St Peter & St Paul

South Petherton, with the Seavingtons

and the Lambrooks

Central Council Rules

A. Conditions required for all peals

1. A peal shall start and end with rounds and shall be rung without interval.

2. No row shall be struck more than once before the next change is made.

3. Every bell must sound at every row throughout the peal.

4. Each bell must be rung continuously by the same person or persons.

5. For handbells the bells shall be retained in hand.

6. For tower bells the bells shall be audible outside the building in which they are contained.

7. No assistance of any kind shall be given to any ringer by any person not ringing in the peal.

8. The use of physical aids to memory in conducting and ringing is not permitted.

9. No error in calling shall be corrected later than during the change at which the call or change of method or non-method block would properly take effect.

10. Any shift or error in ringing shall be corrected immediately.

11. The methods used in all peals shall conform to the Definitions and Requirements given in Part A of the Decisions on Methods.

12. Any objection which may be taken to a peal other than one with respect to the truth of the composition, shall be raised in writing to the conductor and Society concerned at the earliest date, and in any case within one month after the publication in The Ringing World.

13. The non-method blocks used in all peals shall conform to the Definitions and Requirements given in Part A of the Decision on Non-method Blocks.

14. The calls used in all peals shall conform to the Definitions and Requirements given in Part A of the Decision on Calls.

Record length peals

The Record Length Peal in a method or group of methods on a given number of bells shall be the longest length complying with parts A to D. Tower-bell and handbell records shall be kept separately. Variable cover records shall be kept separately. Records using non-method blocks shall be kept separately.

Record Length Peals of 10,000 or more changes must comply with the additional conditions below. The Editor of The Ringing World shall refer all peals of 10,000 or more changes to the Peal Records Committee before publication.

(a) Not less than 14 days’ notice shall be given in The Ringing World, stating the place, date and hour at which the attempt is to be made, and stating the method, number of bells and number of changes proposed to be rung. A copy of the notice shall be sent to the Peal Records Committee.

(b) The ringing to be heard and the figures of the composition to be checked throughout the peal by a competent umpire or umpires.

(c) If a record length is rung the peal report and the figures of the composition, if not previously published, shall be sent immediately to the Chairman of the Peal Records Committee.