A week of live and online ringing

Submitted by Simon on Fri, 09/07/2021 - 20:14

On Monday we were down to four with the Albany Quadrant band, and the initial idea was to ring a quarter of Superlative at Peter's request. Angela then raised the idea of ringing something for the 73rd anniversary of the NHS. How to get a composition of 1273? It's an easy length for Grandsire Triples, but we're not practised at ringing it on handbells, and in any case we still wanted to ring Superlative.

1248 is a whole number of leads of surprise major, so that leaves 25 changes. That's one more than a lead of surprise minor, which led me to think of a backstroke start (i.e. ringing an extra lead end at the beginning) followed by a lead of a little surprise major method with the treble hunting to 6th place.

I then remembered Roger Bailey, a long time ago, telling me about a method called Cunning Little Vixen Little Surprise Major. It's Kent Minor with 7th and 8th place bells dodging at the back for the whole lead, and then a 18 lead end so that the tenors hunt to 6th and 8th place bells. So my plan was to ring a backstroke start followed by a lead of Cunning Little Vixen, then change to Superlative.

But what should be rung at the very first lead end, immediately on the backstroke start? Ringing a normal Cunning Little Vixen lead end, with 18 place notation, would start like this:


and then the tenors are coursing the wrong way round, which is a nuisance. So it's better to ring some kind of non-standard single that includes the tenors lying still. The simplest possibility of that kind is to ring the place notation 1278, like this:


and the coursing order is 64235, which is easy to work with.

At the end of the first lead the tenors become 6th and 8th place bells, so we change to Superlative at the middle lead. Then it's 4 leads to the course end, and another 5 courses gives 39 leads of Superlative in total, which is 1248, just as we wanted. Perfect.

Finally we just need a calling for the block of Superlative, which can be sW sM sW to put 5-6 back the right way, followed by 5 homes called - - s - -.

So that's what we rang on Monday, but I have to confess we were a little rusty on Superlative and it was a bit of a struggle until the last two courses. Maybe next year we'll ring Grandsire Triples...

On Thursday we got the seven Simons together again and rang our quarter of Little Bob 14. It was pretty reasonable once we got into it. We decided to stick to 12 or fewer in the future though, so the next plan is to try Cambridge Maximus.

Today (Friday) we rang another quarter of Fermanagh with the Five O'Clock Club, because Jeff missed out last week. We rang it well apart from one rough lead, and I felt I had mastered the frontwork better than last time. 

Littleport Little Surprise

Submitted by Simon on Fri, 05/02/2021 - 21:18


Sometimes described as "poor man's Bristol Royal", Littleport extends Bristol Major to Royal by turning the treble around in 8th place, maintaining the pattern of points and fishtails at the back, and filling in with triples dodge above the treble across the half lead. The same idea works for maximus...

A band of Simons

Submitted by Simon on Wed, 30/12/2020 - 09:28

Several of the Five o'Clock Club quarters have involved myself, Simon Rudd and Simon Humphrey. We speculated about the appropriate collective noun (possibly an "excellence") and then thought of trying to ring a Simons quarter. Simon Linford was the obvious fourth person, as he has been doing a lot in Ringing Room...

What is the minimum hardware for online ringing?

Submitted by Simon on Mon, 21/12/2020 - 17:09

A while ago, during discussions with the eBells consortium, the following question came up: what are the minimum hardware requirements for online ringing? We know that Ringing Room doesn't really work with tablets or smartphones, so we assume that everyone has a laptop or desktop PC to use, but what if...

Woodbine Delight Minor

Submitted by Simon on Sat, 19/12/2020 - 09:13

During the last few weeks, Tina and I have extended our handbell ringing circle to include Caroline, who was put in contact with us by Lesley Belcher (chair of ART). Caroline was confident ringing Plain Bob, so the idea was to progress towards Kent and Oxford and beyond. We worked...

Method extension

Submitted by Simon on Sun, 13/12/2020 - 21:01

This isn't particularly a handbell-related topic, although it is prompted by ringing (on handbells) the major, royal and maximus versions of the methods that I discussed in the previous article: Cambridge, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and especially Bristol. One of the things I find difficult about Bristol Royal and Maximus is the wrong...