Tag Archives: Cray Surprise Major

Daniel Graham Reports from the Southampton St Michael’s Practice Night

An enjoyable and rewarding practice night in Southampton last night at St Michael’s with a particularly good half course of Cambridge Royal and a nice touch of 8 spliced surprise major. Lots of other ringing too including Grandsire Triples/Caters, Stedman doubles and 4 spliced (CYNS) surprise major.

Next week, at Bitterne Park, we start our new venture of increasing our 8 bell repertoire, by starting to work through the methods in ‘Smiths 23’. First method is Cray Surprise Major.

As always all ringers welcome at any of our practices 🙂

A Shared First for 7 Catherington Ringers

Firsts Fortnight 1st - 15th March 2016Tower: Catherington

Our Firsts Fortnight News Is….: An unusual group of methods for a QP of 8 spliced at Catherington – a first for nearly all the band! Reported by Mark Esbester
Catherington, Hampshire
All Saints
Sunday, 13 March 2016 (8–2–20 in A♭)
1280 Spliced Surprise Major (8m)
160 each Ashtead, Cassiobury, Cornwall, Cray, Ipswich, Lindum, Uxbridge, Yorkshire.
1 Doug Boniface
2 Marie Boniface
3 Alison Hunt
4 Diana Bishop
5 Tom Bishop
6 Andrew Byford
7 Ian Hunt
8 Mark Esbester (C)
First in these methods by all except 8.
By members of the Sunday service band.

First Peal in 15 methods for 3 Catherington Ringers (Firsts Fortnight)

3 members of Catherington Band scored Firsts this week…
Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Portsmouth, Hampshire
St Agatha
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 in 2h 42 (3-0-1)
5152 Spliced Surprise Major (15m)
448 Ashtead, Bristol, Cambridge, Ipswich, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Uxbridge, Yorkshire, 224 Cassiobury, Cornwall, Cray, Lindum, London, Pudsey, Superlative, 146 com, atw
R Mark Esbester
Malcolm M Powell
Alison Hunt
Kathryne R Arkless
David Hohl
Thomas J A Bishop
Graham A Nobbs
Toby Arkless (C)
Most methods – 3, 5, 6
Circled the tower – 1
Reported by Toby Arkless

Firsts Fortnight News From the Catherington Band – Cray Surprise Major

Firsts Fortnight 1st - 15th March 2016Tower: Catherington decamped to Soberton

Our Firsts Fortnight News Is….: Probably the first quarter of Cray Surprise Minor for the band. Catherington band (with help from Nick from Chichester) decamped to Soberton for the night. Definitely the first blows in the method for 4.

Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild
Soberton, Hampshire
St Peter

Tuesday, 8 March 2016 in 51 (13-1-24)
1344 Cray Surprise Major
1 Doug Boniface
2 Marie Boniface
3 Ali Hunt
4 Ian Hunt (C)
5 Diana Bishop
6 Dave Hohl
7 Nick Deadman
8 Tom Bishop
First blows in method 4.