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.

An unusual two-spliced

This week's online handbell ringing got off to a good start with a quarter of spliced Yorkshire and Kent. Yes, you read that correctly! Apparently the idea came up a while ago when a band couldn't decide whether to ring Kent or Yorkshire for a safe quarter, and someone suggested combining...

Little Bob 14

We were supposed to go for a Simons' quarter on 14 a few weeks ago, but it was cancelled because I had to drop out. Soon afterwards a Five o'Clock Club band rang the first online 14-bell quarter, of Little Bob, which I also couldn't ring in. But I had my...

Back on track

I'm taking a holiday this week, so I booked myself up for lots of online handbell ringing. (Ringers in England have been taking advantage of the recent relaxation of lockdown to restart live outdoor handbell ringing, but we still can't get our band together because in Scotland we are not...

Ringing Remus

Remus Surprise Royal

I noticed Remus Surprise Royal a few years ago, as a method with the backwork of Phobos Surprise Maximus but an easier right-place frontwork. At that time it had not been named, although the 2nds place lead end variation had (End of Exams Surprise Royal), and I had dreams of...

York Surprise Maximus

York

On Monday we tried a quarter of York Maximus, with a band that didn't include a star conductor - so I ended up calling it. It was a little more difficult than we expected, and we didn't score. Also we didn't manage to ring a plain course afterwards. Oh well...