ART Conference 2018 – Comes to Royston!

ART will be holding its annual conference on 3/4 March at Royston, Herts. The exciting agenda includes a great line up of speakers, with keynotes by the St Martin’s Guild Ringing Master, Simon Linford, Matt Bulbeck a professional outdoor sports coach and bell ringing teacher, and Colin Parker, ringer, teacher and keen cricketer.

Reflecting the rapid proliferation of questions and concerns around recent events, new additions to the line-up include presentations about safeguarding, insurance and risk assessments. There will also be an opportunity to talk through any local issues with the experts will be available throughout the day.

Finally helping you put a positive spin on all this we have some lively “how to” sessions from the Central Council’s Caroline Stockmann and Kate Flavell.

The second day of the conference weekend concentrates on simulators and new technology and is hosted by the Central Council. Get up to speed on the latest hardware and software developments, find out how to use simulators to improve the learning experience and take the opportunity to try out the newest ideas for teaching using simulators on different systems. Sessions are tailored to new, occasional and more frequent users and a third of the time will be practical.

The ART Conference is ART’s leading national event and is open to anyone with an interest in ringing teaching and leadership. We would like to invite you to join us at Royston, Hertfordshire on 3 March 2018 for what is sure to be a full and interesting day. The ART Awards Ceremony will be accompanied by drinks and nibbles.

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ART Conference Speakers

  • Simon Linford
    Brumdingers: the story of Moseley’s ringing group for kids
  • Matt Bulbeck
    Why I refuse to be called an Instructor: the differences between instructing, teaching and coaching
  • Colin Parker
    Engaging with young ringers: steps to success
  • Linda Garton and John Loveless
    Developing youth teams
  • Pip Penney
    Why do ringers keep ringing?
  • Veronica Downing
    Differences in learners and flexible teaching approaches
  • Vinni Sullivan & Ruth Suggett
    Small is beautiful: tales from ART Teaching Centres and Hubs
  • Marcus Booth
    Insurance & Bell Ringing: what you need to know
  • Andrea Watkins
    Volunteers, Safeguarding & the CofE
  • Caroline Stockmann and Kate Flavell
    Positive PR: ‘how to’ guide for towers and societies

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Ringing the New Year in at Radford Semele

Radford Semele Band

Helen, Diane, Claire and Fiona from Radford Semele were very grateful to Paul and Alice from Offchurch for making up the band to ring in the New Year. We have not been able to raise a band to ring in the New Year since before the fire so we were well pleased to do so this year. We then toasted the New Year with the rest of the Kaye family and Greg! Thank you all!

Rugby Deanery News

Autumn was quite a busy time in the Rugby Deanery, with Friday practices – including the new monthly advanced practices – covering a range of methods and needs. Mulled cider, mince pies, Wells and St Clements seemed to be a good combination at Clifton in December.

In November quarter peals were rung at both Rugby towers, and at Clifton, Hillmorton, Newbold, and Ryton to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip. The Clifton band included three members of the Guild's youth team, Holly, Estella and Simon, with Holly ringing her first and Simon conducting his first quarter.

November also saw the first ringing tour for the new band of ringers at Ryton, starting at Cubbington (where we coincided with an excellent cake stall), then moving on to Stoneleigh, Bubbenhall, and Ryton. Thanks are due to the experienced ringers who came to help, and we look forward to welcoming the self styled 'Ryton Belles' to future district ringing events.

Finally, the sale of Christmas puddings (450 puddings made and sold!) in aid of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal has raised over £2,300 this year. Thanks to everyone in the Guild who supported this fundraising effort.