2022 is the 70th anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952.
For the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, as many St Andrew’s bell ringers as possible chose to ring on Coronation Day which was Thursday 2nd June 2022.
Starting in rounds (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8), bells were quickly swapped over to produce a change known as ‘Queen’s’.
This change was repeated exactly 70 times to mark each year of The Queen’s long reign.
The ‘Queen’s’ change is the odd bells followed by the even bells (1,3,5,7,2,4,6,8). It is a musical change said to have been given it’s name after Queen Elizabeth I overheard this series of changes and commented how much she liked it.
The bell ringers who took part were:
A video recording of some of the ringing can be found on YouTube:
On the following day, Friday 3rd June, a full peal was organised on the ten bells of St Andrew’s.
We started at 10am and rang for 3 hours and 16 minutes to coincide with the Service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s at 11.30am.
Congratulations to Hayden Musham one of our young bell ringers who rang the tenor to his first peal for this occasion.
Full details of the peal are as follows:
Friday, 3 June 2022 in 3h 16
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George F Williams
1 Anthony J Bloomfield
2 Matthew E Rayner
3 Oliver H J Thompson
4 Helen J Carter
5 Jonathan C Mills
6 William J Stungo
7 Stephen A Waters
8 Andrew P Barham
9 Clive J Stephenson (C)
10 Hayden R Musham
Rung to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II, our longest reigning monarch; 70 years since her accession.
First peal – 10.
Our thanks go to Derek Stanbridge who sponsored our peal to the tune of £110, donated to St Andrew’s.
A recording of the last few minutes of the peal can be found on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jYAh358BgWw
Finally, as part of our church’s Jubilee celebrations, on Sunday 5th June, a quarter peal was rung prior to Choral Evensong:
Sunday, 5 June 2022
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1 Lionel S Woods
2 Michelle A Stephenson
3 Christopher C M Pain
4 John M Church
5 Gavin S Carpenter
6 Clive J Stephenson (C)
For Choral Evensong celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II.