Applications open for the 2020 ART Awards

On behalf of ART

The ART Awards continue to grow every year – with over £3,000 in prize money waiting to be won. Now is your chance to apply for the 2020 ART Awards!

The teaching awards are open to everyone – not just ART Members or those using ‘Learning the Ropes’ scheme – the aim is to encourage and recognise the people and groups leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing. The individual ringing awards are open to those who have completed one of the Learning the Ropes programmes (on tower or hand bells) or participated in the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.

Click here to find out more and to apply –  www.ringingteachers.org/recognition/awards

ART Awards 2020

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award

Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

The Sarah Beacham School Group Award

Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust

The ART Award for Excellence in the Use of Technology in Teaching

Prize of £500 – sponsored by John Taylor & Co.

The ART Award for Excellence in Recruitment or Retention

Prize of £400 – sponsored by AbelSim

The ART Award for a University Society that has made a Significant Contribution to Promoting Ringing to Younger People

Prize of £500 – sponsored by CCCBR

The ART Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing

Prize of £400 – sponsored by Talent Innovations

The ART Learning the Ropes Individual Achievement Awards

Two prizes of £250 – sponsored by the Ancient Society of College Youths
Five highly commended prizes of £25 each

Worried about applying?

The judges aren’t looking for the most professional application; what they are looking for is ideas, commitment and results. So if you’re looking at new ways of recruiting it’s not just the idea, but the number of people you recruited and whether they stayed. Easy ways to show that – number retained a year or two later, new recruits coming in (success breeds success), quarter peals, striking competition results, practice attendance, or ringing progress (LtR Levels) … and don’t forget photos and quotes. There’s no magic formula; think why what you’re doing has been successful and put it down on paper. Please don’t be modest!

What are we looking for?

Hopefully having convinced you that the ART Awards might be relevant to you or a ringer or group you know, what are the common themes that appear in previous years’ winning applications?

  • Having a vision or passion and making it happen: however big or small, making things happen is what leadership is all about, even if you don’t call it that.
  • Trying out new things: some of which work and some of which don’t. If we don’t move with the times ringing will not flourish, so tell us about the risks you took – what you tried or did differently
  • Getting young people ringing: over-turning all those misconceptions that exist about children seeing ringing as “uncool” and giving up at the first hurdle.

If you recognise and identify with any of these themes, why not consider applying for yourself or a ringer or group you know? There will be an ART Award that’s right for your application….and if you applied and didn’t win last year, how about applying again, now you’ve got another year under your belt – Lerryn School did that last year and they won!

How do I enter?

Further information and application forms are available at  www.ringingteachers.org/recognition/awards The closing date for applications is 31 December 2019 – so now is the time to make sure that those doing great work don’t miss out!

Safeguarding Guidance – June 2019 update

On behalf of Alison Hodge, SM Workgroup Lead, Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

As mentioned in Chris Mew’s article in The Ringing World in September (page 904), Chris has prepared a new set of guidance on safeguarding; this is now available here: https://cccbr.org.uk/resources/stewardship-and-management/ (select the Tower Operation tab).

This includes the guidance and 3 appendices. The guidance and appendices are also available separately so that they can be customised as necessary and used appropriately.

Appendix A is a sample role description for completion for a bell ringing leader, Appendix B is a sample role description for completion for a safeguarding officer of a society, Appendix C is a good practice guide for display in your tower (after removing any other out of date guidance that may be there).

Please note the following from the guidance – “ Most ringing towers come under the jurisdiction of the Church of England, Church in Wales and Scottish churches all of which have common requirements. The UK legal requirements extend to other denominations and secular rings, whilst churches and ringing establishments outside the UK will be subject to local laws. In all cases ringers should maintain good practice principles whenever dealing with young and vulnerable persons.”

May we take this opportunity to thank Chris Mew for all the work that he has done for the Council and ringers more generally for many years. As he said in his article, he is handing over this responsibility at the end of 2019.

General Committee Meeting – November 2019

The arrangements for the November 2019 committee meeting are now available. For details, please see the attached arrangements.

The Guild  10-bell striking competition is taking place on the same day at Warfield, starting at 10:00am. So why notmake a day of it and listen to the contest ringing, even if you are not in one of the competing Branch teams.

Below can be found papers relating to Novemebr 2019 General Committee and the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Bell Fund.  The F&GP report is also linked below.

Committee Meeting arrangements November 2019

Gen Comm Papers Nov 2019

Bell Fund AGM minutes 2019

Bell Fund EGM Agenda and Presentation

Bell-Fund-Rules-April-2019

F&GP report to Nov 19 Gen Mtg

 

ODG 6-Bell Final 2019

Article written by Bobbie May

ODG 6- Bell Final at Chalfont St Peter on Saturday October 5th 2019

Eight teams dodged the inclement intervals and two entertaining judges, Louise Booth, Bermondsey, and Linda Georgiadis, St Giles, London, deliberated on the teams’ attempts. The church itself is ideally situated in front of an enormous car park, so ringers weren’t left scrambling for car-parking space!

Linda and Louise introduced themselves in true “Strictly” style and explained their methods of marking.

Team

 

Branch Comment Faults

 

Placing
Wokingham All Saints Sonning Deanery Rang doubles with a good open hand-stroke though the tenor behind had some issues. Quite good ringing with some unevenness. 50 5th
Oxford St Giles Oxford Rang plain courses. They had difficulty getting the right rhythm but it was a good attempt 135 8th
Aylesbury Central Bucks Fairly steady ringing. They made a recovery from a hairy moment and kept going! 98 7th
Woughton on the Green North Bucks They had a few ‘moments’ early on but it sorted itself out later. 78 6th
Abingdon Old North Berks A nice piece of ringing! The tenor kept a lot closer here encouraging the other ringers to keep it moving along! 38 1st
High Wycombe EBSB Another nice piece of ringing and the tenor also kept it moving. 40 2nd
Thatcham Newbury Much slower test piece and they struggled with hand-stroke leads but otherwise fair ringing. 48 4th
Drayton St Leonard South Oxon Treble and tenor were a good combination. Slower ringing but they rang as a team/ 44 3rd

The judges agreed on the placings of the bands, though they didn’t go into great detail over individual attempts.

Deputy Master, Tony Crabtree, ensured that the day ran smoothly and thanked the local bands for their excellent catering and the stewards for their hard work.

Abingdon team
R-L Treble Priscilla Morris, 2. Susan Read 3. Brian Read 4. Sarah Barnes 5. Isaac O’Shea (c) 6. Tim Pett
High Wycombe team

R-L Treble Sheila George 2, Patricia Newton 3, David Sullivan 4, George Whiteside 5, Robert Newton (c) 6, James Vockins
Drayton St Leonard team
L-R Treble Linda Blansjaar 2, Daniel Rogers 3, Hilarie Rogers (c) 4, Christopher Rogers 5, John White 6, Amy Herlihy
Thatcham team
L-R Treble Susan E. Smith 2, Janet John 3, John Kape 4, Graham John 5, Anthony D.Smith (c) 6, Mark Backhouse
Wokingham All Saints team
R-L Treble Jane Mellor 2, Nigel Mellor 3, Stephen R. Smith 4, Jon Tutcher 5. John Harrison (c) 6, Kristin Fitch
Woughton on the Green team
R-L Treble, Jennifer Brookman 2, Brian Baldwin 3, Martin Petchey 4, Paul Cromblehome 5, Simon Head (c) 6, Graham Bartholomew
Aylesbury team
R-L Treble Rachel Sheppard 2, Sue Haines 3, Anne Hughes 4, Darren Washington 5, Grant Edney 6, Duncan Purchase (c)
Oxford St Giles team
R-L Treble Mona Setje-Eilers 2, Sara Jones 3, Jamie Allport 4, Kathy Xu 5, John Pusey (c) 6, Andrew Spicer

Events Update May 2020

VE Day Anniversary & ODG Ringing Day

The government announced earlier this year that the May Day bank holiday in
2020 is to be moved from the Monday to the following Friday (8th May) to
bring it in line with the anniversary of VE Day. They and the Central
Council of Church Bell Ringers have asked for special ringing that day and
preferably at 7:00pm. Further details can be found at
https://cccbr.org.uk/2019/06/18/ve-day-75th-anniversary/

Our Ringing Day will also take place on that day in Vale of White Horse
Branch, ending early enough in the day for ringers to ring in their own
towers for the VE Anniversary celebrations.

Guild AGM & Eight Bell Competition

We are moving the eight-bell striking competition to the same day (and
location) as the Guild AGM. The Old North Berks Branch will host these
activities on Saturday 16th May. Our thought is to start the competition at
2:00pm and to follow it with the business meeting (c 4:15pm) with the
results of the competition announced during the meeting. The other
arrangements for the day will be announced later.

In recent years the Guild striking contests have been a good gathering of
members with plenty of socialising, whilst we have seen Branches that have
been hosting the AGM have faced challenges organising activities that
attract members to the AGM day. Hence the proposal is to combine the
eight-bell contest, which has previously been held on the early May Day bank
holiday, and the AGM.

Guild Calendar

The Guild calendar has been updated to show all the events in the coming 9 months. View it at http://odg.org.uk/diary/.

ODG Youth Team Wins National Competition

By Colin Newman

Following a year of preparation, on Friday 5th July 2019, 10 young members of the ODG set off for Liverpool to take part in the Ringing World National Youth Striking Competition (RWNYC) which took place on Saturday 6th. After meeting Sophie who came up by train having set out very early on the Saturday morning, the team headed for some general ringing at a couple of ‘interesting’ 8’s at Bootle and Walton, producing some ringing of a somewhat mixed quality. More through the quality and ‘ringability’ of the bells than anything else. Daniel’s angry face was quite a picture when he seemed to be having some difficulty with the 2nd at Walton.

The team’s designated slot at the beautiful 42cwt 12 at St Nicholas, Pier Head was immediately before lunch, after which everyone settled for a few hours of good practice on handbells and some good fun on the mini rung in the ground of St Nicholas. It would have to be said that it was hard for the smaller bells to compete with the sound of the grand tower bells emanating from the tower almost all of the day.

Having been drawn to ring 22nd out of 24 entrants, the team set off for St Francis Xavier (8 @ 16cwt) ready for their big moment at 4pm. Following an allowed 5 minutes of practice, the following band performed 168 Grandsire Triples as their test piece:

  1. Izzy Anderson-Besant (South Oxon)
  2. Daniel Page (Reading)
  3. Corey Gibson (Central Bucks)
  4. Ben Gladwyn (EBSB)
  5. Thomas Sherwood (Reading)
  6. Sophie Martin (Old North Berks)
  7. Dougie Vale (C) (North Bucks)
  8. Josh Ball (Old North Berks)

By the time everyone had returned to Pier Head, there was not long to wait for the results at 6pm. In the packed church, the tension within the team was high as we got down to the last two teams with the ODG yet to be named. A tension that was abruptly let loose as the second place team was announced, confirming that the ODG had indeed won.

They had done it, first place in the National Competition. The team collected their medals and the Whitechapel Trophy was duly handed to Dougie, which Sophie subsequently managed to drop on the floor, much to the hilarity of all present. This did not however detract from the visible delight at having been placed first in such a prestigious event.

Conductor Dougie Vale of North Bucks branch lifting the Whitechapel Trophy.

Judging comments – You rang steadily but in a controlled manner. You had a good sense of what you were doing as a team which kept you going through the odd inaccuracy.  The roll ups and downs were executed well. Pleasing. Well done.

Well done to a fantastic team.