16th September 2015


The Methods Committee maintains and publishes records of methods which have been rung in peals and quarters, and provides advice to ringers about methods, method extension and other technical matters. Our electronic method collections on the internet contain nearly 20,000 methods, and we also produce hard-copy collections and articles covering technical aspects of ringing. Formed in 1899, we are one of the Council’s longest-standing committees.

Method collections

The Central Council Method collections can be found on Tony Smith’s website at methods.org.uk

Consultation on the Central Council Decisions

The Methods Committee is preparing proposals for changes to the current CC Decisions on Methods, Peals and Calls. The following article below outlines the changes that we are planning to make in 2017, along with a list of further changes we are considering as part of a more major revision in the following year. Please see: 2017 Consultation.

The feedback we’ve received so far is summarised here: 2017 consultation results. There is still time for comment on the wider 2018 changes – please email the committee at methods@cccbr.org.uk before 12 May.

Motions for May 2017

The technical motion for our proposed 2017 changes to the Decisions has now been put forward, and is available here: Technical motion for 2017.

If the change to Decision E is passed, a number of existing Blocks will be reclassified as methods. We have prepared a provisional list of these, and their new names and classifications: Revised Method Titles for Blocks False in the Plain Course.

We are also bringing forward in 2017 a proposal to change the committee’s Terms of Reference: Methods Committee proposed new TOR. This will formalise a number of work items which, in effect, the committee has already been doing, and hopefully will also allow us to respond more quickly to innovations in the field of methods and composition.

Committee Consultants

We are pleased to announce that Tim Barnes and Graham John have agreed to act as advisory consultants to the committee, and they are helping us with this work.

Southwark Consultation

A previous meeting was held at Southwark Cathedral conference centre on Sunday, 11th October 2015. Feedback which was submitted to the committee prior to that meeting can be found here.

Committee membership

Tim Barnes (Additional Member)
Fred Bone (Essex Association)
Mark Davies (Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association)
David Grimwood (Kent County Association)
Graham John (Oxford Diocesan Guild)
Andrew Johnson (Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild)
Peter Niblett (Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild) Chairman
David Richards (Cambridge University Guild)
Leigh Simpson (Ancient Society of College Youths)
Derek Williams (Australian and New Zealand Association)
Robin Woolley (Society of Sherwood Youths)

The Committee can be contacted by email here.


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