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Is it just me or is there slightly more optimism in the bell ringing world than normal? If so, then credit must go to Simon Linford and his vision and energy as the new President of the Central Council. I imagine that the “we are doomed” brigade are just biding their time, but a wave of optimism and new initiatives is just what ringing needs.
The ART Conference weekend is fast approaching. We saw a surge of registrations when the online booking system opened, catalysed by a mailing to all our Members containing their £5 discount vouchers. That means that if you come to the conference you will effectively be recouping the full cost of your membership fees. It’s a simple way for us to say thank-you to all our teaching volunteers.
A ring of 12+1 was installed in Singapore in August of last year. This was a particularly significant event, as there is little or no tradition of change ringing in Asia. Enormous credit must go to Andrew Reynolds, the Taylor's team and all involved in this project. The ring is a 25 cwt 12 with a flat 6 (which creates a “front eight” consisting of 2 to 9 with the flat 6, as well as the “back six” consisting of 5 to 12), and there's also a dumb bell.
Creating the ring is however just the first step – someone then has to ring the bells ...
The ART annual conference is a regular feature in the ringing calendar. It is an inspiring and enjoyable weekend for all ringers as well as ART Members, with speakers sharing their own ringing and teaching ideas as well as those from other activities and professions.
From a previous conference attendee …
"I've sat in a lot of rooms and halls, full of ringers, filled with ringers' teas. And, although we have some good meetings, there's always the grumbles. The ART Conference was a breath of fresh air. Still a room full of ringers, but enthusiastic, motivated ringers, who want to make ringing better. People who believe it's not just about bell ringing, it's actually about bell ringers. Can't wait for next year!"
All conference places were filled by the end of January, but we are intending to live-stream the event, so why not join us on Facebook or YouTube?
The benefits of Learning the Ropes told by a ringer taught without it but who is now using the scheme for her ringers.
The Essex Association have been using simple statistics to work out what to do next with ART.
A quiet weekend at the beginning of the year was livened up by a stream of accreditation recommendations all from the same ART Assessor.
It turns out that Yorkshire was going for what looked like a world record attempt. Nineteen (that's 19) accreditations in one day.
Big thanks must go to Helen Nichols for organising, Christine Richardson for assessing and all those teachers and mentors for putting in the hard work to become ART teachers. Not everyone is in the photo because the presentation had to be staggered.
The Ringing World has introduced the concept of pathways. Part challenge, learning, focus and exploration and and hopefully fun. There are three pathways: red, blue and yellow.
Acquiring that elusive skill known as “ropesight” can be frustrating. Heather believes you can’t specifically teach or learn ropesight but you can provide the best opportunities for the skill to develop.
Over the years ART has developed a varied set of resources, including: Teaching Tips, Recruitment & Retention and Simulator. Why not have a look - we hope you find them useful.
There are a lot of pages, so if you can't find something use the search facility.
ART Works is the quarterly online magazine of the Association of Ringing Teachers. If you like ART Works why not sign up to receive all the latest news, information and teaching tips via email from the Association of Ringing Teachers? To sign up all you need is to enter your email address. Then wait patiently for our next issue to drop into your email.
Have you seen Tower Talk, the quarterly magazine for new ringers, by new ringers?
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