When I last wrote in ART WORKS, I reported a record year in all areas, and the records are continuing to be broken. In October we issued 197 Learning the Ropes certificates – another record smashed! Rose is having a busy time keeping up.
The Ringing Remembers initiative has had an influence on the number of day courses we have run this year and has proved a huge success in placing bell ringing well into the public consciousness. In addition to the central learn to ring enquiries distributed to local towers, teachers have organised many local initiatives to recruit and train new ringers. I see success stories every day on social media and from ART Members. A great effort by the team that ran the Ringing Remembers campaign and by local teachers. Now comes the challenge of retaining these recruits and developing their skills further ... [contd]
» Read Chairman's Chatter
Sophie (15) and Josh (17) travelled to Birmingham to attend the Learning the Ropes Masterclass. Find out what they did on this "brilliant weekend."
Nominations for the 2019 ART Awards are now open so time to get your nominations in. Applications close on December 31 2018.
» Quotes from 2018 winners
ART’s exciting agenda this year includes a great line up of speakers on the Saturday and an invitation to contribute to a Vision for the Future of Youth Ringing on the Sunday. Join us at the Worcestershire Cricket Club on 2/3 March 2019
Ruth Suggett has been experimenting with group assessments in East Anglia and finding many benefits. A great way of taking the stress out of the assessed lesson and sharing good practice.
» Hear more from Ruth
The new band at Weekly, Northants, opened their tower for the congregation to chime a bell in remembrance of the fallen.
» Chime for Armistice
From on open day in June to ringing rounds and call changes for the Armistice, ten new recruits learn the ropes the ART way.
» Revitalising the Greens Norton band
Facebook and Youtube deliver Ringing Remembers to Canada. "It is amazing how a video and the familiar sound brings her home and makes her happy."
» Thanks from Canada
Ring for the Armistice Centenary, go on tour and hear disappointing news from the Heritage Lottery.
» Part 4 of the Slapton Belles blog
All I wanted was one recruit, so I could gain my ART M1 accreditation. I’ve ended up training two bands from scratch and becoming the Association General Secretary.
The Norwich Ringing Remembers recruits were challenged to come and ring rounds at the striking competition. They looked scared. It got renamed as a Ringing Festival, cake and 50 Ringing Things were mentioned and there you have a whole host of enthusiastic ringers. More novice bands stepped forward and, on the day, we had a total of 15 bands ringing with 5 in the novice section.
A splendid tea was provided by the Reedham WI. A new novice trophy was fashioned from a broken Mancroft stay. Felmingham were worthy winners but I did notice that there was a South Walsham trained ringer in that band!
» Nikki Thomas makes striking competitions popular
If you have a learner who is struggling to understand the bobs in Plain Bob Doubles, Heather Peachey has some useful strategies for splitting the learning into bite-sized chunks.
Why do only a minority of our Learning the Ropes ringers achieve their Level 5? Feedback from ringers and teachers tell the story – a Level 5 certificate is only a small part of what's important.
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