The Inaugural Quarter Peal

We did it! After a failed attempt in January, yesterday, the ringers successfully completed the very first Quarter Peal in Ab Kettleby!

The quarter peal kicked off a weekend of celebrations for St James’ church, marking the reopening of the church after the recent restoration, the completion of the augmentation project, and Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. Saturday saw family picnics in the churchyard and various activities for the younger villagers. Visitors could also try their hand at ringing a church bell once the quarter had finished.

And today, we formally welcome the bells into the church with a dedication service.

Details of the quarter peal are on Bellboard


Ab Kettleby, Leicestershire
St James
Saturday, 11 June 2016 in 45 (8)
1260 Plain Bob Doubles
  1. John Adcock
  2. Mary Barrass
  3. George Dawson
  4. Peter Hayward
  5. Peter Brown
  6. James Lowe
First on the bells. First quarter – 6
Rung in thanksgiving for the life of Tony Clayton, instigator of the augmentation project.

Watch the whole quarter peal here:

11th & 12th June – Celebrating Queen and Bells

This weekend, St. James’ Church, Ab Kettleby, is hosting two special events.Sally

On Saturday 11th June, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, the day will start with a quarter-peal attempt at 10:45am after which there will be a Family Picnic in the churchyard (bring your own picnic and chairs). Lots of activities are planned, with games, races, treasure hunt and an opportunity for adults and older children to ring the bells.

On Sunday 12th June at 2:30pm, the Rev. Dr. Peter Hooper will dedicate our three new bells and thank our benefactors. This will be followed by light refreshments.

Over the weekend there will be both a live ‘webcam’ relay of the bells in the belfry and pictorial displays of the augmentation from casting to installation.

Leicester Diocesan Guild Quarterly Social

On Saturday evening (17th January), Ab Kettleby played joint host to the Leicester Diocesan Guild’s Quarterly Social event, with Long Clawson. (It was Melton District’s turn to host!) A contingent of 5 ringers from Ab Kettleby went over to neighbouring Long Clawson at 6pm and met with 30-40 ringers from all around the county. After an hour’s ringing of everything from rounds and call-changes to Yorkshire Surprise and Cambridge at Clawson, everyone made their way to Ab Kettleby to take advantage of a last opportunity ring our 3-bells as a 3! Cue methods such as Plain-Hunt Singles and Stedman Singles..!

By 8pm we had all made our way to the Sugar Loaf for a welcome drink and splendid buffet. Various donations of chocolate, wine and beer had been given as raffle prizes; cue frantic selling of raffle tickets to both bell-ringers and local villagers! We managed to raise £145 for the augmentation fund – and caused a bit of confusion in the process by using three books of raffle tickets, coloured Dark Green, Light Green and White!!