The Education Committee consists of 2 representatives elected by each District, and a representative from the Gordon Halls Ringing Centre. Our remit is to promote the recruitment and training of bell ringers, and to extend the appreciation of bell ringing among the public (Association Objectives 2 and 5).

The committee can assist towers by:

  • Offering our Wombel and other resources to aid recruitment
  • Advising on techniques for training of ringers
  • Training teachers by promoting the Association of Ringing Teachers’  Integrated Teacher Training Scheme
  • Providing workshops and/or resources – please contact the Chairman for  details.

The committee organises courses and workshops for improving ringing skills at a more advanced level. Courses we have run recently include:

  • Theory of Everything for Beginners. Well not quite – we only have a few hours. The idea behind this course is to explain some of the jargon to recent recruits to ringing, along with exercises to explain things and improve bell control. Come along with your questions and we will try to answer them.
  • Ringing Up and Down in Peal. You can ring a bell up and down, but get out of place when ringing with others? We will provide a team of experts, and give you the chance to practice with them – or maybe you want to try leading up or down?
  • Basic Change Ringing. Ready to move from rounds & calls – would you like to try plain hunt. Or maybe you would like to advance your skills?
  • Heavier Bell Workshop. Do you always ring round the front, and avoid the back bells. Would you like to try them out or improve your technique? You don’t need to be made of steel to ring round the back – we can show you how to ring the tenors with skill rather than of brute force. Please note. You will need good bell control and handling to get the most out of this course.
  • Striking Improvement. We have two courses to offer. One is based on call changes and listening skills, the other based on ringing simple methods.
  • Conducting. We explain how bobs and singles work, and how this affects coursing order. If you can ring touches of bob doubles inside, you are ready for this course.
  • Belfry Maintenance. Led by our Bell Consultants we will show you the things you can fix yourself, and when to call in the experts. We usually run this course in October alternately with
  • Rope Splicing. How to make the tattered bits of rope go further. We take you through making a short splice and (time permitting) a long splice. Bring a rope to mend.

Note. These courses typically run at a central location on a Saturday morning or afternoon. At the moment we haven’t decided on the course schedule – please send us your requirements. If we have sufficient demand we may even be able to come to you – on your practice night.  Individuals can now notify us of their training requirements by completing this form, or contact us by email for more information.

The Whiting Society also offer several training courses, quite often at the DDA supported Gordon Halls Ringing Centre, Eckington.

The Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) run courses for training teachers, and promote the Learning the Ropes scheme. You need not be an accredited ART teacher to go on the courses or use the material. Read more about ART on this post.

Andrew Hall (Chairman, Chesterfield District)
Carole Hallam (Peak District)
Steven Harpham (Central District)
Gill Hughes (Central District, Secretary)
Karen Jeffrey (Chesterfield District)
Don Jones (Gordon Halls Education Centre)
Josephine Walker (Peak District)

Recent posts

Education Events Calendar

Please note that, with the current advice relating to the Corvid-19 virus, you should assume that most of the events for the next month or so will have been POSTPONED.

19th September 2020
  • Workshop for Tower Captains (Provisional

    19th September 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Mugginton Village Hall

    All tower captains, and anyone running a local practice, are encouraged to attend this workshop. Topics will include running a practice, safeguarding, recruitment etc.

    Please note the date and time is provisional. Email for more information.

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24th October 2020
  • Rope splicing workshop

    24th October 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    New ropes for old! Bring your old ropes along and we will show you how to revitalise them by splicing one or more ropes together, or maybe cut out the bad bit in the middle.

    Please note this is provisional. It is expected to take place one Saturday afternoon in October at a central location. Cost of the workshop is likely to be £10 (or less depending on numbers attending).

    Email for more information.

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