2020 ART Awards

The ART Awards recognise people and groups who are leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing and our Learning the Ropes achievers. The teaching awards are open to everyone, not just ART Members or those using the Learning the Ropes Scheme. The ringing award is open to those who have completed one of the Learning the Ropes programmes (on tower or hand bells) or participated in the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.

Well done to all who were nominated for this year's ART Awards

The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award

Sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

This award is for youth groups who are successfully recruiting, retaining and developing young ringers. The judges wanted to understand any barriers that had been overcome and how the group linked into the the wider ringing community. Consideration was given to the ethos of the youth group, how the young ringers are developed, and the transition from the group to ring elsewhere.

Winner: Dunham Massey

Highly Commended: Old Brampton Church Bellringers


The ART Award for the Effective Use of Technology


Sponsored by John Taylor & Co.

An award for the development or use of technology which makes a difference by encouraging the development of skills or accelerating progress. Consideration was given to how this technology had been integrated into other aspects of teaching and how it had developed and evolved over time.

Winner: Andrew Instone-Cowie


The ART Award for Innovation in Recruitment or Retention


Sponsored by AbelSim

The judges were looking for how successful the group or individual has been in recruiting and retaining recruits and any differences in approach which have been particularly effective. They wanted to see that the activities were focussed on long-term retention and were keen that any lessons learned were transmitted to the wider ringing community.

Winners: Mancroft Ringing Centre and Chris Wardell

Highly Commended: Jo Elliott and Nich Wilson



The ART Award for a University Society that has made a Significant Contribution to Promoting Ringing to Younger People


Sponsored by CCCBR

The judges were looking for both ideas and successful implementation – activities may include increasing public awareness, recruitment, retention, teaching and links with local ringing, if applicable. With the annual turn-over of university society leadership the judges would be interested to know how this year's successes can be built upon.

Winner: Cambridge University Guild of Change Ringers

Highly Commended: Nottingham University Society of Change Ringers


The ART Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing


Sponsored by Talent Innovations

An award for groups and individuals who create and deliver a long term vision for their bell ringing community, alongside imaginative and inspiring leadership. The judges want to understand the barriers and challenges that have been overcome and what was instrumental in making the project a success - including insights into the specific leadership skills that made the difference and reflections on what others can learn.

Winner: Helen Nicholls


Learning the Ropes Achievement Awards

Sponsored by The Ancient Society of College Youths

These two LtR awards were open to those who have completed one of the Learning the Ropes programmes up to Level 5 (on tower or hand bells) or participated in the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.

One award focuses primarily on ringing achievement – what had been achieved over what time scale – taking into account the support available. The second award focuses more on the ringer's contribution to the wider ringing community within a band, local area or Guild/Association, with the judges keen to see evidence of organisation or leadership skills.

Winner: Dylan Thomas

Highly Commended: Alex Bell, Monica Hollows, Noah McDermott, Andrew Moncrief,

Commended: Francis Town, Harry Helyer


The Learning the Ropes Contribution Awards

Sponsored by The Ancient Society of College Youths

Winner: Jane Grellier

Highly Commended: Alex Bell, Monica Hollows, Noah McDermott, Kaeko Tozawa

Commended: Janet Bond, Barry Garrett


Past winners

If you're uncertain about what to put in your application why not have a look at what some of our past winners have said.

» 2019 winners

» 2018 winners

» 2017 winners

» 2016 winners


  • Jennie Town (Chief Judge)
  • Julia Cater
  • Jonathan Townsend


Prizes may be spent in a flexible manner, to be agreed with the winners, so that value is added to the group and activities undertaken by the winners. The award winners were announced and prizes presented at the 2020 ART Conference. Prizes should be spent within two years of notification, unless agreed otherwise with ART. The Learning the Ropes highly commended cash prizes of £25 may be spent in any way.

All those resident in the UK who have achieved LtR Level 5 by 31 December 2019 will be invited to the Learning The Ropes Masterclass in the Autumn of 2020.

The Sarah Beacham Trust

The ART Awards for Youth Groups have been generously funded by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust which has transferred its funds to ART as the appropriate educational body to develop these awards. These ART Awards will be called The Sarah Beacham School Group Award and the Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award.

» The Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust


If you have any questions about the Awards, or how to apply, please contact the ART Awards Leader, Stephanie Warboys at artawards@ringingteachers.org