[r-t] Methods and peals

ALEXANDER HUNT alex.hunt at btinternet.com
Tue Jan 24 15:06:20 UTC 2006

Perhaps you would have got away with 9 miles Barrie. As I am sure you are
aware, I live just 9.4 miles away from you, which probably means we are in
the same world.

I make regular use of the method collections, at least once a month.

I organise a peal attempt on the second Tuesday of each month at
Pig-le-Tower in a new surprise major method. We've rung about 20 new methods
so far. If I didn't have access to the method collection it would be
difficult to be confident the method being attempted was not already named
and that the name hadn't been used for another method. So far I've not had
the embarrassment of ringing something that was not as new as I had hoped.

As for keeping the collection up to date, I've got no complaints. For
example on Tuesday 10th January this year I conducted a peal in a new method
for which the band chose the name 70th Birthday Surprise Major as it was the
70th anniversary of the birth of the late great Tom Chapman whose bells we
had rung. I sent the peal up to the RW via the RW web site the following day
and by Friday 13th the method was there in the CC collection. I did not need
to notify the methods committee separately. My experience is of a well
organised and professional set-up. Best of all this fantastic service is
still free at the point of delivery. Thank you CC/MC.


  -----Original Message-----
  From: ringing-theory-bounces at bellringers.net
[mailto:ringing-theory-bounces at bellringers.net]On Behalf Of
Barriehen at aol.com
  Sent: 23 January 2006 20:50
  To: ringing-theory at bellringers.net
  Subject: Re: [r-t] Methods and peals

  In a message dated 23/01/2006 20:08:53 GMT Standard Time,
mark at snowtiger.net writes:
    In my view, the most important thing that the CC/MC does, and the thing
    has the biggest impact on ringers everywhere, is to maintain the method
    libraries. OK, so you normally have to ring a peal to name a new method,
    except for Minor and below, but very few people ring methods that
    been so named, and, almost without exception, everyone abides by the
    established in this manner.

  You live in adifferent world.   There is probably no ringer living within
10 miles of me who has ever looked at the method collection.   It has
importance only to a tiny percentage of ringers.I could send up my next 10
peals and give them new names and they woul;d be published on the word of
the conductor whatever we rang.... the CCCBR dont even require you to tell
them what a new method is and about 10 years ago they let the Julian Morgan
system for looking at compositions rung to new methods lapse.   Ask Roger
Bailey what the difference is between Sowerby and Woodbine .  The whole
thing is very amateurish and uncontrolled..... but perhaps the way you want
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