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2012 - Diamond Jubilee

Thoughout the Surrey Association, ringers celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with peals, quarter peals and general ringing. Here is a summary of of those who took part.

26th May

East Molesey rang a peal of spliced Surprise Major (4m); first spliced peal for Kate Desbottes. Esher rang a peal of Bristol Surprise Major.


31st May

Bletchingley rang a quarter peal of Bristol Surprise Royal. Limpsfield Chart rang a quarter peal of Doubles (2m); first quarter peal for Ian Day covering on the tenor.

1st June

Barnes rang a quarter peal of spliced Surprise Major (2m), and Redhill rang a quarter peal of Plain Bob Minor.

2nd June


A joint Burstow and Charlwood band rang rounds and call changes for 20 minutes at the start of the village festivities. Dorking rang a peal of Stedman Caters which was also dedicated to the Golden Wedding anniversary of Ron and Pat Diserens. Merstham rang for an hour during the parish celebratory lunch. Godstone rang a quarter peal of Plain Bob Minor prior to village celebrations on the Green. This was a first quarter for Katharine O’Carroll. Esher rang for 30 minutes from 2.30pm.

3rd June

General ringing took place at: Addington (3pm), Ashtead (3pm), Capel, Esher (at 10am before a special Jubilee service), Leatherhead (at 3pm), Leigh for 30 minutes at the start of the village street party, Limpsfield at the start of the village Jubilee Street Party, Lingfield (3pm), Ockley, Outwood (3pm to coincide with village celebrations), Oxted, Reigate (for 30 minutes at 3pm), Walton on Thames.

Battersea rang a quarter peal of Plain Bob Minor just before the start of the River Pageant. As the Royal launch, carrying the Royal party, left to a fanfare of trumpets to start the River Pageant the bells of Battersea pulled off, ringing rounds followed by all the bells firing with the tenor, then back into rounds before hunting into Queens and then firing in Queens. As the last boat in the flotilla passed the church the bells rang again with a quarter peal of Plain Bob Triples. The composition was 1260 changes to mark the year and Jubilee.


Quarter peals were also rung at Bletchingley (Plain Bob Minor), Epsom Common (Plain Bob Doubles), Kingston upon Thames (Grandsire Caters), Nutfield (Stedman & Grandsire Doubles), Putney (Grandsire Triples), Rotherhithe (Plain Bob Triples - first quarter for Andrew Smith and first triples conductor for Andrew Clark), and Stoke D’Abernon (Grandsire Doubles - first quarter inside for Phil Watkins and first quarter covering on the tenor for Sue Ashton).



Southwark Cathedral rang a peal of Stedman Cinques. Specially composed for the occasion by Michael Uphill, it was rung for the first time during the River Pageant and prior to Choral Evensong for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at which the Diamond Jubilee Window was dedicated.




4th June

Ashtead rang a peal of Yorkshire Surprise Major, and Betchworth rang a peal of Lincolnshire Surprise Major.Caterham St John’s attempted a quarter peal of Bob Doubles which was abandoned in the 25th minute when the clapper of the No. 4 bell sheared off. Undeterred the ringers met in the afternoon for an hour of general ringing with the Caterham St Mary ringers (as their bells were out of action due to the installation of a phone mast), and afterwards tucked into a celebratory tea and a in the shape of a crown.

Surprise Minor peals were rung at Clapham Holy Trinity (7m), and at Colliers Wood (41m spliced). East Molesey rang a quarter peal of Grandsire Triples. Jane Wheeler is congratulated for continuing to strike perfectly while the tuckings of her tail end unravelled showing, like all those rain-soaked participants and spectators in the river pageant, that great British spirit of carrying on regardless. Leigh rang a peal of Surprise Minor (7m), and Wimbledon rang a quarter peal of Grandsire Triples.

5th June

Barnes rang a peal of Grandsire Triples and Kingston upon Thames rang a quarter peal of Grandsire Caters.General ringing took place South Croydon. Earlier in the day Michael Moreton, Tower Captain of South Croydon and ringer at St Paul’s Cathedral, was invited by the Queen to attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. Michael sat behind 4 archbishops.

7th June


Merstham rang a peal of Cambridge Surprise Major.

4th August

Newdigate rang a peal of Surprise Minor (4m) dedicated to both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Team GB’s continuing success in the London 2012 Olympic Games.