Bellringing for Magna Carta years succeeds

A TEAM of bellringers, headed by the resident ringers of St Mary's Parish Church, successfully rang a peal to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carter in 2015 - even though they abandoned the original method (that's bells "music").

   Tower Captain, Stefan Zientek, said: "The peal of London Surprise Major on Sunday, June 14, 2015, was stopped after 30 minutes following a number of minor trips which indicated the quality of the ringing may fall below a satisfactory level.

   "The method was changed to Yorkshire Surprise Major - a more straightforward surprise method - and a good peal was rung in two hours and 55 minutes.

   "Local ringer George Basford, aged 15, from Crewe, rang his first peal of "treble bob hunting" and was warmly congratulated afterwards by his mother and grandparents who had listened to the peal while enjoying a walk around Nantwich."


TO HEAR a short extract from the Yorkshire Surprise Major click on this link. It is just 55 seconds of the 5,056 changes (different orders of the bells in a single "round"). It was recorded (mp3) by Geoff Fenner.


The peal was reported in the BellBoard of "The Ringing World" - the national magazine for church bellringers.


Changes? Unrepeated orders in the ringing of the bells, e.g. 12345678; 21436578, and so on.


Treble bob hunting? Try this link. Well, you did ask.


The bell tower of St Mary's church seen from Churchyardside at the east end of the building.

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