April 2019

Emma Southerington's 1000th peal as conductor

Last week, Emma Southerington reached the milestone of 1000 peals as conductor, with a peal of Lincolnshire Royal on handbells. This is a landmark that not many people have achieved - moreover, she has conducted more than 600 handbell peals, which is also an impressive total.

Turning to PealBase, let's have a look at some league tables. You will need to log in to PealBase to follow the links. Statistics are from 20th April 2019, the date of writing this article.

PealBase has a table of people who have rung 500 or more handbell peals. There are 59 of them (compared with 539 people who have rung 1000 or more peals - as we know, handbell ringing is a minority activity). Emma is 18th on the list with 1070 handbell peals. The number of people who have rung 1000 or more handbell peals is 21.

I don't think PealBase has a table for leading conductors, so I have produced one manually by looking at the records of the people on the leading handbell peal ringers list.

Rank Ringer HB Peals Conducted
1 John Mayne 1510
2 Bernard Groves 1459
3 Peter Randall 1418
4 Frank Morton 1189
5 Robert Smith 939
6 David Brown 924
7 Roger Bailey 824
8 William Croft 649
9 Emma Southerington 611
10 Jeremy Spiller 518
11 Richard Pearce 505


Methods of the Month: Kenninghall

This month's method is Kenninghall, and we rang a quarter of it on Monday - once again, the first band to put a performance of the monthly method into the list on BellBoard. It was a new venue, but it's only temporary - there's some building work going on at 1 Albany Quadrant this week.

Kenninghall is Cornwall backwork with wrong hunting on the front four. We found that it needs some concentration. It's easy to slip into right hunting on the front, and get a blow out. However, we rang a good quarter, which Tina called.

Unlike Cornwall, Kenninghall extends to all stages, and I've often thought that it would be a good thing to try on 10, as a step beyond the right-place methods while being a little easier than London. The structure of wrong hunting on the front four and, for most of the lead, treble bob hunting on the back, is similar to London, so ringing Kenninghall could be good practice for London. Indeed, ringing Kenninghall Major already seems like good practice for London Royal.

If we were going to ring it on 10, however, I would be tempted to ring it with a 2nd place lead end, which is called Brislington. That way, the bobs wouldn't jump around the course as they do in Kenninghall.

The grid diagram comes from boojum.org.uk and the line comes from ringing.org.