Welcome to the world of bell ringing; what an interesting world you've decided to explore. Once gained, bell ringing is a skill for life you'll never forget and can open up a lifetime of experiences and enjoyment. If you'd like to find a ringing teacher near you, our Administrator will do her best to find you an ART teacher or pass your enquiry on to a ringing teacher local to you.
Learning to ring with an ART teacher means you will be taught using the latest teaching methods. All our teachers adhere to ART safeguarding policies and are DBS checked. You will be registered on to the Learning the Ropes Scheme; a progressive learning scheme for new ringers, which breaks down learning to ring into clearly defined chunks, giving you a sense of progress in developing a skill that in reality can take years to master.
The Learning the Ropes facebook group is a closed group set up for for new ringers who are being taught under the Learning the Ropes scheme. In here you can ask questions, talk about what's good, what's hard and what fun it all is. It's good to share things that help as you are learning and have someone to share their experiences with you.
Sometimes some of the teachers will help with suggestions if you are finding something rather hard. Get stuck in and enjoy the wider world of friendship between ringers everywhere.
I feel so much more confident, having completed Level 1. Knowing how to handle correctly, having plenty of encouragement to rectify mistakes, and all in a structured way, has really helped me. I’m really enjoying bell ringing and so keen to get on to the next level.”
Taking up bell ringing at the age of 61 has not been the easiest thing I have done. It has taken me 5 years to achieve Level 5. Could I have done it quicker? Possibly, but I would have needed to ring more frequently with experienced ringers. I view achieving Level 5 akin to passing a professional exam. I now need to go out and learn how to do it properly!"
Learning to ring has been a great experience. I have met so many people and rung in over 100 different towers in and around Warwickshire particularly with our Monday ringing group, the Wombells. I have also rung in Devon and Cornwall, the Channel Isles and for my son’s wedding. Far more sadly, I have also rung for two of my friends’ funerals."
Jan is the perfect teacher for me. She has been encouraging and supportive and her method of teaching has helped me no end. I am really enjoying Learning the Ropes!”
I can’t recommend learning to ring more enthusiastically, but it comes with a warning – it’s incredibly addictive!"
Warmly welcomed by the other ringers, I worked with Chris using Learning the Ropes to eradicate my bad habits and started to make progress. Realising that in Chris I had found the perfect teacher, I told her I was completely willing to start from scratch and perfect my technique."
What Ian and his mentor, Mark, have demonstrated to me is that the methodology they have employed is one of learner centred environment, and one I would highly recommend to all those who are embarking on the journey I have undertaken."
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