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Peals Rung by Masters and Officials of the ODG

Rev. F.E.Robinson - A prolific ringer - the first to ring 1000 peals

As well as being a great reformer and the Guild's first master, Robinson was above all an extremely capable and prolific ringer. He was the first person ever to ring 1000 peals, something that a century later is more common, with many 1000 pealers and even 4000 pealers. Robinson rang his 1000th peal at Drayton on 9th August 1905. He conducted it and the method was Stedman Triples, of which he was particularly fond. In 1933 the ringer of bell 2 presented a 'loving cup' to the Oxford Society to commemmorate this event.


DRAYTON, Berks. On 9th August, 1905, in 2 hours 47 minutes.
5040 STEDMAN TRIPLES
J. W. Washbrook Jnr. Treble C. H. Fowler5
G. A. Smith2 H. Miles6
F. Hopgood3 Revd. F. E. Robinson7
J. W. Washbrook4 Revd. G. F. ColeridgeTenor

Conducted by Revd. F. E. Robinson

Thanks to John Harrison, Wokingham, for the above information on F.E.Robinson's 1000th peal. Further details can be found in F.Sharpe The Church Bells of Berkshire page 97, which refers to an article in "Bell News" August 19th 1905. There is a marble tablet recording this feat in Drayton, which was intended to be a repetition of the first peal of Stedman Triples rung in Drayton in 1899.

A letter in 'The Ringing World' page 987 October 14 2005, reported that his last peal was in St. Andrew's, Uxbridge where there is a peal board commemorating the event. The transcription is:

LAUS DEO
THE OXFORD DIOCESAN GUILD
On Saturday January 15th 1910
A PEAL OF STEDMAN TRIPLES, 5040 CHANGES
(N.J.Pitstow's Variation of Thurston's Four part)
WAS RUNG IN THIS TOWER
IN TWO HOURS & FIFTY MINUTES BY
EDGAR HANCOCK Treble
WILLIAM LAWRENCE - 2
WILLIAM WELLING - 3
RICHARD BUCKLAND - 4
GEO H GUTTERIDGE - 5
ROBT H YOUNG - 6
REV F.E.ROBINSON - 7
REUBEN FLAXMAN Tenor


CONDUCTED BY REV. F.E.ROBINSON M.A.

The above was the 1250th and last peal in which the Rev F.E.Robinson took part. He was called to his rest on February 10th 1910. This tablet is placed here by his Fellow-ringers in the peal, as a testimony to the High esteem in which he was held by them and in the whole of the ringing world.


Masters 1976 - 2003

In 2003 it was suggested that all the past and current Masters and other officials of the ODG might get together and ring a peal.

The peal was rung at Great Tew, Oxon, on Sunday 23 March 2003.
Masters peal it better
left to right: Sally Austin, Pat Newton, Graham Clifton, John Wells, Nigel Harrison, Ken Davenport, Bill Butler, Jon Chamberlain
Offices held by these ringers in 2003:
Sally A AustinGuild Steward
William Butler Past Master
Jonathan Chamberlain Deputy Master
Graham J Clifton Guild Master
Kenneth Davenport Past Deputy Master
Nigel P Harrison Guild Secretary
Patrica M Newton Past Master
E John Wells Past Master

 
St. Michael
Great Tew, Oxon
Sunday 23 March 2003
5152 changes of Yorkshire Surprise Major
were rung in 3 hrs 14 minutes
TrebleWilliam Butler 5.Kenneth Davenport
2.Patrica M Newton 6.Jonathan Chamberlain
3.Sally A Austin 7.E John Wells
4.Nigel P Harrison TenorGraham Clifton
Conducted by William Butler.

Guild Officers Ringing for 125th Anniversary in 2006

The ODG officers ring peals for special occasions from time to time. In January 2006 a team of ODG officers got together to attempt a peal of Stedman Cinques, at Christ Church Cathedral in January, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Oxford Diocesan Guild.

In the Cathedral Close first peal attempt:
In Praise of officers
photo Jon Chamberlain.
Left to Right: Jon Chamberlain, Robert Newton, David Lane, Bill Butler, Claire Edwards, Tim Pett, Graham Clifton, Jim Diserens, John Wells,alt Ken Darvill, Doug Beaumont, Graham Firman.
The offices held by these ringers are listed below.

Unfortunately the peal was lost after 2½ hours ringing. Jon Chamberlain, present master of the ODG, nothing daunted, organized another attempt, this time in Reading on March 12th 2006 which was successful.

Outside Reading St Laurence a successful peal attempt:
peal ringers
photo Jon Chamberlain.
Left to Right: Michael Till, Graham Firman, Doug Beaumont, Jon Chamberlain, Bill Butler, Robert Newton, David Lane, Kenneth Davenport, Graham Clifton, Patricia Newton, Ken Darvill, Tim Pett.

The offices held by these ringers are listed.

It will be observed that the membership of the two bands varies slightly and this is not surprising when trying to assemble a quality band, all of whom are busy people. Missing from both photos is Cheryl Watson, one of our newest and youngest Stewards who promises to be a valuable asset to the Guild on many fronts and who had to stand down from the first attempt.

A longer article 'In Praise of Officers' was published in the "Ringing World" April 14 2006 page 344.

  Offices held by these ringers in 2006 or earlier:
Doug Beaumont Guild Librarian
William Butler Vice President, Past Master
Jonathan Chamberlain Guild Master, Past Deputy Master
Graham J Clifton Vice President, Past Master, Past Deputy Master
Ken Darvill Past Guild Secretary
Kenneth Davenport Steward and CC rep, Past Deputy Master
Jim Diserens Guild Steward, Past Deputy Master
Claire Edwards Peals Secretary
Graham Firman Tower Captain, Past Peal Secretary
Nigel P Harrison Guild Secretary
David Lane Oxford Society
Patrica M Newton Vice President, Past Master
Robert Newton Deputy Master
Tim Pett Website Manager and CC Rep,
Past Deputy Master and Acting Master
when Fred Sharpe died
Michael Till CC Rep
E John Wells Vice President, Past Master, Past Guild Secretary

 
OXFORD DIOCESAN GUILD
Reading, Berkshire, St Laurence
Sunday, 12 March 2006 in 3hrs 21mins
5019 Stedman Cinques
Composed by John Carter
TrebleWilliam Butler 7. Jon Chamberlain
2.Patricia M Newton 8.Douglas J Beaumont
3.Kenneth J Darvill 9.Kenneth R Davenport
4.N David Lane 10.Michael K Till
5.Timothy G Pett 11.Graham J Clifton
6.Graham G Firman TenorRobert H Newton
Conducted by William Butler

First of Stedman Cinques 7,11

A Guild 125th anniversary peal by past and present
officers of the Oxford Diocesan Guild

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