Ringing Returns Resources 

Here are some resources that may help as we move towards being able to ring again more freely. 

You are welcome to use any of these.

If you have any resources that you have created and would like them to be made available to other Guild members please send them to webmaster-at-coventrydg.co.uk (replace "-at-" with "@")


Helping Bands to Return to Ringing

When we are able to start ringing in a meaningful way again, band/ringers may find that they need a bit of help to regain and/or develop their confidence with ringing and method ringing.

The Guild has had a Brokerage Scheme for some time that has not been well used.  Perhaps this is something that you may consider using as Ringing Returns? The Guild has always been willing to help ringers develop their skills.  Why not take advantage of this scheme when you are able to start practicing again?

Another thing that you might consider is "clusters". This is when a group of nearby towers work together to gain experience with their ringing. This can be done without regard to District Boundaries, or even Guild Boudaries. The idea is that progress will be quicker when a learner has more experience ringers around them.  This does not have to be at an advanced stage.  If you hace recently mastered Plain Bob Doubles, for instance, you may be the ideal person to help someone to gain experience in this method.  You are aware of the difficulties and the things that are a great help, as you have experienced them recently.  Give it a go!!

Ringing Returns: A New Beginning.

With the news a vaccine could be available to combat Covid-19, there is a real enthusiasm for life to ‘get back to normal’. What the new normal will look like remains to be seen, but it is a real boost to our sagging spirits to think we might soon be able to meet up with old friends and start ringing again.

After a minimum of a nine-month layoff from ringing, it will take time and effort to get things moving again. The Central Council and ART are formulating ideas and plans to help and I have been privileged to hear of some of their work which I would like to share with you. There is a recognition that what works in an inner-city church may be different to what works in a small Warwickshire village, but hopefully something will suit individual needs.

Here is the list of some ideas:

1 Tower Captains to remain in touch, or make new contact with their local ringers. Many towers have been having zoom meetings throughout the lockdown, but not everyone attends and some TC’s are nervous about the technology. ART have produced a youtube video to offer help and guidance
2 Ringing room has proved very popular and some towers are making great progress. Some started off using it and have dropped off. Also, some have been nervous about using it and again ART have produced a youtube video instructing people how to use it.
3 Focus on social events, on line and by phone. Quizzes proved very popular at the start of lockdown, but many feel they have exhausted their range of impossible questions. Staying in touch is very important, so maybe the quizzes could be replaced by virtual pubs or coffee mornings, when people can chat informally for 30 minutes or so. Having a topic in mind is often helpful, and talking about the old days can prove popular.
4 Getting in touch with lapsed ringers. As teaching may prove difficult to start with, when we get back into towers, encouraging lapsed ringers to come back might suit them as well as the local tower. There are so many reasons why people stop ringing, but a call from an old friend might be just the fillip they need to restart. If you are conscious, they may have stopped ringing for ‘political reasons’, perhaps this is where the Guild can help. If you could pass their name to me, we can see if help can be provided from another source to rekindle their enthusiasm.
5 A Covid hub is being established on the Guild website. This will contain all the details people might need to give them confidence to get back to ringing. This will also include all the latest information from the CC regarding health and safety and indeed any instructions from the Church Recovery Group.
6 Not having rung for so many months, many of us will be experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms. Stiff backs, sore shoulders and fitness climbing the belfry stairs, spring to mind. Exercises, designed by Lucy Gwynne, a physiotherapist, are available to help and we are looking at the possibility of videos too. You will find copies of the exercises on the Guild Covid Hub.
7 Finally, the importance of making people feel welcome is so important. The long layoff means some people will have fallen back in love with their garden or other hobbies. The friendship and comradery from ringers are so important and might just help in getting them back into towers for ringing.

That is probably enough for now. Ideas are being formulated about webinars, the role Bellboard could play in advertising virtual events and online and text teaching courses.

I would be delighted to hear from you regarding the ideas.

Kind regards

Annie Hall
Guild General Secretary


Exercises to Maintain our Ringing Muscles.

Designed by Lucy Gwynne

Firstly, what exercise do we gain from ringing? We know ringing is not going to keep us super fit, it is gentle physical exercise overwise all ringers would look like athletes. What form of exercise is ringing and how can we help ourselves, so when the day comes and we can return to our ropes we are not too stiff and feeble to do so?

To me these are the things that ringing gives us

  1. Balance -uneven paths, floors, hazards, stairs
  2. Lower limb strength – climbing stairs, checking bells, climbing ladders, crouching under bells etc.
  3. Shoulder flexibility – up and down 5000 times plus

Here are a couple of suggestions for each: All exercises can be done standing up or sitting (any exercise that involves clearing a space and getting onto the floor are usually not done.)


  1. Stand feet together
  2. Stand in tandem – heel of left foot in front of the toe of the right foot -then the other way round.
  • Progression 1-– do this with arms raised in front
  • Progression 2 – do this with eyes closed
  • Progression 3 -do this with arms in front and eyes closed

Lower Limb Strength

  1. Sit to stand from a dining room chair (or similar height and firmness) Complete as many as you can in 20 seconds
  • Progression 1 - aim to beat your score
  • Progression 2 - increase time by increments of 10 sec until up to one minute.

Shoulder Flexibility

  1. When you walk through a door (provided you are not carrying anything) reach up to touch the door frame above your head and take another step so your arms are stretched,
  2. Stand with your back against a wall, feet about 3-4 inches in front of the wall arms out to the side with bent elbows. Keep your arms as close to the wall as you can and raise them up so they are above your head
  • Progression – do this 5040 times (only joking!)

NB There is no substitute for the real thing so be prepared to have some aches once we are able to return.