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The New Year holiday seems to be a popular time for intensive handbell ringing. On Saturday 31st December there were 9 quarters at 26 Wilsthorpe Road, Breaston. On Monday 2nd January there were 6 quarters at 64 Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter. We had a modest handbell day at Tulloch Lodge...Read more

Following Jonathan's comment, it's worth showing the other combinations of place bells in the 3-4 position - those in which one or both bells are ringing one of the "exceptional" place bells, i.e. 2nd, 3rd and 5th.

Two of the combinations have a stretch of coursing below the treble:

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I am looking at the patterns arising when ringing the "normal" place bells in Cambridge Maximus - that is, place bells other than 2nd, 3rd and 5th. The normal place bells are the ones that contain a set of Cambridge places. This article is about the 3-4 position.

In the...Read more

The previous article introduced the idea of exceptional (2nd, 3rd and 5th) and normal (all the others) place bells in Cambridge Maximus. In the next few articles I will focus on the normal place bells to see the patterns that they involve for each of the handbell pairs, starting...Read more

We have another Scottish Handbell Day coming up on Saturday, which we will report on afterwards. We're expecting at least 18 people, so it's going to be a busy day. We decided to make a weekend of it by arranging to go for a...Read more

After our promising Cambridge Maximus session, I started wondering what would be the best peal composition. I don't remember seeing many compositions that are billed as being suitable for handbells. After a little thought, it seems to me that the challenge is to balance two goals: to keep as...Read more

We are just back from a handbell weekend in Tulloch, hosted by Helen McGregor and Peter Bevis. Saturday was the general handbell day, with practice sessions and quarters including Plain Bob Minor (Thomas Gay's first quarter), Stedman Triples, Yorkshire Major and Kent Royal....Read more

This is a popular composition of Cambridge Royal, suitable for handbells as 3-4 ring only the 3-4 and coursing positions and 5-6 ring only the 3-4 and 5-6 positions. I have called it from 3-4 and 9-10. It's a two-part composition, and the part consists of two distinct phases if...Read more

On Monday we made some more progress with what is becoming our regular 10-bell band, with a peal of Cambridge Royal. We rang Jonathan's new bells, so they have now been properly christened. The peal wasn't perfect by any means, and the speed was a little variable, but it held...Read more

Quite a long time ago, I produced tables of the most popular methods for handbell peals of Major, Royal and Maximus, which showed that although Yorkshire Major is more commonly rung than Cambridge Major, the preference is reversed on higher numbers.

Just for fun, here are the...Read more

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