Notable Achievements

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This section lists some of the notable achievements in the world of ringing.

Colin M Turner became the first person to ring 5000 peals on 24 Jun 2007

Peter Davey rang a handbell peal of Plain Bob Minor on Thursday, 28 August 2008 less than 5 days after being taught to ring ([1])

Victoria K Johnstone rang her 1st peal aged 11, 9 months after her 1st lesson in order to beat her elder brother on Sunday February 26, 2006 at Oakington, Cambridgeshire

VICTORIA J M WILBY rang her first peal on 09 Apr 1998 6 months after her first lesson and then rang a quarter of Stedman Cinques at the Pier Head on the first anniversary of her first ringing lesson.

Jennifer A Murch rang her first peal on 30 June 2007, 24 weeks after learning to ring. Whilst a student at Hull University she rang her 49th peal on Monday, 1 December 2008, being Yorkshire S Maximus inside ([2])

Richard B Grimmett on Tuesday, 6 February 2007 conducted a peal of Stedman Triples wearing a blindfold throughout, emulating W H Barber's achievement at Gateshead on February 21st, 1908. ([3])

Peter Border On Saturday, 13 August 1966 and Andrew B Mills on Saturday, 8 December 2007 are the only ringers to single handedly turn in the 82cwt Liverpool tenor to peals, both ringing Cambridge S Maximus. Subsequently Liverpool Cathedral has taken the accolade of having had rung the heaviest and longest 10 bell peal on Tuesday, 28 August 2007 ([4]) and then heaviest 8 bell peal on Saturday, 15 November 2008([5])

On Sunday, 6 May 2007 in 24h09 (9 in B) 72000 Treble Dodging Minor (100m) 1-2 Philip J Earis 3-4 Andrew J W Tibbetts (C) 5-6 David J Pipe

The only full extent so far rung on 8 tower bells was done at Loughborough Bell Foundry on Saturday 27 July 1963, in 17 hours and 58 minutes. 40320 Plain Bob Major Composed by: C Kenneth Lewis, Conducted by: Robert B Smith

1 Brian J Woodruffe 2 John M Jelley 3 Neil Bennett 4 Frederick Shallcross 5 John C Eisel 6 John Robinson 7 Brian Harris 8 Robert B Smith

This is the greatest number of changes ever to be rung to a peal. 8 umpires monitored the performance.

On 18 Jan 1990 6 ringers rang a peal of 5016 Plain Bob Maximus at Lockington, Leics (14-1-1). Andrew B Mills rang 11-12. The same ringer rang 2-3 to Norman Smith's 23 spliced at Kinsbury, Warwickshire on 9th July 1991, and 4 peals of S Maximus in one day in London on 11 June 2005 finishing with ringing the tenor to Cambridge S Maximus at Cornhill (42cwt)

Possibly not so unusual at the time ringers of the Society of Sherwood Youths on Tue May 23 1820 walked from Nottingham to Chesterfield, approx 28 miles, to ring a peal for the "opening of the bells".