[Bell Historians] Peal rung at Bromham Wilts.

matthewhigby at a... matthewhigby at a...
Sun Mar 16 21:42:30 GMT 2003

In a message dated 16/03/03 21:12:27 GMT Standard Time, 
dennis.powney at l... writes:

> I read in the R.W. that a Mr Bray recently rang a bell on his 100th 
> birthday, was he one of the band, I wonder?
> Thanks, Dennis Powney, Bromham Wilts.
> (4) S.D.G.R. On Saturday July 28th 1956 in 2 hours and 56 minutes, a peal 
> of 5040 changes of Doubles, Twelve extents of Plain Bob and thirty extents 
> of Grandsire.
> Percy Bray, Treble. 
> Mrs R.E.C. Smith, Second. 
> Michael R. Rose, Third.
> W. John Phippen, Fourth. 
> Ernest E. Bray, conductor, Fifth. 
> Ronald E.C.Smith, Tenor.

Ernie Bray is alive and well. He rings at Mells, Somerset. I beleive Percy 
Bray was his father (who I believe passed away some years ago). Sadly we lost 
John Phippen last year. He was a lovely chap who would do anything to help 
anyone. Both John and Ernie were Buckland Dinham Ringers until they became 
unringable in ยข1955. When the bells were restored and augmented in 1994, they 
both took up ringing again (Ernie rang the treble to the first peal on the 
restored bells in 1995). As for Mr & Mrs Smith, are they Ron and Rose Smith 
who ring at Farmborough, Somerset? I am sure Ernie would know. I think 
Michael R Rose still rings in the Devon area, I rang a peal with him at 
Wilton (Taunton) some years back. If you want Ernie's number, contact me 

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