It has been a while since I have rung bells. I believe others have rung while I was out, but I haven’t gotten any news about what they have done. So I will continue to report only on what I have rung.
We had 4 people today, Andrew, Jane, Maggie, and Randy. So we rang major (of course!). We started with a plain course of Plain Bob, with Andrew on the trebles, Maggie on 3/4, Jane on 5/6, and Randy on the tenors. We had to decide if we could actually remember this stuff! It went well, and we rang without error a full plain course of Plain Bob Major. A nice start!
We next rang St Clements College Bob in the same positions as above. This took us a while – 3 or 4 attempts before we got it right. The first attempt crashed in the 3rd lead, and we kept getting farther and farther along. At one point, we started at the end of the last lead just to remind ourselves how it all finished. And after that, we rang a full plain course of St Clements College Bob.
So next we needed to ring a splice, with Andrew conducting (apparently he did this while I was away, with Minor, but I don’t have the details). We started with a splice of Plain Bob and Little Bob. But it became quickly apparent that Randy had not rung the tenors on Little Bob in quite a while, if ever! So we switched pairs, with Jane ringing the tenors and Randy moving to 5/6. We decided that we really needed to remember Little Bob all by itself, and so rang this (without splicing Plain Bob) until we got it right. Which took longer than I would have liked! But we did finally get it.
At that point, it was time to quit, and so we did our usual speed run of Plain Bob Major, with Maggie ringing the trebles, Andrew on 3/4, Randy on 5/6, and Jane on the tenors. It was very sloppy, but we never actually lost our place, and finished at the right place. I call that a result!
All in all, a good day of ringing, after more than a month off!