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100 Club winners 2018


ART WORKS Newsletters


ART Workshops


CCCBR Latest on CRAG


CCCBR Better Bell Handling posters


CCCBR Publicity for Bellringing


Ernest Kellett


Guild 10-Bell Practices

Guild AGM 2017 - brief report

Guild remembered at Cathedral altar

Harold Thompson

Heritage Open Days 2018

Howard Oglesby

Paul Phillips

Quiz result 2017

Recruitment Power Point  presentations

Ridgman Trophy 2017

Ringing for Peace Nov 11, 2018

Ringing Remembers Campaign


Spring Festival 2017

Stan Ruddlesden

Summer Festival 2017

Heritage Open Days 2018

If you are thinking of opening your tower as part of the Heritage Open days, then you can now register your event here.

This year the open days are as usual in September, running from THursday 6 to Sunday 9 and Thursday 13 to Sunday 16.

Stan Ruddlesden

Stan's daughter, Shirley McGill, sadly sent this message to Bridget Paul this morning (March 20)

Hello All 

Just to let you know that Dad died last night. He had been failing for some time so not entirely unexpected.

I am struggling to think who should be informed - I know there are lots of people around who ask after him so please could you let others know? Please would someone ring Ray?

We are having a very small funeral in Bromyard and will have a memorial service at Long Buckby sometime in (probably) May/June.



Stan was born on September 29, 1922.  He was elected as a Life Honorary Member of the Guild on June 11, 1983 for giving outstanding service.  

Further details to follow.

How to talk about Ringing

Elva Ainsworth, PR Officer of the Oxford Guild is putting on a special workshop with Mark Regan sharing and teaching on “How to talk about ringing!” in an inspiring and engaging way.  There are a few places still available with a deadline of Wednesday, March 28.  Here are the details if you’re interested –


Saturday, April 21, 9.30 to 2pm at Amersham, Bucks.

Donation of £15 towards expenses


Please see further details and opportunity to register via the link:

Guild 10-bell practices

The Guild Executive agreed with the Master that the March 10-bell practice will be cancelled as it coincides with the GMC meeting, which occupies a majority of those who usually attend the practice.

Reviewing the attendance and progress, the Master thinks it best to discontinue the practices, except on June 9, which will be arranged and advertised for members to attend on their way to the AGM hosted by the Thrapston Branch.  Instead it is proposed to have 10-bell quarter peals arranged to advance specific ringers and / or methods, with any requests going to the Master.

Thanks to all the towers that have hosted the 10-bell practices and those who have supported them.

Publicity for Bellringing

The CCCBR Public Relations Committee draws our attention to these new leaflets and flyers and encourages the use of these resources in our area:

'Engaging with the Public' Leaflet

Ideas and tips to successfully engage the public with your ringing and associated activities: Easy to use 'mix-and-match' format to help you to put together the ideas which will work for you locally. Available hereProduced by The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) Public Relations Committee.

Bell Ringing Flyer

Flyers for you to give to members of the public with a section for your tower or association/guild/society details (contacts, ringing times, website, Facebook, etc). Available here in pdf format with provision for you to enter your tower’s information.

Originally produced for Peak 2015 International Scout & Guide Camp and the Derby Diocesan Association, now approved by CCCBR.

Posters and certificates 

that you can use and enter your own details are available here.

Bellringing logo above is available here.


Safeguarding Newsletter and modules C0 and C1

The January Diocesan Safeguarding Newsletter can be read and printed out from here.

To promote awareness of possible safeguarding concerns and to equip people in relevant roles to feel confident to share with the appropriate person training modules C0 & C1 are available online.

For Instructions for C0, please click the link below:

Ringing Remembers Campaign

Message from Vicki Chapman, the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers Representative on the  campaign:

Please find attached a poster from Big Ideas Co who are working with the CCCBR on the Ringing Remembers campaign.  Please circulate this to your towers and encourage them to put it up in church and village notice boards.  There will be a suite of images available to download from the CCCBR website to use on other material as well.


There will be some limited numbers of printed posters available, and a trifold information leaflet at the ART conference at the beginning of March and I would encourage someone from each Association to collect a set.  They will also be available at the CCCBR Annual Meeting in May, and again to download from the CCCBR website in due course.



100-Club winners 2018



1st  Prize

2nd Prize



68  PB


120 WB




21 ThB


126 NB




97 CB


65 ThB


For details of the 100 Club please click here.

Profit to Bell Fund for 2017 was £664.50

Thank you all members and branch administrators. Derek Jones

Paper Quiz  - London

There were 85 entries, with 9 all correct.

1st     £25.00    Doreen Morrison of Woodford Halse

2nd    £10.00    Mrs J Piggott of Kettering

3rd     £5.00    Thanet Bellringers

Thank you all who supported the Bell Fund by buying a quiz sheet.

The answers are available here.

Frequent wrong responses:

q1    The helicopter sequence near the start of "For Your Eyes Only" and similar productions around that time is Beckton, not Chelsea.

q7    Waltham Cross is not a District of London.

 q9    A rabbit is a coney (or cony), so Coney Hall.

 q25    The pumping station is Crossness, not Stratford.

 q26    Wood Green, not Bluewater.

 q47     Primary colours! R Y B for pigments, R G B for lights and T V. Better if I had said "Take Red and Amber from Traffic Lights and it ...... .....

 q57    Barbican is a defensive gateway.

 q59    MI6 is at Vauxhall.

 q61   The Blues (Chelsea) play in Fulham!

 q75    Pearly Kings and  Queens sounds like Purley. The question should have said "sounds like", so Hoxton (one of the districts where they are found) was allowed and a better answer.

 q83    Question should have said UK not Europe for second tallest building. Tallest is the Shard, second is 1, Canada Square, so the District is Canary Wharf.

 q92    I was pleased that so many got this correct. Thameslink is not a District, and Marylebone is diesel. Farringdon is the place.

The next paper quiz (September 2018) will be Bridges, Viaducts and Aqueducts of Britain. Derek Jones


Howard Oglesby 

His wife, Frances, sadly reports that "Howard died yesterday (December 17) morning, very peacefully, with our daughters and myself with him".  He was 79 years old. The funeral took place at St Peter's Church, Brackley on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 11am.  Ringing was organised by Phil Curtis.

Howard joined the Guild as a member for Brackley in 2010 and was branch independent examiner 2011-3.  They moved into the area from Sunningdale. Howard had rung several peals, including two for the Zipper Society and quarter peals at the Curfew Tower, Windsor. Click here for a quarter peal rung for Howard.  GHP

Harold Thompson

Harold had been suffering with ill health for a number of months but on November 29 he was taken to A&E, Northampton and died in the early hours of December 2.  His funeral took place on Friday, December 22 at 1.30pm at Mid Warwickshire Crematorium, Oakley Wood.  

Harold was born on October 30, 1934 and moved to Braunston, Northants from Southall in 1969. He learned to ring and was elected a Guild member for Welton in 1998.  When Richard Hartley was elected Daventry Branch Steward in 2005, Harold assisted Richard in restoring the four branch unringables by working regular weekly sessions over a few years including using his carpentry skills to repair and rebuild bell wheels.  Before and after that, Harold had assisted with the restoration of several rings across the Diocese, including locally Everdon, Long Buckby, Charwelton.

He was tower captain at Welton from 2007 and was sacristan until he gave up last month  when he decided that he was not stable enough to safely carry out the duties.

Harold’s ringing repertoire was not wide and his style unique, but he was a keen supporter of the Daventry Branch and would often be early at meetings ready to raise the bells.  Welton hosted the November 2017 branch meeting. In recent years, he has supported Tuesday morning ringing sessions at Hellidon and checked that the altar was dressed in the appropriate colour!  He last rang in July and his last visit, for coffee, was on November 28.

Click here to see quarter peals rung for Harold.  GHP

Funds for CCCBR

The CCCBR Public Relations Committee reports that Ecclesiastical Insurance is running a scheme where charities can win £1,000.  CCCBR has worked with them recently to promote its communities project so can enter the draw.

Please help the chance of winning the £1,000 by completing the nomination form at https://www.ecclesiastical. com/12-days/index.aspx , quoting "Central Council of Church Bell Ringers" and its registered charity number 270036.  The deadline is Tuesday, December 5 2017.

Well done us!

Thank you for participating in our 12 Days of Giving.  We’ve had a fantastic response with over 27,500 nominations. I am pleased to announce that your chosen charity, Central Council of Church Bell Ringers , has been picked in today’s draw and they will receive £1,000. Adrian Saunders, Commercial Director, Ecclesiastical Insurance; 8/12/17.

Better bell handling posters

The CCCBR Education Committee is offering A3 size posters suitable for belfry walls showing

  • Typical Skilled Bell Handling and
  • Typical Incorrect Movements 

Please click here for details and how to order.

Ringing for Peace - Armisitice 100

Caroline Stockmann, Central Council Public Relations Officer, has written about plans for marking Remembrance Day 2018 - the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. The full article as published in The Ringing World is available here and is summarised below:

More than 1,400 of the bell ringing community laid down their lives in World War 1.  Fallen bell ringers came from all walks of life, as we do today and we are all united in wanting to ring out a message of peace.

Here are a number of things CCCBR are suggesting:

 On Sunday, November 11, 2018 as much bell ringing as possible! Half-muffled ringing in the morning, and open in the afternoon and evening

 government departments would like to work with us in an official capacity; in particular they support the idea of recruiting new ringers - recruit 1400 ringers, the same number as those who fell in the Great War.

 ringers will need to coordinate with their Church and work together on making the day very special.

 ideas for ringing on the day vary from ‘whole pull and stand except the tenor’, ringing appropriately-named methods such as Ypres and Gallipoli Surprise Major; please send in ideas to share

 ring 1400 quarter peals around the date (one for each of the fallen) with an 'event' on BellBoard and issue of certificates

 take part in the large-scale British project, ‘Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute’. Pipers will be piping in the morning, bugles sounding and 1,000 beacons lit across the UK in the evening. Get 1,000 towers to ring at 7.05pm on the day.

 consider a community lunch or social between ringing, – why not make this a really special day for your whole ringing (and broader) community?

ALSO check your muffles, and order more NOW so that you’re not caught short!

Ernest Kellett

Sue Webster writes: I have been requested, on behalf of Val Kellett, to share this sad news with you all. 

Ernest Kellett died peacefully at Rutland Care Village on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, aged 88 (21.8.1929), after a short illness.

Ernest became an unattached member of the Rutland Branch in 2002 and was branch secretary for 2002 and 2003. He had been a founder member of the South Notts District of the Southwell & Nottingham Guild and its chairman in 1979 and 1980.

The funeral took place at Market Overton on October 17. See quarter peals here and here.

The eulogy given at the funeral:

Ernest Kellett has passed away and his friends will mourn his death for he was such a gentleman.

He had a brilliant mind and his intelligence shone out of him but he was so modest. He never spoke about his successes of the past and his quiet, gentle demeanour made him very relaxing company. He was always friendly and unfailingly courteous with an olde worldly charm. His ready smile and lively interest in all he came into contact with endeared him to friends and strangers alike. He will be missed.

Ernest was born in Bradford in 1929, and attended Carlton High School in that city. He then obtained his BSc (London), studying at Bradford Technical College. He joined GEC as a research scientist, being loaned to government labs in Harlow, Essex for his first two years.

In 1953 he married Val. Their partnership lasted 64 years and was one that many would envy for they were a couple who really enjoyed each other’s company and were rarely apart. They enjoyed games and their house and garden. Val is a brilliant cook and they enjoyed shopping for ingredients.

Following their marriage, Ernest returned to the GEC labs in Wembley to work in X-Ray crystallography. Ernest and Val made their home in Wembley for the next 20 years. In 1972 he was awarded an external PhD in physics by London University, having studied within GEC.

In 1973 they moved to Nottingham where Ernest was deputy director in research for the hosiery and knitting industry. They moved again to the Sheffield area, where Ernest served as Director of Research for the glass industry and retired in 1987.

Ernest was still was doing his crosswords until the day before he died.

Bell ringing was what made them tick. Ernest heard the bells on Doncaster station and thought it sounded great and resolved to acquire that skill. They were taught by George Dawson, tower captain at St Mary’s Nottingham, when they lived in Willoughby on the Wolds where Ernest was church warden.

He eventually became Chairman of the South Notts district of the Southwell guild of bellringers. They continued ringing after they moved to Yorkshire, living in the village of Hoyland Swaine near Barnsley, and ringing first at Hoyland Swaine and later at Kirkheaton near Huddersfield. Ernest had been church warden at Hoyland Swaine and parish secretary at Penistone.

In 2001 they moved to Market Overton where they lived to this day. Again they continued ringing, and Ernest became the secretary of the Rutland Branch of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild.

Competent and respected he gave great service to the church with his dedicated service to the world of ringing.   Thanks to the Rutland Branch website.

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Paul Phillips

Sue Webster reports:

It is with sadness that the death of Paul Phillips of Whissendine is announced.  There are no other details other than he passed away peacefully this morning [17/7/17]. He will be missed by all that knew him and rang with him.

Paul joined the Guild in the Rutland Branch in 1984, was on the branch committee from 1986 and chairman from 1989 until 2002. He continued to attend the Guild Management Committee as the branch’s elected representative until 2011. Paul rang three peals for the Guild and about 12 quarter peals. He was 72 years old. Paul was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only a few weeks ago, and his health had deteriorated rapidly since then. Paul was a very long-standing and active member of Whissendine Church, as tower captain and choir member among other roles, and he will be greatly missed.

After a private cremation at Grantham Crematorium, a service to celebrate Paul's life was held at Whissendine on Monday, August 7 with ringing for the service and afterwards.

The Rutland Times of July 27 reported: Family flowers only, donations if desired to be shared between the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust and Whissendine Parish Church c/o E M Dorman Funeral Directors, Beechcroft, 69 High Street East, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9PY. Telephone 01572 823976.


Summer Festival 2017

Northampton Branch made a very special effort to put the festival spirit back into the Summer Festival.  The programme started with a quarter peal at All Saints intended to have a ringer from each of our ten branches. In the event the quarter peal of Plain Bob Caters was rung with the Master standing in for the Culworth Branch. It was the first on ten for the Rutland Branch representative.

The quarter peal band: l to r: Louis Totaro (7 Rutland), Robin Hickmott (8 Northampton), Brian Foley (10 Daventry), Sarah Bence (1 Kettering), Susan Marsden (2 Peterborough), Simon Dixon (6 conductor, Guild Master representing Culworth) , Ted Buckby (3 Thrapston), Alistair Donaldson (9 Guilsborough), Kevan Chapman (4 Wellingborough), John Pardoe (5 Towcester).  Photos by Robin Hickmott.  

100 people gravitating to St Giles Church Hall to hear the 8-bell inter-branch striking competition in progress on the back 8 bells and to look around the stalls and demonstrations before tucking in to the fine buffet tea provided and served with enthusiasm by the Northampton Branch.

The business included agreement to three Bell Fund grants: renewal of £3,200 to Wilbarston, £55.20 to Great Addington and £550 to Nether Heyford. The 100-club draw awarded £60 to no 118 (northampton Branch) and £30 to no 43 and £12 to 78 (both Peterborough Branch).  The judges, Sally and Richard Brown were finally found and introduced by the Guild Master Simon Dixon.  They provided a commentary on each team and gave the faults in reverse order:


7th        Guilsborough         Grandsire Triples     peal speed 3:44          120

6th        Wellingborough    Grandsire Triples                          3:32           64

5th        Peterborough        Plain Bob Triples                          3:22           58

4th        Kettering              Call changes                                3:35           48.5

3rd        Northampton        Plain Bob Triples                          3:27           43

2nd       Daventry            Grandsire Triples                          3:27           34.5

1st        Towcester                Grandsire Triples                          3:24           29.5


The Towcester Branch winning team:  l to r: Catherine Stanworth,  John Stanworth, Richard Allton, Richard Yates, Michael Tinsley, Margaret and Chris Bulleid, Andrew Spencer

So Daventry were displaced after a three year run by Towcester.  Richard Yates was presented with the Harry Wooding Memorial trophy comprising a scale model of a bell in a timber frame.

All Saints bells were open for general ringing until 7pm after which a large contingent descended Bridge Street to the Albion Brewery Bar, the designated venue. Thanks for the magnificent organisation were proposed by Alistair Donaldson and greatly acclaimed.



Ridgman Trophy 2017

Seven teams met on Saturday, June 17 in the sweltering heat at the invitation of the Cambridge University Society at Great St Mary, Cambridge.  The striking competition is on ten bells between the East Anglian societies.  The report and results are available here.


Guild AGM 2017 - brief report

The Guilsborough Branch hosted the Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 10. Ringing at Spratton and Haselbech was followed by a service touch, before  Vicar and member, the Revd. Janet Donaldson took our service at Welford. 

After a splendid tea in the Community Centre, the routine stuff of the meeting surrounded a highlight or two.  David Westerman, a stalwart of the host branch and Guild CCCBR rep was elected as a Life Honorary Member (LHM) for giving outstanding service and presented with a certificate by the President.  David and Pat Teall of the Peterborough Branch were also elected.  

Cecil Swann of the Northampton Branch was belatedly presented with his certificate exactly 11 years after he was elected. Unfortunately none of the five members due for a fifty year membership certificate were present. (Diane Buckby, Brian Chapman, Marilyn Jenner, Colin McCall, and Chris Stephenson) 

The President thanked Andy Timms for his work as Master.  Andy had indicated that he was not standing again, so Simon Dixon was duly elected as Master. We were warned that the Independent Examiner may not be able to act again in 2018.  Then as the newest of our CCCBR reps, Simon Dixon, gave a report on the meeting in Edinburgh and asked that any comments on the CRAG report and the way forward be passed to him and his three CCCBR colleagues.

There was discussion on the survey and format of the Guild ten-bell practices with the Master and Executive given food for pondering, but hopefully not indigestion! Safeguarding  and signing-in at practices were raised and the Executive promised to provide guidelines gained from  a recent meeting with the Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, to whom any suspicions of child abuse can be reported directly by ringers.

Welford’s eight bells were kept busy afterwards for a couple of hours with Simon exercising authority over certain individuals that he had been waiting to do for a few decades!  GHP


Spring Festival 2017 report

Results of the six-bell striking competition held at Cold Higham on Saturday, April 29, as judged by David Jones from Wirral

       1.  Northampton          40 faults

2.  Pattishall                45

3.  Rothwell                 46

4.  Greens Norton        47

5.   Rushden                50

6.   Yelvertoft               89

7.   Nether Heyford      106

8.   Welford                 123

9.   Towcester              Did not finish

Northampton appears on the Weaver Shield for the first time since inception in 1986 and is only the 6th tower to win. GHP

The full report by Odette Dawkins follows: 

Guild Spring Festival, 29th April, 2017 at Cold Higham 

It has certainly taken some time to write up this report, no reason really just work and time as ever get in the way of pleasure and I would like to report on how much the day really was a pleasure to be part off. 

It started by the drive to Northampton Train Station to collect our judge for the day – David Jones from Cheshire, current Ringing Master of The Open University Society of Change Ringers and past Ringing Master of the Cheshire Diocesan Guild.

After a swift visit to a local pub to make sure he was fully recovered from his train journey we arrived at the first open practice tower – Holy Cross Church, Pattishall; a beautiful ring of 6 bells (12 cwt). The practice was well supported with 24 ringers and ringing ranged from call changes to Cambridge Surprise Minor and London Surprise Minor. Swiftly away we arrived at Cold Higham, a chance to ring with David so he could hear the bells and a nifty tower grab for me whilst teams began to arrive. 

The competition, now having nine competitive teams, which is the highest number since 2005, began by the home team of Pattishall going first. Smartly dressed in Guild polo shirts they took the competition by the horns and rang Plain Bob Doubles. They set a good standard for all to follow but then sped off after their commitment to the photographer to feed and water all other ringers. 

The order of teams that followed were Rushden, Greens Norton, Yelvertoft leaving "dog" behind scraping at the door – you need to teach him to ring! Northampton – umm now they sounded rather good and certainly made a play for the home team’s advantage, then came Welford (hang on a minute I’m sure I’ve seen some of you ring already) a quick look at the rules and ok, you are fine and with the gorgeous dog as mascot, who could say no? 

Nether Heyford came next ringing the only set of call changes followed by the current trophy holders, Towcester, but what was this, a good practice, method going well and ringing Cambridge Surprise Minor but then the dreaded crash of bells and silence, Oh! Last to go was Rothwell who were still deciding what to ring as they approached the tower – that is what I call being relaxed! 

After now being frozen and realising why the area is called COLD Higham I made my way into the church hall and saw just how wonderful the teas were, duly been enjoyed by everyone and found many people had not ever left the hall or the sumptuous food – I think I’m in the wrong job. 

Judge, now rescued from sitting, hidden behind the church in my car all afternoon the Guild meeting began with a welcome from Geoff Pullin, Guild President. 

Phil Curtis gave the vote of thanks to the Revd. Marion Reynolds for the kind use of the bells, to Towcester Branch for hosting such a wonderful competition and to Margaret Bulleid and her team for the marvellous teas. 

A Bell Fund grant had been applied for by St Peter & St Paul, Cosgrove and a grant of £3,100.00 was accepted and agreed by the members present. Derek Jones drew the 100 Club and announced that there are currently 117 paid up members, the highest ever so a thank you to all. 

Future events were announced by Sue Jones and included the Guild AGM to be held on June 10, 2017 at Welford and the Summer Festival on September 16 at St. Giles, Northampton. To support the Festival all the town churches will be open for ringing, stalls, rope splicing etc to encourage all members and the public to attend. 

Guild Master Andy Timms gave a vote of thanks to our Judge David Jones for his time and willingness to travel so far and a presentation was made. 

David Jones now took the floor to give the summing up and the anticipated results but first stated, ‘what could be a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon, eating cake and listening to bells!!’ 

A brief summing up for each team: 

Team A     (Pattishall)          Pleasant Pace, a slight trip but settled         45 faults 
Team B     (Rushden)          less assured and undecided pace                 50 Faults 
Team C     (Greens Norton)   Some hesitation                                        47 Faults 
Team D     (Yelvertoft)          Variable speeds but finished stronger than at the start     89 Faults 
Team E     (Northampton)    Pace held well and settled ringing              40 Faults 
Team F     (Welford)              A few clips and unsettled                          123 Faults 
Team G     (Nether Heyford)  Took time to settle after each change        106 Faults 
Team H     (Towcester)          Fired out but a shame as was very good        DNF 
Team I      (Rothwell)              Stately ringing but some clips                  46 Faults 

At last a result and for Northampton – this was the first time they had won so a very happy and pleased band, big smiles from the captain- well done!! 

Certificates were awarded to all by David Jones and the presentation of the John Weaver Shield given to Jennie Paul – captain, Northampton Team. 

Jennie Paul with the John Weaver Shield and first certificate presented by David Jones

    The Northampton band: l to r: Graham and Jennie Paul, Nick Parsons, Bridget Paul, Giles Willson and Colin Brown.


What a fantastic competition, great to see more teams taking part and a variety of ringing. 

The day was not yet over as Towcester were holding the evening open ringing with 12 bells at St Lawrence Church (23cwt). Thankfully for me, David Jones did not need to get an early train so time was in hand to drive over to Towcester and ring, Richard Allton calling out at the end of the meeting “we will ring anything except Cambridge!!” That’s Ok Richard, I can’t ring Cambridge either. 

So for the first time ever I climbed up to the tower at Towcester and met with 12 bells, a full room of eager ringers and with nerves shot to pieces, shaking in my boots I took hold of the 6th bell and rang; what a glorious sound, why oh why do not more people ring on these open tower opportunities? It really does not matter how or what you ring, the open towers on Guild events are for everyone, the chance to ring with some experienced and capable ringers, the chance to gain experience – I say this on every report and I repeat again, take the chances and opportunities, you will gain so much. 

But alas I now had to drive back to Northampton Train station and deliver David back onto a train, exhausted and thankfully warmer now I was able to reflect on another successful guild festival – the last one for our current Master Andy Timms and a new trophy holder of Northampton, what a day. 

I hope to see everyone at the Guild AGM and especially at the open ringing.

Report and Photographs by Odette Dawkins 


ART Workshops

At the ART Conference in March, ART announced the development of training workshops in number of subjects.

There are many good training sessions that take place throughout the country, but so often the trainer has to develop their own materials causing a huge duplication of effort. ART is keen to have a repository of good materials and have ‘off the shelf workshops’ available for use to encourage more workshop training in new areas using the best materials and teaching. This may help avoid so many people reinventing the wheel.  Many of these will have to be capable of variation to allow for audiences of different experience levels.

Each workshop uses a combination of presentations and practical work. Currently handouts are handled by email but deletes on the workshops will get access to SmART Ringer in due course to view all handouts and other relevant information.

All workshops will be advertised via the ART web site and already a number of successful pilot workshops have taken place.

Currently the following workshops are available – full details are at 

·     Calling Bob Doubles – basic level bob calling for the aspiring conductor

·       Conducting – this focusses on Bob Minor but includes coursing order, transposition etc.

·    Mentor development -  aims to increase the awareness of the mentoring process 

·         Bell Maintenance – A full day’s workshop to understand what basic maintenance a bell installation needs.

·         Simulator Awareness - designed for people with limited or no knowledge of simulators it explains the various sensor systems and software available .

·         Listen & Strike - helps develop listening skills and rhythm, leading to a reduced reliance on looking and better striking.

·         Tower Leadership - covers stakeholder management, leading the team, good practice and performance. Theory sessions augmented with lots of discussion. (Produced in conjunction with CCCBR).

Other workshops are being developed and we would welcome good additional materials for existing workshops and ideas and assistance with new ones.

These workshops will be run on a regional/local basis and we need to hear not just from people who would like to arrange a course but those who are prepared to run them. Workshop leaders clearly need to have knowledge of their subject as well as good communication skills and the ability to present well using Power Point.  (Mileage expenses are paid to appointed workshop leaders).

So if you need workshop training or could run one – get in touch!

Graham Nabb  ART


Recruitment Power Point Presentations

You may know that the Central Council Public Relations Committee, with help from other ringers, has been working for some time on a set of PowerPoint presentations that ringers can use to explain our wonderful hobby to others.  This is something that we have often been asked for so we believe that many ringers will find these really useful.  The first set is now available on the Council’s website here

You will see that they include speaking notes and cover

·      A general overview of ringing

·        A presentation to those particularly interested in the science & mathematics or it all

·        A presentation for those interested particularly in history

·        A ‘recruitment’ presentation 

Still to come in the future are:

·        A template for bell restoration funding applications

·        A recruitment presentation for youth

·        A ‘tower leaflet’ with generic content as well as areas for specifics for your tower an aid to help create your own leaflet if you don’t have one. 

And did you know that you can now subscribe to the Council’s website so that you get automatic notification of new items?  Sign up here 

Kate Flavell   Public Relations Officer     Central Council of Church Bell Ringers


ART WORKS Newsletters

The latest ART WORKS magazines from the Association of Ringing Teachers can be found hereART

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