Help from the Society

The Society's mission is to improve ringing standards and help indidvidual ringers develop their skills. Below are some of the ways the Society can support you. Please get in touch with your own ideas for training events, of if you'd like to request some support at your local practice. 

  • Society training events for beginners and more proficient ringers
  • Society practices are an opportunity to ring a method you normally don't get chance to ring, as well as ringing with a stronger band around you. 
  • Society members can help support your band on a practice night, in mastering a particular method, or skill (limited opportunities for this available)
  • Help with organising peals and quarter peals - particularly in Peal Week and Challenge Month

 

Ringing software

There's a variety of change ringing software available for PCs, tablets and smartphones. These can help you learn new methods, including practicing ringing them on your computer. There are also tools to help you manage your tower grabbing and also software to record quarter peals and peals. Several towers in the Society area are equipped with simulator software, so that methods can be practiced on tied bells (the simulator makes the sounds). Towers equipped with simulators:

  • Armitage
  • Great Barr
  • Lapley
  • Lichfield Cathedral
  • Tamworth

 A catalogue of change ringing software is available on the CCCBR website. If you have a smartphone or tablet, there's a list of suitable apps here.

Ringing courses

As well as short half and full day courses by the Society, there are many other courses available for a few around the country, including residential courses. Here are some examples of ringing courses - you do need to get your application in early though!

  • The Central Council run a range of courses through the year
  • Hereford ringing course
  • Keele ringing course (further info from Keele University).
  • Bradfield ringing course
  • Essex ringing course

 

Teaching materials

  • The Association of Ringing Teachers is the accrediting body for the Learning the Ropes teaching scheme and the Integrated Teacher Training Scheme (ITTS) for ringing tutors.
  • Sherbourne Teaching Aids. A well-known collection of little books for learners from beginners to the more advanced.
  • Resource finder. Claims to be the biggest, searchable collection of ringing teaching resources on the Web.

 

Useful links

  • Ringing.info  Regularly updated website with resources and information on all things ringing-related.
  • Discover bell ringing. Well designed website with resources for new and established ringers.