Bellringers Celebrate Diamond Wedding

John and Blanche Stephenson celebrating their Diamond Wedding.

On 27th August 2015, John Stephenson of St Andrew’s bellringers, and his wife Blanche, celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

The local band of ringers (including John) who rang the quarter peal on 23rd August.

To mark the occasion, on 23rd August, some of the local ringers, including John and his son Clive, rang a quarter peal of Grandsire Caters:

Hornchurch, Essex
St Andrew
Sunday, 23 August 2015 (18–0–0 in E♭)

1277 Grandsire Caters
1. Gavin S Carpenter
2. John W Stephenson
3. Paul J Bloomfield
4. Lionel S Woods
5. James Laken
6. Anthony M Faulkner
7. Nicholas M Allen
8. Christopher C M Pain
9. Clive J Stephenson (C)
10. Philip H Denton

For Evensong and to congratulate Blanche and John Stephenson on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.


The band of ringers, mostly from Westminster Abbey, who rang the peal on 29th August.

Then on 29th August a team from Westminster Abbey, where John rang for many years, came to ring a full peal of Stedman Caters which was successful and lasted more than 3 hours:

Essex Association
Hornchurch, Essex
St Andrew
Saturday, 29 August 2015 in 3h 11 (18–0–0 in E♭)
5060 Stedman Caters

1. Michael J Uphill
2. Anne S Pratt
3. David E Rothera
4. Michael J Palmer
5. David P Hilling (C)
6. Christopher H Rogers
7. David J Dearnley
8. Alan J Frost
9. Jeremy R Pratt
10. Clive J Stephenson

Rung in celebration of the Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 27 August of John and Blanche Stephenson.

Listen to part of the 5060 Stedman Caters on 29th August.