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Treble B. Minor

  Treble Bob Minor - Surfleet Surprise

Surfleet Surprise Minor

About Surfleet Surprise Minor

Surfleet Surprise Minor is harder than Cambridge, but easier than London.

Surprise Minor methods are worth ringing in their own right. However, the value in tackling Surfleet Surprise lies in the disciplines necessary to conquer the work under the treble, it provides practise at leading wrong.

Site Sections:

Page Index

Thorough familiarity with Cambridge is essential as a pre-cursor to learning Surfleet.

Method Structure.

Place Notation:
X 36 X 14 X 12 X 36 . 14 X 12 . 56, 12 Bob 14, Single 1234.


Surfleet Surprise Minor change rows with grid

Diagram: 6t.s.14599.00 Surfleet Surprise Minor, plain course, change-rows and grid.

Plain Course structure
Surfleet has the same structure in the 1-2 section and 3-4 section as Cambridge.
The 5-6 sections (linked by 5-6 at the half lead), are a messy combination of backward leading to in 1-2, and backward dodging in 3-4.


Learning Surfleet Surprise Minor.

The approach

Skills learning is a progressive process.
Learn some, practice with a simulator, learn some more, get good enough to perform in a band.
Learn some more, practice with both a simulator and a band, publish your success.

The difficult part with Surfleet is learning enough to get going on a simulator if you have never learned to lead back and hand. The route to success, like Kent places, rests on thoroughly learning the spacings of the pairs as they pass through 1-2-3-4 under the treble.

It is crucial to put in enough time to genuinely know the pairs; knowing the blue line for one bell and "winging it" will not work for Surfleet Surprise.

The Structure

Surfleet Surprise Minor - the rules
Ringing by rules is not appropriate to Surfleet.

Double Blue Lines

Double Blue Lines

Surfleet Surprise Minor, 1-2

Surfleet Surprise Minor on 1-2

Diagram: 6t.s.14599.01 Surfleet Surprise Minor, 1-2.


Beverley Surprise Minor, 3-4

Surfleet Surprise Minor on 3-4

Diagram: 6t.s.14599.02 Surfleet Surprise Minor, 3-4.


Beverley Surprise Minor, 5-6

Surfleet Surprise Minor on 1-2

Diagram: 6t.s.14599.03 Surfleet Surprise Minor, 5-6.

Place Notation


The Blue Line features - Stedman whole turn, leading wrong, dodging wrong, contiguous places are just a distraction to the handbell ringer.

Place Notation and Grid

The grid is a usful reminder of the structure of the method.


This method does not lend itself to Pictels except as per Cambridge S Minor adjacent to the treble leading.


Ringing Surfleet Surprise 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 Surprise Minor methods. Some hints and tips for developing the skill are given in the techniques section.

The work of the treble is the key to Section by Section learning and ringing.

Get into ringing Surfleet by learning the spacings.
Conquer Surfleet by ringing a lot of it and hence acquiring the skill of seeing how each pair relates to the other pairs.

Place Notation Elements

The method only contains .14x12.56.12x14. For the novice "Surfleet in hand" this will be a challenge.

Place Bells, Pivot Leads, and Staging posts

Place bells and pivot leads are as per Cambridge.
There are no restful staging posts until you can ring the method with confidence.

Awareness of other bells

The pairs fit together nicely in the work underneath the treble.

Coursing Order in Surfleet Surprise Minor

Surfleet Surprise Minor preserves natural coursing order better than Cambridge under the treble, but this is of little immediate value as that's the challenging part of the method.

Ringing the Method

Ring Surfleet Surprise Minor because it's a surprise method with the added complexity that surprise brings to the ringing, and the added extra complexity of the method structure. There is much to be learned about the learning process.


Bobs and Singles.

Calls See Cambridge


Touches of Beverley Surprise Minor.

See Cambridge