Society of Donhead Ringers

St Mary's, 1994

The Friendly Cup Friendly Cup


  • February 2004 - Kelly
  • May 2004 - Joyce
  • August 2004 - Chris
  • November 2004 - Ben
  • February 2005 - Liz
  • May 2005 - Roy
  • August 2005 - Gerry
  • November 2005 - Christine
  • February 2006 - Jonathan
  • May 2006 - Joyce
  • August 2006 - Gerry
  • November 2006 - Vikki
  • February 2007 - Liz
  • May 2007 - Abbey
  • August 2007 - Kelly
  • November 2007 - not awarded as tower closed in October
  • February 2008 - Abbey
Congratulations to all of you!
This cup was bought by the Society from the Shaftesbury Society of Friends at a very generous price.     The Society of Friends subsidised us in order to encourage new ringers, especially the young, to keep alive this integral part of worship within village and the Church.    The little tartan bag that goes with it was made by Liz when she was still at school, and she had very kindly donated it to go with the cup.

Future Training Ideas

Learning to Ring: individual lessons are given by the Tower Captain or Ringing Master, assisted by other senior ringers. Each tutor is cleared by CRB for working with children or vulnerable adults. Detailed safety instruction is given before any ringing is done and all lessons are run at the pace of the pupil.
Learning Plain Hunt and Ropesight: the Tower Captain is not in favour of learning methods or plain hunt by learning off the bell numbers. His experience is that, although this quickly achieves a sound of hunting and half-pull change-ringing, the work needed to unlearn the numbers and re-learn to see and hear the bells as they change, can take months, if not years.
His approach is to progress, using the treble, from making places to various Little Methods, so that the skill of counting places is absorbed rather than learnt. It is also in easy steps, so the pupil ringer can see and realise the achievement.
Learning Methods: we focus on Plain Hunt Minimus, then Doubles, followed by Reverse Canterbury, mixed with "off-the-cuff" methods like Ashford Little Place, Bastow, Bistow, Cloisters and so on.
Progress: each ringer has their own progress chart, where the stages are marked in. This gives a defined course of action and illuminates what needs to be done next.

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