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Sopley Minor Methods Practice to become “Sopley Beyond Bob Doubles”

After considering the requests of members of the Bob Minor practice and consulting with others, it’s been realised there is a big gap between the average tower practice and going to a minor methods only practice. This is due (in the Bournemouth area at least) to many new learners at tower practices and the need for lots of rounds and call changes taking up most of the limited time available.

Requests have been made for Stedman doubles especially, and for a chance to call touches of doubles/principles methods. It’s also an opportunity to try methods that would be commonly rung if there was no time constaint – eg the St Simons/ Winchendon Place group of methods/variations, variations of Bob Doubles and Grandsire, etc etc etc………..

It is not envisaged that we would ring Plain Bob/Grandsire Doubles except for a “go” at calling touches – teaching the basic methods would defeat the object of the practice. Of course, minor methods will still be on the “curriculum” from Bob Minor onwards to Treble Bob and Surprise (if we have the ability).

At the same time the practice will revert to the 1st Wednesday of the month, the first practice being on the 1st November.

The Ringing Master will be Tim Kettle, and he would welcome any assistance in running the practices.

If you have any requests or would like to know more or would like to help run the practices, please contact Tim Kettle

Consulting on future plans for the Sopley Minor Methods Practice

Thanks to those who replied to my earlier message re this practice.

Unfortunately we don’t have enough ringers for a viable practice and regrettably it is now cancelled.

I would like your views as to whether we should increase the scope of the practice.  Requests have been made to call touches of doubles methods and ring more advanced doubles like Stedman.  If there is a need for this we could consider accommodating these wishes and becoming a “Beyond Bob Doubles” practice.

I look forward to hearing your views,

Best wishes

Tim Kettle

**CANCELLED** Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds 27th Sept

Hi everyone,

Our next practice is currently scheduled for 27 September. Would you please let me know if you are likely to be there and what you would like to practice/ring so I can match objectives with capabilities?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Tim Kettle

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CS District Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds 22nd of March ***CANCELLED***

Dear All,

A quick check of some of the group has shown that we will be slightly short in the expert department on Wednesday so it looks sensible to concentrate on our basic trio of methods:
There will be plenty to challenge us – if you want to practice calling some touches please come prepared! If you want to ring Treble Bob Hunt from a new bell, then look it up in advance. If you have not tried Little Bob Minor before, then have a look at it, as it really is just one logical step up the ladder from Plain Bob Minor.
So – please RSVP, we will go ahead if there are a minimum of 8 people keen to ring.  New people are very welcome.
Regards
Rosalind

Sopley Minor Methods Practice Report – Feb 22nd 2017

Ten people met at Sopley on Wednesday to engage with the project of improving our Minor Methods expertise.

We focussed on Singles in Bob Minor, Treble Bob Hunt, and Double Court Minor which was the top request of the evening, and was a first for one of the band.

We also rang Kent Minor.

To assist preparations for the next practice on 22nd March, you may find this new website page helpful. (for other news on Double Court Minor, please click here)

A Simple Touch of Double Court Bob Minor

B-B-B- (out make in)

This touch comes from this useful document on the Essex  Guild website.

You may find the following pdf’s useful as you prepare to ring this touch:

dcbm-plain-course

Confirmed: Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds Feb 22nd 7.30pm

After January’s practice, the consensus of the band is that for February 22nd we would like to stay with the same methods:

Please can the conductors come prepared to call some short touches of Double Court and simple Single-only touches of Bob Minor?

It’s a good practice to work on your Ringing Master skills as well – anyone want to do all or part of the job in February?

Once again I am hoping to get 9+ firm replies in order to go ahead with this practice. RSVP please by Friday 17th Feb and I will send out a confirmation.

Or download a poster: sopley-minor-methods-practice

Rosalind

CS Sopley Minor Methods Practice – Report of January 25th 2017, & plans for February 22nd

Another well-attended practice with lots of hard work and progress made. Some highlights were:

  • First go at Double Court Bob Minor for 2 of the ringers, and the method has once again succeeded in being a  novel challenge, without being too heavyweight. It was also good practice for those Christchurch ringers who have been working on it for a few weeks already.
  • Good progress with Kent Inside, consolidating a long term learning effort for several of us. Next time, can people aim to ring a new bell as well as their “comfort blanket bell”?
  • Useful practice for the Bob Minor Conductors in the group, both of whom were able to try something new. Mostly we rang it accurately enough to come around but we need to do more homework on the Singles for February.
  • Very tidy Treble Bob Hunt practice which was a help for the aspiring “treble-to-Kent” ringer.
  • Yes, we missed Chris!

Consensus of the band is that for February 22nd we would like to stay with the same methods:

Please can the conductors come prepared to call some short touches of Double Court and simple Single-only touches of Bob Minor?

It’s a good practice to work on your Ringing Master skills as well – anyone want to do all or part of the job in February?

Calling a Single at Every Lead in Plain Bob Minor

The pdfs of this touch were originally created for the Sopley Minor Methods practice back in the summer of 2015. Having the 2 printouts in hand meant we could tackle the challenge with more confidence.

 

Methods for the CS District Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds 25th January

Thank you for all the replies. We now have enough people and lots of method ideas. The plan is:

7.30pm-9.00pm, parking on the lane outside, ground floor easy six, new people will be welcomed and made to work hard! Bring jumpers coats and hot water bottles it can be very cold.

CS District – RSVP – Sopley Practice Wednesday 25th January 7.30pm

Dear All,

With just over a week to go, it seems sensible to get numbers for the Sopley Practice next week. So can you reply to let me know:
– If you plan to come
– What method(s) you would like to work on this time.
If 10+ people are coming then the practice will go ahead – with 6-9 I will put together a Quarter Peal.
I will let you know one way or the other, at the weekend.
Happy New Year
Rosalind

Sopley Minor Methods – November Practice Report

The fourteen ringers who attended the practice had clearly spent time preparing to ring and  conduct their chosen methods, and the standard of ringing was consistently good.

It was really encouraging that the touches of Kent were successful – one spin off of this practice  has been regular plain courses of Kent at Christchurch, and we are hopeful that we will now be successful with touches back on home turf as well.

The practice has ongoing appeal to people working on Plain Bob, and seeking practice with Treble Bobbing.

Building on our success with plain courses of Little Bob, we will aim for touches next time.

There will be no December practice (too close to Christmas) so the next one is planned for Wednesday January the 25th.

Nearer the time, numbers will be checked and the practice confirmed. please click here if you would like to be added to the mailing list.

Rosalind Martin

Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds Nov 23rd – CONFIRMED – 7.30pm

Dear All,

I have had enough positive responses to confirm this practice is taking place.
This month there will be opportunities to call touches, please prepare one that you would like to call!

Methods-wise, I would suggest we look at plain courses and touches of:
– Plain Bob Minor
– Little Bob Minor
– Kent Treble Bob Minor

The Ringing Master is Tim Kettle.

Kind Regards
Rosalind

**RSVP** CS Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds Nov 23rd

Dear All,
In order to ensure that we have an enjoyable and useful evening on the 23rd, I am asking everyone to RSVP and then I will go ahead and confirm if we get a minimum of nine definite people coming. If fewer people want to come then I will cancel, unless someone is able to call a quarter for us.

This month there will be opportunities to call touches, please prepare one that you would like to call!

Methods-wise, I would suggest we look at plain courses and touches of:
– Plain Bob Minor
– Little Bob Minor
– Kent Treble Bob Minor

The Ringing Master is Tim Kettle.

Kind Regards
Rosalind

*Cancelled* September Sopley Minor Methods Practice

Watch this space for news of further Sopley Minor Methods Practices and/or Quarter Peals.

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    Telephone: 01202 471851 07752 482850
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*CANCELLED* Sopley Minor Methods Practice – September 28th

The practice in August will not take place to allow some regulars to attend the Winchester Cathedral Practice which the District is hosting.

The methods for the September Practice will be announced nearer to the time.

Tim Kettle.

Sopley Minor Methods Practice Weds 22nd June

Making its first appearance at Sopley this month will be Oxford Treble Bob Minor, a method from the same family as Kent.

Also featuring Plain Bob Minor, Little Bob Minor and Kent.

7.30 to 9.00 all welcome once you are confident with at least one doubles method.
Ringing Master this month is Tim Kettle

For blue lines please click here

Sopley Minor Methods Practice Report – Weds May 25th 2016

Once again we met at Sopley and had a very productive evening working on some of our normal repertoire. We continue to have a good balance of people wanting to learn the basics of Minor Ringing, and people able to support and ring with them.

Several people wanted to practice ringing Treble Bob Hunt, which is a very useful way of getting practice at 3/4 dodging, and “treble bob” leads and backwork. We built on this to throw 2 of the ringers in at the deep end to ring Little Bob Minor – happily, both of them made sense of the method given 2 minutes to study it, and rang plain courses very successfully.

Not having a suitable band for Kent or Cambridge, we then rang Grandsire Minor (same 2 people, large splash, had to ring it without even looking at the method… and yes, they coped very well indeed!)

All this of course, interspersed with plenty of Plain Bob Minor.

The practice continues to fulfill its purpose admirably – which is to develop Doubles Ringers and help them learn Minor Method ringing up to Cambridge Minor, providing several goes at each method over the evening. We welcomed 2 SDGR members this month, particular thanks to Ross for producing touches tailored to what we were trying to learn.

New ringers, whether aspiring to learn Minor, or wanting to help the rest of us to progress, are welcome. The next one will be on Wednesday June the 22nd at 7.30pm. 

Sopley Minor practice, Wednesday 25 May, 7.30pm

Please don’t forget it’s the Sopley minor practice on Wednesday this week!

We are aiming to continue the progress made last month in Plain Bob and Treble Bob Plain Hunt, as well as continuing with Kent TB minor, Little Bob Minor and Cambridge Minor.

We try to have something for everyone, so if you’re just thinking about ringing on 6 bells you can start with plain hunt minor (maybe jumbled up) or Treble Bob Plain Hunt, before trying your hand at Plain Bob. You can move on to the other methods when you feel ready.

We are dependent on more experienced ringers to provide the backbone and experience for these practices, so if you feel you would like to help please come along. We nearly always manage to do something a bit different or more challenging during the evening – and, of course, we want everyone present to feel they’ve had a good, worthwhile evening at the end of the practice.

Hope to see you on Wednesday,

Tim Kettle, Tim Martin, Christopher Smithies

Sopley Minor Methods- Practice Report April 2016

A band of nine ringers met at Sopley this month to work on various Minor skills.

Highlights were several fairly complex touches of Bob Minor (in preparation for a forthcoming  District Quarter Peal) and a fluent plain course of Cambridge.

Efforts with Treble Bob Minor were increasingly successful over the practice and we also worked on our Little Bob Minor and Kent.

The practice is monthly on the 4th Wednesday and all are welcome who are wishing to develop on from Doubles ringing or simply consolidate their Minor ringing. This practice is popular with holidaymakers in the New Forest too.
Contact Tim Kettle

Advance Notice Sopley Minor Practice 23 March

For those of you who will feel deprived of ringing in the week commencing 21 March (Holy Week) I have good news.  The CS Sopley Minor practice WILL be taking place as usual on Wednesday 23 March at 7.30pm.

As there will be little other ringing in that week, why not give this practice a try – you may discover you like it and want to come again!  We will be continuing to dispel the dreaded bob minor single “demons” as well as progressing to other methods including Little Bob, Single Oxford, Kent TBM and Cambridge amongst others (all dependant on who is there!)

We look forward to seeing you there,

Tim Kettle, Tim Martin and Christopher Smithies