ART Award Winners – where are they now?

The ART Awards are entering their fifth year and after a bit of tinkering have settled on a popular format. So it felt like a good time to review what winning an award has meant for some of our winners and what they’ve been up to since.

Inspiring Leadership – Barnes, Surrey

The Inspiring Leadership award has been our most popular since its inception three years ago. The first year the award was jointly won by Simon Linford and Linda Garton. Super, inspiring leaders who have featured frequently in the Ringing World. In 2018 the award was won by Trish Hawkins from Barnes who is perhaps a little less well known. Trish says:

“Winning an ART Award was a bit of a game-changer for us. After reading that applications were encouraged “even if you think you are just doing something ordinary” we put our application together and became the proud winner along with £500 in prize money from Talent Innovations.

“The award gave us an incentive for serious fundraising. We launched an online appeal for £10,000 to upgrade our training resources. The project was entitled ‘Do you love the bells ringing in Barnes?’ Happily, it turned out that plenty of locals did!With help from the Surrey Association we have now exceeded our target so can consider external sound control too. Being able to say that our tower had won a national award convinced people that they were backing something worthwhile.

“We have also started to think more about the way we teach this heritage skill – good words to use when fundraising! As teachers, we need to respect the limited time some learners have and use their time efficiently. We fast-tracked a group of new recruits at the beginning of August at Fulham with help from volunteers from the London Bell Ringing School. The learners all did well and were keen, but it was hard to find times for follow-up practices. I rashly offered tied bell sessions at Barnes from 7.30 till 9.00 am on weekdays. They jumped at this and we met on all but four mornings for the next four weeks! At 9.00 am those who could stayed for a theory lesson or general bell ringing chat. Everyone was sorry when August came to an end! They now attend our Saturday morning practices (aimed at Learning the Ropes Levels 1-3) and a dedicated weekly practice at Fulham.”

Recruitment and Retention – Roos, East Yorkshire

This award attracts many applicants every year and was won in 2018 by the Roos team, who were also highly commended for the School Group award. Helen Audley tells us:

“Prior to winning our ART Award Roos was becoming known in our area for the recruitment and teaching of young ringers. To have this recognised nationally was a great honour and gave us a huge boost. Six learners (5 children and 1 adult) signed up to the ‘Ringing Remembers’ campaign and the fact we had so many new ringers, together with our awards, meant we featured several times in the local media and national news. Just before Christmas, BBC Radio Humberside came and videoed our practice for their social media page –it has had many thousands of views.

“The involvement of the media has been very positive – exciting for the children – attracting a lot of interest and strengthening our link with Roos Primary School. Our young ringers are great ambassadors for the exercise and for our village. Four of our young ringers became ‘The Phenomenal Four’ over the summer of 2018 as they took part in the Humberside Police Lifestyle project. Their strap line was ‘Friendship Wins’, promoting positive mental health through teamwork and friendship – ringing cited as an example. The boys hosted a coffee morning at the church interspersed with ringing demonstrations.

“2019 saw the launch of our church appeal including a much-needed extension of the ringing gallery and our young ringers were fund raising over the summer. Our ART award is being used as evidence in our grant applications that the teaching of ringing is thriving and successful here in Roos. We plan to use our award money, sponsored by AbelSim, for teaching materials for the extended gallery.”

Excellence in the Use of Technology – Lisa Clarke, Combe Raleigh, Devon

Over the years there have been fewer applications for this award than others but we believe that technology is important in teaching ringing and continue to recognise excellence through these awards. The 2017 Technology Award was won by Lisa Clarke who tells us:

“Our restoration and augmentation project from three to six bells was completed in 2017, so the award’s timing was just right. We use our simulator to good effect: single bells for learners at the handling stage, the 6-bell simulator for a huge variety of practices including monthly practices for the young ringers’ competition team where I record the striking and use the analysed results to focus on improvements – they won the branch open category this summer!

“£500 is a substantial sum and one of the first items I chose was an AudioQuest Dragonfly Black DAC (digital-to-analogue converter) for the laptop. At £89 it might seem an extravagant but it has made a big difference to the sound quality. Built-in DACs are usually poor and this little USB DAC improves the sound noticeably. I chose a camera for the belfry, a new 24” monitor for the ringing chamber, a large whiteboard, markers and some fun “emoji” erasers. I created a small library; 21 book titles, 3 DVDs and 3 CDs. Plus a Method Maker from Sherbourne Teaching Aids, really useful for Kaleidoscope exercises and methods – our young ringers love it. The Award has enabled us to have a well-equipped ringing chamber that is beneficial to our own ringers and countless others who come to ring at our targeted practices.”

University Award – Cambridge University Guild

“The CUG were delighted to win this ART Award for the second time. Recruitment and teaching are now fully established as a key part of our activities. In 2018 we elected our first ever Teaching Officer and teaching sessions make up about half of our current ringing activities. Plenty of socials ensure learners join in with the rest of the Guild and handbells have also been a fantastic medium for learners to ring alongside more experienced ringers.

“With the constant turnover inherent in a university society, it is important that we regularly train new teachers so some of our prize money goes to run an ART Module 1 course before term starts, ready for a hopefully high influx of new recruits. We will use the remainder to hire the Charmborough Ring for the Freshers’ Fair. This has gives an exciting snapshot of what we do, attracting recruits. Our thanks to ART and the CCCBR for the award and prize money.”

Learning the Ropes Contribution and Achievement Awards - Judy Farrimond and Daniel Hughes

This year’s contribution award was won by Judy Farrimond from Norfolk. Although only ringing for three years, Judy rang in 34 quarter peals, attended the ART Module 1 course, is actively teaching and ready for assessment soon. She became Branch Secretary six months after starting, rings surprise minor and arranges many quarter peals. She has supported the Ringing Remembers campaign, helping to teach two new bands at Reedham and Hickling, and helps at Mancroft Ringing Discovery Centre during the Monday morning bell handling sessions. Judy’s reaction to winning the LtR Contribution award:

“I was in the middle of a holiday in Australia when Neil Thomas messaged me to say I had won. He told me I had won £250 to be spent towards ringing! I felt humbled and grateful that I had been nominated. When it had sunk in, I got to thinking about how to spend the money and decided I would put the money towards a residential ringing course. The idea of breathing, eating and sleeping ringing for a few days is very enticing.Thank you to the people who nominated me, to ART for organising the prize and to the Ancient Society of College Youths for sponsoring this Award.”

Daniel Hughes was highly commended for the LtR Achievement Award.Daniel says:

“ART is a great way for people of all ages to make progress in ringing. I was so motivated to achieve the next level that I put more effort into my ringing. This allowed me to progress quicker and achieve my LtR Level 5. Without ART I don’t think I would be the ringer I am or progressed so quickly. I am very grateful to ART and all the people behind it for giving me a path to follow. Now I want to ring new methods, on higher numbers and I want to keep on improving and become a better ringer.”

Applications opened for the 2020 ART Awards on Friday 11th October. 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 award is open to those who have completed one of the Learning the Ropes programmes (on tower or hand bells) or participated in the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.

» The 2020 ART Awards


Trish Hawkins receiving her award
from Linda Garton


The Roos band


The Cambridge University Guild


Judy Farrimond at the LtR Masterclass