Learners Are Welcome

If you would like to learn the art of tower bell ringing, we’d love to hear from you! Contact details are below.

Everyone is welcome – you don’t have to go to church to be a ringer (about a third of the current band attend church).

So how does it work? There’s a 3-stage process for learning ringing……….

Stage 1: BELL CONTROL & HANDLING – Normally Sunday afternoons, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, but can also be by appointment if that’s a bad time for you. As it says on the tin,  this is where we’ll teach you to ring a bell, and control it. There are normally one – four learners at this stage and one or two tutors at any one time. These sessions are for complete beginners, up to the point where you can ring in rounds with other people reasonably steadily.  At that point you are ready to join……….

Stage 2: LEARNER’S PRACTICE NIGHT: Monday nights, 7.30 – 9.00 with tea and biscuits break halfway through. There’s usually a good group of a dozen people involved at these sessions – half learners and half helpers. This takes you from ringing steadily, through call changes, dodging your bell and being able to Plain Hunt. Depending upon the group it may extend into learning basic 5-bell methods. After that you’re ready for………

Stage 3 –  the main Practice Nights on Wednesdays and Sunday morning ringing!

Contacts

Ilkley – Sue Green on 01943 864081 or 07746 950214 or Andrew Drury on 07949 536574

Addingham – Patricia Jones  on patriciajj58@gmail.com or call Andrew Drury on 07949 536574

2 thoughts on “Learners Are Welcome”

  1. Hi, I’m new to the area and looking to get involved with bellringing in Ilkley. I started learning last year; I’d grasped basic bell control, but no really got much further. Is the learner-specific practice night still on or should I come along to the main practice night?
    Thanks,

    Sam

    1. Hello Sam,

      Good to hear from you. We have scheduled a Learner’s Practice this evening at 7.30. Could you please contact the Tower Captain, Sue Green, on her mobile (above), to check?

      Thanks,

      Andrew D

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