When you first start ringing, it can be quite daunting. In some towers you might be the only learner in your age group - or even the only learner full stop! We feel that it's important to know that there are other learners out there - You can find them at the Rising Ringers and Progressing Ringers sessions. It's also good for more experienced ringers to know what a learner thinks as they go through the learning process.
As such, we are asking learners to help us by Blogging here about their experiences. Hopefully if you're a learner you'll be encouraged by the posts here - and if you're a teacher, you'll find insight that will help your students.
- Written by Lianne Brooks
its been a year since my last blog.
I attended the ringing course in september last year, once again brilliantly organised by Chris , Mick and Mark.
I had fantastic tuition from Garry Mason for A touch of Bob Minor. It seemed a big leap from doubles methods and I still get a bit lost sometimes but keep plodding on and taking the opportunity to practise it whenever possible.
I am still persevering with treble bobing, Grandsire on the inside, hoping to move to learning a touch of Grandsire, Little Bob on the inside and developing my eight bell ropesight.
These days i travel around with my new best ringing friend Lewis. Alot of you know Lewis because we visit your towers, everybody is glad to see Lewis and I'm just the driver!!! (Only kidding) Lewis is 11 and has been ringing for about 18 months. He is already ringing Stedman and Kent and Cambridge. Everybody says its because kids learner at a quicker pace but I also think Lewis is a natural born ringer. He amazes me sometimes as he only has to watch a method once and seems to be able to ring it perfectly the next time. ( when I ask how he does it, he tells me he just pulls the rope when he feels like it) if only it was that easy!
We have great fun travelling around the county meeting everybody and doing what we love.
On monday we went to Lutterworth for the district meeting,a very heavy eight but lovely to ring. Lewis rang Bob Major on the inside with very little help and I rang Grandsire tripples on the inside with lots of help from Garry Mason again. Lewis was suppreamly confident, I was my usual bag of nerves, what a difference 44 years makes eh?
But I wouldn't change it for the world, it's great to see so many new young learners coming through. I will be taking Lewis to the ringing course this year but he will be in a more advanced group than I.
We also attended the Guild Dinner this year but had to leave early as one of our parties father sadly passed away that night. Jack Haywood was not a ringer but many of you will know Joyce who rang regularly at Ratby until very recently.
When they were young and courting Jack used to ferry Joyce to all her bell ringing in a Morris (shooting brake, i think it was called). That makes him an honorary ringer I think. A quarter peal was rung at Ratby for Jacks funeral and he will be much missed by all.
Anyway if I could just get some rhythm going on i might improve, in the meantime I'll just keep practising.
- Written by Lianne Brooks
Learners Blog Bell Date 23.03.15
Its been a very busy weekend for Leicestershire ringers with everybody ringing for Richard lll.
At Ratby we rang for service and in rememberance of Richard lll and I know other towers rang a half muffled quarter peal. Villages on the return route rang for Richard. I went to see the cortege at Desford along with hundreds of other people then dashed to St Margarets for the open ringing.
We rang mostly rounds and call changes because there was alot of learners present. It was good to get experience on St Margarets bells and great to ring whilst King Richard's coffin was doing the rounds in Leicester.
I haven't rang at St margarets for about a year so was very rusty, many appologies to all listeners for the several mistakes I made.
Chris Newman was very patient with all of us learners so thanks for Chris and other organisers for giving us the opportunity to ring.
My weekend had begun with the ringing up and down in peal pratice at St peters and St Pauls at Hathern on saturday morning.
Judith Godfrey (Loughborough District) ran a fantastic session which was really valuable because it was dedicated time to learn this most difficult of part of bell ringing. I think we all made progress and agreed it was a lovely learning atmosphere with helpers that really wanted us to improve. We were given some great tips to help us spot whether we were too far up or too far behind so thanks to all who organised the training and helped on the day.
Anyway it paid off because next day at Ratby everybody said I had improved my ringing down. Just got to keep it up now and be more consistant.
Looking forward to hearing the ringing for King Richards Re-interment on Thursday 26th at Leicester Cathedral. It is great to know that our freinds who are ringing will be heard all over the world (so no pressure there then)
The Gate ITTS Simulator
- Written by Chris Newman
Shortly after my first Blog, Tony Croft contacted me & we had a very interesting discussion. I decided to wait until Tony had done his initial proof of concept, to prove his ideas. Then Belfree was created, my first chance to see the 'box' was when I assisted Chris H & Franco at the Roadshow, where a pre-production one was used. Due to the fact we could not place it in the correct place on the Saxilby Simulator, we had quite a few adverse comments, mainly about the oddstruckness. I suggested that in reality we needed an open day at St Margarets to dispel all the negative comments.
So a fortnight ago we all met up at The Gate & placed 10 of them on the Back 10, front 7 functioned, back 3 did not, due to their heavier weight & the laptop could not pick up the signal in the church. Chris H created a repeater in the pub over lunch, we had a try out with everybody after the wedding ringing with good results. After that we had the laptop functioning in the church.
A week later the 3 of us spent a couple of cold hours at The Gate on a Sunday afternoon, we had the 10th working, though woefully odd struck. Several days later Chris H had sorted the software problems out.
The Open Day then occured, all 10 boxs where back on the 10, we could not altering the timing in Abel, as 9 had the clappers tied to stop noise complaints. Tony & the lads had a very good response from those there, most had not been at the Roadshow last year.
By the end of the year the ITTS Simulator will up and running, though hopefully I will be permitted to extend it beyond its original idea.
- Written by Lianne Brooks
Learners Blog Bell Date 22.12.14
It's a busy time for all ringers with Carol services and ringing for christmas services. It seems sad that some Towers do not have enough ringers for Christmas morning service.
A friend asked me if I got paid for ringing at Christmas," No I replied", "could you get Christmas day off if you wanted to" she said, Why would I want to? I love ringing at any opportunity. Some people just don't get it!
I have had a great ringing year, helped along by all you wonderful experienced ringers. I can just about do Plain Bob Minor unaided on the 2nd. Sometimes I get it, then other times I'm completely lost. ( note to self. BE more consistant)
New years learning plan involves;
Plain Bob Doubles inside with bobs
Learning Grandsire on the inside.
Hopefully going to Hereford again to try Kent Treble bob.
Definately going to LDG ringing course, It was great in September and I can't wait for next years course.
Still not really mastered ringing up and down in peal but keep soldiering on with those coils.
Hopefully I will see everybody at the progressing ringers at Anstey on 27th December ( what a bonus treat eh?) for my last ring of 2014.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New year x Lianne
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