We have been working on 12-bell ringing on and off for a while. Our first quarter of Maximus was back in 2010, with a particularly handbell-friendly composition splicing Kent and Kent Little Bob. In 2012 we rang a quarter of Kent on one of the Scottish Handbell Days. After that we started exploring the idea of putting the back bells into the coursing order T-E-0-9-8-7, so that they would have easy coursing and create a stable structure for the other bells to fit into. We rang a quarter on this plan in Tulloch at Christmas 2013 and another one at home in February this year. Meanwhile we continued to fit in 12-bell practices on handbell days, and had two unsuccessful peal attempts in February and May, again with the back bells coursing.
Last Sunday, the morning after the handbell day, we finally succeeded with a peal. It was a good achievement for all of us, and it had some sections of very nice ringing; we are definitely getting to grips with the 12-bell rhythm.Scottish Association
1 Albany Quadrant
Sunday, 5 October 2014 in 3h20 (15 in C)
5040 Kent Treble Bob Maximus
Composed by Simon J. Gay
1–2 Tina R Stoecklin
3–4 Angela H Deakin
5–6 Jonathan S Frye
7–8 Jennifer A Holden
9–10 Simon J Gay (C)
11–12 Stephen A Elwell-Sutton
First on 12: 3-4.
First on 12 handbells: 5-6, 7-8.
First on 12 handbells as conductor.
First on 12 handbells for the association.