Alliance Minimus

In the Framework for Method Ringing, an Alliance method is defined as a Hunter in which:
a) The Hunt Bell does not ring the same number of times in each Place of the Path during a Plain Lead;
b) The Path of the Hunt Bell is the same if it is rung backwards;
c) The Hunt Bell is not a Stationary Bell; and
d) The Method does not use Jump Changes.

So this class can include a wide variety of treble paths, usually hunting with extra places or extra dodges, or sometimes with blows missed out, to give a point lead or a point lie. To get a true round block in which each row comes up the same number of times they can be spliced with another method that supplies more of the "missing" positions in the treble's path. Or they can be rung with variable hunt calls.

The first examples of Alliance Minimus methods are to be found in the Ringing World in 1957 (p. 660), in an article by Peter Bellamy-Knights:

"New Little Alliance" has the treble dodging in 3-4, as happens in many Alliance Minor methods. This method is intended to be rung spliced with "New Little Bob", in which the treble doesn't get above 2nds place, to make up for the extra blows in 3-4 in the Alliance method. Now the methods are known as Sparsholt Alliance and Bastow Little Bob.

"Gainsborough Alliance" has the treble doing two extra blows in 4ths and is spliced with "New Gainsborough Little Bob", where the treble only goes to 3rds place. Now the methods are known as In These Unprecedented And Challenging Times Our First Priority Is The Safety Of Our Staff Alliance and Barton Little Bob.

When In These Unprecedented And Challenging Times Our First Priority Is The Safety Of Our Staff Alliance was named at St Leonards on Sea in July 2020, it was rung with the slightly more familiar Melsonby Bob, otherwise known as Little Little Little Little Little Little Little Little Penultimus Little Place. However, unlike the Barton option described above, this was presumably rung in whole courses to give a round block, as ringing alternate leads doesn't work.

Sparsholt Alliance Bastow Little Bob In These Unprecedented... Barton Little Bob Melsonby Little Bob

Most of the other methods with the treble dodging in 3-4 were named in 1993:

Marston-on-Dove Sutton Scarsdale Taddington Cubley Barkeston Peatling Magna Muston Carlton-by-Bosworth
Orton-on-the-Hill Allexton Foremark Elvaston Pickwell Sibson Burrough-on-the-Hill Dalby-on-the-Wolds
Drayton Bassett Lichfield St Chad Norbury Bobbington Denstone Colton Adbaston Chebsey
Stoughton Sparsholt Tilton on the Hill South Croxton Ayston Lyndon South Luffenham Tugby

The rest of this group were named in a quarter peal at Kington and Presteigne on 23 August 2020. This quarter peal also included the reverses of all 44 of these methods, with the treble dodging in 1-2 and plain hunting in 3-4. Ringing the both forward and reverse versions of the methods gives a round block of 72 changes, containing each row three times.

Burrito Enchilada Chimichanga Taco
Jet Provost Flauta Chipmunk Tamale
Vulcan B2 Tornado F3 Hunter GR9 Phantom F4

A peal at Seckington in November 2004 contained another Alliance method where the hunt bell does four blows at the back - Countryside Alliance. Like "Gainsborough" above, it was rung spliced with what is now Barton Little Bob.

Countryside Alliance Barton Little Bob

The next key naming event was a peal at Colesbourne in December 2004, which contained 35 methods, with a variety of treble paths, which was then the most Minimus methods rung to a peal. Note that all of the Alliance methods were then referred to as Hybrid methods.

As above, to get true round blocks, they were rung spliced with other methods, to make up for the under-represented treble positions.

The first group has the treble making points at front and back. These methods were rung spliced with Double Trouble Little Place.

Lathors Cure Alliance Smod Hole Inn Alliance Wader Wodon Alliance Ypsen Harpen Alliance Double Trouble Little Place

These ones have the treble doing a point at the front. These were spliced with Cheeky Little Place, in which the treble stays at the front throughout, to make up for all those missed blows in lead.

Cherrington Alliance Elmstone Hardwicke Alliance Clearwell Alliance Wyck Rissington Alliance Daglingworth Alliance Stanway Alliance Cheeky Little Place

And here the treble does points at the back. These were rung in pairs, combined with Itram Little Place, whose name is derived from the apt phrase "Is This Really A Method?", as it looks suspiciously like a Singles method with a tenor behind.

Rhubarb Alliance Custard Alliance Parsley Alliance Sage Alliance Rosemary Alliance Thyme Alliance Itram Little Place

Churn Valley and Coln Valley were rung in 2010, in quarter peals at Colesbourne and Coln St Denys, respectively. They were rung in variable hunt 120s. Ermin and Fosse were rung in quarters at Cherington in 2011 and Edgeworth in 2013, respectively, again using variable hunt multi-extent round blocks.

Churn Valley Coln Valley Ermin Fosse

The Kington & Presteigne handbell band of Geoff Cowling and Lynn Scales added more Alliance methods with different treble paths in a quarter peal on 3 December 2020. Furan was rung spliced with Bastow, while Reverse Furan was rung spliced with Reverse Bastow. Plain courses of Quesadilla, Pyridine and Xylene were each rung with their Reverse versions, to give true blocks of 72, 96 and 120 changes, respectively.

Furan Reverse Furan Quesadilla Reverse Quesadilla Pyridine Reverse Pyridine Xylene Reverse Xylene

Finally, a group of Alliance methods derived from methods rung on higher numbers, in which the treble path in each lead is more irregular, as it just fills in holes left by other place bells from those methods - although Glarsgow and LLonndonn are a bit different.

In each case, true round blocks are obtained by use of a variable-hunt Single, replacing the final 14 place notation of the course with an X.

Demi-Bristol Demi-Belfast Norwich Warkworth Glarsgow LLonndonn