There are four major sources of training in our Guild:
- Our towers – if you would like to learn to ring, or would like to explore the possibility – you may be wondering if you are suitable, and what the commitment is – then please contact a tower near you. If you live in or close to the Salisbury Diocese then the ‘Find a Tower‘ page should help you find a nearby tower.
- Our branches – all of our towers are situated within one of eight branches. As you progress you may like to join in branch activities. It can be very beneficial to your learning to meet ringers from other towers and you can take advantage of training that might not be available in your tower. Each branch has a training officer to help you. They can be contacted here.
- The Guild arranges further training to supplement the training given in our towers and branches. The Guild has an Education Committee made up of branch representatives and chaired by the Guild Education Officer. If you have any problems or queries about education and training in the Guild please contact the Guild Education Officer who will try to help. Further information about Guild training courses can be found here.
- Ringing Centres – there are currently three in the Guild; Bradpole, Bryanston and Edington, part of a nationwide network of Ringing Centres.
Guild grants towards the cost of education
The Guild can provide individuals grants towards the cost of education and training provided by the branches (e.g. use of a simulator) or outside the Guild (e.g. attendance at a nationally advertised course). Contact the Guild Education Officer for details.
The Guild’s Ringer of the Year Award
The Guild makes two annual awards for the ringers who have made the most progress in the art in a year. More information about this can be found here.
All education and training of children and vulnerable adults should always take place in accordance with guidance on child protection.
The Guild will arrange courses in conjunction with Branch Training Coordinators to meet the needs of members to progress further in the art of bell ringing when the branch is finding it difficult to meet demand for training. These courses will be organised and run within the area where the need arises bringing in outside tutors as is necessary.
The Guild is very aware of the need of attracting and training new recruits, especially younger people, into bell ringing. As a teaching aid we support the Learning the Ropes Scheme which is the training syllabus of the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART). This is supported by the Central Council and has been created to give skilled and competent teaching of change ringing.
In addition the Guild will offer some courses centrally, usually at one of our Ringing Centres. If you would like the Guild to run a course on a topic please contact the Guild Education Officer.
It may be possible to hold some courses on a weekday if sufficient requests are made and this is practicable.
If you have attended a Guild training course you will probably have been asked to complete a Student Feedback Form before you left. If for some reason this didn’t happen it would be appreciated if you could complete one now and return it to the Guild Education Officer.
Applying for a course
Please observe the instructions and deadlines given in the notices below.