Welcome to St. Anne's Ringing School

St. Anne's Ringing School is a dedicated bell ringing teaching facility based at St Anne's Parish Church in St Anne's, Lancashire. Our aim is to provide the highest quality lessons in church bell ringing. Our team of experienced instructors offer tuition from beginner to advanced level ringing. Whether you are just starting out or a more experienced ringer looking to hone your skills, we want to help you. Please get in touch with details of what you are looking for and we will get back to you.

 

 

 

What we offer

Bell Handling Lessons

Our beginner's lessons will help you gain the basic skills to handle a bell. Our experienced instructors will guide you through all the steps involved in learning to ring a bell.

Our instructors are ART (Association of Ringing Teachers) accredited and teach using the ART "Learning the Ropes" scheme.

 

Courses

We intend to offer a wide range of courses, covering basic skills like striking and listening, ringing a bell up and down, plain hunt. We will also offer courses to help you learn specific methods such as Plain Bob etc. Please get in touch if you are looking for something specific and we will see what we can do to help.

 

 

Practices

We work with our affiliated towers to arrange targeted practices and quarter peal attempts  for ringers looking to hone their skills in a particular method or methods. We want to give everyone the ability to advance their bell ringing by providing opportunities for all to progress.

 

 


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn to ring a bell?

Please get in touch with us to arrange a free trial lesson. This will hopefully allow you to decide if it is something you want to pursue further.

Will I get carried up off the floor?

No. Your feet should not leave the floor. One of the first things you will learn is the importance of letting go as soon as your teacher says so. Properly taught, ringing is a very safe activity.

What experience do I need experience to take part?

For each course we will list the prerequisite skills for those wishing to apply. To get the most out of the course you need to have these skills already.

For bell handling lessons no prior experience is necessary, you just need to be reasonably active and be able to climb the 38 steps of the spiral staircase up to the ringing room!

Do I need to be musical?

No – there is no music in the conventional sense, and you do not need to be able to read music.

Is ringing an expensive hobby?

No.

Ringers do like to go and ring at other churches (‘towers’) and when doing so it is normal for the visitor to leave a small donation to help with maintenance. We anticipate that visitors to the school will follow this convention too.

When experienced enough, you may be asked to ring at weddings, and then you will usually receive a small payment.

How much do bell handling lessons cost?

We ask people to make a donation after their free trial lesson, which will cover their 1:1 bell handling lessons.

Our teachers are volunteers who give their time for free, but these donations enable us to make a regular donation to the Church towards the  maintenance of the bells we use, to contribute to the School's and Church's running costs and make an annual donation to ART to support their work.

Please contact us for more information.

What is the cost of a course?

We have a small charge for courses which enables us to cover the costs of running the courses, to make a regular donation to the Church towards the  maintenance of the bells we use and to contribute to the Church's running costs and make an annual donation to support the work ART do. (There is no charge for the actual tuition, our volunteer teachers give their time for free.)

Please contact us for more information.

Do I need to be good at maths?

No, you just need to be able to count to 10!

However we do find that some people who are good at maths find it easier to learn more complex methods as they spot the patterns and the symmetry in the method more easily.

Do I need to go to Church to be a ringer?

No, not at all. Bell ringing is open to everyone of any religion or none. 

We do however hope that all the ringers we train will help out ringing for weekly Sunday service  and other special occasions once they have reached the required standard, as this is the payback we give to the Church for them allowing us to ring their beautiful bells.

What happens once I have learned the basics?

Once you have learned to handle a bell safely, we will encourage you to join the local band of ringers and to attend one or more practice sessions on a weekday evening as well as to ring for service on Sundays.

Is there a recognised teaching standard?

Yes. The Association of Ringing Teachers (ART), was set up to provide some assurance about the quality of teaching in ringing. You will be taught by someone who is either an accredited teacher, or someone who is working towards accreditation and will be under the supervision of an accredited mentor. ART has a scheme called ‘Learning the Ropes’ which follows a series of 5 levels, from basic bell handling to the early stages of change ringing. You can join the scheme if you want to.

Is ringing hard work? Do I need to be physically fit?

It depends. Ringing really heavy bells can be hard work. But you do not have to do that. It is much more about timing, technique and practice. To start with you will be ringing on quite small bells, which do not require much effort; in fact you may need to be careful not to pull too hard. It can be quite a climb to the ringing room in some churches, and very few have lifts! There are 38 spiral stone steps to the ringing room at St Anne's Parish Church.

How many people are on the course?

We aim that our courses will have no more than 4 students, so that everyone gets lots of rope time.  (We will have experienced helpers on each course so that the student can have a solid band around them and someone stood behind, which we find really accelerates the student's learning.)


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Location

St. Anne's Ringing School

St. Anne's Parish Church,

Lytham St Annes, 

Lancashire

FY8 3BB


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