Category Archives: Types of Method

Surprise Minor Practice at Lockerley Tues 1st December

The next Surprise Minor practice is planned for 7:30pm on Tuesday 1 December (1st Tuesday of the month) at Lockerley. Potential methods are:
Cambridge
Primrose
London
Norwich
Beverley
Surfleet

Anyone looking to extend their repertoire of Surprise Minor methods is very welcome to come along – experienced ringers who can help would be particularly welcome.

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As usual, please let Gary Davies know whether or not you intend to come by the end of Friday (27 November) so we know whether or not there are enough people to go ahead.

Next Guild Surprise Royal Practice – 29th November – St Mary’s Southampton

Surprise Royal 29th nov soton iconDear all,

The next Guild surprise royal practice will be on Sunday 29th November 14:00 – 15:30 at St Mary’s Southampton.
There is a possibility that Bishopstoke will not be available, and if that is the case I have a few towers as reserves. I will update you all closer to the time.
The focus for this practice will be Bristol and Superlative surprise royal, with Cambridge and Yorkshire as required.

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The practice is open to all who wish to practice surprise royal ringing. If you are hoping to come please do let me know so I know how many to expect, or join the facebook event
Many Thanks,
Southampton   revised 15/11 – tower confirmed

John Stock reporting from the Isle of Wight – Peals and Quarters

To keep all Island ringers up to date: So far this year at Island towers, 4 peals and 52 quarter peals have been recorded – have you any not placed on Bellboard that I should know about to keep the records straight? Well done to all those taking part in these.
John Stock
Here is a quick list from bellboard – this may not be the same as John’s records of course…..such is the nature of data!!!. RM
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1288 Grandsire Triples
Sunday, 8 November 2015 Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (3m/V)
Sunday, 8 November 2015 Chale (St Andrew), Isle of Wight 5040 Minor
Sunday, 8 November 2015 Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Saturday, 7 November 2015 Ryde (St Michael and All Angels, Swanmore), Isle of Wight 24 Plain Hunt Singles
Sunday, 1 November 2015 Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 25 October 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (4m/V)
Sunday, 25 October 2015 Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1280 St Crispin Doubles
Sunday, 25 October 2015 Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 Niton (St John the Baptist), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Thursday, 8 October 2015 Newchurch (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (3m)
Sunday, 4 October 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1280 Kent Treble Bob Major
Monday, 21 September 2015 Shorwell (St Peter), Isle of Wight 720 Beverley Surprise Minor
Sunday, 20 September 2015 Brighstone (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (1v,2m)
Saturday, 19 September 2015 Arreton (St George), Isle of Wight 5040 Minor (3m)
Friday, 18 September 2015 Newchurch (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1296 Cambridge Surprise Minor
Wednesday, 9 September 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1280 Kent Treble Bob Major
Sunday, 30 August 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 23 August 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 St Vedast Bob Doubles
Saturday, 22 August 2015 Newchurch (All Saints), Isle of Wight 5040 Doubles (7m/V/p)
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 Godshill (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles
Saturday, 11 July 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Friday, 10 July 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1440 Kent Treble Bob Minor
Sunday, 5 July 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Triples
Sunday, 21 June 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (5m/V)
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 Godshill (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 14 June 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Saturday, 13 June 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Triples
Saturday, 13 June 2015 Chale (St Andrew), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
Thursday, 11 June 2015 Chale (St Andrew), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 31 May 2015 Godshill (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 31 May 2015 Newchurch (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 31 May 2015 Newchurch (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Saturday, 30 May 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 St Agatha Bob Triples
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 Chale (St Andrew), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles
Monday, 25 May 2015 Brighstone (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles
Sunday, 17 May 2015 Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1260 Mayday Doubles
Sunday, 17 May 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Triples
Sunday, 10 May 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob Minor
Saturday, 9 May 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1270 Doubles (3m)
Monday, 4 May 2015 Niton (St John the Baptist), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (5m)
Sunday, 3 May 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 3 May 2015 Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1272 Kent and Oxford Treble Bob Minor
Saturday, 2 May 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 32 Plain Hunt Minimus
Saturday, 2 May 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 30 Plain Hunt Singles
Saturday, 2 May 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1288 Grandsire Triples
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (3m)
Sunday, 26 April 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Triples
Thursday, 23 April 2015 Newchurch (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (2m)
Sunday, 19 April 2015 Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (3m/V)
Thursday, 16 April 2015 Godshill (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob Doubles
Sunday, 5 April 2015 Carisbrooke (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 5040 Stoneycroft Surprise Royal
Sunday, 5 April 2015 Ryde (All Saints), Isle of Wight 1260 All Saints Doubles
Sunday, 22 March 2015 Brighstone, Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 8 March 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (2m)
Sunday, 8 March 2015 Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 8 March 2015 Chale (St Andrew), Isle of Wight 1260 Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles
Sunday, 1 March 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1308 Grandsire Minor
Sunday, 8 February 2015 Ryde (All Saints’), Isle of Wight 1272 Kent Treble Bob Minor
Friday, 6 February 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles and Minor
Sunday, 1 February 2015 Brading (St Mary the Virgin), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Saturday, 31 January 2015 Freshwater (All Saints), Isle of Wight 5040 Minor (7m)
Sunday, 25 January 2015 Ryde, All Saints’, Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Doubles
Saturday, 24 January 2015 Brading (St Mary), Isle of Wight 1260 Doubles (3m)
Sunday, 18 January 2015 Brading (St Mary), Isle of Wight 1260 Grandsire Triples

A&P District Surprise Major Practice Saturday 21st November 6pm-7.30

There will be a Surprise Major Practice at Alton St Lawrence on Saturday 21st November 2015 from 6pm till 7.30pm.  This is for the more advanced ringer who wants to have a go at one or more of the “Standard Eight” Surprise Major Methods.

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Dot to Dot Bellringing

dot-to-dot-logoIt is very important, when you are learning a method, to write it out repeatedly. You can use plain squared paper but ready-printed paper for the method is easier to use… Click the one you want, they are printable pdf files.

To see what the finished grids of each method should look like please visit this website and look at the “grid” view.

The printable blue line worksheets:

Excel Spreadsheet of all the dot to dots

NEW dotted striped paper for learning bellringing methods

 

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Bells Transformed at Ringwood CS

Ringwood Church. Photo by Sue Raynor

The District Surprise Major Practice took place on  Wednesday 7th October for the first time since a significant overhaul of the bells by White’s of Appleton. 

In just a single day’s work, James Hazeldine of Whites tested each bell for odd-struckness and painstakingly corrected each one.

For many of us odd-struckness is just something we live with in our own tower, and seldom think about week by week – it simply means that the time delay between pulling the handstroke, and the sound of the bell, is different from the time delay at backstroke. Unfortunately it does affect the quality of our ringing and adds a layer of difficulty between us and good striking.

As the 14 ringers worked their way through a challenging list of Surprise Major methods on Wednesday, including Cambridge and Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Pudsey and various spliced methods, the unanimous opinion was that the improvements have made it easier to produce an even and musical sound, and were well worth time time, effort and cost involved.

Local ringers are indebted to Nigel Orchard who masterminded the work and helped out on the day, along with Richard Harvey (also Salisbury) who provided help on the dat. Nigel should be a a familiar name to Ringing World readers as he is the Chairman of the magazine. He rings in Salisbury and is one of half a dozen ringers who regularly travel from outside the District, to Ringwood, to support local Surprise Ringers and make the practice the excellent evening that it is.

Afterwards Nigel said:

The 5th was the furthest out but the clapper was sticking…. after a squirt of oil it was within half a millisecond!

Otherwise the worst was the tenor. 40 ms late at handstroke.

25 milliseconds  is about what is perceptible by the average ringer. But if 2 adjacent bells are out, one late, one early, then the problem is compounded.

We have twiddle pins on 4 of the bells (1, 6, 7, 8) which make adjustments relatively simple.

2 3 and 4 need tapered washers so each small adjustment means ring down remove clapper try again ring up – between 2 and (in the worst case) seven times! [Luckily Nigel was available all day to do the ringing up and down!]

The cost (to be split between the PCC, the local band, and the Surprise Major group) was £920, of which £153 is reclaimable by the PCC against VAT.

The ease with which odd struck ness can be improved does depend on the construction of the bells. A spokesman from Whites said:

Clappers pivot in the bell on a staple. All the bells at Ringwood have independent staples, not cast in staples. As a general rule the clappering of bells with independent staples can, to some extent, be improved.  Those with twiddle pins can be corrected more accurately than those without, as bells without twiddle pins require tapered washers to pitch the angle of the clapper.

What’s on in Alton and Petersfield District (Plus Guild Events)

Hello all,

Here is a list of events for the next couple of months:

25th Oct to 8th Nov – Quarter peal fortnight

31st October – Outing to the Dorset Area

7th November – General practice at Bramshott 5.30 to 7.00pm

14th November – Guild Education Day for Listening Skills based at Lockerly

21st November – Guild Exec Meeting in Southampton

21st November – Surprise Major Practice at Alton, St Lawrence 6.00 to 7.30pm

5th December – General practice at Hawkley 5.30 to 7.00pm

Many thanks, Valerie

Sopley Minor Methods Practice Wednesday 28th October 7.30pm

The date of the Sopley Minor Practice has moved to the 4th Wednesday in the month from next week 28th October. As a result it no longer clashes with the District Surprise Major practice at Ringwood (first Wednesday) and we hope that this will accommodate anyone who would like to attend both.

To recap, the practice is for anyone who wants to practice Minor methods from Plain Bob through Little Bob, Kent, Oxford  to Cambridge and other methods as requested within the ability of the group. So far a number of ringers have gained experience in basic minor and treble Bob minor and we can pack a lot of touches in to an hour and a half due to the nature of the bells. This practice is for any District ringers who want more help with any of the above so don’t wait for a personal invitation!

This month, in addition to any of the usual methods we are hoping to have a go at spliced plain and little Bob Minor. If you want any more information contact the organisers, Tim Kettle, Chris Smithies or Tim Martin.

Video and writeup from the First Guild Surprise Royal Practice – October 2015

The first new Guild surprise royal practice took place this afternoon at St Michael’s Southampton. Attended by 16 members from across the guild this was a really promising start with all those who attended having enjoyed the practice, and many having found this opportunity very useful.

The focus methods for this first practice were Cambridge and London No3, both of which were rung successfully multiple times. We managed 3 separate lots of London, including a very successful whole course! It’s not very often, if at all, people get the chance to ring a whole courses of methods such as London Royal. The practice also featured a good amount of Cambridge and Yorkshire Royal, all of which proved useful to those attending. 

Hopefully this positive start can generate enthusiasm to keep this practice going, and hopefully over the next few months it will continue to gain momentum and fill that gap in the Guild ringing schedules.

Thanks to all those who attended this afternoon, and watch this space for details of the November practice!

Regards, Daniel Graham (Southampton

WP Surprise Royal Practice – Southampton 2pm Sunday 18th October

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Daniel Graham writes:

The first (new) guild surprise Royal practice will take place on Sunday 18th October from 2pm – 3:30pm at St Michael’s Southampton.

Focus methods for this first practice will be Cambridge and London No3 Surprise Royal, with other methods from the standard 8 as required.

Look forward to seeing lots of you then!
Daniel

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