Getting the most from your training day — Essential Reading!

Before coming along on a District training day, it is best if you have already achieved a standard of ringing that means you can get the most out of the course. It is better to be prepared. If not, you might find you don’t make the progress you would like to.

If you’re not sure about whether you’ve achieved a certain standard, talk to your tower captain, another experienced ringer or Mike Worthington and get their advice. They should be able to tell you how ready you are for a particular course and, if necessary, to tell you if there is something you might need to achieve first.

We don’t want to stop people coming on our courses. But we know how frustrating it can be if it turns out that you can’t achieve what you’d expected. For our courses to be relevant and to help you in your next stage of ringing, you need to have achieved some ringing skills already, which we set out here.

Rounds and call changes
Course requirements
  • Ring a bell safely and keep it under control for five minutes without external intervention
  • Ring rounds and keep between two adjacent bells for two minutes
  • Lower a bell and manage coils unaided
  • Raise a bell and manage coils unaided
  • Change speed at handstroke
  • Change speed at backstroke
  • Lead consistently for at least two minutes
Plain hunting/ropesight
Course requirements
  • All the above requirements for rounds and call changes
  • Ability to lead consistently for at least two minutes
  • Ring rounds and call changes called at handstroke
  • Ring rounds and call changes called at backstroke
  • Place making at handstroke
  • Place making at backstroke
  • Dodging over at hand
  • Dodging over at back
Plain Bob Doubles or Grandsire Doubles
Course requirements
  • Ring plain hunt doubles on any bell
  • Plain hunt on the treble to any 120 of Grandsire or Plain Bob Doubles
  • Ring a quarter peal covering to Doubles
  • Ring a quarter peal of Doubles on the treble
Treble bob hunting
Course requirements


  • Individuals who can competently ring touches of Plain Bob and/or Grandsire inside and wish to move on to treble bob or surprise methods or
  • Ringers who can plain hunt competently to Plain Bob and wish to begin learning to ring inside. For these ringers treble bob will form a skill building step, learning to dodge accurately in all positions before starting to learn methods

Aim: To learn to dodge and strike dodges accurately in all dodging positions.


Tonbridge District Training Officer

Apply to the Tonbridge District Training Officer, Mike Worthington, for a place on a specific course or for any training queries, email or phone 01892 547210.

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