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When you are ringing a method you of course need to know your route (the “blue line” or circle of work), but that’s not enough.  Imagine driving a memorised route in a car, but with a blindfold on.  You know you have to turn right, and you guess when you’ve got there by how long it has taken you. Would a ‘clash’ be inevitable……


When I was first told to learn Yorkshire Major after ringing Cambridge I remember it looked totally illogical and I wondered how I’d ever remember it. Those funny 3-4 places in 4ths & 7ths place bell were a blinking nuisance! Eventually I picked up information bit by bit and then when I started ringing it on higher numbers …..

Why do people say Yorkshire is easier than Cambridge??

The stay is the device which enables a bell to be temporarily halted in the upright position, ready to be swung fulll-circle.  

You will see two types of stay in operation.  Most diagrams portray the standard stay/slider arrangement but the more complex Hastings stay is quite common…

Hastings Stays

Between 1999 and 2007 the CCCBR Education committee provided a series of regular articles on teaching and learning that were published in The Ringing World on the first Friday of each month.   They’re available to buy in book form or to download and view as pdf files.

The Learning Curve

'Ropesight' is a collection of video tutorials providing the key steps in learning the fundamentals of change ringing.

The Craft of Bellringing explores the development of the English style hanging of bells, and covers virtually all aspects of the world of ringing, exploring the craft's rich cultural heritage.

DVDs about ringing

Please feel free to share and use for training purposes.

'Ringing by rules is a useful skill – you probably already do it up to a point if you have learned where you pass the treble in Plain Bob – if you forget what your next dodge is, passing the treble can inform you and that is an example of ringing by rules!

Dixon’s Bob Minor is an exercise in ringing by rule,

Dixon’s Bob Minor

Erin, like Stedman, is a principle rung on odd numbers of bells.  This means all bells, including the treble, do exactly the same work in rotation.  

Erin is easier to learn and ring than Stedman, but is harder to conduct and that’s probably why it’s not so frequently rung.


'When I decided to conduct a peal of Major I researched and planned thoroughly, seeking advice from experienced conductors along the way.   I thought I would share the resultant “plan” that I used in preparation for conducting Pritchards 5056 Plain Bob Major.

Conducting -  Plain Bob Major

'Ringing Stedman often seems to be a precarious affair; e person goes wrong and it’s like a set of dominoes going down.   Here are some tips that may help you to avoid joining the mayhem and allow order to be restored when someone makes a trip.

Some tips for Stedman