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This page provide a list of bellringing (or related) training courses, and links to other resources. Some (e.g. Learning Curve) provide a library of useful articles.


10am - 12.30pm
Sat 16th March 2019
St John the Baptist

Carlisle Diocese - Safeguarding C1 - Tailored for Bellringing Audience.

SAFEGUARDING COURSE - Background information
There have been significant changes to the Church of England safeguarding policies in the last few years.

Reading the latest policy and speaking with the Diocese Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) Charles Procter to explore and understand the current safeguarding practice and responsibilities for activities which may involve children, young people, and vulnerable adults, it is clear that some roles in bellringing will involve DBS check, and/or confidential declaration, plus safeguarding training.

If you are a tower captain or are the responsible person for ringing at a tower (whether or not there are vulnerable people in the tower), or if you have a role in the tower with any regular or close interaction with children, young persons or vulnerable adults, please make sure you attend this or another C1 safeguarding course (also available online) if you have not already done so.

More details about these changes, who it affects, and the importance of following the new policy are available in Safeguarding article

The diocese ran a C1 safeguarding course specially tailored for a bellringing audience at Workington in 2018, and the diocese are going to re-run this course in the South of the diocese at Flookburgh on 16th March 2019 at 10am.

This course is perfect for all tower captains and anyone with responsibility and/or is involved in helping a vulnerable person to ring bells.

Anyone wishing to attend should complete the short C0 online training course first, and book a place through Barrow tower or Kaley Vaughton at making clear you wish to attend the morning course at Flookburgh (she is also running an ordinary course at Barrow in the afternoon)

Safeguarding C1 Foundation Training Course Tailored for Bellringers
Delivered by Kaley Vaughton Carlisle Diocese Safeguarding Trainer

This FREE training course will (description of standard C1 training):
  1. Situate safeguarding in the context of the Church
  2. Equip participants with knowledge of state and Church of England legislation, policies and practice guidance
  3. Understand your personal role and responsibilities in relation to others, including self-protection, and who to report safeguarding concerns and information to
  4. Evidence how you respond well to safeguarding information, including who to inform, referral for investigation and the boundaries of confidentiality
  5. Work safely in your role following C of E/ Diocesan/ Parish preventative practice guidance
All Day (times TBC)
Sat 11th May 2019
St John the Baptist
ART (Association of Ringing Teachers Logo

MODULE 1 course - teaching bell handling.

Suitable for those who already teach bell handling (and want to update their skills or discover complementary tips and techniques) AND for those who have never taught anyone to handle a bell. Module 1 provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to take a ringer from their first lesson to having competent bell control.

The course costs 20 to cover the course materials that you get to keep and take home after the course, and is open to anyone who can comfortably ring up and down in peal and is at least 14 years old.

Anyone interested in attending should contact me or book online at

Regular Training Sessions and Targeted Practices

Special practices normally take place most months (please check before) as follows:

1st Saturday of the Month2 - 4pm Langdale (Chapel Stile), Holy Trinity (NY321055) Branch 6 Bell Practice (Advanced)
2nd Wednesday of the Month7.30 - 9pm Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Tower (Barrow) Target Practice

for additional ringing support from visitors for better supported learning and more advanced ringing.
4th Saturday of the Month2 - 4pm Langdale (Chapel Stile), Holy Trinity (NY321055) Branch 6 Bell Practice (Basic)
4th Sunday of the Month4.30pm - 6pm Kendal, Holy Trinity (SD517921)

Branch 8 Bell (Surprise Major) Practice

5th Saturday of the Month10am - 12 noon Barrow-in-Furness, St James the Great (SD194699)

Simulator Practice at Barrow

Up to 4 independent simulator training workstations and training sessions. Please let tower captain know if you hope to attend to check it is running, and so a slot can be assigned if more than 4 people.

Ring as basic or advanced as you like. A steady band with moving ringer images, or rely on sound and rhythm. Analyse your striking afterwards. Improve your score!

Roughly once every 3 months. Provisional Dates:
30th Mar29th Jun31st Aug30th Nov29th Feb30th May29th Aug30th Oct

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Ringing and Understanding Call Changes
Calling Call Changes
Plain Hunt
Grandsire Doubles and Plain Bob Minor


A detailed look at call changes
A detailed look at plain hunt
Whiting Society article about plain hunt
Rope Splicing (made easy)


Links to other learning resources.

The Learning Curve
A good collection of Ringing World articles about teaching and learning - available online
Oxford Diocesan Guild Leaflets
A collection of 13 leaflets from plain hunt to surprise, handbells, and tower maintenance
Change-Ringing Wiki
An online community maintained resource all about bellringing
Change Ringing Resources
Lots and lots of links to other ringing websites
The Whiting Society
Society that produces many useful publications and articles/discussions
The Association of Ringing Teachers (ART)
Website associated with national scheme to support teachers and their students.


Reports from previous training courses or news will appear here.

Simulator Workshop - Sat 18th November 2017 - St. Annes Parish Church

A simulator workshop (see notice on LACR website) was held at St Anne's Parish Church in mid November.

This newly installed (2017) bellringing training facility was being used to explore the opportunities it offered to individuals (learners) and for training officers. There was a tangible 'buzz' of excitement and interest, and a hive of activity from several independent training sessions taking place at the same time.

The tower is quite large and had sufficient space in one corner to have a 'dumb bell' that could be rung even as all the other bells are rung. This had a set of headphones for the learner, a computer and a large computer monitor.

There was another simulator setup to practice handbells, but I wanted to focus on tower bells, so left this for another opportunity in the future

rope and bike inner tube clapper tie

Two other bells had been tied with a very effective rope and bicycle inner-tube arrangement (see photo) with one rope loop attaching to the flight of the clapper, and the inner tube being secured over the crown staple, and the other rope loop being pulled using the stretch of the rubber inner-tube to hook over the clapper flight from the opposite side. Quick and simple to fit and remove.

The new version of ABEL was being used, which has a relatively new interface with video animated ringers instead of the old circle of rope images that just flipped from being a tail end to a sally. The new animations showed a pretty fluid action which could be used for practice with ropesight. Historically I have found that ringing with ABEL was restricted to 'listening' practice, and this was great while you are roughly in the right place but was very hard to recover once you got too far out of place, and more often than not had to start again.

With the new ABEL, initially I found myself reverting to listening mode (that I was familiar with) for plain hunt, but then I started to try use the ropesight with the simulator - which began poorly because it was less familiar, but improved with practice. Before the end of the session I was using the ropesight to ring St Clements reasonably well, which is more advanced method ringing than anything else I had done using a simulator before.

The new interface also has additional real-time visual clues to your performance that helps you to improve as you ring. Each animated ringer displayed on screen has a bar above them with their bell number. The slot for you works best I found if disabled the animation for my ringer (was distracting otherwise), but importantly instead of bell number at the top, it has a colour coded bar. If you ring within narrow tolerance (essentially spot on) you get complete bar in green, if ring early then just the left half of the bar is coloured in shades going from green to amber to red depending on how far out of place you are ringing early. Similarly the right hand side of the bar is coloured if you ring late in same colour coding.

At the end of the practice piece, ABEL presents an overall score out of 10 (best I did was 8.8, worst about 5.2!), and allows you to review the striking to see if there is any pattern such as always slightly late on backstrokes, or handstroke gap is not enough. However the simple score out of 10 became a challenge to have another go to improve striking and get a better score... almost like a computer game with a rope instead of a Kinnect controller! If it makes me excited to have another go at my age, I can see it will have appeal for younger more competitive and computer savvy ringers.

Overall the workshop was very helpful, informative, challenging, fascinating, and simply great fun! Highly recommended, and it was made clear that they are keen to offer sessions to use their simulator as a resource for any ringers

For more information about ABEL please visit

Simulator Workshop

The simulator can also be used to allow all bells to be rung tied to have a 'silent practice' for residents and passers-by outside the church, but audible inside the ringing room using audio speakers. In this way it is possible to have extended teaching and ringing sessions for whole range of ringing from basic handling practice to full practice with rounds & calls, plain hunt, method, touches etc. without disturbing the neighbourhood and so avoid any potential complaints.

Since the workshop the Barrow simulator has been updated to the latest software, and we have successfully set up with a projector to project larger image of the animated ringers and make it even easier to develop ropesight and improve striking. If anyone would like to come along to Barrow by arrangement to have a go and try out this setup, I would be pleased to accommodate. I am sure I will be organising a simulator workshop for our branch in the near future.... watch this space (or at least this page and the branch newsletter)