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Plain Minor

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  Plain Minor - St Clement's College Bob

St Clement's

On Sundays:
St Clement's College Bob Minor

About St Clement's

For towerbell ringers, St Clement's is one of the standard plain methods. It gives good practise at dodging in 1-2, and extensive practise at turning round in thirds place. It also has the major comfort factor of pure Plain Bob above the treble.

St Clement's College Bob Minor is relatively popular, there being 141 recorded performances on BellBoard at the time of writing (August 2019).

Site Sections:

Structure

St Clement's has a structural division of work below the treble with a triple dodge in 1-2.

Method Structure.

Place Notation:
X 16 X 36 X 36, 12, Bob 14, Single 1234. .

Grid:

St. Clement's change-rows and grid

Diagram: 6p.06.00 St. Clement's, plain lead, change-rows and grid.

Plain Course structure
For any one bell the method has three leads of fluid hunting, and two of static dodging. The method also preserves the natural coursing order and hence the static / fluid split.


Learning

Learning St Clement's.

The Structure

The heart of this method is the triple dodge in 1-2. The hunting above 1-2 and Plain Bob above the treble are straighforward.

The Rules

St Clement's - the rules
Ring Plain Bob above the treble.
Under the treble, the bells in 1-2 perform 3 consecutive dodges (a 3-pull), while the bells between 3rds and 6th place ring plain hunting.


Double Blue Lines
1-2

Double Blue Lines

St Clement's, 1-2

St Clement's College Bob Minor on 1-2

Diagram: 6p.06.01 St Clement's, 1-2.


3-4

St Clements, 3-4

St Clement's College Bob Minor on 3-4

Diagram: 6p.06.02 St Clement's, 3-4.


5-6

St Clements, 5-6

St Clement's College Bob Minor on 5-6

Diagram: 6p.06.03 St Clement's, 5-6.


Artefacts
Place Notation
Grid

Artefacts

Note the pivot lead:
5ths place bell makes the thirds at the half lead
3rds and 6ths place bells ring plain hunting on 4 above 1-2
2nds and 4ths (coursing pair) dodge together in 1-2.

Place Notation and Grid

The grid is a better memory tool than the place notation. Visualise the grid and the place notation automatically follows.

Pictels

There is no value in deriving pictels for St Clement's.


Ringing

Ringing St Clement's.

Track the treble

Awareness of the position of the treble is a key skill for most bellringing methods, and a significant help in ringing St Clement's. Some hints and tips for developing the skill are given in the techniques section.

The structure of St Clement's is defined by the dodging in 1-2. Count the dodges on the backstrokes and you will know that:
Count 1: Treble is in 5ths
Count 2: Treble is in 6ths
Count 3: Treble is in 4ths. (i.e. time to stop dodging).

Positional Awareness

St Clements give great practice at finding thirds place.

Place Notation Elements

The plain course only contains 4 elements (X, 12, 16, 36), the emphasis is on 36.

Place Bells, Pivot Leads, and Staging posts

Note the pivot lead (the central lead of the plain course):
5ths place bell makes the thirds at the half lead
3rds and 6ths place bells ring plain hunting on 4 above 1-2
2nds and 4ths (coursing pair) dodge together in 1-2.

Awareness of other bells

Following other bells in St Clements is relatively easy because of the preservation of the natural coursing order.

Coursing Order in St Clements

The structure of St Clement's College Bob Minor preserves very well the natural coursing order for the working bells.
The bells dodging in 1-2 exhibit the natural coursing order from lead to lead.
Between the lead end and the half lead three bells in natural coursing order lie behind.
These same three bells then make thirds in turn one each for the triple dodge in 1-2.
These same three bells then lie behind again between the half lead and the following lead end.

Ringing the Method

The value in ringing St Clement's comes from the combination of dodging in 1-2 and hunting in 3rds - 6ths places. A novice handbell ringer will derive benefit from studying the spacing of the bells both to achieve good striking during the dodging leads, and to make the single adjacent blows in 2-3 at the correct stroke with accurate spacing.

Handbell change ringers look for "landmarks" that enable a moment of lesser concentration. The triple dodge at lead in St Clement's is one of those landmarks.


Calls

Bobs and Singles.

The calls in St Clement's look and feel like Plain Bob.

But note. The bell that makes the bob or 4ths at a single has just rung three dodges in 1-2 up, and it goes back and does 3 dodges 1-2 down.


Touches

Touches of St Clement's

It is normal to use the tenor as the observation bell .
5ths place bell is the pivot bell and hence the first lead end is 142635

The calling positions for the tenor are:
In, Before, 4ths, Wrong, Home.


1: 48 St Clement's College Bob Minor

48 St Clement's College Minor - 2nd to Make the bob twice

In Before 4ths Wrong Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 23456 53246 48

Total 48

Abel Code

2 W


2: 72 St Clement's College Bob Minor

72 St Clement's College Minor - 6 consecutive singles

In Before 4ths Wrong Home 23456 53246 Changes

Single Single Single 43256 53426 36

2 part Total 2 x 36

Abel Code

2 (S3 SW SH )


3: 120 St Clement's College Bob Minor

120 St Clement's College Minor - Wrong Home Wrong Home

In Before 4ths Wrong Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 45236 35426 60
Bob Bob 23456 53246 60

Total 120

Abel Code

W H W H


4: 360 St Clement's College Bob Minor

360 St Clement's College Minor - Wrong Home Wrong X 3

In Before 4ths Wrong Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 45236 35426 60
Bob 34256 54326 60

3 Part Total 3 X 120

Abel Code

3 (W H W )


5: 720 St Clement's College Bob Minor

720 St Clement's College Minor - Wrong Home Wrong X 6

In Before 4ths Wrong Home 23456 53246 Changes

Bob Bob 45236 35426 60
Bob 34256 54326 60
Bob Bob 25346 45236 60
Bob 42356 52436 60
Bob Bob 35426 25346 60
Bob Single 24356 54236 60

2 Part Total 12 X 60

Abel Code

2 (W H W W H W W H W SH )