Learn to ring better

Bell ringers can learn to ring better as individuals.

They can also work together:  mobilise to enable ringing to flourish.  We are promoting the development of support mechanisms for ringers and bands of all abilities. We also promote excellence in ringing through relevant technical and leadership training.

The CCCBR would like to list all towers that offer other than a regular practice night here. Ringing Centres, Ringing Schools, Training facilities, ART Hubs and Centres – anywhere that has a simulator/dumb bell, or runs courses/training days and aspires to make a significant difference can apply.

For a list of centres click here:   list separate  – from Maureen Frost

Originally published in The Ringing World 2016 – by David Smith.

This series began with eight articles suggesting ways in which teachers and ringing masters can help their learners, who have achieved bell control, to make the transition to simple method ringing. The articles present various ideas and practice methods, not intended to be in sequence of increasing difficulty.

The series has extended a great deal and will be expanded here after publication in the Ringing World.

Historical publications include:

The Beginners Handbook, Teaching from Rounds to Bob Doubles, Doubles and Minor for Beginners, and Triples and Major for Beginners.

    Judging Striking Competitions — a new (2013) book by Simon Linford

    The New Ringer’s Book — extended and modernised version of The Beginners Handbook ** BESTSELLER **

    Teaching Tips — With many illustrations in full colour, including sections on Teaching Skills, Coaching Tips, Initial Bell Handling, Problem Solving Tables and Learners’ Early Practices from Call Changes through Plain Hunt to Bob Doubles

    The Tower Handbook — a comprehensive but easy-to-dip-into reference about anything to do with ringing

    Listen to Ringing and Listen to Ringing — Live — CDs to develop ringers’ listening skills

    Learning Methods — a structured approach to help learn new methods thoroughly

    A Tutor’s Handbook (revision)

    Bellhandling — a Tutor’s Companion (DVD/tape)

    Organising an Outing — practical advice for a popular activity.

    Splicing Bell Ropes Illustrated — a detailed guide, fully illustrated in colour.

    Kaleidoscope Ringing — an alternative approach to developing method ringing skills.

    Getting it Right — guidelines for officers of ringing societies.

    Teaching Unravelled — a book about teaching ringers that draws on the results of research into how people learn.

The Learning Curve – 4 volumes  – see the description here:

Ringing Practice Toolkit – see the description here:

Young people and ringing – see the description here:

Ringing Practice Toolkit   https://archive.cccbr.org.uk/services/education/ringing-practice-toolkit/

Pip Penney created this toolkit to support anyone running a practice for ringers at any stage up to Surprise Minor.

The Introduction emphasises the importance of giving each a personal Prime Ring during the practice, and goes on to provide a series of suggestions for maximising the effectiveness of the practice in different circumstances.

The materials themselves are provided as sets of PDF files grouped by learning stage:

    Foundation skills

    Doubles methods

    Minor methods

    All Change

Between 1999 and 2007 the Education committee provided a series of regular articles on teaching and learning that were published in The Ringing World on the first Friday of each month. Most of these articles were written by John Harrison, then chairman of the committee.

The collected articles are available in book form from Central Council Publications:

The Learning Curve, Volume 1: 1999-2001 etc etc

Take text from

The Learning Curve

The report Trends in Ringing, commissioned by the 2000 Central Council meeting at Bury St Edmunds recommended the consideration of fast-track training courses for young people and the provision of better ways to support university ringing societies.

In January 2004 the Education Committee responded with a Training young people (Discussion paper) setting out the issues, problems and possibilities. This was followed in September 2005 by its conclusions and recommendations in Training young people (Conclusions).

The reports were published in The Ringing World in January 2004 and September 2005, respectively.

In 2019 a conference on Youth ringing issues was held at Worcester : A Vision for the Future of Youth Ringing.   Link to http://ringingteachers.org/news/conference    This was in conjunction with ART.  Ideas and material generated by that event will appear here later.

Other organisations:    Girlguiding, Scouting and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme all offer recognition of achievement for ringing activities and accomplishment.

Many other youth organisations, as part of their award schemes, require their members to learn a new skill, show an improvement in an existing skill, take part in a team activity or try something new, bellringing could be used for any of these.

Most youth organisations will also welcome the opportunity for their members to learn about ringing. This can take the form of a group visit to a church or a visit by ringers to a meeting night of the group.

Please also see the Council’s guidelines on Protecting Young Ringers.