Peter Hendy 1944 - 2021 Peter Hendy died on Thursday 8th April at the age of 77. He was born and grew up in Gloucester and was educated at Crypt Grammar School in Gloucester followed by St Luke’s College, Exeter. In his youth, Peter was an enthusiastic Rugby player for local teams, this despite having only one eye following a prank at school which went wrong. Soon after he and Marjorie moved to Bisley, the bells were re-hung (1979) and Peter threw himself into the restoration project and then began to learn to ring. Now, Peter was very tall and extremely strong, so not an easy man to teach bell handling, but in the early `80s, Peter’s enthusiasm for ringing grew and he became a fixture in Bisley’s Bell Ringing team and, at various times, was Deputy Tower Captain and Tower Captain. The Thursday practice nights were, invariably, followed by visits to either The Bear or The Stirrup Cup where Peter could be relied upon to be the life and soul of the party, with his lively conversation and his tall stories which he embroidered to the best effect. Peter was not a great Peal ringer; he rang only 10 Peals and 9 of these were at Bisley. He was, however, a prolific ringer of Quarter Peals; his total was over 400 with the majority at Bisley. His range of methods extended from the most simple to complex Surprise Major Methods. By profession, Peter was a Teacher at Marling School and so perhaps it is unsurprising that his greatest love was helping others learn to ring and he was always happy to stand in a band to help someone, especially a youngster, through their first Quarter Peal. It is appropriate, therefore, that Peter’s last Quarter Peal was at Bisley on 6th March 2011 when he rang the 4th to Plain Bob Minor with Julian Howes, aged 13, ringing his first Quarter Peal.
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