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Despite the holiday season there was plenty of handbell-ringing activity in July.


Firsts and other milestones:

1st peal of S Major in hand, Jonathan Franklin and Stephen Beckingham (who also called it).

1st quarter in hand, Judith Lainé.

1st peal in hand, Patrick Deakin....Read more

That's a difficult question to answer. Who should we try to count? Everyone who can ring plain hunting on a coursing pair? Everyone who can ring Plain Bob Minor from the trebles or tenors? Everyone who rings handbells regularly?

Instead we can answer an easier question: how many people have...Read more

Quite a long time ago, I produced tables of the most popular methods for handbell peals of Major, Royal and Maximus, which showed that although Yorkshire Major is more commonly rung than Cambridge Major, the preference is reversed on higher numbers.

Just for fun, here are the...Read more

Andrew Craddock has added a fascinating new feature to PealBase: stage leaders. That is to say, the people who have rung the most peals at each stage (Minor, Triples, Major etc). At the time of writing, PealBase data goes back to 1952, so older peals are not included...Read more

Here is the Top 20 list on 12 bells, again from 1954 to 2010 with data from www.pealbase.co.uk. The usual comments apply to Spliced and Spliced Plain.

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Rank Method Peals %
1 Stedman Cinques 421 22.1
2 Cambridge Surprise Maximus 255 13.4
3 Kent Treble Bob Maximus 226

Here is the Top 20 list for 10-bell handbell peals from 1954 to 2010, based on data from www.pealbase.co.uk. The comments about Spliced vs. Spliced Plain, from the 8-bell post, also apply here.

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Rank Method Peals %
1 Plain Bob Royal 722 15.6
2 Kent Treble Bob Royal
Originally Posted on October 12, 2011 by Simon

Here are the Top 20 methods for peals on 8 bells. This time I have not combined the spliced peals quite as much as I did for the 6 bell table. The categories of spliced are a little unclear, because...Read more

I have been doing some analysis of the most popular handbell methods, as measured by numbers of peals. The data comes from Andrew Craddock’s excellent www.pealbase.co.uk. PealBase goes back to 1954 at the moment, and in order to consider complete years, I have stopped at 2010. So that’s...Read more

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