The C&S questionnaire 2014

Quick Read – the conclusions from the Questionnaire

Conclusions:

  • Respondents generally are enjoying ringing. (q17)
  • Respondents have on average 22 years’ experience of ringing. This is reflected in the high levels of skill of a proportion of our members, and is a tremendous asset.
  • We have very few ringers aged 25-50 and the biggest group is 60-70.
  • Respondents ring on average, 10 times a month. This represents a really keen membership, giving a great deal of commitment.
  • The top choice for the role of the District is “raising the standards of ringing”. (q12). Whilst this is implicit in what we do, it is not specifically addressed.
  • The favourite forms of learning currently used by members, are the ones which don’t require travel.  The District caters for them somewhat by encouraging a culture of special monthly practices, and there were a number of favourable comments about these.
  • If the majority of novices want to learn at home, then the District should explore how their experience  could be improved. Eg by giving more training in Conducting, and training in how to run good practices to assistant captains. Anecdotally it was stated that once someone is a Tower Captain, a suggestion of training is perceived as an insult. Beforehand, however, they would be keen.
  • The missing age groups (25-50) are generally very busy people, less likely than other age groups to be able to ring multiple times a week, so they will need excellent teaching in order to progress.
  • Many people begin, or restart, ringing in retirement. (q9). They need excellent teaching and plenty of rope time in order to progress (anecdotal)
  • 37 of the 88 respondents rated themselves as being able to ring “One or two methods” or less. This is a very significant proportion (42%) who are not specifically planned for by the District.
  • People who can ring “one or two methods” are doing much less ringing, and are much less likely to ring away from home. (q4 and q11). And yet, they are the ones who really need to get plenty of rope time in order to progress
  • Far from being an “elite”, Surprise ringers are doing the most ringing, and are very much more likely to ring regularly at another practice night. This means it appears to be in the District’s and Towers’ best interests to create more surprise ringers.
  • There is strong demand for training in Conducting and Putting Right. This is perceived as being difficult to learn (anecdotally).
  • 19 respondents have taught learners.
  • A breakdown of skills against starting date shows that for respondents who started ringing after 1980, significantly fewer are Surprise Ringers (see last table in report, q1 vs q9). There may be many causes for this, but if we wish to nurture Surprise Ringers as a District, then we may need to make more of an effort to nurture them.

The full report is here

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