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.

Doubles Variations

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 .

Latest Additions

Christ The King: Rung at Birchington, 20 Nov 2022
Hampreston: Rung at Hampreston, 12 Nov 2022
Ding Dong: Rung at Birchington, 8 Nov 2022
River Itchen: Rung at Overton, 23 Sep 2022
Emerald Wedding: Rung at Castor, 7 Sep 2022
Porcelain Wedding: Rung at Birchington, 26 Jul 2022
Fearn: Rung at Birchington, 3 Jul 2022

Variations at Other Stages

This table shows Variations at other stages. If you know of any others, please let know.

NameStageMethodCallRW RefNotes
BroughamMinorPlain BobCumbria Bob1978/827, 1978/890Peal rung at Brougham, 8 Aug 1978
Pride of MelbourneMinorPlain BobBob, Single and 1258 Extreme1978/917Quarter peal rung at High Halden, 23 Sep 1978
Scapa FlowMinorPlain BobWreford Bob1978/827, 1978/890Peal rung at Plumpton, 9 Aug 1978
April DayTriplesPlain BobGrandsire Single1973/337Quarter peal rung at Deptford, 1 Apr 1973, but not claimed as a first
Pink'sTriplesPlain BobPink's Single1986/388Quarter peal rung at Bexhill on Sea, 9 Mar 1986, but not claimed as a first
SouthreppsTriplesCanterbury PleasurePlain Bob Bob2014/620Quarter peal rung at Milverton, 1 May 2014
St David'sTriplesCanterbury PleasureAntelope Single2009/283Quarter peal rung at Eastbourne, 1 Mar 2009
April DayMajorPlain BobGrandsire Single1977/362Quarter peal rung at Lower Beeding, 2 Apr 1977
April DayCatersPlain BobGrandsire Single2011/374Quarter peal rung at Shrivenham, 26 Feb 2011