Applications open for the 2020 ART Awards

The ART Awards continue to grow every year – with over £3,000 in prize money waiting to be won. Now is your chance to apply for the 2020 ART Awards!

The teaching awards are open to everyone – not just ART Members or those using ‘Learning the Ropes’ scheme – the aim is to encourage and recognise the people and groups leading best practice and innovation in the teaching and development of ringing. The individual ringing awards are open to those who have completed one of the Learning the Ropes programmes (on tower or hand bells) or participated in the Learning the Ropes Plus scheme.

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ART Awards 2020

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • The Sarah Beacham Youth Group Award
    Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust
  • The Sarah Beacham School Group Award
    Prize of £400 – sponsored by the Sarah Beacham Memorial Trust
  • The ART Award for Excellence in the Use of Technology in Teaching
    Prize of £500 – sponsored by John Taylor & Co.
  • The ART Award for Excellence in Recruitment or Retention
    Prize of £400 – sponsored by AbelSim
  • The ART Award for a University Society that has made a Significant Contribution to Promoting Ringing to Younger People
    Prize of £500 – sponsored by CCCBR
  • The ART Award for Inspiring Leadership in Ringing
    Prize of £400 – sponsored by Talent Innovations
  • The ART Learning the Ropes Individual Achievement Awards
    Two prizes of £250 – sponsored by the Ancient Society of College Youths
    Five highly commended prizes of £25 each

Worried about applying?

The judges aren’t looking for the most professional application; what they are looking for is ideas, commitment and results. So if you’re looking at new ways of recruiting it’s not just the idea, but the number of people you recruited and whether they stayed. Easy ways to show that – number retained a year or two later, new recruits coming in (success breeds success), quarter peals, striking competition results, practice attendance, or ringing progress (LtR Levels) … and don’t forget photos and quotes. There’s no magic formula; think why what you’re doing has been successful and put it down on paper. Please don’t be modest!

What are we looking for?

Hopefully having convinced you that the ART Awards might be relevant to you or a ringer or group you know, what are the common themes that appear in previous years’ winning applications?

  • Having a vision or passion and making it happen: however big or small, making things happen is what leadership is all about, even if you don’t call it that.
  • Trying out new things: some of which work and some of which don’t. If we don’t move with the times ringing will not flourish, so tell us about the risks you took - what you tried or did differently
  • Getting young people ringing: over-turning all those misconceptions that exist about children seeing ringing as “uncool” and giving up at the first hurdle.
    If you recognise and identify with any of these themes, why not consider applying for yourself or a ringer or group you know? There will be an ART Award that’s right for your application....and if you applied and didn’t win last year, how about applying again, now you’ve got another year under your belt – Lerryn School did that last year and they won!

How do I enter?

Further information and application forms are available at The closing date for applications is 31 December 2019 – so now is the time to make sure that those doing great work don’t miss out!

Presentation by Alan Regin MBE at Shipley

Alan Regin MBE brings the Rolls of Honour  to Shipley 23.11.19  All welcome to a presentation at Shipley St Mary the Virgin  4.30pm Saturday 23rd November about the rolls of honour & the Ypres bells project. Usually available for viewing in a display case on the way up to the ringing chamber at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, these unique beautifully illustrated handwritten memorial books commemorate those ringers who fell in the World Wars 1914 – 1918 & 1939-1945 including Sussex ringers. After a Peal attempt commencing at 2pm, Alan will give a presentation about the books and his journey to find the names of the ringers who fell, their home towers and societies, where known. There will also be a talk about a historical book held in the tower at Shipley.

Listen to the end of the peal over a cup of tea/coffee & cakes/biscuits from 4.15.

Follow this link for details from the Shipley Historical Society.

All welcome

Last few places available on "Beyond Plain Bob Minor" Ringing Course!

There are just three places remaining on the SCACR Annual Ringing Course, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November. The "Beyond Plain Bob Minor" course, run by Jeremy Alford, has three places available; all the other courses are fully-booked. This course is designed for those people who want to progress from ringing plain courses of Plain Bob Minor to ring touches and other Minor methods. The methods rung will likely include St Clements, Double Oxford, and Kent, but will be flexible to accommodate the learners' needs.

To get the most from this course you need to be able to:

  • Hear your bell and adjust your striking accordingly
  • Ring confidently on bells with differing tenor weight and length of rope draught to your home tower
  • Ring plain courses of Plain Bob Minor confidently

If you would like to attend this course, contact David on 01903 813653 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP.

The cost for adult members is £30 for 2 days. The cost for junior members is £5 which is refundable after the completion of the course.

Ringing Course: 1st / 2nd November 2019

Apply NOW for our annual 2-day ringing course, to be held at various towers in Sussex on 1st & 2nd November 2019. The cost for adult members is £30 for 2 days, or £15 for the 1 day course. The cost for junior members is £5 which is refundable after the completion of the course.

The available courses are:

  • Moving On From Rounds (2 days) [fully booked]
  • Plain Bob Doubles (2 days) [fully booked]
  • Beyond Plain Bob Minor (2 days) [3 places available]
  • Developing Listening Skills (1 day) [fully booked]

The full description of each course and the minimum standard needed is available here.

Any queries contact David on 01903 813653 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you would like to offer your services as a helper please contact David ASAP (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Either for one, two or even half a day this will help to make a difference. It is planned that most of the towers will be in the central corridor from Warnham to Henfield.

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