The Bells, The Bells! Why were they ringing on 19 February?

Silsoe Bell Ringers

Some villagers have been wondering why the bells of St. James, Silsoe were ringing on Sat 19 February at 11 am.  Was it a Wedding?  Or a service? 

The Silsoe Bellringers are taking part in an initiative from The Bedfordshire Association of Church Bellringers to encourage ringers to try something new, and create a renewal of interest in bellringing with ‘Ring a First in February’.  

We attempted to ring a Quarter Peal of 1,260 changes of Doubles [which means 5 bells with Tenor (or 6th bell) drumming behind] in 4 Methods and 1 Variation: namely St. Simons, St. Martins, Plain Bob, April Day, and Grandsire Doubles.  We started off well but broke down after 20 minutes.  As we had made mistakes it wasn’t true.  We agreed to try once more.  This time we were successful, and accomplished it in 47 minutes of continuous ringing. 

A record of this achievement will be submitted to Bellboard.  Congratulations to all who took part.

A Quarter Peal was rung of 1,260 changes of 4 Methods/1 Variation of Doubles:
St. Simons, St. Martins, Plain Bob, April Day, and Grandsire Doubles
on St. James the Great, Silsoe bells (47 minutes duration)
on Saturday 19 February 2022 as part of the ‘Ring a First in February’ ringing challenge

 

  1. Maggie Jeeves              **
  2. Barbara Fraser              *
  3. Godfrey Foat                *
  4. Simon Stranks (C)         ***
  5. Peter Phillips                *
  6. David Adams                *

 

*           First time Most Methods in Quarter Peal

**          First time Most Methods rung on Treble (bell 1) in Quarter Peal

***        First time Most Methods rung in Quarter Peal as Conductor (C)

 

If you hear us ringing on Monday night next week, we will be practising a few more Firsts in February.  Please wish us success.