Ringing, 25 April 2022

We were four tonight! Andrew, Jane, Randy, and we had a guest. Jane’s sister Sue is visiting from the UK, and though she hasn’t rung much recently, she is an experienced ringer. As such, we could ring some major.

We started with a plain course of Plain Bob Major, with Randy on the trebles, Andrew on 3/4, Jane on 5/6, and Sue on the tenors. With a little work, we were able to ring that plain course.

We then tried Little Bob Major, with the same bells. This is one that Sue had never rung in hand, and struggled. So after a few failed attempts, we decided to drop down to minor.

We decided to ring a touch of St. Clements College Bob, with Andrew calling. So he was on the tenors, Randy on the trebles, and Jane on 3/4. It was a short touch, 180 in length, with bobs called at home thrice. We must confess that we didn’t actually get through the entire touch in a single attempt, but after crashing after the first bob, we decided to start just at that bob. It took a few more attempts, but we were able to ring to the end from that point. We call that a qualified success!

We tried some Original Bob, with Sue on the trebles, Randy on 3/4, Jane on 5/6, and Andrew on the tenors. This was beyond our abilities at 8:30 in the evening, and so we gave up after just 4 attempts.

We finished with another plain course of Plain Bob Major, but this time Sue was on the trebles, Randy on 3/4, Jane on 5/6, and Andrew on the tenors. It wasn’t the ugliest version of bob major we had ever rung, but it was certainly in the top 10! For a method that we actually got all the way through. If nothing else, we all enjoyed ourselves.

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Ringing, 25 April 2022

Ringing, 18 April 2022

We were three tonight, with a guest coming who had never rung bells before. Whenever that happens, Jane requires them to ring rounds and plain hunt, and tonight was no exception. Nia was able to ring the tenors to plain bob minor after just a few minutes of training (and a bit of help). But then she had had enough, and we let her excuse herself.

So Jane, Maggie, and Randy rang a bit of minor. Jane hurt her elbow playing too much drum, so we were all mixed up in our positions, with Jane ringing the trebles, Maggie ringing 3/4, and Randy ringing the tenors. Jane and Randy were in positions that they were not used to ringing, and so St. Clements College Bob was a struggle. We finally got it (which after last week’s performance was surprising). But were only able to ring a plain course.

We then decided to do something unusual, which we had done a few weeks back. “Original” is a method that is just plain hunting, but allows bobs be placed at any location (not just the lead end!). So you could ring 654321 and then 645312 because a bob had been called. At first, we were each calling bobs in turn, but then Jane decided on something different and had Maggie and Randy ringing minimus on 3/4 and the tenors, with Jane ringing the tenors at the back. It was goofy, and a nice break from the struggle.

We finished with a fast plain course of Plain Bob minor, and called it a night.

Ringing, 18 April 2022

Ringing, 11 April 2022

We were just three tonight, Andrew, Maggie, and Randy. So we rang minor. For the entire night, Randy was on the trebles, Maggie on 3/4, and Andrew on the tenors.

Normally Jane conducts us, but we had so much luck with Andrew conducting the quarter peal last time that he conducted tonight. We started with a touch of St. Clements College Bob, and struggled a bit. We rang the plain course just fine on the second attempt. But then we added a bob at the home position, and promptly crashed. We thought about how that bob would change things, and so tried again, but this time starting right at the bob. It took us a couple of attempts, but we eventually were able to ring from that point to the end, ringing a 180 touch of St Clements College Bob Minor. It really felt like an accomplishment!

So, with just a few minutes left in our rehearsal time, we decided to ring a plain course of Plain Bob Minor, but then Andrew convinced us to let him call some bobs. And so we rang a 180 course of Plain Bob Minor, with Andrew conducting. And did it correctly on the first attempt.

It was a good night, indeed!

Ringing, 11 April 2022