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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.
From Call Changes to Change Ringing
If you already have good bell-handling skills and you can ring accurate, well-struck Rounds and Call Changes, this course will teach you how to ring a selection of Minimus (four bell) methods 'by places' from any bell using only the Blue Line. These skills are transferable to five or six bell ringing (and higher stages).
The course is supported by our comprehensive booklet of Course Notes and Exercises. For more information and a Course Overview, please click the above link to read the Introduction section of the course booklet.
Contact Graham Foat 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). The full text of the course booklet can be found here.
Simulator and Bell-handling Workshop
Monday evenings from 6:30pm, for an hour. 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 before attending.
We hold our 'CHIMPS' practice on most Monday evenings from 7:30pm until 9pm. We work on Rounds and call changes, Plain Hunt, Bastow Little Bob Minimus and Plain Bob, ringing with the simulator, and ringing up and down in peal. We also use mini-handbells to practice call changes, hunting, ringing from place notation, and to explore method structure.
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). We can now offer half-day Intensive Training - learn how to handle a bell, in just two half-day sessions!
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.