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The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers detail the conditions required for a peal. Peals rung on five, six or seven working bells must consist of at least 5040 changes. For eight or more working bells a peal must comprise a minimum of 5000 changes. In addition each bell must be rung continuously by the same person without a break and the ringing must be done entirely from memory. Peals may be rung to commemorate special occasions and events.

To date 138 Peals have been rung at St. Peter's Great Totham. The first peal was rung on 26th October 1895 and performed by a band from Coggeshall. On 6th May 1899 the first peal was rung by members of the Great Totham band. The most recent peal was rung on 2nd November 2014 by six Essex Association ringers and comprised seven Minor Methods. This was in remembrance of Able Seaman Charles Henry Ballard the first Essex ringer to fall on 1st November whilst serving on HMS Monmouth. He was a loyal ringer at St.Peter's.

The Felstead Database records all peals rung but does not include details of the ringers or the occasion.

In the ringing chamber there are peal boards commemorating the following:
First peal at St. Peter's 26th October 1895.
First peal rung by St. Peter's ringers 6th May 1899.
Death of Queen Victoria 3rd February 1901.
Birthday of the conductor 24th August 1905.
Death of Mr. A Brockis 31st October 1933.
Death of King George V 27th January 1936.
Death of King George Vl 9th February 1952.
Ordination of Rev. Peter William Youle 24th January 1990.
100th birthday of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 4th August 2000.
Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 15th September 2012.

In addition to the peal boards 4 peals and a date touch were rung between 1905 and 1912. These are recorded on cards in a picture frame hanging from the coat hooks. Of note is the peal rung on April 16th 1912 which was the first peal of Treble Bob on the bells. Click here for full details which open in a pdf file.

Quarter Peals
It takes approximately 40 minutes to ring a quarter peal on the bells at St. Peter’s Church. A quarter peal comprises about 1260 changes and is rung for special occasions, to mark the progress of the ringer and for enjoyment.

In 2015 Great Totham ringers rung at St. Peter's the following:-November 2015 Quarter Peals

May 2015 Quarter Peal

Quarter Peals April and September 2015

February and April 2015 Quarter PEals

In 2017 Great Totham Ringers rung at St. Peter's the following:-

Quarter Peal 26 MArch 2017

In 2016 Great Totham ringers rung at St. Peter's the following:-
QP April and July 2016

In 2014 Great Totham ringers rung at St. Peter's the following:-

Quarter Peals December and August 2014

The 24th April Andrew, Ann and Janice rung Plain Bob Doubles as part of  the Essex Association South East District quarter peal fortnight. Congratulations to Ann it was her first quarter peal ringing inside on the bells at St. Peter's.

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Updated January 2019