Chairman's Chatter


What's happening – October 2021

With the summer holidays behind us, this is the time of year that ringing typically regroups and bands look to recruit and/or concentrate on improving their ringing. This is obviously not a typical year, but I think that most bands are now in a position to take stock of where they are and work out how they can rebuild or progress. Part of this may involve thinking afresh about how new recruits and less experienced ringers are taught and supported. ART can help with this.

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Have you seen Tower Talk, the quarterly magazine for new ringers, by new ringers?

The much-anticipated – in the UK – date of 21 June has come and gone, yet ringing still remains restricted in most places around the world. Many ringers have made a tentative return to the tower and many more are thinking about what it will be like for them after such a long absence. As well as sharing some thoughts and feelings about this, we are also including some useful tips and suggestions for how to approach a return to ringing, and where in the Learning the Ropes scheme you could pick up again.

For many who were only just starting out when ringing stopped, returning might possibly be a daunting prospect with mixed emotions, but getting back together with your band, in the tower, in the pub (or outside it) is a great feeling, even with limitations. As young ringer Jayden Newton tells us on pages 18 and 19, the best way to get back to ringing is just do it – you won’t have forgotten. So don’t worry or anticipate problems. It is great to see how many people have just started ringing again and have found it actually comes back almost immediately. And often, better!

» Download the July 2021 Edition of Tower Talk

Alongside its regular features, this edition of Tower Talk includes:

  • A new venture – Devon Call Changes
  • ‘Sixty on thirds’ – What does it mean?
  • Understanding Call Changes
  • Back to the Tower
  • Puzzle Corner
  • Princesses are not Quitters
  • How was it for you?
  • Something to focus on
  • Hello, my name is Rachel
  • Bi-Centenary Chimes
  • Look! No ropes
  • The Poacher turned Gamekeeper
  • Covering
  • Roos Ringers Road to Recovery
  • Answers to puzzles

If you have enjoyed Tower Talk why not forward this edition to your ringing friends so that they feel part of this amazing community which stretches right around the world.

Ruth Suggett
Editor, Tower Talk