What if you want to ‘get out there’ to recruit people in places, such as shopping centres, fetes and festivals? One
of the obvious options is to borrow or hire a mini ring – a small,
mobile belfry with 6 or 8 bells which can be erected anywhere so that
members of the public can ‘have a go’ and teams of experienced ringers
But with hire costs of a mini ring being around £150 for a day, how do you maximise the potential of its presence at an event?
Hiring a mini ring can be fun and there are many well documented cases of it working really well as a recruitment aid, but as with any open day or event, it’s the work that goes in afterwards that really helps to recruit and retain ringers.
The bells on a mini ring don’t usually have a stay and slider board, so they are rung up at the beginning of ringing, usually with one pull. This also means they ring down very easily, so whilst on tower bells you can get away with taking one hand off to wave at someone or scratch your nose, if you try this with a mini ring, your bell will be down before you know it.
Also, break the habit of a lifetime and try to resist calling ‘stand’ at the end, because nobody can. The bells are just brought down to rest.
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