The X-File (No.6) - June 1996

Continuing, as Des says, our glorious summer of sport, we find that the Olympic Games are upon us. And yet again, Bellringing has been overlooked as a suitable Olympic sport. Just think of the possibilities. Macho tenor ringers could compete to see who could turn in the 2-ton tenor the fastest, with extra marks awarded for a difficult method, but deducted for overuse of the right shoulder. Then there could be a team contest, although the judges might feel that members of some teams thought they were ringing in the individualís competition. The introduction of Bellringing into the Olympics would, of course, go hand in hand with the introduction of Beer-Drinking, and some would no doubt feel that they were well placed to win both contests. And then of course there would be the dope tests. In fact, some people feel that drug-testing should have been introduced into Striking Competitions years ago, with teams only allowed up the tower if they had consumed at least 20 pints of beer. Not that that would have changed this yearís 12-bell result of course ...........

So here are Juneís contenders for Gold, Silver and Bronze ........




Rung at







East Ilsley


A R Peake


Barton Seagrave



Burton Latimer


D E Sibson


Up Avon





A J Cox





Chalfont St Giles


J A Ainsworth




BD(in) BDc(out)



S A Coaker


Tisbury Surprise Major : 34x5.4x5.36.4x4.5.4x2.7 lh 12

Using the point-hunt-point start combined with a bit of 4-bell hunting on the front, Tony Peake has produced an interesting, if a bit static, f-group method. All of the roll-up positions are available at the back with 5 5678s in the plain course. Having turned the bells on the front round, places in 12 and dodging in 34 give 2 5678s and a 6578 in the middle lead, as well as a couple of 8765s. The D falseness should be fairly easy to avoid, but at the expense of some of the music off the front. Pleasant enough though.

Barton Seagrave Delight Major : x5x4.5x56.1x4x5x36x7 lh 18

This is almost exactly Bristol above and Lincolnshire below, apart from a 56 notation (replacing 58) as the treble leaves 34-up. The music on the front, however, is thankfully nothing like Lincolnshire, with a couple of 8765s (including back rounds at handstroke), and plenty of scope for some 5678s. Not surprisingly the 8 roll-up positions are present, and with 4ths place calls giving a 3 lead course, and the E falseness confined to a couple of leads, an enjoyable peal should be possible.

Up Avon Surprise Major : x36x45x5x6x2x3.4x34.5 lh 12

To be honest, Up Avon only qualified for the file as a fastest loser, on the grounds that itís a bit out of the ordinary (and because there wasnít a lot of competition this month). Having started like Superlative, the 3rds place bell runs through the 5ths place bell which is making places in 56, which then in turn follows the 3rd to the back. No prizes for working out that this gives a reversed coursing pair and therefore 87s (5 altogether) at backstroke (surely nobody minds these anymore? This is the nineties after all). The backwork gives a 7568, 7658, roll-up opportunities at hand and back, and 2 2468s (including Queens of course). The frontwork tries hard too, and achieves 2 5678s and a 6578 amongst some less exciting stuff. Probably suitable for a defunct county, I feel.

Exeenda Delight Major : x3x4x2x3.4x34.1.56x56.7 lh 12

The York-above work (treble-bobbing but a double dodge when the trebleís in 23 and 34) has been used several times recently, its most useful feature being that it produces 8 5678s in the plain course. Here, Alan Ainsworth has added a frontwork which produces 5 8765s and 2 8756s with almost the minimum of fuss. Whilst the bells in 12 and 34 all triple-dodge across the half-lead, the bells in 56 make wrong places, and this provides 2nds place bell with a particularly unusual bit of line : 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, 5ths, 6ths. Unfortunately, the BDK falseness gets everywhere.

Concorde Delight Royal : x3x4.5.2x1x2x5.6x6.7.6x6.7 lh 10

If Iíve guessed correctly what the place notation should be (rather than what was published), then this is a really good method. If I havenít, then the place notation above is a really good unrung method which deserves to be rung. Soon. The above work starts with a Bristol point (although 3rds is made rather than 5ths at the first backstroke), and then another point before continuing with right treble-bobbing between 7ths and 10ths. On the front, a coursing sextuplet appear as the treble leaves 56, and they perform a complete plain hunt on 6 before the treble returns, giving a 567890 and 2 098765s in the 4th lead of the course. Other leads produce 0987s off the front, and there are plenty of 4-bell rolls at the back too. 4ths place calls give a 7 lead course with all of the musical leads included, and although there is rather more falseness than one normally expects from a Royal method, this shouldnít be too much of a problem.

Ironic really, that this monthís best new method was rung in America .......

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