This Thursday past I started a new block of beginning handbell ringers at our local primary school. They were a great group and it looks like they may progress well. I couldn't help notice, though, that a lot of the children had a pretty good idea what I was going...Read more
Last night I manged to have dinner before the handbell ringers turned up - which was a bit stunning. Thursdays are one of those days where I am always on the way to somewhere else, coordinating several schedules, and let's not mention the 'your homework is due tomorrow' threats to...Read more
Last year's experiment in running a handbell ringing club in our children's primary school was such a success that we were determined to run it another year. My plan was to do another 4-week block introductory course, followed by a regular session with those who wanted to continue. At that...Read more
Yesterday was the school awards ceremony, and the handbell club were asked to provide some ringing about halfway along. So, for the last few weeks of the Club sessions, we have been rehearsing a demonstration for this. The children planned an ambitious one, including plain hunting on 4, table lapping,...Read more
Wednesdays are the day that I run the Handbell Club over the lunch period, and after our success with the students at the Scottish Handbell Day, I was thinking about ways to keep that momentum. I was also thinking about how to catch the other pupils up.
The bad news...Read more
Our fifth Scottish Handbell Day was a day a two parts, and the first part was dedicated to the Mount Vernon Handbell Club. We invited pupils to come for one session and have a 'masterclass' with experienced handbell ringers. About half the club was able to come, and we arranged...Read more
Due to the mysterious (so our hosting company tells us) disappearance of the database, Learn to Ring Handbells will be down for a few more days while we completely reconstruct it.
In the meantime, take a look at our new website for the Mount Vernon Handbell Club. We made...Read more
This morning we made a presentation about handbell ringing to our primary school, with the aim of getting some students interested in a handbell ringing club. It was very brief, a short introduction to what this was (ringing by patterns) and wasn’t (tunes).
We got the headteacher to ring...Read more
Hmmm. We have been asked by the headteacher at our Primary School if we can run an after school club to teach the children handbell ringing. Now, we’ve always had it in mind to invite some of Thomas’ friends to try ringing once we figured out a good way to...Read more