Chairman’s Chatter – August 2014

Chairman’s Chatter is published in the quarterly ART WORKS magazine for ART Members and ITTS Teachers.

Ringing Roadshow – 6th September 2014 – Newbury

The Roadshow promises to be a great day out for all your ringers. Have you got your tickets yet? Buy in advance through the website and save £2 per ticket. ART is having a stand where our educational products will be on display, there will be two Wombles to be used for training purposes. The ART stand will be closely associated with the stands of the CC Ringing Centres and Education Committees. Come and pay us a visit.

» Check out the Ringing Roadshow

Funding the future

As ART continues to develop, we are looking to the future and the need to become financially self- sufficient. In this issue we launch the ART Supporters scheme, which is a major new initiative for ART. The Management Committee is working on various plans but if you have any experience of fundraising and may be able to assist, please contact Graham Nabb.

» Become an ART Supporter

A few changes… and a request for your thoughts

The ART Management Committee has been reviewing various aspects of the ITTS Modules and some changes have been introduced.

  • It is now a requirement rather than a recommendation that Mentors attend a Module 2 Day Course before Mentoring a Teacher for Module 2, this brings the requirement for Module 2 in line with those for Module 1.
  • To attend the Module 1 Day Course as a delegate there is now a requirement that the applicants own handling style should be sufficient to pass the Learning the Ropes Level 2 handling assessment.
  • The structure of Module 2 is under review in order to widen the number of Teachers able to gain from some of the content. We will shortly be launching a consultation, and we really want to hear your views.

ART Conference 2014 – 7th March 2015 – Birmingham

Planning is starting for the 3rd ART Annual Conference. A few topics under consideration are Tower Maintenance, Conducting, and Teaching Hand-bell ringing. Let me know if you would be interested in attending any of these or have other ideas you’d like to suggest. My current thoughts are to have some sessions including a practical session on the Sunday – what do you think?

How good are your Mentoring skills?

If you are a Mentor and you feel you would like to understand the Mentoring process more thoroughly why not attend one of our Mentor Development Workshops? These courses last for 2 hours and you can register online. If there is not one near you why not ask for one to be run in your area?

» Find out about workshops

Certificates for your quarter peal ringers

Make their efforts seem worthwhile! Would your ringers like to have their quarter peal recognised by receiving a certificate recognising their achievement? On Moodle under ITTS Module 2 you will find certificates for you to complete and print off to award to your achievers.