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 .
The Pilgrim's Hospice: Rung at Birchington, 28 Nov 2023
Christus Rex: Rung at Birchington, 26 Nov 2023
Vera and Peter: Rung at Birchington, 19 Nov 2023
The Fallen and The Few: Rung at Birchington, 12 Nov 2023
Rusty Sheriff's Badge, Crusty Baps and Foop: Rung at Boyton, 11 Nov 2023
The Hinges: Rung at Birchington, 5 Nov 2023
Chalk Dust and New Balls Please: Rung at Birchington, 31 Oct 2023
The Guinea Pig Club: Rung at Birchington, 24 Oct 2023
Attfield: Rung at York, Western Australia, 23 Sep 2023
Knewstub: Rung at York, Western Australia, 23 Sep 2023
Chiddingly Festival: Rung at Chiddingly, 21 Sep 2023
Chris and Janet Godfrey: Rung at Birchington, 17 Sep 2023
Littlefair: Rung at Perth (The Bell Tower), 10 Sep 2023
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|
|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|
|May Day||Triples||Plain Bob||Pink's Single||Quarter peal rung at Shepton Mallet, 25 May 2023|
|Pink's||Triples||Grandsire||Pink's Bob and Pink's Single||1986/388||Quarter peal rung at Bexhill on Sea, 9 Mar 1986|
|Southrepps||Triples||Canterbury Pleasure Bob||Plain Bob Bob||1971/784||Quarter peal rung at Deptford, 8 Aug 1971|
|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|
|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|
|April Day||Royal||Plain Bob||Grandsire Single||Quarter peal rung at York (St Wilfrid), 5 May 2023|