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**AMENDED ART Training Courses – Sept 30th and Oct 7th 2017

New and aspiring ringing teachers may be interested in attending one of these 1 day courses. Some extracts from the ART website:

The ART Training Scheme offers training, support and motivation to ringing teachers.
New teachers will gain the confidence, techniques and support required to emulate the best, whilst experienced teachers will benefit from the resources and ideas which meet people’s expectations of a hobby in the 21st century.
The approach focuses on breaking down the process of bell ringing into its component parts, giving techniques and background for how to teach each part before adding the sections together to create the whole.
The scheme is based on best practice from ringing, other hobbies & education and supplemented with university research findings into how best to coach practical skills.
Further information is available from myself or via the web link

Booking a place may be made via:

Alan Bentley
01202 824 197

Flyer Lythchett Matravers- 30th September 2017 – Module 2F

Flyer – Lytchett Minster – 7th October 2017 – Module 1



Online Safeguarding Training

New safeguarding training scheme has been made available for ART Members, and also this can be used by non-members of ART who wish to do the (free) online course.

The training has been made available via the Church of England who have developed a series of courses and will require all volunteers connected with the church to complete an appropriate level of training

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



Aaron is Level 5 Change Ringer with ART

Aaron secured his Level 1 in Nov 2015 & now 18 months later he has his Level 5 – the highest Level in the ART scheme & we believe the first Channel Island ringer to achieve this Level.
The Alderney band all share in Aaron’s success – a team effort of chauffeuring, escorting, standing behind, ringing alternate strokes, box carrying, explaining, chocolate buying – has all paid off. Aaron is now a regular member of our advanced practice squad & last week rang plain courses of Stedman Doubles ☺
Aaron secured his Level 5 with an excellent quarter peal inside for Grandsire Doubles , but has already rung inside for quarter peals of St Clement’s , the treble to Cambridge minor and treble to bob major. Now with 18 quarter peals under his belt we are planning Aaron’s first peal over the summer.
What’s next with ART? Learn the Ropes plus offers encouragement to progress through Stedman Triples and surprise major, also to try some conducting and handbell ringing – all geared to produce an excellent all-round great ringer – watch this space☺



Aaron Level 5

SDGR News: Kingston 10 bell Practice 5th May postponed to 12th May

Hi All,
Just to make you aware that the Kingston Practice this Friday (5th)has been POSTPONED to next Friday (12th). This is due to major roadworks closing the main road through Corfe Castle causing major diversions through Swanage and Studland, making it difficult for people to get back home after practice. Hope to see you there NEXT Friday, which will be an open practice 🙂

Eleanor Wallace

Handbell Concert – 7pm Saturday 20th May – Ashford Hill

The Barfield Handbell Ringers from Thatcham bring the captivating sight and sound of music played on 97 handbells. With an extensive repertoire of music from several centuries from which to choose the programme, this concert will include a wide range of music – classical, hymns and popular!

Saturday 20th May 7pm
The Barfield Handbell Ringers
will present
“Mid-May Music and Mischief!”
Tickets: £7.50 adults, children free
To reserve your tickets please contact Vanessa Martin 01635 299227

Come along and share this amazing evening!

How to arrange an ART course (learning to teach new ringers)

  1. How do I arrange an ART Training Scheme course for new or existing teachers?

It just takes someone with enthusiasm and the organisational skills to arrange the day and book people to come along. Keeping in touch with delegates afterwards, checking progress and arranging practice sessions is important but this task can be taken on by someone else from the group.

Just get in touch with ART via the web site

Q – Where can you hold an ART Training Scheme Module 1 (Teaching Bell Handling) course?

A – Anywhere geographically, but you need to find a venue with the right facilities.

The ideal facilities are:

  • 6 medium weight bells which are tied (8 if more than 12 attending)
  • Room for everyone comfortably to fit in the ringing chamber with 2 to a rope
  • A good modern hall or church room for presentations (not pews in church)
  • Refreshment facilities

Q – Who can attend an ART Training Scheme course?

Module 1 is intended for those who to teach bell handling and want to update their skills or those who wish to learn how to teach bell handling. More experienced teachers who may be mentoring new or less experienced teachers should also attend. 

The only minimum requirement is that each delegate should have reasonable rope handling – sufficiently good to be safe and to give a new ringer confidence.

Module 2F supports both new and experienced teachers who wish to teach foundation skills – being the basic skills of good bell control and listening that are essential for progressing new ringers from rounds to Plain Hunt.

Delegates should themselves have good bell control and listening skills.

Module 2C is for teachers looking to develop or expand their skills in teaching elementary change ringing, from Plain Hunt and beyond.

To attend Module 2C, delegates are required to demonstrate their change ringing ability through a quarter peal of Bob Minor inside.

Q – What is expected of me if I attend an ART Training Scheme Module?

Like any other course participation on the day is crucial!

In addition following through by teaching soon after the course and recording your lessons and exercises in your Teacher’s Logbook is necessary. Much of the learning process takes place after the initial day course and the practical skills and theoretical knowledge has to be practiced to be fully understood. So, as with any other course, what happens afterwards is even more critical for the learning process.

For Module 1, this means teaching someone to handle a bell from scratch and for Module 2F and Module 2C the experience is developed by running your own practices or training sessions.

ART also encourages completion of each Module and accreditation within 2 years.

Q – How many can be accommodated on a Course?

Ideally ART like at least 10 as this will usually cover the tutors travelling expenses.

However courses have been run with 20 (not ideal) and as few as 6 where the tutor has not had to travel far and incur expense.

It is up to the tutor who many to take but remember that in the practical sessions  in module 1 there need to be 2 or 3 people around a rope so the number of bells and space available is an important consideration.

For more information about ART and the ART Training Scheme, visit Graham Nabb, ART Chairman

Invitation to ring at Abbotsbury on Sept 23rd plus other practices (from Dorset County Association)


Six-Bell Practices for 2017

Saturdays: 7-9pm

Abbotsbury                Sept 23rd – Kent Treble Bob Minor

Martinstown              Dec 16th – Double Oxford

Also your choice of Doubles; from Plain Hunt, Slow Course methods, Grandsire etc         

For more information, please send an e-mail or visit the DCA website  


Two Rusties and a Handbells Virgin

It was a pleasure to meet Peter and Christine Church from Hull at the A.R.T Conference handbells day recently. Part of the weekend was to chat to others from across our ringing world. I invited Peter to tell me a little of his own handbell story…I’d love to share it with you here.

There has never been a strong handbells culture in East Yorkshire, the peak of achievement was back in the early 1970s when a dozen or so peals were rung, the last one being in 1979. Since then there has been a trickle of handbell quarter peals, and that’s it. I put my bells away in the early 1980s when children came along, and then promotions at work, and then Fair Trade, and then outsourcing. It wasn’t a bad life, no complaints, but no ringing.

And then in 2015 during the Central Council meeting in Hull, an old friend came to stay, and during the time we visited Roddy Horton who had kept the handbells light still shining a little. The light re-ignited my interest in handbell ringing which had been dormant for 30 years. Handbell ringing is something that I can do, it suits my logical brain, double handed ringing has hard bits, lots of hard bits, and music.

So in March 2016, I talked a friend and my wife into starting a weekly handbells session. We all have white hair and creaking joints, plus serious responsibilities to others. Two rusties and a handbell virgin is not a good way to start a major project, but progress was made, slowly, and Plain Bob Minor became ringable by the end of June. It was at that point I realised that significant progress would only be possible if we involved more ringers.

In spite of advice to the contrary I organised a regional handbells workshop for late October 2016. Along the way we discovered a local ringer who had a copy of Handbell Manager on a laptop, with a couple of motion detectors. Instantly I could see the benefits of the system. Able to practise any time, any day, with “ringers” who never make mistakes. Any method, any speed, any number of bells. I was hooked.

The October workshop was very successful. 15 ringers had a great day refreshing Plain Hunting and Plain Bob skills, and everyone achieved at least one step forward. Some had a go on the simulator. Part of the success was the discovery of 4 local towerbell ringers with some handbells experience.

But then the real work started. The ringers were spread out across the county, there was no way they would all come together on a monthly basis, let alone weekly. However, by then the two “rusties” had been polished a little, and the handbells virgin had had some experiences. So we started travelling out and ringing with people at every opportunity.

A second handbells day was arranged for end January 2017, and the progress in 12 weeks, in spite of Christmas intervening was tangible. Plain Bob Major was being rung by most people, some were turning out courses of and Kent and Oxford TB and Cambridge Surprise Minor. 4 people decided to shoot for a quarter of Plain Bob Major. 2 good quarters were scored in the February.

And so we arrive in March 2017, the first birthday of the project. Some people fell by the wayside, some never got their legs going, but 4 people have rung 2 good quarters, and there are 7 more who are progressing in spite of only being able to ring once each month. Ringing is taking place in 4 locations, and it would be good to build a handbells band in each of them. Towards that possibility we plan to consolidate our progress with a number of quarter peals, and then to move on by running another workshop: “Going beyond Plain Bob” in July 2017.

What have we learned?
We have learned a good deal about the learning process, and whilst it’s OK for the teacher to be impatient, it is also very important to get the basics right. Standing up might not look like much of an achievement, but falling over because you’re trying to go too fast too soon is totally useless.
We have learned a lot about the skills involved in handbell ringing. We have also learned a lot about how the brain works and the importance of driving stuff down into long term memory.

Above all we have learned that there is still much real enjoyment to be had in creating the mathematical music of the bells.

Peter Church
March 2017

Viv Nobbs Reports from the ART Conference

Around 115 tower bell ringers from across the U.K. descended on our Guild at Old Basing recently to enjoy two days of The Association of Ringing Teachers Annual Conference weekend. It was SO much more than a business meeting!

This registered charity’s mission is simple..
“To improve the learning experience of new ringers”. 

ART,  as it is known, offers training, support and motivation to teachers alongside a structured learning programme for new ringers.

The association was celebrating its fifth birthday and there was plenty of reasons to be cheerful including the news that A.R.T. tutors coached more than 600 new ringers, getting them well underway with their ringing training in 2016.

There was much on offer over the weekend

  • wonderful food (!)
  • ringing on a simulator
  • improving personal ringing abilities – on tower bells and with handbells
  • reviewing new publications
  • enjoying seeing training DVDs e.g. Raising and Lowering
  • learning more about teaching in groups
  • hearing about University Associations
  • exchanging ideas with other members from different locations across the country
  • hearing from guest speaker, Mark Regan, how Worcester Cathedral Bell Ringers feature in Cathedral and local community life
  • being challenged by another guest speaker, Elva Ainsworth, asking us to reflect on our traditional bell ringing culture and whether or not we need to work on changing it to help sustain a healthy future for ringing.

One of the highlights of the programme was The Sarah Beacham Awards ceremony consisting of nine categories.. Our “W. and P. members were delighted to see two Guild entries – St. Michael’s, Swanmore, Ryde received specific recognition from the Judges for teaching very young new ringers and Elizabeth College, Guernsey won the School Group Award – Duncan Loweth, coach, received the award on behalf of his team.

It was very pleasing to note the great amount of interest in the method handbell training on Sunday, very ably presented by our own Duncan Loweth and  Helen McGregor from the Channel Islands. We were reminded of the benefit to our tower ringing if we ring handbells as well.

Rumour has it that several ladies from the Andover District enjoyed the handbell training so much that they are seeking to set up a new group in their area. Yay!!  

At the start of the event, A.R.T. Chairman, Graham Nabb said he hoped that all who attended enjoyed themselves, exchanged ideas and had fun. He was not disappointed!

Our Guild’s volunteers worked so very hard indeed and have received much praise for their organisational and catering skills…reported back here then …
” huge thanks for all your help over the weekend, everyone was delighted with the hospitality that your local team so kindly provided for everyone…. and they positively raved about the food, you’ve set the bar quite high for ringers’ teas from now on!”

So, well done and many thanks indeed, Deb Baker and her team!

W&P’s Basingstoke District impress ART 2017 guests with their food making skills. 

Basingstoke District’s volunteers put on a fine spread at this year’s Association of Ringing Teachers Annual Conference.

‘Literally the best ringers tea I have EVER had’! Said a lady on Saturday afternoon when she came into the kitchen just to thank the crew.

Home made cakes, flapjacks, cupcakes, Eton mess and chocolate Mars Bar sauce for the profiteroles complemented an ambitious and tasty lunch for both days and an afternoon tea on Saturday.

Vice Master Pete Jordan co organised with Deb Baker who was set the task of feeding 115 people on Saturday and 70+ on Sunday in quite a short time slot said ‘this absolutely could not have happened without a crew of intelligent, lovely people who could see a task that needed doing and simply got on with it. It was great to have Christine KW’s experience to fall back on and I was not surprised when she decided to stay after her allotted time was up.

I’d like to say a huge thankyou to our volunteers; Nici, Ella, Martin, Fiona, Pauline, Sue, Helen, Heather, Steve, Betty, Mike, Christine and to Pete for sorting out taxis all other practicalities and letting me bend his ear’.

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Group Teaching and Working Together – Lesley Belcher

Lesley Belcher speaks at the ART conference on what new ringers want, and how we can work better as teachers.

The real quotes from real recruits may make you think….. that perhaps your new ringers might be wanting more but too polite to say so…?

And it you want to regenerate your Tower then Lesley describes a tower where this has been achieved.

Ringing Culture – Help or Hindrance? – Elva Ainsworth Speaking at the ART conference

“You don’t know what it’s like to be an outsider in ringing if you are inside”

Elva has been  ringing since she was 12, and now works as an independent business psychologist advising a huge variety of businesses on their culture and practice as MD of Talent Innovations.

From what we wear to whether we have a hoover in the tower, she provokes us to reflect on our culture and whether we need to work on changing it in order to create a healthy future.

And the winners of the Sarah Beacham School Group Award are…. Elizabeth College, Guernsey!

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The ART (Association of Ringing Teachers) Annual conference is taking place in Old Basing over the weekend. Saturday kicked off with the AGM (reporting a healthy surplus in 2016 and steady growth in many areas), followed by a series of seminars, The finale of the day was the ART award ceremony and the first award went to Duncan Loweth on behalf of his school band at Elizabeth College.

Brownsea Island Trip for Young Ringers – Weds 19th April –  Invitation from SDGR

aprilClick Here for Full details and application form (Pdf)

 or guild-young-ringers-day-notice-word-version

email Robert at

1000 Minibus Depart Gillingham (outside Waitrose – SP8 4UA) (for those from north of the Guild/ Somerset) – if oversubscribed, priority on the mini bus will be given to people coming from outside East Dorset branch
1050 Minibus Pick up at Bere Regis (Turberville Road car park – BH20 7HA) (for those joining from West Dorset/ Dorchester/ East Dorset)
1130 Arrive POOLE QUAY – an hour’s free time for LUNCH before 1230 Sailing to Brownsea (people can bring own lunch or get Fish and Chips etc)
1300 – 1600 BROWNSEA ISLAND – 3 hours on the island – café for refreshments on island, games (indoor if wet, outdoor if fine), free time, (possible educational tour (if time)) and ring at BROWNSEA (8) for 45 minutes, say 1400 to 1445 (exact ringing time to be confirmed).
1600 Sail back to POOLE
1645 Arrive back POOLE Quay – half hour free time for afternoon refreshments at Poole Quay – leave POOLE at 1715.
1745 Ring at HAMPRESTON (GF) (6) until 1830
1900 Drop off at Bere Regis
1945 Drop off at Gillingham

SDGR Methods Practice Fordingbridge Monday February 6th from 2pm -3.30


The next one of  these will be this  Monday February 6th from 2pm  to 3.30pm.. The practice will be for those wishing to move on to methods beyond Bob Minor up to 6 and 8 bell surprise.

Other practices will be on May 8th (second Monday), August 7th and November 6th.

Please let me know if you intend to come as it would be useful to have an idea of numbers beforehand.
Pat Davidson

Canford Minor Practice (SDGR) Weds 8th Feb 7.30pm

Our next minor practice will be on Wednesday 8th February when we will be ringing all the methods learned so far:

  • St Clements College Bob,
  • Little Bob,
  • Single Court and
  • Double Court Bob Minor.

Although we managed without ‘helpers’ last time, we would really appreciate experienced ringers to help us – especially with calling touches.

Hope to see as many of you as possible!

Marisa (RSVP using email form below)