Sunday 22nd October 2017
It is some time since the SE District had a concentrated period for quarter peals, so we decided to have a fortnight which encompassed the October half-term and which culminated in the usual district ringing practice on the first Saturday of November.
Things were very slow to get going with only a handful rung in the first week and it looked as though it might turn out to be a damp squib, but as we went into the second week the ball started rolling, so that by bonfire night the damp squib had turned into a roman candle, and we ended up with 24 quarters rung, with 80 ringers taking part; altogether a most satisfactory outcome for a first try.
The quarters rung included three ringing their first quarters, one first quarter peal for 25 years, two firsts in the method, one first of maximus as conductor, one first of spliced minor and one first of spliced minor as conductor. There were also some notable personal milestones, 100th as conductor and 400th quarter peal (Tom Scase) and 900th as conductor (Mike Whitby).
The fortnight ended with members of the Scase family ringing their first quarter peal together; an excellent achievement and the first of many more we hope.
We would like to try this again next year and perhaps those who didnít take part this year can be persuaded to have a go.