We hope you are well and managing ok during this difficult time. It still seems strange to be unable to ring but fingers crossed we will all be able to return to our churches and bells in the not too distant future.
We attach guidance received from the Central Council. We will forward further information as and when received, in particular following any changes of guidance issued by the Government and the Church in future days and weeks.
When the time comes and churches start to reopen and it seems that restrictions are lifted to an extent that might allow limited ringing we would advise that you work closely with your Clergy and Church Officers to ensure that risks are understood and minimised.
ART’s conference agenda this year includes a great line up of speakers. In a break from tradition the key-note speaker is not a ringer. Bonita Norris is the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. Her talk – Mountains of the mind – speaks about the lessons she learned on this extraordinary journey as a very ordinary person – the marginal gains, the leaps of faith, the not giving up when failure seemed inevitable. All lessons in leadership that we recognise in our own ringing world. Bonita is joined by our other key-note speakers:
Richard Grimmett on Taking striking seriously
Alison Hodge and Tony Crabtree on What would TripAdvisor say about your tower?
Mark Plater (Senior Lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln) on the Science and practice of motivation
A range of seminars will showcase innovative ideas and good practice from amongst the bell ringing community. Thanks to your feedback from the 2019 conference these include:
Teaching with simulators – Steve Farmer & Chris de Cordova
Striking it right – Colin Newman
Starting a band from scratch – Ginette Pardoe
Learning the Ropes Festival of Ringing – Nikki Thomas & Ruth Suggett
The Social Media Toolkit – Alison Everett, Deb Baker & Emily Ashton
We have also introduced a lunchtime Teaching Forum hosted by Pip Penney which will give you the chance to talk through any teaching issues you may have.
CCCBR Recruitment & Retention – Sunday 15 March
Continuing last year’s successful partnership with the CCCBR, the second day of the conference is organised by the Volunteer and Leadership Workgroup. With a focus on recruitment and retention, they will look at how to look after your new ringers so that they blossom and enjoy their new hobby. Hearing from recent recruits, sharing ideas, initiatives and experience through grouped activities will provide you with ideas to take your recruitment and retention plans forward.
And don’t forget the ART Awards Ceremony in the early evening. Help us celebrate and reward the great things that ringing teachers and leaders are doing to secure the future of ringing.
Sometime in the 1930s the bells of this magnificent church fell silent due to their poor condition. On 2nd November a major project will near its end with the dedication of the rehung bells. They have been tuned, augmented to eight, (with a mix of second hand and new bells) and hung in a new steel frame. They are now rung from a new floor.
The dedication service will be at 11am and The Bishop of Sherwood will be the speaker. There will be refreshments and open ringing in the afternoon.