Ringing at Oadby

University Bellringers

Students studying at University in Leicester join us for both practice nights and service ringing.  The Halls of Residence for University of Leicester are in Oadby

 

Ringing at St. Peter's for Special Occasions

The bells are rung for church services, including for weddings, and to mark occasions of local, national and international importance. Sometimes this is general ringing, but sometimes we ring a peal or a quarter peal (see below). Some examples from recent years are:

  • To mark the reinterment of King Richard III (two quarter peals) 
  • To celebrate St George's Day (quarter peal)
  • To celebrate the Diamond Wedding of two Oadby ringers (quarter peal) 
  • To mark Remembrance Sunday (general ringing, with bells half muffled) 
  • To celebrate the birthdays of several of our ringers (quarter peal) 
  • In thanks for the life of local ringers and members of the congregation (quarter peal)
  • To celebrate Leicester City winning the Premiership in 2016 (a method called Leicester City Treble Place Minor)
  • As part of the St Peter's church Christmas Fair (quarter peal)
A peal is a piece of ringing comprising 5000 or more changes (each change being a single pull of each rope). A peal generally takes around 3 hours of continuous ringing, with one ringer on each rope throughout. We rarely ring peals at Oadby.
A quarter peal, as the name suggests, comprises 1250 or more changes, and generally lasts around 45 minutes. As with a peal the ringing is continuous, with one ringer on each rope throughout. We often ring quarter peals to mark special occasions.

Quarter peals rung at St Peter's this year

    21 April 1260 Doubles (6 methods) 44 min Rung before concert of English music in the church, to celebrate the Queen's birthday and St. George's Day  
    29 Sept 1260 Plain Bob Minor 44 min Rung in thanks for the life of Dick Harrison, for 52 years a member of the choir at St Peter's.  
    10 Nov 1259 Grandsire Triples 47 min Rung half-muffled by a University of Leiceter band to comemmorate the centenary of the founding of the University as a 'living memorial' to those who lost their lives in World War 1.  
 

Quarter peals rung at St Peter's in previous years

 2017

 

 

 

 28 Jan

1312 Bristol Surprise Major 

45 min 

Rung in thanks for the life of Ian Fraser 

 25 Mar

1288 Grandsire Triples

44 min

Rung as a farewell complement to Canon Rev Michael Rusk, Rector at Oadby. 

 23 Apr 1260 Plain Bob Minor  43 min

Rung after morning service as part of "Ringing for England" to celebrate St George's Day 

 24 Jun 1260 Grandsire Triples  43 min

Rung to celebrate the Diamond Wedding of John & Mary Hill, ringers at Oadby 

  14 Oct 1288 Grandsire Triples 44 min 

Rung as a birthday compliment to an Oadby ringer 

 20 Oct 1260 Grandsire Triples 44 min

[Visiting band] 

 2 Dec 1280 Bristol Surprise Major 43 min

Rung in thanks for the life of  former verger at St. Peter's, who died last week. 

 

Quarter peals rung at St. Peter's from 2014 to 2016

 
 2016
 
 
 
 23 Apr
1250 Cambridge Surprise Major
 43 min
Rung on St George's Day, as a 90th birthday compliment to HM Queen Elizabeth II.
 14 May
1288 Grandsire Triples
 44 min
Rung to celebrate the enthronement of Rt Rev Martyn Snow as Bishop of Leicester.
 11 June
1280 Windsor Treble Bob Major
 46 min
 Rung to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
 1 July
1260 Grandsire Doubles
44 min
Rung half-muffled to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
 Grandsire Doubles was chosen because a peal of this method was rung on the bells after the unveiling of the war memorial next to the church, on 7th May, 1921 
 5 Nov
1260 Plain Bob Minor
44 min
Rung by past & present students & staff of University of Leicester, for birthdays
 26 Nov
1320 Norwich Surprise Minor
44 min
 Rung for St. Peter's Christmas Fair
 27 Dec
1260 Mixed Doubles (11 methods)
44 min
 Rung to mark the retirement of Frank Winters as Verger at St Peter's
 
 
 
 
2015
 
 
 
22 Mar
1260 Plain Bob Triples 
44 min   
Rung half-muffled by a University band to mark the procession
of King Richard III from the University to the Cathedral   
28 Mar
1280 Plantagenet Delight Major
44 min 
Rung to celebrate the reintement of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral 
14 Jun
1250 Cambridge Surprise Major 
44 min 
Rung for the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta 
25 Jul
 1280 Double Norwich CB Major
43 min 
 
17 Aug
 1250 Yorkshire Surprise Major
 42 min  
 
22 Aug
 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
 44 min    
 
10 Oct
1288 Grandsire Triples 
 44 min
Rung as a Golden Wedding compliment to Anne and Deryk, from St. Peter's  
7 Nov
1260 Plain Bob Minor 
 43 min
Rung as a birthday compliment to Paul & Kate, members of the Oadby band 
28 Nov
1250 Yorkshire Surprise Major 
 43 min
 Rung as part of the St Peter's church Christmas Fair
 
 
 
 
2014
 
 
 
2 Mar
1260 Doubles (2 methods)
43 min
 Rung before choral evensong
29 Mar
1260 Stedman Triples
43 min
 Rung in thanks for the life of George Hebborn, longstanding ringer at Oadby
10 May
1250 Cambridge Surprise Minor
44 min
 
14 Jun
1320 Norwich Surprise Minor
46 min
 
29 Jun
1288 Grandsire Triples
44 min
 Rung for Patronal Festival choral evensong
31 Aug
1288 Grandsire Triples
44 min
 Rung to say farewell to Rev Bonnie Evans-Hills on completion of her curacy
27 Sep
1260 Doubles (6 methods)
44 min
 Rung as part of the Market Harborough District quarter peal week
29 Nov
1250 Ashstead Surprise Major
41 min
 Rung as part of the St Peter's church Christmas Fair
23 Dec
1288 Grandsire Triples
42 min
Rung in thanks for the life of Ivor Bentley, a longstanding ringer at Oadby

Peals rung at St. Peter's since 2000

 2008      
 Wed 30 Jul   5088 Oadby Surprise Major  2 hr 38 min  Rung to celebrate 20 years since augmentation of the bells from six to eight