Following a warm welcome and introductions, our Tutor Paul, gave a recap on teaching bell handling and foundation skills. Then we embarked on a series of interactive sessions that made us think about key skills required to enable a ringer to change the speed of their bell so that they can begin to ring call changes and think about Plain Hunt.
Paul came armed with a tool kit of ideas and suggestions that would allow the progress to Plain Hunt to be undertaken in small manageable steps. Suggestions on where and how to place band members to best support a student were discussed in breakout groups along with tips that were shared across the whole group. Many of us are struggling with a limited number of more experienced ringers hence developing new ringers in this type of situation is therefore becoming a challenge. Paul’s considered advice along with personal experiences shared by other course students was very helpful.
The M2F course is carefully structured and the day was extremely well organised. In addition to a big thank you to the event organisers, the catering team (aka Len Roberts) should also be recognised. We were all very well fed and watered throughout the day with an excellent lunch, and even an afternoon cream tea. The discussion/interactive sessions are a key part of this course, so, a final note of appreciation must go to my fellow students for actively taking part in the practical sessions, sharing their experiences and so making the day most enjoyable.
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