New compositions of Kent

I've said before that one of the benefits of online ringing with the Five O'Clock Club has been picking up some new compositions, especially using non-standard calls. Today I learnt new compositions of Kent Royal and Maximus.

The original plan was to ring a quarter of Kent Maximus. We've rung a few before, several of which I've called, with the composition M W H repeated. This time Peter suggested a different calling: M B 2H repeated, where the Before is an 8th place bob. It gives a bit more coursing for 3-4 and 5-6. Unfortunately we fell apart in the lead before the Before, triggered I think by some internet lag which led to some too-fast leading and then most of us lost track of where the change was starting.

Simon Rudd didn't have time to start again - he seems to ring two or three online quarters on a typical Thursday. So the rest of us rang a quarter of Kent Royal, which Peter called with the composition H B M W M H. The Before is a 6th place bob. This is very nice because it gives 1280, instead of my go-to calling of W 2H three times for 1440. There is also a good amount of coursing for 3-4 and 5-6. We rang well with a good pace, although afterwards Jeff said that it sounded choppy from where he was. The 1280 might also be worth considering for Littleport, if and when we ring it again.

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Bristol Royal with landmarks

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