Notable Achievements

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

Simon Cuthbert Farrar became the first ringer to have an ASBO put on them which banned them from conducting peals. This was a result of a public petition, and followed a catalogue of unfortunate incidents in the Cambridge and Reading areas when he consistently created a public nuisance. Simon recently tried to breach the ASBO conditions by conducting a peal on 1 December 2008 at St Owen's Chesterton - however, the inevitable mis-call occured after 25 minutes, saving his bacon.

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]

A number of youngsters have rung peals prior to their teens. The following are some examples:

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

Jemma L Mills on Sunday, 7 January 2007 rang her first peal on the 'Pot Bell' at Shelford, Nottingham at the age of 9 [2], becoming possibly the youngest girl to ring a peal this century. The band consisted of 3 generations of the Mills family. She followed this performance with a peal of Major on Sunday, 1 June 2008 at Clifton, Nottingham [3]

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 [4]

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. [5]

John R Leary is the only person to have conducted all his first peals at every stage from Doubles to Maximus. He started in the 1960's and completed the achievement with a peal Doubles at All Cannings, Salisbury on 17 Apr 1995. More about him can be read at [6]

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 [7] and then heaviest 8 bell peal on Saturday, 15 November 2008 [8]

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 longest peal yet rung [9]

A full of extent of major was first rung at Leeds in Kent by 14 ringers under James Barham on April 7 and 8, 1761

The only full extent so far rung on 8 tower bells by one band of ringers was 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 tower bell 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 as part of an ASCY band on 11 June 2005 finishing with ringing the tenor to Cambridge S Maximus at Cornhill (42cwt)

A.T. Morris in 1921 tapped out a peal of 5600 London S Major on handbells (ref article by Joe Roast in the RW in 1976)

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".

*** Coming Soon *** Older people CAN learn to ring

This section is for examples of people who started to learn as adults and have made some reasonable progress.