Ringing, 29 January 2022

There were four of us today; Andrew, Jane, Maggie, and Randy.

We started with a plain course of St. Clements College Bob with Andrew on the trebles, Maggie on 3/4, Jane on 5/6, and Randy on the tenors. We rang it (mostly) correctly on the first go, without breaking or needing to start over, and it felt good.

In order to ring a spliced method, we decided to ring a plain course of Little Bob, with Randy on the trebles, Andrew on 3/4. Jane on 5/6, and Maggie on the tenors. That went well, and so we moved to splicing Little Bob and Plain Bob, with Andrew calling the changes. He threw in a Bob so that the method was a bit longer. We rang this a few times, with different calls, and Andrew calling them all.

We finished with some touches of Bob Major (Jane calling). We started in the same positions as above, but after a few failed attempts we decided to rotate, so that Maggie was on the trebles, Randy on 3/4, Andrew on 5/6, and Jane on the tenors. This went well. Jane called something she says is a typical Service touch, lasting about 5 minutes and typically rung just before a church service as something musical that doesn’t sound repetitive.

All in all, a good day of ringing.

Ringing, 29 January 2022

Ringing, 22 January 2022

We had four people today, Andrew, Jane, Maggie, and Randy. So we rang major. It has been more than a month since this band has practiced together! So we were a little rusty.

We started, as usual, with St. Clements College Bob with Andrew on the trebles, Maggie on 3/4, Jane on 5/6, and Randy on the tenors. We rang it twice with only a few bobbles here and there – not enough to cause us to halt, and I was really impressed with us! In fact, we rang it so well that Randy suggested we do a touch of that method, which we have never attempted before. Sadly, that went about as well as you would expect. To be clear, not well. We tried a few times, and never got much past the first called bob, and so decided to call a halt and do something else.

We hadn’t rung Little Bob in quite a while, and so we tried that. We started with Andrew on the trebles, Maggie on 3/4, Randy on 5/6, and Jane on the tenors. We quickly decided that was the wrong arrangement of bells, and so Randy and Andrew switched places. This was much better, and after a few false starts we were able to ring this a few times. By this time we had been ringing for an hour, and were deciding whether to call a halt or not.

We decided to ring Bob Major quickly as a final method, but then Andrew suggested a touch and we decided that sounded like great fun as a finisher. Sadly, we didn’t finish the touch, but we did get quite far (after a bad start or two), and really enjoyed ourselves. We also rang at a fairly good pace. Not as fast as our usual speed round, but fast nonetheless.

Great fun!

Ringing, 22 January 2022

Ringing, 8 January 2022

After a three week break (Christmas Day, New Year’s Day), we gathered today. We had four people, one of whom is a beginner. So we rang some major and some minor. Erik, Maggie, Jane, and Randy.

We started with some Plain Hunt major, with Randy on the trebles, Maggie on 3/4, Jane on 5/6, and Erik learning the tenors. Erik was able to get that pattern down, to the point that after ringing it 3 or 4 times, Jane gave him some quick instruction on a different pair (3/4) to study while the other three rang something else.

So while Erik was studying the 3/4 pattern of Plain Hunt major, Randy (trebles), Jane (3/4), and Maggie (tenors) rang St. Clements College Bob minor. This was the first time Maggie had run the tenors for that method. It took us a few times to get it right, but was able to ring a plain course of St. Clements College Bob. And it sounded glorious, if I do say so myself!

Bringing Erik back into the group, we rang some Plain Hunt major, with Randy (trebles), Erik (3/4), Jane (5/6), and Maggie (tenors). We wouldn’t win any competitions with that round, but Erik was able to get the pair down after a very short struggle. Jane thought Erik was doing so well, she thought he could learn the tenors of Plain Bob major, and got him studying that pair while the others went back to St. Clements College Bob minor.

We decided to try a different arrangement, with Maggie on the trebles, Jane on 3/4, and Randy on the tenors. That didn’t work so well, and so we went back to the original orientation and rang this method a few times more. We then switched to Maggie on the trebles, Jane on 3/4, and Randy on the tenors, and rang a speed course of Plain Bob minor. It’s always thrilling to ring fast!

Erik came back to the group, and we rang Plain Bob major, with Randy (trebles), Maggie (3/4), Jane (5/6), and Erik (tenors). On the fourth lead, where the tenors go into the 2/3 pattern, we gave Erik a bit of help, but he struggled through! And when we rang it again, he needed much less help.

We finished the day with some fast call changes (queens and rounds) with Erik on the trebles, Maggie on 3/4, Jane on 5/6, and Randy on the tenors. We again rang as quickly as we could, and had great fun!

Ringing, 8 January 2022