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More Ringing Things to do during Lockdown

Quite a bit has changed since we published ‘Ringing Things to do during Lockdown‘ on 3rd May.

So here’s an updated list with even more resources (click on the underlined text for the links):

For All Ringers:

Watch ‘Not the Twelve Bell Live’ on Saturday 20th June 1pm-4pm

Featuring Emily, the founding member of Derbyshire Young Ringers, plus other ringers you may know.

Watch live on YouTube, or watch later to catch up.

Watch the trailer and enter the ident video competition for a chance to appear on the show yourself.

Prepare for Ringing Returns

What will you do when we can ring again?
The CCCBR will help us with the Ringing Returns campaign.

Watch and Share this Video

Our Silent Bell Towers which also introduces #RingingReturns.

… and watch other Ringing Videos

from the CCCBR Playlists. The ‘Oddities & Wonders’ are amusing, and number 29 was filmed on a DDA Chesterfield District outing.
Keep visiting as more videos are added.

… and some Training Videos

from the large collection of training videos for all levels of experience which is available from different contributors on the CCCBR website.

Go on a DDA Training Webinar

For ringers at any stage from basic handling (you can learn a method even if you can’t ring a bell yet) to attempting Surprise.
“A really helpful explanation … of what a method is and … how they ‘work’ and can be learnt”.
“Really enjoyable and useful”.

We have run 2 sessions and the next one is on Tuesday 23rd June at 7:00pm via Zoom – book your place.

How to get the most benefit from the software and apps available for ringers – continue to develop ringing skills skills without having access to a rope! A webinar in small groups.
Register your interest to attend on a date and time suitable for you.

Identify what in-Tower Training YOU would like to do – when we can ring again

Register what you would like to do on the DDA Training Request form.

Listen to Fun with Bells

The Fun with Bells podcasts cover topics of interest to everyone including non-ringers.
Plus tips and advice for ringers with ‘ask the expert’.
The ‘Bell Ringing on your CV’ episode features an (ex-)Derbyshire young ringer.

Practise in RingingRoom

Many towers are now ‘meeting’ to ‘practise’ on-line using their own servers (whilst communicating with each other using free apps such as Discord).
The Help page tells you how to get started, and here is another guide to using it.
Do have a go – it is fun and certainly makes you listen and count!

Join the Discord ChangeRinging Server

to connect and ring with people from all over the world in or Handbell Stadium.

Try apps on your Smartphone, Tablet or Computer

Free apps such as Methodology and BlueLine are great for looking up and learning methods on phones.
Simulator apps are ideal for practising alone, try Abel/Mabel/Mobel, Beltower or Virtual Belfry.

Join the Derbyshire Bellringers Facebook Group to keep connected

And, if you’re a young ringer (or the parent/carer/instructor of young ringers), the Derbyshire Young Ringers Facebook Group.
For ringers everywhere there is the Bellringers Facebook Group and other Facebook groups including a couple for RingingRoom users.

Read the Comic

‘The Ringing World’ is currently offering 25% off new subscriptions using code ‘RW2020’.
Recent editions include a greater range of articles plus puzzles, crosswords and a photo competition.

Enter the YouTube Competition

Have you taken any good videos of ringing? The CCCBR has launched a new competition of ringing videos.
Each month there is a different category. June’s is ‘Most unusual or interesting ringing video’.
Further information and how to enter.

Share Bell Recordings

With the public: Thank you to everyone who contributed videos and recordings of their local bells for the public to hear at Easter via Bell Ringing Derbyshire.
Bell Ringing Derbyshire is our ‘shop window’ and can be viewed by anyone (no need for a Facebook account), so please share it with your friends and local communities.
For on-line services: Ask your local clergy if they’d like to use a recording/video of your tower’s bells for use in on-line services (with appropriate permissions and following safeguarding procedures).

Dig out your best Tower Photos

Photos of 4 Derbyshire churches will feature in a 2021 calendar celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Derby DA, Leicester DG and Nottingham & Southwell DG.
So if you have any fantastic photos of (ideally iconic) Derbyshire churches with bells, in any season, please contact Sue Hall.
The 75th Anniversary celebrations in 2021 will be advertised in due course.

Visit the CCCBR News Page to:

Find out about #RingingReturns.
Read the President’s Blogs.
Help to identify our ‘customers’ (see the C&M update).
… and more.

See More Ideas on the ART Website

Including quizzes and more things to watch and do.

For Tower Captains, Ringing Masters, Tower Secretaries & Steeplekeepers:

Important – Things to do Before we can Ring Again

Useful guidance from the CCCBR on the important things that we need to do at each tower before we can ring again, including:

  • IMPORTANT safety checks –

A checklist is available in the Manual of Belfry Maintenance

The DDA Bell Consultants can offer free technical advice

  • Informing your local community –

Resources and ideas for DDA towers are available here.

Do a Tower Risk Assessment

Here are some examples.

Check the Contents of the Tower First Aid Kit

and replenish any missing or out of date items.

Update Tower Signage and Policy Documents

e.g. Warning Notices, Safeguarding, Clock Hammers, etc.

Make a Porch Poster

Do you have a porch poster on display at your tower? Is it up-to-date?
A porch poster is the easiest way of promoting ringing at your tower. Download a porch poster from the DDA website and customise it with your tower information, ringing times and contact details.
Please display it where it can be seen when the church is locked. You might like to display one inside the church too (after lockdown).

Print Ringing Flyers

Download a flyer from the DDA website, add your tower’s details and print a batch so they’re ready to leave in church for people to take and to hand out at events.

Get Your Tower On-Line

Does your tower have it’s own website or ringing page on the church website, and it is up-to-date?
If not, now may be a good time to get one set up, ask your church webmaster to help, or get it updated.
Tower Pages will soon be available on the DDA website (an ideal alternative to setting up a new website/page and for further coverage). The new Tower Page feature will be communicated soon.

Get Splicing! Or donate Ropes to the Rope Library

If, like me, you took some worn or broken ropes home ages ago to mend when you ‘get around to it’, this is probably an ideal time to splice them!
Here are instructions for Short Splices and Long Splices (thanks to the WDCRA).

Any ropes that still have a bit of life in them which your tower no longer needs can be donated to the DDA Rope Library via Neil Westman.

Replenish Resources and Records

Do you have an attendance register? – Essential for safeguarding, and may also help to trace Covid-19 infections.
Do you keep records for bell maintenance? Do you keep a log of regular checks? Do you have a warning sign? Find useful information and downloads on the CCCBR website.
Do you have enough learning resources such as ART booklets, One Per Learner books, progress charts and badges? Buy what you need online from the CCCBR Shop or ART Shop.