The X-File (No.32) - August 1998

Returning from the summer habits of holidays, I couldn’t wait to unpack the suitcases, chuck all the dirty beach towels in the washing machine and indulge in the excitement of method reviewing. Alas! Only 14 to see and the 10 and 12-bell entries in August’s competition were at best rather poor. Trivial variations of Lincolnshire will almost certainly never make the cut (eg. Eldene) – why not try something musical instead, such as Lincolnshire for example? As for the 8-bell offerings: well, better, but nothing much to make me wish I’d come back earlier….. Five 8-bell methods make it this month – just like July – chosen because they provide something just slightly out of the ordinary. If you’re reading The Ringing World in the ‘smallest room’, there’s no need to make yourself too comfortable, this won’t take long.




Rung at









J E Andrews







D D Smith


Haselbech Slow Course





M A Coleman







R Baldwin





Chalfont St Giles


I Roulstone


Bevan's Delight Major : x3x4x256x6x34x1x34x78 lh12

New Delight methods appear to be becoming more popular. There are fewer methods available than surprise methods, but far fewer have been rung. This means that if you come up with a decent Delight Major method then you stand a much better chance of its being new. Bevan’s is one such decent method. It is Uxbridge above the treble and a simple work below culminating in a 3-pull dodge across the half-lead in 1-2 and 5-6. Quedgeley-style places are made in 3-4. It is still novel (I believe) to move these places up into 5-6, but you have to pay for it with some D falseness and there’s little to be gained with a sensible composition in any case.

Sussex Delight Major : x56x4x56x1x4x45x4x5 lh18

Sometimes it is difficult to believe that certain methods haven’t been rung before. I reckon Sussex Delight is one of them. It’s Cornwall above and just plain hunting on 4 below with a dodge at the half-lead. Brilliantly simple! You can do much the same (in a slightly more elegant manner) by wrong hunting the bells on the front. This gets rid of the nasty 1458 place-notation, but it has already been rung as Nottinghamshire Delight (hence the continued county theme I suppose) without any additional falseness penalty. Both are well worth ringing.

David Smith’s helpfully sent in the composition:

5152 Sussex D Major
Comp. A N Tyler

2345678    O   I   V   F   6   7   H
2345786    6                   -
2345867        6           -
2346875                -
2347856            4   -
2345678            6   -           -

4 = BSBS

Back: 24 x 5678, 6578, 5768, 7568, 8765, 8756
Front: 20 x 5678, 8765, 24 x 6578, 8756

David Smith writes:

"This is of course easy enough to rearrange as a 2-part eliminating blocks of 6. Other compositions are available by the bucket load. 144 crus are easily obtained with 4ths place bobs and S3/S5."

What more is there to say?

Haselbech Slow Course Bob Major : x4x6x45x347 lh12

Slow Course Bob major methods are pretty rare (none exactly spring to mind in fact!), and Haselbech is included in this month’s review almost on this basis alone. Both the treble and second come back to positions 1 and 2 in each lead of the plain course, although the work for the second only takes it as far as 4ths place. The ‘inside’ work is right place and simple in structure and leaves plenty to do for the composer. If you make the half-lead place-notation just 78 then you get Shaw Bob, which would be much more traditional in the sense of an ordinary plain method, but not so interesting. How about a renaissance for twin-‘hunt’ methods?

Septembre Delight Major : 56x56.4.56x56.3x34x1x34x3 lh18

Continuing the theme of new methods that are only actually slightly new, Septembre Delight is just Meldreth Delight with long crank-shafts in 5-6 around the lead end instead of the more standard Cornwall place-dodge-place work. So what does that all mean? It means, for a start, that you get exactly the same rows, exactly the same falseness, and the same lead-end order. Septembre Delight is another simple method, with blocks of 3 dodges on the front, a 4ths-3rds-4ths work in 3-4 and bells coming down to 3rds and back to suit. The best thing of all is the ‘a’ falseness – it’s as pure as snow!

Walmington-on-sea Delight Major : x36x456x5x1x2x1x2x7 lh12

I’m certain Captain Mainwaring would have approved! Another simple line: all right-place with roll-up potential in every lead. BE falseness is a bit on the naughty side, but who cares about that these days when BYROC’s about. Let’s see now, who was ringing? Colin Turner, Ian Roulstone…… Someone’s got to be Wilson, someone Godfrey….. and someone Pike! Hmmmmm….

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