TARGETED PRACTICES

We are intending to run the following targeted practices on a regular basis, depending upon the needs of our affiliated towers and also as a follow-on from the courses we run.   Some of the practices will be held at affiliated towers by arrangement.  Please contact us for more information or if there is another targeted practice that you think would be beneficial.  Information about practices will be sent out via email and WhatsApp and all ringers from affiliated towers and all affiliated individuals are welcome to attend practices relevant to them (and also come and help at other practices please!)

 

STARS Basic Skills Practice

This practice focuses on developing your basic bell handling skills, improving your control of the bell, practising how to change speed, ringing a bell up and down, etc.

We do not teach bell handling during this practice, so to attend this practice ringers should be able to safely handle a bell confidently and independently and will ideally have completed Learning the Ropes Level 1.   If you are not at this stage yet, please speak to your bell-handling teacher or contact us about bell handling lessons. This course is ideal follow on from our Basic Skills course and covers the skills needed for Learning the Ropes Level 2.

 

STARS Plain Hunt Practice 

This practice focuses on practising  plain hunt, trebling to a method, covering, rope sight, counting your place, changing speed, listening & striking etc. To attend this practice ringers should already have learnt the basics of Plain Hunting on at least 4 bells and now want more practice to embed what they have learnt. This practice is an ideal follow on from our Plain Hunt course and covers some of the skills needed for Learning the Ropes Level 3.

"Everyone said how wonderful the practice had been & how they really appreciated all the help & guidance the three of you gave . Thankyou so much for all the good work you’re doing."

John

 

STARS Plain Bob Doubles Practice

This practice focuses on ringing  plain courses and touches of Plain Bob Doubles and is an ideal follow on from our Plain Bob Doubles course.

To attend this practice ringers should be able to confidently ring plain hunt from any bell and  be able to treble/cover to touches of plain methods. Ringers at this practice have already learnt the basics of ringing a plain course of Plain Bob Doubles and now need more practice to embed what they have learnt and move on to ringing touches.

Depending on the development needs of those attending, if time allows we may also ring plain courses and touches of other plain methods such as  Grandsire Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, St Clements Minor and Little Bob Minor  and Single/Double Oxford Bob Doubles, etc. 

This practice covers most of the skills needed for Learning the Ropes Levels 4 & 5.

"Thank you Monica for your help, advice & guidance. Feel I am getting there!"

Geoff

STARS Advanced Practice

This practice focuses on Treble Bob methods such as Kent, Surprise methods such as Cambridge, Yorkshire, London, Superlative, etc. and Principles such as Stedman. This is aimed at ringers who have already completed Learning the Ropes Level 5 and are wanting to develop their skills further.

To attend this practice ringers should already be confident at ringing touches inside to plain methods such as Plain Bob Minor, St Clements Minor and now want to move on to learning more complex methods. To help us plan the session, please let us know in advance what you would like to ring  but we  do ask that you take the time to thoroughly learn the method before the day of the practice in order to maximise the development opportunity available.

"Great practice! Thanks"

"Thanks for last night. It was a great ring and a lovely tower. I’ll encourage our developing ringers to join other sessions too."

"Thanks for organising a good practice Monica, Really enjoyed it."

 

 

Individual Practice

Our Saxilby Simulator "Edwin" is  also available for ringers to book for 1 hour sessions at a mutually convenient time. This will allow you to practice methods you are learning with the perfect Abel band, focus on your listening and striking skills etc.  If you are interested in arranging a session on Edwin please get in touch

 

 

Cost

When visiting a tower away from your "home" tower, the standard convention is for the visitor to leave a small donation and we hope that attendees at the practices that STARS arranges will follow this convention too.  This enables us to cover the costs of running the school and to make a  donation to the host Church towards the  maintenance of the bells we are using and use of their facilities. Please contact us for more information.

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