The resources in this section are designed to support towers and individual ringers as they develop plans to return to ringing over the coming weeks and months.
The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) have a number of essential documents we encourage you to read. These documents can be viewed via the following links:
In addition, guidance produced by the Church of England should also be viewed as essential reading:
SMG Ringing Recovery Champion
The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) and the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) are setting up a network of Recovery Champions/Co-ordinators (RCs). These will liaise with the CCCBR, other RCs, Guilds and Associations and ringers. AJB (AJ Barnfield) is the RC for the SMG. AJB writes:
In spite of being miserable and pessimistic I am very enthusiastic about ringing. I have had a number of very positive exchanges and discussions with a number or ringers in the SMG and surrounding area. I would love to have further discussions and exchanges.
* How things were before pre-Covid
* How they are now.
* How they might look when we get going again
And in particular, I would love to be in touch with some ringers in the north of the SMG area.
Please contact me by email to discuss these issues further.
Survival and Recovery
The Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) have compiled resources for ringers to use during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. This can be found on their website.
The Central Council has generated a risk assessment template recommended for ringers to use. This is available as a download and is available at the first CCCBR link above.
Completing this document in a chronological manner may be helpful – mentally walk through what happens when you go ringing, starting with how you travel to the tower, access to the tower, who has keys, use of the rope spider, opening windows, access to hand washing facilities or sanitizer, touching of light switches and furniture. It should all be covered right up to exiting the tower and locking up.
Summary guidance notes, compiled by Jonathan Townsend, can be downloaded and used to help with your planning.