It is a general principle (Decision (E) A.2) that a call is not part of a method and so, for example, Cambridge Surprise Major is still Cambridge Surprise Major no matter whether fourths place bobs, sixths place bobs or, indeed, both types of bob feature in a particular composition. Similarly in Doubles it is perfectly acceptable to ring one or more methods in an extent, regardless of the calls used, and simply to report the names of the methods.
However there was a tradition of giving names to particular compositions (six-scores) of Doubles and Council made a special case of Doubles at Worcester in 1968 by also accepting this style of reporting (Decision (E) A.3). Moreover the reporting of more than one such variation in an extent was also accepted subject to some safeguards on the number of names that could be claimed. An extent containing a number of methods and a number of different calls might claim to contain all the variations of each method using each call and so, for example, four methods using three different calls might claim to contain as many variations as the number of leads! The safeguard against this is Decision (D) C.3, accepted in its current form by Council at St. Albans in 1969, which effectively limits the number of names in an extent to either the number of methods (if all the variations and methods have the same call or calls) or the number of distinct sets of calls (if all the variations and methods have the same plain course). Of course, the extent in the example could be reported just as being in the four methods. Decision (D) C.3 does not limit what may be rung and only comes into effect if variations are being claimed.
the six peals mentioned in recommendations (2) and (3) in the report of the Peals Analysis Committee all contained extents which do not conform with Decision (D) C.3 and there are no technical reasons for treating any of them differently from the others. However, if Council does decide to include any, or indeed all, of these peals in the Analysis then we propose that the extents not conforming with Decision (D) C.3 should be accepted as containing just the methods used and not the variations. This would be a consistent way of recording the peals and the extents in question could have been reported like this in the first place. There would be a reduction in the numbers of variations recorded and the numbers of methods and variations and details of the particular extents in each peal would be as follows.
3m/20v: (1-4, 12-15) Grandsire; (5-8, 16-19) Antelope Place; (9-11, 20-22) Newark Place.
22m/69v:(1-4) Antelope Place; (5-8) Wollaton Place; (13-16) Grandsire; (18) Huntley Place; (20) St. Remigius Bob; (22) Winchendon Place; (24) Nicholas Bob; (26) Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place; (29) Eynesbury Bob; (31) St. Osmund Bob; (33) St. Martin's Bob; (35) St. Simon's Bob; (37) All Saints Place, St. Augustine Bob, Minster Place, St. James Bob; (38) Plain Bob, Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place; (39-42) Newark Place.
22m/123v: (38-39, 42-43) Plain Bob, Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place.
23m/76v: (1-2, 4) Westminster II Bob, Blackburn Place, St. Hilary Bob, Dragon Place; (7-10) New Bob, Huntspill Bob, St. Vedast Bob, Blaisdon Bob; (18) Twineham Bob, Bampton Bob, Fifield Bob, St. Ouen Place; (23-26) St. Nicholas Bob, Winchendon Place, St. Remigius Bob, Huntley Place; (32, 35) St. Simon's Bob, St. Martin's Bob, St. Osmund Bob, Eynesbury Bob; (37-40) Plain Bob, Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place.
27m/21v: (1) Maltby Bob, Chevasse Place, Callender Bob, Montgomeryshire Place, St. Augustine Bob; (2-3) Maltby Bob, Chevasse Place, Callender Bob, Montgomeryshire Place; (4-6) Twineham Bob, Bampton Bob, Fifield Bob, St. Ouen Place; (8-12) Westminster II Bob, Blackburn Place, St. Hilary Bob, Dragon Place; (15-19) New Bob, Huntspill Bob, St. Vedast Bob, Blaisdon Bob; (23-26, 28) St. Nicholas Bob, Winchendon Place, St. Remigius Bob, Huntley Place; (32-35, 37) St. Simon's Bob, St. Martin's Bob, St. Osmund Bob, Eynesbury Bob; (39-42) Plain Bob, Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place.
102m/35v: (5) Boxford Bob, Plain Bob, Candlesby Slow Course; (7) Dorton Bob, Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place, Raveningham Slow Course; (19) Braywood Bob, St. Simon's Bob, Rugby Slow Course; (20) St. Martin's Bob, Welford Bob, Slapton Slow Course; (21) Longworth Bob, St. Osmund Bob, Merton Slow Course; (22) Eynesbury Bob, Sutton-upon-Trent Bob, Slapton Slow Course; (23) Londonthorpe Bob, Twineham Bob, Bedfont Slow Course; (24) Bampton Bob, Casthorpe Place, Boveney Slow Course; (25) Fifield Bob, Manthorpe Bob, Eton Slow Course; (26) Nunthorpe Place, St. Ouen Place, Boveney Slow Course; (27) Maltby Bob, Caernarvonshire Bob, Cardiganshire Slow Course; (28) Chevasse Place, Flintshire Place, Denbighshire Slow Course; (29) Callender Bob, Merionethshire Bob, Glamorgan Slow Course; (30) Montgomeryshire Place, Radnorshire Place, Denbighshire Slow Course; (31) Forncett Bob, New Bob, Itchingfield Slow Course; (32) Ellingham Bob, Huntspill Bob, Oakley Slow Course; (33) Bedingham Bob, St. Vedast Bob, Chipstead Slow Course; (34) Blaisdon Bob, Screveton Bob, Oakley Slow Course; (35) Knapton Bob, Westminster II Bob, Chesham Slow Course; (36) Blackburn Place, Lyng Place, Broughton Slow Course; (37) Intwood Bob, St. Hilary Bob, Ockham Slow Course; (38) Dragon Place, Strelley Place, Broughton Slow Course; (39) Fundenhall Bob, St. Nicholas Bob, Longford Slow Course; (40) Haddiscoe Place, Winchendon Place, Thornborough Slow Course; (41) Harpley Bob, St. Remigius Bob, Hascombe Slow Course; (42) Huntley Place, Ossington Place, Thornborough Slow Course.
Decision (D) C.3 does not restrict what may actually be rung in an extent and any relaxation would only increase the number of names that could be reported. We hope that this satisfactorily meets the request for further consideration by the Methods Committee.
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