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").
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
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.