Category Archives: Surprise Minor

Surprise Minor Methods

Chris Smithies writes: Sopley Minor Methods Practice Night Report – Jan 2016

The January Sopley Minor practice was well attended, both by experienced ringers and those disposed to learn. At the more elementary level we were able to give good practice in treble bob hunt and Plain Bob, surrounding the learners with a solid band, and it was heartening to see confidence and accuracy improving with each repetition. For the more advanced, there were touches of Plain Bob – we continue with our vocation to abolish the irrational dread of the single – and Kent. Plain courses of little bob and Cambridge were also successfully negotiated.

Our thanks to all who attended, but especially to the experienced
ringers both from C&S and also from East Dorset. At our customary
evaluation session, conducted in the convivial surroundings of the
nearby Fisherman’s Haunt, the majority seemed to consider this a
rewarding and encouraging practice.

Next Practice – Wednesday 24th Feb 2016

CANCELLED Surprise Minor Practice at Lockerley

The next Surprise Minor practice is planned for 7:30pm on Tuesday 2 February (1st Tuesday of the month) at Lockerley.

Potential methods are (as previously):
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.

As usual, please could you let Gary Davies know whether or not you intend to come by the end of Friday (29 January) so he knows whether or not there are enough people to go ahead with the practice. In any case, please check with Gary Davies that the practice is going ahead to avoid a wasted journey.

June Mitchell celebrates 60 years as a Royal Cumberland Youth

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
West Tarring, West Sussex
St Andrew
Saturday, 23 January 2016 in 2hrs 35mins (8–3–26 in G♯)
5040 Minor (7m)
1 extent each of Norwich S, Grandsire, Double Oxford Bob, Single Oxford Bob, Cambridge S, St Clements College Bob, Plain Bob
June M Mitchell
Revd Barry M Downer
Margaret E Downer
Stephen P Noyes
Stephen R T Pocock
Kieran Downer (C)
Rung to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of June Mitchell being elected to the Society of Royal Cumberland Youths on 21st January 1956. Rung in the tower where she learnt to ring and on the bell she rang her first peal.
Information from Bellboard

CS District Practice Weds 27th – Minor Methods at Sopley

sopley quote jan 2016The first Christchurch and Southampton District minor practice of the year will be held at Sopley on Wednesday 27 January at 7.30 pm.  Practices will then continue on every 4th Wednesday of the month.

This practice is intended for any ringer who wants to learn or improve minor ringing and also gives an opportunity for more experienced ringers to pass on their skills and knowhow – and hopefully have some fun at the same time.  We would hope that as ringers progress they would also be part of the learning chain and help with newcomers while increasing their own abilities.  The only requirement is for attendees to be reasonably competent in a doubles method (touch inside).

We intend starting the practices with these core methods

  • Plain Hunt on 6 (perhaps jumbled up)
  • Plain Bob Minor
  • Treble Bob Plain Hunt
  • Kent Treble Bob Minor
  • Cambridge Surprise Minor

but can increase the repertoire to include (amongst others)

  • Grandsire Minor
  • Double Oxford Bob Minor
  • Single Oxford Bob Minor
  • Oxford treble Bob Minor

 

and anything else on request.

Since this practice first started, a substantial number of ringers have benefited and some have gone on to greater things!  To continue this success we need aspiring minor ringers to feel at home and keep coming along (it’s a very friendly atmosphere) and, of course, we need the help of experienced ringers.  If you enjoy helping others progress – resident or new to the area, just passing through, or on holiday, we would be delighted to see you.

 

For more details contact Tim Kettle

Looking forward to seeing you on 27 January

Tim Kettle, Tim Martin and Christopher Smithies

 

 

 

 

CANCELLED Steep 6 bell practice Tues 12th Jan RSVP

steep

UPDATE:

Dear All,
I have only received four positive replies to date, so we WON’T be having a practice this Tuesday (12th); thanks and apologies to to those who replied and wanted to come.
I’ll send another reminder in a fortnight.
Best wishes,
Hugh
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Hello All,

We should be having a practice at Steep  (6 bells, 6cwt) this coming Tuesday 12th January so, as usual, please let us know by reply if you are able to come.

When we have a quorum, we usually ring Grandsire, Stedman, Plain Bob, Cambridge, St Clement’s, Little Bob and sometimes London but, as ever, it all depends who turns up!

I will send another email on Monday evening, confirming whether we have sufficient numbers, or not, so please check on the day.

Many thanks,

Hugh and Mo Routh

Surprise Minor practice – 7.30 on Tuesday 5th Jan at Lockerley

The next Surprise Minor practice is planned for 7:30pm on Tuesday 5 January (1st Tuesday of the month) at Lockerley.

Potential methods are (as before):
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.

As usual, please could you let Gary Davies know whether or not you intend to come by the end of Friday (1 January) so he knows whether or not there are enough people to go ahead.

 

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.

RSVP

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.

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

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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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.