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Ringing Centre Training

We run a varied programme of workshops, courses and practice sessions, with something to interest ringers at all levels. Click the links below for more details.

Bellringing school, tuition, classes, courses, workshops, and lessons at St Mary's Chigwell Ringing Center in Essex. Campanology training: for experienced bellringers and for beginners covering call changes, changing ringing and method ringing. Ideal recreation or hobby for young and old.  Club, association, group, society, organisation. Many of our events are free of charge (foc).

NEW COURSE - Inside Change Ringing
   This course is a very practical introduction to the theory of method ringing. Maybe you are an experienced ringer - or perhaps you are about to have your first bell-handling lesson. Wherever you are in your ringing career, you will be welcome on this course.
   The course is supported by our comprehensive workbook of course notes and exercises. Please click the above link for the more detailed description in the Course Overview.
   Contact Graham Foat for dates and to book a place. We also welcome enquiries from Tower Captains interested hosting this course at their own tower. The course can be delivered in regular half-hour sessions, as part of your other practice night activities (a simulator is not required).

  • Monday Minimus
    This practice (Monday evenings from 7:30pm) is for those who are interested in progressing from Plain Hunt to simple method ringing. We will concentrate on a range of Minimus (four bell) methods - we are currently looking at Badbury Minimus. These methods can be useful for Sunday Service ringing when only a few ringers are available, or where beginners are being included in the band. Please email or phone to book.

  • Simulator and Bell-handling Workshops
    Come along if you want to work on any aspect of your handling technique. You can practice alone, or with a teacher, or with the simulator. Please email or phone to book.

  • Monthly Treble Bob Minor
    If you can already treble to any Treble Bob Minor method (e.g. Kent or Oxford) or to (e.g.) Cambridge Suprise Minor, come and learn how to ring inside! We meet monthly at Theydon Garnon and we are currently practicing Kent Treble Bob Minor. We hope to move on to Oxford Treble Bob Minor next. Please contact the Ringing Centre for details.

  • Multi-Method Treble Dodging Minor
    These monthly sessions are for you if you can already ring inside to any Treble Bob Minor method (e.g. Kent or Oxford) or to (e.g.) Cambridge Suprise Minor and would like to explore how you can ring even more methods by combining two 'known' methods to produce a new one! Please contact the Ringing Centre for details.

  • Counting your Place individual training programme. From covering on the tenor - to treble dodging, these personalised simulator sessions focus on good striking by developing your awareness of speed and rhythm, by listening and by 'counting your place'

  • Simulator Sessions Book a session to work on a specific technique or a method of your choice - from Plain Hunt to Surprise Royal

  • Learn to Ring. How you can become a ringer (and how long it will take). This course now includes most of the topics from our Inside Change Ringing course (see above), so by the time you've learned to handle a bell, you'll already understand how methods work and be keen to join a band! We also offer half-day Intensive Training.

For more information, explore the links or contact Graham Foat at Chigwell Ringing Centre.

Chigwell Ringing Centre supports ringers in SW Essex, East London and beyond. We can help you take your ringing skills to the next level.

The Chigwell band

The local Chigwell band practices most Thursday evenings. Contact the Tower Captain, Will Worth, for more information (see the Contact page for details). Experienced ringers are always welcome to support these practices.

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