Under the new Central Council Framework for Method Ringing (Section 5.D), a Variation is defined as a named combination of a Method and a Call or Calls. Note that while a variation has the same Class as the underlying Method on which it is based, it does not use a Class Descriptor in its name (for instance, Bob or Place).
The Framework includes the requirement that the Central Council kept a Library of Calls and Variations. This is intended to become that Library, but work is still needed to sort out a few historical anomalies and make sure everything is in consistent with the new Framework. There are also quite a number of duplicate names, which will need to be clarified. Some of the current issues are listed here; all comments gratefully received.
The Help section explains how variations are constructed by inserting different calls into a method.
Most of the Variations here are for Doubles Methods, largely because under the previous Central Council Decisions, this was the only Stage at which Variations were defined.
To find details of a particular Doubles variation, either use the quick search below or use the Search by Name link at the top of the page.
Alternatively, you can Search by Structure, specifying either the underlying method or the call (or calls) or both. There is also a single table of all named Doubles Variations, arranged in order of parent method.
A list of all the named Calls used in the Library is given here, with their code letters. You can also use the Search for Calls link above to search the list by name or by other criteria. Help on calls and their code letters is also available.
Many of the variations listed here have had different names or spellings assigned to them over the years. This collection of Debated Names has been compiled in order to show the evidence of various usages. A letter in the Ringing World (1 May 2020, p. 433) requested further information on any of the names. If you can help, please .
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch: Rung at York (St Lawrence), 27 Mar 2023
Fat Hippo: Rung at York, 27 Mar 2023
York Colleges Guild Dinner Day: Rung at York (St Lawrence), 26 Mar 2023
Vernham Dean: Rung at Overton, 26 Mar 2023
Hampstead Norreys: Rung at Hampstead Norreys, 21 Feb 2023
Up The Tower: Rung at Overton, 27 Jan 2023
Ecchinswell: Rung at Ecchinswell, 2 Jan 2023
Elizabeth College: Rung at St Peter Port, 16 Dec 2022
This table shows Variations at other stages. If you know of any others, please let know.
|Brougham||Minor||Plain Bob||Cumbria Bob||1978/827, 1978/890||Peal rung at Brougham, 8 Aug 1978|
|Pride of Melbourne||Minor||Plain Bob||Bob, Single and 1256 Extreme||1978/917||Quarter peal rung at High Halden, 23 Sep 1978|
|Norton Knatchbull||Minor||Plain Bob||Plain Bob Bob and 1256 Extreme||1978/1089||Quarter peal rung at Little Chart, 25 Nov 1978|
|Highworth||Minor||Plain Bob||Plain Bob Single and 1256 Extreme||1978/1089||Quarter peal rung at Little Chart, 25 Nov 1978|
|Chiron||Minor||Plain Bob||Old Bob and Plain Bob Single||1979/546||Quarter peal rung at High Halden, 26 May 1979|
|Telstar||Minor||Plain Bob||Old Bob and 1256 Extreme||1979/546||Quarter peal rung at High Halden, 26 May 1979|
|Scapa Flow||Minor||Plain Bob||Wreford Bob||1978/827, 1978/890||Peal rung at Plumpton, 9 Aug 1978|
|Burghclere||Minor||Plain Bob||36 Bob as treble is in 4-5 and Plain Bob Single||1974/897, 1974/903||Peal rung at Burghclere, 4 Oct 1974|
|April Day||Minor||Plain Bob||Grandsire Single||1962/755||Peal rung at Loughborough (Bellfoundry), 12 Oct 1962|
|May Day||Minor||Plain Bob||Plain Bob Bob and Pink's Single||1975/450||Peal rung at Woolton Hill, 1 May 1975|
|Kennington||Minor||Plain Bob||Single Canterbury Bob||1964/472||Peal rung at Cropthorne, 20 Jun 1964|
|Southrepps||Minor||Single Canterbury Pleasure Bob||Plain Bob Bob||1964/49||Peal rung at Collingham, 14 Dec 1963, but not claimed as a first|
|Von Thünen Pleasure||Minor||Single Canterbury Bob||Single Canterbury Bob and 1256 Extreme||1979/738||720 rung at Egerton, 9 Jul 1979|
|Weber Pleasure||Minor||Single Canterbury Bob||Single Canterbury Single and 1256 Extreme||1979/738||720 rung at Egerton, 9 Jul 1979|
|April Day||Triples||Plain Bob||Grandsire Single||1973/337||Quarter peal rung at Deptford, 1 Apr 1973, but not claimed as a first|
|Pink's||Triples||Plain Bob||Pink's Single||1986/388||Quarter peal rung at Bexhill on Sea, 9 Mar 1986, but not claimed as a first|
|Southrepps||Triples||Canterbury Pleasure Bob||Plain Bob Bob||1971/784||Quarter peal rung at Deptford, 8 Aug 1971, but not claimed as a first|
|St David's||Triples||Canterbury Pleasure Bob||Antelope Single||2009/283||Quarter peal rung at Eastbourne, 1 Mar 2009|
|Eynsham||Triples||St Simon's Bob||Grandsire Single||2013/1012||Quarter peal rung at Thatcham, 25 Aug 2013, but not claimed as a first|
|April Day||Major||Plain Bob||Grandsire Single||1977/362||Quarter peal rung at Lower Beeding, 2 Apr 1977|
|April Day||Caters||Plain Bob||Grandsire Single||2011/374||Quarter peal rung at Shrivenham, 26 Feb 2011|