On Saturday 22nd October, the ART M1 Bell Handling course was held at St Mary’s Kirtlington, Oxfordshire, and was attended by ten students from local towers as well as from as far afield as Kent. The course was led by ART tutor, Nick Brett, with tutor Clare McArdle in attendance.
This was an extremely useful and informative day aimed at supporting those wishing to assist their tower with teaching inexperienced, hesitant and new ringers in bell handling and bell control. The day included both theory and practical sessions, allowing all those who took part an opportunity to put into practice introducing bell handling skills from first principles as well as maintaining control of a bell with the 'learner' (aka experienced ringer!) in a supportive group environment.
I personally found that trying to articulate how to 'ring' from first principles was very challenging and I was grateful to be in a group environment, benefiting from listening to other ways of explaining and demonstrating the same thing.
The warm welcome; friendly, supportive and very knowledgeable training team; informative student pack and of course the constant supply of coffee, tea and biscuits throughout the day and excellent lunch made for a thoroughly enjoyable day whilst at the same time, learning a huge amount.
Thank you to all involved.
Practical advice for teachers, right from the first lesson.