2018 Annual Quarter Peal Report
|Added at 11:17 19th February 2019 by Anthony Leeves
|1,155 quarter peals were recorded within the Association area in 2018, just 41 down on 2017's record year. Royal occasions marked with quarter peals included the birth of Prince Louis and the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Quarter peals were rung in memory of and in celebration of the lives of several Association members who died during the year, including Rhian Bagshaw, Derek Chatfield, Frank Matthews and Owen Webster. There were again quarter peals rung to mark the centenaries of the death of ringers and other individuals in World War I and a large number of quarter peals was rung for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. The celebrations for 175 years of ringing at Sidcup included many quarter peals.
The Society of Kent Young Ringers' was very active ringing quarter peals.
Joint leading towers were Ashford and Birchington (All Saints), each ringing 65 quarter peals in 2018. Neil Jones was again the leading conductor, calling 119 quarter peals. The Canterbury District had the highest number of quarter peals, the Tonbridge District had the highest average per tower and the Rochester and Tonbridge Districts had the highest percentage of their ringable towers recording a quarter peal.
Congratulations to the 48 ringers who rang their first quarter peal (30 in 2017), and to the five firsts as conductor.
Mike Little rang his 2,000th quarter peal. Neil Jones and David Manger rang their 1,000th as conductor.
There were 143 conductors in 2018 (162 in 2017). Eighteen handbell quarter peals were rung (5 in 2017).
One 2018 date touch was rung, and a 2160.
Several methods and variations were rung to a quarter peal for the first time and named by the band.