Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Bellringing?
  2. What is this 'Touches' Collection?
  3. What (or who) inspired this collection?
  4. How do touches get added to this collection?
  5. Where do most of the touches come from?
  6. What about Truth?
  7. How do I get notified of updates to this collection?
  8. How is the collection maintained?
  9. What does the total touches count consist of?
  10. What music do you indicate?
  11. I have found a touch that includes queens/kings/tittums/reverse rounds, but this is not indicated, why?

1. What is Bellringing?

It is not my intention to describe bellringing here, as others already have. For more information about bellrining, see these links:

An Explanation of English Change Ringing.
North American Guild of Change Ringers.
Australian & New Zealand Association of Bellringers.


2. What is this 'Touches' Collection?

This is a collection of touches for bellringers. If you're not a bellringer (or change ringer, or whatever you want to call it), it probably won't be very meaningful to you. To find out more about change ringing, have a look at these sites:

An Explanation of English Change Ringing.
North American Guild of Change Ringers.
Australian & New Zealand Association of Bellringers.


3. What (or who) inspired this collection?

This collection has been partially inspired by Don Morrison's Quarter Peal Collection.

As a conductor, I like to call the standard touches, but I also like to have a bit of variety occasionally. Hence the aim of this collection is to provide a source for conductors (and bob callers) to exchange and find touches that are different from the normal diary touches.


4. How do touches get added to this collection?

The only way in which this will continue and grow, is if you submit your touches, that you have made up, or that have been passed on to you.

Find out how to submit touches here


5. Where do most of the touches come from?

You! Without your own compositions, this collection would not be possible.

However, to start the collection I have included touches from past Ringing World Diaries, that are no longer in the latest one.

I've decided not to specifically put credit to most of the touches, as most of them are normally passed on down the generations, and so to find the original composer would probably be quite hard.


6. What about Truth?

As a guideline for any of you who are worried about truth, I am now including the following symbols after the number of changes in a touch. If you are really concerned, I suggest you check for yourself.

  • * - the touch has been checked and is true.
  • F - the touch is known to be false.
  • 'nothing' - the touch has not been checked.

7. How is this collection maintained?

To make this collection easy for me to look after and to provide a consistent interface, I have a set of perl (http://www.perl.org/ scripts that take the touches from files, and generate the html structure for the whole site.

I am also currently integrating it with functionality from the ringing library that I have been helping to write along with a few others. This will make lead-end generation and the proving of touches a lot easier


8. What does the total touches count consist of?

This total consists of:

  • The total of all individually defined touches on the site
  • The total of some of the Grandsire Triples touches on the special page. For this page, only the touches possible with rounds to titums and rounds to queens are counted (42), not the possibilities for if three rounds to queens lengths are put together.
  • The total does not include possible rotations of touches that are on the site.

9. What music do you indicate?

Only queens, kings, tittums and reverse rounds are indicated for touches. Where queens, kings and tittums are indicated on odd bell methods this implies that the tenor is ringing as well.

The music is indicated just below the touch, Q = Queens, K = Kings, T = Tittums, R = Reverse Rounds. If there is no indication, then there is either no music, or the touch length is greater than or equal to the extent, in which case if it is true it will contain all the music possible.


10. I have found a touch that includes queens/kings/tittums/reverse rounds, but this is not indicated, why?

The generator for the site, cannot yet handle all touches that are displayed on the site, some of them have to be entered manually. If this is the case, then the music analysis may not have been done for that touch, and hence it won't be indicated.

Note, it may also be because the touch length is equal to, or greater than the extent on the number of bells the touch is. The site doesn't show queens etc for touches that fit this criteria as by default they will normally contain all music if they are true.

If the music analysis is performed, it will indicate only for changes that are queens, kings, tittums or reverse rounds.