Lancashire, Bolonium, Venusium or Sheffield Surprise Major

This is step 5 in the 2020 yellow pathway.

Bands may find that each of these four methods poses a challenge. Which will you try?

  • Lancashire is a double method which combines the backwork of Whalley with the frontwork of Malpas. It has the spikiest line of the four, but is a double method. The a group Plain Bob lead end order may help too.
  • Bolonium combines a formulaic overwork with a right-place underwork. It is the eighths place version of Jovium, and twelve-bell ringers may recognise it as the obvious contraction of Phobos.
  • Venusium is Double Dublin over Deva. If the Deva underwork looks familiar, this may be because it is Superlative with a firsts place half-lead. Perhaps the easiest of the four on paper, but it is easy to drift into Bristol or Superlative by mistake.
  • Sheffield takes the overwork of Glasgow and gives it a simpler, right-place underwork which also happens to be more musical. The Glasgow overwork is perhaps the hardest of the four, but may be familiar to some bands.


Recent performances

Sunday, 12 June 2022Bromley (SS Peter and Paul), Kent1280 Venusium Surprise Major
Wednesday, 19 January 2022Cambridge (Our Lady and the English Martyrs), Cambridgeshire1314 Lancashire Surprise Major
Saturday, 28 August 2021Kirk Ella (St Andrew), East Riding of Yorkshire1344 Lancashire Surprise Major
Tuesday, 3 March 2020Fulbourn (St Vigor), Cambridgeshire1280 Venusium Surprise Major

See full list.