Training Opportunities within the Coventry Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers

Following requests from Guild members, it has been decided to run a series of Training sessions on the 5th Saturday of the month. Starting in February, on Saturday 29th, we have two separate courses running:

  1. Conducting Workshop

    This will be run by Chris Mew. There will be a morning session aimed at those who are new to conducting and will be mainly calling on 6 bells, covering Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire and Bob Minor. The afternoon session will be for 8 bells and cover Bob Triples, Grandsire and Bob Major.
    Both sessions will have theory discussions followed by the opportunity to practice in the belfry. Enough competent ringers will be available to support the new conductors.

  2. Raising and lowering in peal.

    This will be hosted by Mark Sayers and will involve a theory session as well as the opportunity to put the theory into practice.

On Thursday 5th March, Ian Wilson will be running a ’Learn to Splice ropes’ workshop. This will be practical two-hour evening session. Ropes will be provided, but Ian is happy for you to bring your own ropes to work on.

On the Saturday 30th May, we will be running a Bell Maintenance Workshop. Jenni Higson will be the tutor, a member of The Association of Ringing Teachers. This programme has been run for the Guild successfully in the past. It is a hands-on course, requiring overalls and the willingness to clamber into bell chambers and carry out actual work on bells and their fittings. The programme will be held at All saints Northampton (2 towers involved with these workshops)

If you would like more details and to reserve a place, on any of these programmes, please contact . The Coventry Guild will pay for their members to attend all these programmes, but ask for a small donation for the refreshments and contribution to the hire of the church room.