Call changing fundamentals

 

At all times need to know:          Which is your bell?

                                                Which bell are you following?

 

Also useful to know:                  Which bell is in front of the bell you are following?

 

The call will come on one handstroke and takes place on the following handstroke.

 

We use the “Call Change UP” system – the following will only work for that.

 

When a call is made:

 

a)

If your bell is not mentioned, and the bell you are following is not mentioned, then you carry on exactly as you were, at the same speed and following the same bell.  DON’T WAIT!

 

b)

If your bell is not mentioned but the bell you are following is, then you carry on at the same speed but will be following a different bell.  The call will have told another bell to follow the one you were following, and that other bell is the one you now follow.  It’s particularly important that you DON’T WAIT!

 

c)

If your bell is called to follow another bell then, on the next handstroke (and for that stroke only) you give one slow stroke.  The call will have told you which bell you are then following.

 

d)

If another bell is called to follow you then, on the next handstroke (and for that stroke only) you give one quick stroke.  You will then be following the bell that was two in front of you.  Do the quick stroke regardless, and if necessary find out afterwards who you should be following.

 

The only one of the above that really requires any forethought is d).

For the others the call itself tells you anything you need to know.

 

Example

 

Rounds           1  2  3  4  5  6  -  call is “2 after 3”

becomes –        1  3  2  4  5  6

 

The effect on the various bells is:

 

a)

Bells 1, 5 and 6 are totally unaffected and carry on at the same speed still following the same bell.

 

b)

Bell 4 carries on at the same speed but now following bell 2 instead of 3.

 

c)

Bell 2 has slowed to follow bell 3, as instructed by the call

 

d)

Bell 3 has sped up to get in front of bell 2 and is now following bell 1 (which bell 2 was originally following).

 

Cardington        28 October 2008