2021 ART Awards


The ART Awards recognise people and groups who are leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing and our Learning the Ropes achievers. The teaching awards are open to everyone, not just ART Members or those using the Learning the Ropes Scheme. The ringing awards are open to those who have participated in one of the Learning the Ropes programmes (on tower or hand bells) or in the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.

The ART Awards ceremony was held at 18:00 on Saturday 6 March. We celebrated and rewarded the great things that ringing teachers and leaders are doing to secure the future of ringing, hosted via Zoom. This year, we had an inspiring and diverse set of nominations which represents the creativity, hard work and commitment of so many people during such a difficult time

The Sarah Beacham Youth Award

Prize of £800 sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

This year's award covered all aspects of youth ringing, including schools, and the judges have allocated the total prize money to nominees as they saw fit.

Winner: Elizabeth College

Winner: Kildwick Mini-ringers

The ART Award in the Development of Technology in Teaching


Prize of £1000 – sponsored by John Taylor & Co. and the CCCBR

This is the year in which we have seen a huge range of the most imaginative, innovative and useful technical developments, including online ringing platforms, tools and even robots!

Winner: Bryn Marie Reinstadler and Leland Paul Kusmer (Ringing Room)

Runners Up: Graham John (Handbell Stadium)

Runners Up: Simon Gay, Tim Hart, Graham John and Ben Johnson (eBells)

Highly Commended: David Norman and Giles Wood (Ding)

The ART Award for Excellence in Recruitment or Retention


Prize of £400 – sponsored by AbelSim

Given the restrictions on UK ringing that we have had (and are currently experiencing), the majority of this year’s UK nominations focused on retention.

Winner: Laura Goodin

Highly Commended: Sonia Field

Highly Commended: Tom Hinks

Highly Commended: Catherine Sturgess

The ART Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing


Prize of £500 – sponsored by Talent Innovations

Inspiring leadership breeds success, moves us forward and helps a wide range of endeavours to flourish at individual, tower, regional or national level.

Winner: St Martin's Guild

Winner: Ruth Marshall

Highly Commended: David Thomas

Learning the Ropes Achievement Award

Prize of £250 – sponsored by The Ancient Society of College Youths

This year, the ringing achievement award was open to both those who attained LtR Level 5 on tower bells and all those achieving LtR Level 3 on handbells by 31 December 2020. The judges considered the individual’s ringing development in terms of quality, quantity and complexity, the timescale over which the progress has been made and the support available.

Winner: Donny Brock

Learning the Ropes Contribution Award

Prize of £250 sponsored by The Ancient Society of College Youths

The ringer’s contribution award is not based on ringing ability or attainment but for their contribution to the wider ringing community, for example, within a band, local area, Guild, Association or even the Central Council. For 2020, the contribution category was open to anyone who had been enrolled on the Learning the Ropes programmes (on tower bells or handbells) at any level. The judges were particularly keen to see evidence of organisation, leadership or technical skills or wider initiative and/or innovation.

Winner: Jayden Newton

Winner: Joseph Blake

Winner: Mary Jones


» Julia Cater (Chief Judge)

» Jonathan Townsend

» Colin Newman

Past winners

» 2016 winners

» 2017 winners

» 2018 winners

» 2019 winners

» 2020 winners


Prizes may be spent in a flexible manner, to be agreed with the winners, so that value is added to the group and activities undertaken by the winners. The award winners were announced on Saturday 6 March 2021. Prizes should be spent within two years of notification, unless agreed otherwise with ART. The Learning the Ropes highly commended cash prizes may be spent in any way.

ART Awards Leader

Stephanie Warboys at artawards@bellringing.org

The Sarah Beacham Trust

The ART Awards for Youth Groups have been generously funded by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust which has transferred its funds to ART as the appropriate educational body to develop these awards. These ART Awards will be called The Sarah Beacham School Group Award and the Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award.

» The Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust