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.

Woodbine Delight Minor

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

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...

The home of symmetry

Yesterday I noticed a little curiosity about symmetry for handbell pairs.

When ringing a method with a 2nd place lead end, we know that half way through the plain course our bells cross with each other and the second half of the course is the reverse of the first half...

The blog in Facebook

Today Tina reminded me that blog articles get automatically transferred into Facebook, where we have a "Learn to Ring Handbells" page. I've never been a big Facebook user, and my account is more or less completely blank except that earlier this year I joined the Bellringers group so that I...

Grandsire Triples

This evening I rang a quarter of Grandsire Triples in Ringing Room - very satisfying, almost no trips, hardly any internet delays, good pace and rhythm for a time of 36 minutes.

Alban Forster called this composition:


1260 Grandsire Triples
Matthew Durham

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