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Quarter Peal at Elveden
2nd July 2007

On Monday 2 July a quarter peal of Plain Bob Major was rung at Elveden Memorial Tower.  So what is unusual in that?  Two reasons: -

The quarter peal was composed and conducted by Louis Suggett; at 15 years old Louis is one of the most talented young ringers in the Guild.

Neville Turner, Joe Stocking and John Ramsbottom recorded the quarter peal. Why? It all stemmed from a visit by an American gentleman named Robert Knock to Elveden. Mr Knock, now in his mid 80s was married (as a GI) to a local girl at the Parish Church of St Andrew and St Patrick in 1945. Mr Knock has kept in contact with the village and re-visited Elveden on several occasions. It was on one of these visits that the bells were ringing and the “beauty of the sound” was commented upon. This sowed a seed in Neville’s mind and with the help of Ruth Suggett (District Ringing Master) and David Bimson (Tower Captain) the recording was arranged. Mr Knock was the first recipient of a copy with others going to the ringers and Lord Iveagh (custodian of The Memorial Tower). A copy will shortly be available in the Guild Library.

Monday 2 July
1264 Plain Bob Major in 49 minutes
1 Lesley A Wilson (Buxhall - Suffolk Guild) 5 David J Steed (Buxhall - Suffolk Guild)
2 Ruth Ogden (Ely - DA) 6 Josephine Beever (Stowmarket - Suffolk Guild)
3 Claire E Monk (Walsham le Willows - Suffolk Guild) 7 Paul V Stannard (Barrow - Suffolk Guild)
4 Louis P H Suggett (Bardwell - Suffolk Guild) 8 Maurice J Rose (Rougham - Suffolk Guild)
Composed and conducted by Louis P H Suggett

A regular practice night is proposed at Elveden on alternate months, commencing from 5 September on the first Wednesdays. This practice is aimed at those wishing to advance their 8 bell method ringing. For more information please contact David Bimson, Tower Captain, on 01842 810760 or Ruth Suggett, District Ringing Master on 01359 251896.

David Bimson