So far this year, we've had two hits [Cambridge Surprise Major and Grandsire Doubles] and two misses [Stedman Doubles]. The Grandsire Double quarter was notable because it was a first as caller! It's too late if you are interested in ringing a quarter in April, as the slots for April are
- Major: Evening of Friday, 20 April [Fully Booked]
- Minor: Morning of Saturday, 21 April [Fully Booked]
The request for names and dates for the May quarters will go out in mid-April, so if you are interested check back here to sign up for
- Quarter peals in doubles or minor [Link coming mid-April]
- Quarter peals in triples or major [Link coming mid-April]
If you're interested in getting on our mailing list or signing up for one of the above dates, drop us a note by clicking here.
2017 in Review
The QPC had its first attempt on Friday, the 4th of August [Plain Bob Minor]. Unfortunately, they didn't get it. The next attempt was on the 11th of August [Cambridge Surprise Major] but they too didn't get it. But it was third time lucky for the band as they rang a quarter peal of Plain Bob Minor on the 13th of August. The next attempt at Cambridge Surprise Major on the 18th of August also succeeded.
September had a successful quarter peal of Plain Bob Minor at Nether Alderley, and a quarter of Plain Bob Major at Mottram. That latter quarter peal was notable in that it was the QPC's first first - one member rang his first quarter of Plain Bob Major.
October had two club members ring two quarter peals in one day [do we sense a full peal coming?!]. It was also supposed to be the first quarter [Plain Bob Doubles] for one of our club members, but he managed to sneak in his first quarter with the Derbyshire Association the previous weekend. The next quarter a few hours later was Plain Bob Minor. There was also an attempt to ring a quarter of Grandsire Triples later in the month, but two bells swapped over early in the composition, so it didn't come back into rounds at the end. So very close! Still, we managed to ring two quarter peals in October, and that's not bad going.
November and December were very busy months for churches and ringers. November had all the Remembrance Day celebrations, the South Warrington Ringing Festival, and the branch AGM, so there really wasn't much room to fit anything in. Similarly, with carol practices and Christmas services in December it was impossible to get a crew together.
The way it works is that we send a list out with possible slots [chosen so as to not conflict with any branch events] each month. Typically, these have been Friday evenings, Saturday morning, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons, but we will re-conduct the survey shortly to see if these are still the preferred slots for 2018. The survey is sent out in the middle of the preceeding month [eg, mid-November for December], and the survey is live for a week. After the week, the chosen slots are announced and we start filling them in [sometimes, they will be already filled in by those that responded to the survey]. When we have a group of 6 or 8 who can make a given slot, we contact the band, choose method, conductor, venue and time. Those aspects will not change.
However, the branch has not won the eight bell striking competition in a while, so we'd like to address that by ringing more triples/major quarter peals. Towards that end, Andrew Mayes will also be organising monthly slots for advanced triples/major ringers. Of course, the 8 bell striking competition is only a partial goal. We also want to raise the overall quality of triples/major ringing in the branch and maybe even start ringing quarter peals in caters and royal!
So, if you are not in the Quarter Peal Club, but would like to ring a quarter peal, just send us your email address by clicking here and tell us what you'd like to ring and we'll start the ball rolling. You don't have to commit to anything. If you just want to ring one quarter peal, and then tick that off your list, that's fine. However, we are very keen to get bands together to ring quarter peals on a regular monthly basis. If you want some advice, don't hesitate to contact our ringing masters - Christine and Andrew.