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towards spliced Surprise

Recently another tower in the area has held a monthly practice for budding Surprise ringers. We’ve been practising Cambridge and Yorkshire with the intention of eventually ringing them spliced together, but we’re not quite at that stage yet. Those attending have included a suitable mix of expert and novice Surprise ringers — it would be next to impossible with all novices!

A necessary step in splicing these methods is to learn what each place bell does, and which place bell it becomes afterwards. Fortunately the order in which place bell succeeds place bell is the same in both Cambridge and Yorkshire: 2, 6, 7, 3, 4, 8, 5, and back to 2. In addition the work of the 3rd place bell is identical in both methods, and most of the others start and finish with similar bits of work. As usual in ringing, what has to be done is to memorize completely these pieces of work so that they can be instantly recalled and interchanged, so in an attempt to do so I have set down here, from memory, what each bell has to do in each method.

Cambridge Yorkshire
2nd place bell
  • second half of the frontwork
  • dodge 3-4 up
  • double and single dodge at the back
  • dodge 5-6 down
  • treble bob down and up
  • triple dodge 5-6 up
  • double and single dodge at the back
  • dodge 5-6 down
and become 6th place bell
3rd place bell:
  • dodge 5-6 up
  • backwork
  • dodge 5-6 down
  • dodge 3-4 down (at the start of 3-4 places down)
and become 4th place bell
4th place bell:
  • finish 3-4 places down (after first dodge)
  • treble bob at the front
  • treble bob at the back
  • finish 3-4 places down (after first dodge)
  • lead and dodge
  • 3-4 places up
  • treble bob at the back
and become 8th place bell
5th place bell:
  • single and double dodge at the back
  • dodge 3-4 down
  • first half of the frontwork
  • make seconds over the treble
  • single and double dodge at the back
  • triple dodge 5-6 down
  • treble bob down to the front
  • dodge up with the treble and make 2nds place
and become the 2nd place bell
6th place bell:
  • straight down to the front
  • treble bob up
  • 5-6 places up
  • dodge 7-8 up
  • straight down to the front
  • second half of the frontwork
  • 5-6 places up
  • dodge 7-8 up
and become 7th place bell
7th place bell:
  • lie at the back
  • dodge 7-8 down
  • straight down to the front
  • treble bob at the front
  • 3-4 places up
  • lie at the back
  • dodge 7-8 down
  • 3-4 places down
  • dodge and lead
  • 3-4 places up
and become the 3rd place bell
8th place bell:
  • 5-6 places down
  • treble bob down (incl dodge and lead)
  • dodge 5-6 up
  • 5-6 places down
  • first half of the frontwork
  • dodge 5-6 up
and become the 5th place bell.

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