Chairman’s Chatter – November 2015

Chairman’s Chatter is published in the quarterly ART WORKS magazine for ART Members and those on the ART Training Scheme (ITTS).

ART Conference 2016 – be there in Loughborough!

We are all getting very excited for the next ART Conference – to be held at Taylor’s Bell Foundry in Loughborough. The speakers and sessions have now been booked and are included in this edition of ART WORKS. Tickets will be sold via the ART website from January 2016.

Make a note of the date – 12 March 2016. Don’t miss it!

ART Awards 2016

One of the most eagerly awaited parts of the ART Conference next year will be the brand new ART Awards 2016. The Conference will include the inaugural prize-giving ceremony, which we hope will be a fantastic new event in the ringing calendar.

Have you entered for the ART Awards? If not, please please do! There’s a number of categories and you can apply for all Awards and even nominate more than one person / group for any single Award too. There are more details included in this ART WORKS – but the closing date is approaching fast. Get your application in ASAP before the 31st December deadline.

» The 2016 ART Awards

Learning the Ropes

There are now over 800 ringers who have completed Level 1 Learning the Ropes. The 800th ringer to pass this achievement was Peter Vincent from Bampton, Devon who is being taught by Sheila Scofield, a Full Member of the Association of Ringing Teachers. Peter is one of many ringers that Sheila has taught through the Learning the Ropes scheme since she became a Member of ART in 2013.

Congratulations to Peter on his achievements, and well done to the other 799 ringers who have helped us achieve this milestone.

How far do you have to travel to attend an ART Teaching Scheme Module?

David Smith, ANZAB president and ART Tutor, travelled 4,500 miles and Matthew Sorrell not much less to Tutor on Day Courses in Perth on the 7th and 8th of November. Perhaps this is a record for a “local” training event – if you can beat it do let me know!

It is great to see the ART Training Scheme and Learning the Ropes being used at an eminent teaching venue like the Swan Tower in Perth.

Building a strong financial standing

Will ART be able to survive financially following the demise of the Ringing Foundation who have been the biggest patron for the 4 years? ART‘s Management Team is quietly optimistic but is always looking to ensure the future is secure. How could you help?

Have you got all your new ringers signed up to the ART LtR 50/50 CLUB? Getting your ringers to sign up to the 50/50 CLUB is a great way to support the future finances of ART.

Now only £12 per annum, invitations to join will be inside the cover of the next edition of the Learning the Ropes Personal Progress Logbooks. Please encourage your new ringers to join and give them the opportunity to win big prizes!

» Join the ART LtR 50/50 CLUB

A vision for the future

Without the targets and goals being set by the Ringing Foundation as they have been in the past the ART Management Team are currently working on the path forwards for ART.

What exactly is our vision for the next 5 years? What strategies will be put in place to attain our objectives? What is important to you? Let me know!


Many volunteers help ART with its work and ART is extremely grateful for all the work they put in.

One of the newest ones is Sam Bolingbroke who created the Learning the Ropes website and is updating the Association of Ringing Teachers website.

Sam learned to ring at the age of 18 just before going off to university. The following year he was asked to captain a local tower in his university town. He approached me for advice… “It is one of those towers where they have been learning Bob Doubles for the last 20 years and still can’t ring it”… I suggested an ART Teaching Scheme Module 2 Day Course. Sam attended and became accredited for this Module, later he attended a Module 1 Day Course, became accredited for this Module and a full ART Member. Recently he has attended a Module 1 Day Course as a Mentor for other local teachers.

Would you like to come on board with us?

We have recently had offers of assistance with public relations and video editing but if there is anything you would particularly like to do just contact me and tell me about it!

Would you be interested in:

  • Communications manager?
  • Running workshops on tower maintenance, rope splicing, mentoring, conducting?
  • Administration support?
  • Anything else that is your specialist area of expertise?