The Central Council is the largest publisher of ringing books, all of which can be found in the Shop on this website. The Council has also now published the following works as eBooks for reading online and on mobile devices. These make use of the online format to includes links to other content, videos and other resources.
Calling it Round – Bryn Reinstadler, 2021
This eBook is aimed at any ringer who would like to get more experience at calling and conducting, There is a particular emphasis on being able to call from any bell in order to make it as inclusive is possible, and get away from the perception that calling and conducting is the preserve of those who ring heavier bells. The eBook goes as far as transposing coursing orders and conducting on handbells.
Bryn is herself a relatively recent learner (2017) in North America , but learned to call and conduct on tower and handbells. This book is therefore written from the perspective of someone new to the skill, and whose experience of calling and conducting comes from ringing lighter bells.
While Calling it Round is already a complete work, Bryn intends to add further chapters in due course.
Devon Call Changes – Simon Linford, 2022
This is an eBook on learning to ring call changes in the style practiced in the South West of England. It is however written from the perspective of an experienced method ringer who is introducing closed handstroke lead call change ringing into the repertoire of a method ringing band, and sees the value of doing do.
Simon started writing Devon Call Changes during his term as President of the Central Council, in response to one of the Council’s Strategic Priorities that method ringing does not need to be target of every ringer. In method ringing circles, call change ringing is often seen as just an exercise for the learners and something that is a steppingstone to ‘greater things’ however in this eBook Simon hopes to show how it is a fulfilling target in itself, with different rewards.
Unlike Calling It Round, Devon Call Changes is not a complete work as it is being written in parallel with Simon going through is own Devon call change ‘journey’. It should however give a starting point for other bands who want to give this style of ringing a try, but who don’t quite now how to start.
Other online publications
In addition, a number of older Council publications are now available as free downloads.