On Saturday, everything was very well organised - Graham and his team did a brilliant job reorganising speakers and their time-slots at the last minute (allowing for people who could not make it due to the weather and illness.)
As far as we were concerned, the snow did not spoil the day at all. We enjoyed the buzzy atmosphere; interesting sessions; lots of people to chat with; a lovely lunch; and non-stop availability of tea/coffee and biscuits was an excellent idea! Jacquie Hazell & Vikki Bulbeck
I enjoyed the whole conference very much, and I think that
we can take heart that the youth side of things is flourishing. I was
totally in awe of Charlie Brumdinger’s
PowerPoint slides which folded up and flew away –
Attending an ART conference never fails to inspire! This was
my fourth ART conference, although my first since gaining full
membership. Every year there is an impressive line-up of speakers who
share their varied experiences, reminding us how we should focus our
efforts. Simon Linford’s presentation about the kids’ group,
Brumdingers, was really enlightening, but I’m afraid it was young
Charlie whose giggles and interjections stole that show! That in
itself, of course, confirmed to the audience how wonderful it can be
when children engage with, and are inspired by, successful group
We were challenged
with the need to develop more ‘apps’ which will stimulate the interest
and interaction of young people on their learning journey. I loved that
idea and think it will appeal to many adult learners too.
Colin Parker's talk created a lot of Facebook traffic and comments:
In the presentations at the ART conference, the very
strong message came through that the younger generation found that
ringing could be FUN and something to share with their mates.They are
the ones who are so computer savvy that they are going to find it easy
to run these programmes to help them learn to ring. It is just up to us
oldies to supply them with the hardware and software and they – the next
generation – will do the rest!
From the outside, the ART might appear quite a prescriptivist movement – at the core of its operations lies the Learning the Ropes scheme, a shopping list for new learners to tick off as they progress through the multifarious world of bell ringing. But the tone set by the conference was anything but; rather than a day being told “this is how you should teach”, there was a strong emphasis on “this is what I’ve tried”, with ample opportunity to interject “well it definitely didn’t work for me!”. It came up again and again that a one-size-fits-all model for teaching isn’t going to succeed, and that the diversity of experience within the ART is one of its greatest strengths. Oliver P Bardsley
My first ART conference, and after braving the snow what a day I had. Various stalls and interesting talks combined with friendly faces and chatter topped off with plenty of tea and food. Ian Kerwin
guidance has made an amazing difference to our local teaching for many
years now (and perhaps confirmed that we are on the right lines with the
wonderful ART Award we received) but the annual ‘fix’ of coming to the
conference gives the boost we all need, not just from listening as a
delegate, but also from the enjoyment of networking, learning from and
talking to other teachers all with the same goal
. Trisha Hawkins
We at Roos are highly delighted and excited to receive our award and are busy spreading the word in this little corner of the world. The communications officer at the York Diocese are producing a press release and we hit the dizzy heights of 'The Holderness Gazette' tomorrow! Helen Audley
Sunday saw ART and CCCBR coming together to demonstrate
simulators. With dumbbells and mini rings to have a go on it was a good way to end an enjoyable and informative weekend.
The Simulator Day run by the CCCBR Education Committee as part of the ART Conference was just the ‘kick up the backside’ that I needed to get on with the process of installing a simulator in our tower. My main requirement is for a teaching set-up, and this day was ideally arranged to help me find out about the various options.There were three sessions in which the three groups – arranged according to the experience of the participants – rotated around two presentations, software and hardware, and a practical session on dumb bells and the Charmborough Ring.
The Sunday session aimed to arm people with the knowledge and confidence to make more and better use of simulators in their teaching, whether it be that dormant equipment already sitting in their tower or a more up-to-date plug-and-play option. Roger Booth and Paul Lewis talked through and demonstrated key features of the different simulator software packages and gave hints and suggestions as how best to use for people in the early stages of learning to ring.
Simulators can free learners from the embarrassment of having to try out exercises for the first time in front of the rest of the band and can aid that Conference buzzword “gamification”!
Even I found the practical session using
different types of dumbbells fun, despite being a bit bobbins with
mini-rings. The joyous sparring of Steve Farmer and Tony Croft took us
through the sensor hardware options and made it all seem a bit less
I only wish this event had been a couple of years ago when I first embarked on my own battle with an unused simulator; it would have seemed so much less daunting. But it has given me lots of ideas for future use and development and I now have some idea of where to turn when I need help. Catherine Sturgess
I thought the whole idea of the
day was excellent and obviously very relevant for ART Members in the
teaching/learning context especially how the software is being developed with
ART's schemes in mind. Although I have used simulators for 20+ years in a
teaching context, not just silent practices, the day gave me the opportunity to
experience at first hand some of these developments. Definitely an event
that should be repeated.
Oliver P Bardsley