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Notable peals at All Saints

The first recorded peal was rung on 2nd May 1903, shortly after the bells were augmented to 8. The first peal by an entirely local band was on 5th February 1910, and the first peal of Surprise Major by an all local band was on 1st February 1986. 66 have been rung in total.

Peals dedicated to specific events

Two peals marked the induction of new Rectors: Bertram Long in 1904, and David Hodgson in 1997, and two marked ordinations to the priesthood: Catherine Dyer (associate priest at All Saints) and Theresa Scott (former All Saints ringer) in 1994, and Colin James (curate at All Saints) in 1997.

Four peals were in memory of Rev. FE Robinson: half muffled on the day of his funeral in 1910  , in Sept 1982, on the 80th anniversary in February 1990 and on the centenary in 2010.

Two more peals were planned in memory of Rev FE Robinson, but in both cases the attempt failed, and a quarter peal was rung instead. They were on 9 August 2005  (to mark the centenary of his 1000th peal) and on 20th February 2010  (to mark the centenary of his burial, on 19th).

In 2010, the ringers commissioned a combined peal board  recording four of the performances dedicated to FE Robinson.

The Peal book also records a fully muffled quarter peal for King George V in 1936.

Peals have marked 5 weddings (including Prince Andrew in 1986) and 3 wedding anniversaries. Peals have celebrated 2 births (including Prince William in 1982) and marked 4 birthdays, including the Rector's birthday in 1907, 1910 and 1921, as recorded on 3 peal boards .

Four peals were rung at All Saints tide: in 1910, 1913, 1935, 1990 and 2005. The 1913 peal was the first at All Saints church in which a woman rang. (In contrast women now ring in almost every peal). The 1990 peal marked the Church's 800th anniversary. We wanted to ring a peal of Wokingham Surprise Major, with a resident band  . At the time there was no such method (though a few years earlier the name had been one of many names used as part of a controversial multi-method peal that was subsequently disallowed, thus freeing our name again.) The 2005 peal was the first on the bells following the restoration in 2004.

 Nigel Herriott searched diligently among un-named methods to find a good one - reasonably musical, within the band's capability, and not too false (so the composition would be easier). The band practised intensively, and rang a quarter peal shortly beforehand. The place notation is:
X 38 X 14 . 58 . 12 X 36 X 14 X 38 X 12 X 58 Lead End 12, and the line is shown below. If you are not a ringer, click here for an explanation.

  Wokingham Surprise Major
 Wokingham Surprise Major

All Saints day was on Thursday, and celebrations lasted until the Sunday, when the peal was rung in the afternoon. As the peal ended, a group of wellwishers who had gathered in the church burst into applause, something the band had not anticipated. [Picture of peal band] The peal board by Linda Moores hangs over the ringing chamber door.

 In recent years, it has been common to ring a peal on the morning of the annual tower dinner (11 peals).

On Saturday 10 May 2008, a joint band  rang a peal at All Saints in the morning and at St Paul's in the afternoon. The only previous time this had been done was in 1912, and that was not by local ringers.

On Saturday 9 May 2009, a peal of Kirkby-in-Ashfield Surprise Major marked 50 years since John Harrison , All Saints longest serving ringer, learnt to ring at Kirkby-in-Ashfield. The band included people who rang with him in Kirkby, and at Cambridge University, as well as current and former Wokingham ringers.


Pictures

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1910 peal in memory of FE Robinson 
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1907 peal
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1910 peal
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1921 peal
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1990 - 80th anniversary of FE Robinson's death some of the peal band by his grave
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1990 peal for the 800th anniversary of the church
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1990 Wokingham Surprise Major peal band
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2005 - Centenary of FE Robinson's 1000th peal - the quarter peal band
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2005 peal - the first on the restored bells
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2008 - Peals at All Saints & St Paul's on the same day
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2009 band for Kirkby-in-Ashfield peal
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Quarter peal for the centenary of FE Robinson's death
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Four performances dedicated to FE Robinson

  See how peals at All Saints have varied over the last century 

 See a record of all peals ever rung at All Saints (method and date)

See full details of All Saints peals rung since 1985 .

See also extensive records of peals rung everywhere.


 

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