I hope you are keeping well in these uncertain times.
I am sure many of us will already be missing our ringing and the fellowship and community which comes with it, particularly as we are increasingly asked to socially distance ourselves. The cancellation of ringing and the need to spend more time at home does not, however, mean that we cannot make progress on the theory side of things. Why not use this time to learn a new method? To find out about tower maintenance, or to investigate ringing history? There are lots of interesting resources available online – http://ringing.info/ has links to almost every ringing website out there, and is an excellent resource. The education section has plenty of things to explore: http://ringing.info/#
education. You can also purchase a wide range of ringing books from the Central Council: https://cccbr.org.uk/ shop/, from the Association of Ringing Teachers: https://shop. bellringing.org/, or from the inimitable Steve Coleman: http://www. ringingbooks.co.uk/.
In addition to this, I would like to offer some online training courses. These will be carried out using an online meeting tool called Zoom. I am currently finding out more about the functionality on this website (in my day job as a secondary school History teacher!), but it looks as though it is possible to join meetings on there via phone if necessary, as well as by computer. So, although joining via computer is better if possible, it should be easy for most people to access this training if you wish to do so.
The training sessions will last 35-40 minutes, and should be an interesting opportunity to spend some time exploring a different aspect of ringing in the comfort of your own home with a cup of tea and some biscuits (or a pint of beer and some crisps!).
Current topics I am considering offering are listed below:
– ‘just beyond Bob Doubles’
– build your own method
– calling your first touch
– an introduction to method structure
– coursing orders for beginners
– compose your own quarter peal
– advanced conducting skills
I am also very happy to take suggestions for potential courses.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please drop me an email. Once we have enough interested people to run a course, we can arrange a suitable day to do so.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
All the best,
District Training Officer