Guess your New Year Resolution is a 'slow burner'!!
I would like to thank you 'publicly' for all the time you have given to teaching myself and Colin and bringing us to the point where bell ringing is 'addictive' (not to mention passing our Level 2 after 6 months)!!
Your 'slow but sure' methods are paying dividends and I whole heartedly agree that a sound grounding in bell handling is essential before trying to move on to more complex ringing, if one wishes to do it well.
As you know both Colin and myself have made errors whilst ringing and due to the solid teaching of bell control instead of panicking we have been able to bring the bell back under control safely and continued to ring.
I can understand learners being impatient and wanting to progress quickly but like you I believe a solid understanding and bell control is a necessary foundation. Ringing good rounds and call changes, with near perfect striking is not easy and it seems to me, as an inexperienced learner, that allot more ringers would benefit from concentrating on good striking to some of the simpler methods before being so eager to ring something complex.
In the meantime we are enjoying practising Slapton Slow Course even if at times it seems like I left my brain at home on practice nights.
Keep up the excellent work Claire. You are very much appreciated and your expertise and experience needed at Offenham.
Claire. Tower Captain and Lord High (just about) Everything. Pet hates - talking while ringing and disrespecting learners.