Chairman’s Chatter is published in the quarterly ART WORKS magazine for ART Members and those on the ART Training Scheme.
The Birmingham School of Bell Ringing [BSoBR] established in January 2013 now has its first graduate! The BSoBR uses the Learning the Ropes progressive scheme with its Ringers and Christine Burnell, taught by Simon Linford completed her Learning the Ropes Level 5 via the Minor route, thus graduatingfrom the school on January 11th 2016. A big congratulations to Christine!
As ART gradually develops a network of teachers, more training events can be organised at local level. In Devon, Les Boyce (ART Tutor) has organised an amazing program for the year with 65 training events timetabled. This will bring great results over the next few months and years!
During 2016, ART will be introducing a range of interesting Workshops – the intention for which is that they can be delivered across the country at exactly the kind of training events organised by Les. More details on the first of these new Workshops are included in this edition.
Rob Parker is now standing down as editor of ART WORKS. Now in its 15th edition, Rob has dedicated much time and hard work into development of the magazine over the years. We would all like to say a very big thank you for all the imagination and attention Rob has invested in this publication over this time.
We would also like to welcome the new editor, Laura Amor. Laura gained experience in publishing at Leicester University whilst working as a Research Scientist. Now a Mum, Laura rings at Melksham in Wiltshire.
The ART constitution requires Management Committee Members to serve no longer than a maximum term. Under this requirement, I will be retiring from the Management Committee having been Chair since the inception of ART in March 2012. I have, of course, been involved for much longer, having developed the ITTS Modules over a year or more and piloted them for the first time in 2009. The new Chair will be appointed shortly and will take-up office at the end of the ART AGM and Conference.
I will continue to work very closely with Members of the ART Management team but will no longer be a Committee member. Not being Chairman will release much of my time for further development of educational resources, there are lots of ideas and lots of things to be done. So watch this space!
A great big thank you to all those who submitted applications for the inaugral ART Awards 2016. The judging is currently in progress, with the first ART Awards Presentation Ceremony to be made in the evening of the ART Conference at the famour Taylor’s Bell Foundry in Loughborough. If you can, please come along to the evening event – it is free but please pre-book.