In these extraordinary times, the ringing community has found a number of ways to keep ringing going, even whilst we are not able to ring bells for real. Practices, pub sessions and quiz nights have transferred to Zoom, Ringing Room appears to have hit it off rather well, and handbells are coming into their own – never have we seen so much love for Minimus!
Thanks to so many who have helped in building a bank of resources for ringers during this time of lockdown and social distancing.
During this period where we are not able to physically ring together, ringers are increasingly turning to online, virtual practices to develop their ringing skills and keep in touch. In this article – virtual platforms are so now – two ringers share their account of virtual ringing and offer advice on how to get started.
There are two main places to ring online with your friends or you can join open practices:
If you're not confident about using Ringing Room then we've produced a couple of YouTube videos to help you get started. You can also sign up for a free Ringing Room Workshop to get expert technical help and new ideas about teaching online.
Handbell ringing has become a lot more popular this year both online and in people's gardens and we're now seeing ringers who've learned in the Summer themselves starting to teach new bands.
You can ring handbells with others using Handbell Stadium, Ringing Room and Ding.
Practising online at home has become ever more popular.
If you're new to using online simulators, this series of short YouTube videos will help you get the most out of Abel and improve your listening and striking skills from the comfort of your home. And this wonderful series about Virtual Belfry.
Just because there's not ringing, doesn't mean that there is no teaching and learning. Why not use the lockdown to continue learning and teaching? Here's some great examples:
Webinars and group calls don't have to be educational. Guest speakers aren't charging fees at the moment, but we've heard of a local talking about climbing Everest, learning about Devon Call Change ringing and a very high profile ringer talking about making marmalade!
Looking for some inspiration to keep in touch with your bell ringing?
Why not find out what's happening in the wider ringing community? Social media, a major part of modern society anyway, is
playing a not insignificant part in the current climate.
YouTube, blogs and podcasts are all ways of finding out what's happening and what people are thinking.
Advice about ringing and COVID-19 is provided by the CCCBR.
Which virtual platform or app can I use to communicate with other ringers?
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Thanks to all who have contributed to this library of resources.
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