Group name - Hull Handbell Change Ringers

Treble B. Minor

Table Sections

Tabular Index to the 147 Regular Treble Dodging Minor Methods.

  Treble Bob Minor - Disley Delight

Disley Delight Minor

About Disley Delight Minor

Disley is a member of the group of methods having Oxford Treble Bob above the treble, but with a 3rds place half lead making 6 the pivot bell, 2nds place lead end is mandated.

Below the treble, the structure is a simple variation on Norwich Surprise, the only difference being that 3rds is made at the half lead rather than the 1-6 half lead of Norwich. This seemingly simple variations makes a significant change to Disley, like Hull and Bourne versus Primrose and Cambridge, in that the thirds place half lead creates a 5-pull dodge in 1-2.

Disley Delight, like Bourne and Hull Surprise Minor is a static method known for the long series of dodges in 1-2 and the crankshaft in 3-4.

With plain hunting at the 2-3 cross-section, the series of places in 3rds and 4ths just link to the 3-4 up and down dodges of the treble and not any further towards the lead end.

Site Sections:

A set of 12 handbells

A set of 12 handbells
Method Ringing

A set of 12 handbells

A set of 12 handbells

A set of 12 handbells

A set of 12 handbells
Hull Project

A set of 12 handbells

Page Index

Method Structure.

Place Notation:
X 34 X 16 X 12 X 36 X 34 X 36, 12 Bob 14, Single 1234.


Disley Delight Minor change rows with grid

Diagram: Disley Delight Minor, plain lead, change-rows and grid.


Goals and learning approach

What you are trying to achieve needs to drive your approach.

Ringing by structure

Assuming performance level ability in Oxford TB, whatever your eventual goal, start learning Disley by studying the structure, particularly the pivot bell impact. Practice until you can see the pivot bell and the treble from any pair. Disley is worth ringing just for the sheer enjoyment of the structure.

Performance Level

If you are wishing to achieve 720s, Quarters, or peals:
start with the structural ringing as above, add in the bits that are natural to you.
Study the lines.
Practice a lot.
Achieve some performances .

Method Mastery Level

It is unusual for a band to wish to achieve mastery in a method like Disley.


Learning Disley Delight Minor.

The Rules

(Assuming that Norwich S., has already been learned):

Disley Delight Minor - the rules
Ring 2nds place Oxford T.B. over Norwich S. with 3rds at the half lead.

The Structure

Familiarity with the grid is very valuable owing to the separation between the pair in 1-2 versus the other 4 bells. Use of the grid is helped enormously by an ability to see the position of treble.

Counting the dodges

A key issue with Disley Delight is to know when 5 dodges have been performed. Clearly counting to 5 is an option, and should be practised. Equally, associating the work of the pair with the work of the treble is helpful:

Working Pair Treble's work Pivot bell's work
X 12 x Dodge 3-4 up Dodge 3-4 down
Dodge 1 Hunt 4-5 3rds
Dodge 2 Dodge 5-6 up 4ths
Dodge 3 Lie behind, half lead 3rds
Dodge 4 Dodge 5-6 Down 4ths
Dodge 5 Hunt 5-4 3rds
X 12 x Dodge 3-4 down Dodge 3-4 up

The up versus down nature of the dodging in the 5-pull has been found in practise to be slightly trickier than expected; this is caused by the X12X elements at either end. 2nds place bell dodges down before leading in order to turn round and leave the front.

Like most Treble Bob methods, the structure either side of the treble’s full lead is vitally important to effective ringing of the method.

In 3-4 at a plain lead, the bells hunt either up to 4ths, or down to 3rds, and then ring “far-dodge-near places” and carry on hunting.

Far-dodge-near-places, in bold italic below.

Hunting up: 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 4, 3, 3, 4, 5, 6,

Hunting down: 6, 5, 4, 3, 3, 4, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1

In 5-6, the cumulative effect is a triple dodge: dodge for the method, dodge for the lead end, dodge for the method. The 5ths and 6ths place bells occur on the second dodge.

Double Blue Lines

Double Blue Lines

The Double Blue Lines give a useful overview of the method, adding context which is helpful for overcoming trips.

The Double Place Bell sequences are identical with Plain Bob Minor.

Disley Delight Minor, 1-2

Disley Delight Minor on 1-2

Diagram: Disley Delight Minor, 1-2.


Disley Delight Minor, 3-4

Disley Delight Minor on 3-4

Diagram: Disley Delight Minor, 3-4.


Disley Delight Minor, 5-6

Disley Delight Minor on 5-6

Diagram: Disley Delight Minor, 5-6.

Place Notation


The Blue Line features worth noting are:
The nature of the 5-pull dodging (see above)
The 6ths Place Bell "crankshaft" linking the two standard 3-4 sections.

Place Notation and Grid

The choice here is personal preference. The author’s preference is the visual nature of the grid.


Study how other bells relate to the crankshaft, it's the beating heart of Disley Delight below the treble.

Section by section

Section by Section

(To follow once more practise has been achieved).


Ringing Disley Delight Minor.

Track the treble

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

Awareness of the position of the treble is useful as a structured counting technique. The five-pull dodge is counted as: Cross-section, section, half-lead, section, cross-section. The five-pull dodge is bracketted by the standard 3-4 Sections.

Positional Awareness

Location 3rds and 4ths can be tricky in fluid methods, in Disley Delight, the static nature of the 5-pull is of great assistance.

Place Notation Elements

The method only contains X, 36, 12, 16, 34.

Place Bells, Pivot Leads, and Staging posts

The double place bells sequences (Plain Bob) gives a comfort factor.

6ths place bell is the pivot bell, see notes above.

The 5 pull dodging will be seen as a staging post, but take care over up versus down.

Awareness of other bells

The x34x when treble is dodging in 5-6 should be noted and used.

Coursing Order in Disley Delight Minor

Natural Coursing Order is compromised by the “Oxford above” nature of the work above he treble.

Below the treble the pivot bell works with its forebell and afterbell, and the sequence of 5 consecutive 3rds needs to be studied.

Ringing the Method

Just enjoy it, it’s easier than expected, especially if you have rung Oxford and Norwich.


Bobs and Singles.

Bobs replace the 2nds place at the Lead End with 4ths as per Plain Bob.


Touches of Disley Delight Minor.

6ths place bell is the pivot bell, and hence the first lead end is 135264 giving calling positions from the tenor as in Plain Bob.
Bobs only callings for Plain Bob Minor work for Disley, but give twice the length of the Plain Bob calling.

For 240 Disley Delight Minor, call Tenor: Wrong, Home, Wrong, Home.
For 720 Omit second call "Home" and repeat twice for a 3-part.