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In 2001 we taught Tara and Kenneth MacCullum to ring at St James’ while they were living in Dursley. Before they returned home to Vancouver, Canada, we worked to bring them to a stage where they could both attempt a quarter peal. This was duly achieved at Berkeley on Wednesday 27 February 2002 with a quarter peal of 1260 changes of Bob Doubles with Tara ringing the treble and Kenneth ringing the tenor behind. This year they returned to the UK for a holiday with their 2 children, Julia and Ian, and paid us a visit at practice on 7 June. Despite it being some 16 years since they had last rung a bell, they each had a turn and managed well. 

Royal Wedding

On Saturday 19 May a full peal was rung at St James’ for the wedding of HRH Prince Harry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle. Full details are given below and ringers from Cheltenham, Bisley, Coalpit Heath and Wotton took part.

Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association.

Dursley, Glos. At St James the Great, Tenor: 19.5 cwt in E-flat

On Saturday, 19 May 2018, In 3 hours and 2 minutes

5056 Changes of Ruthenium Surprise Major

Composition: E. Shuttleworth

1 Ian P. Unsworth    

2 Jane D. Bull  

3 Alison M. Holliday 

4 Hilda C. Ridley      

5 John R. Ridley       

6 Ian D. Bucknell     

7 Andrew A. Ward    

8 Andrew M. Bull (Conductor)  

For the wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle

Quarter Peals rung at St James’

On Sunday, 20 May 2018, In 46 minutes

1264 Changes of Plain Bob Major

1 Elizabeth Byrne (Conductor); 2 Lizzie Lindsell; 3 Judith Cotterell; 4 Ian Unsworth 

5 Timothy Soanes; 6 Frank Byrne; 7 Jane Bull; 8 Andrew Bull  

Conducted by: Elizabeth Byrne

First quarter peal of Major and on 8 inside - 2

For Evensong and engagement compliment to Brendan Skelton and Kathie Rebbeck

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