Ringing World 5122 (26 June 2009)

Front Cover: The Four Shires Guild of Bellringers’ centenary by Peter Kenealy
The year 2009 marks the centenary of the Four Shires Guild of Bellringers, formed "to cater for all the isolated towers" in the Counties of Oxford, Gloucester, Worcester, and Warwick.

From the E-Lists A round-up from the internet compiled by John Camp
Andrew Wilby was having trouble with his TomTom.

Book Review
How to Learn Methods by Michael Foulds
This book aims to help ringers expand their knowledge of methods beyond the familiar few they already know. It gives both teachers and pupils ideas and hints on how to learn a new method and how to use the familiar to tackle the unfamiliar.

A Dip into Retention of Ringers: Recent Developments in Coaching by Pip Penney
http://www.cccbr.org.uk/education/articles/coaching/recentdevelopmentsincoaching.pdf
This article investigates recent developments in coaching techniques, posing the following questions.
If you are a Tower Captain or Ringing Teacher:
- Do you know what you can do to create the atmosphere in which enthusiasm is maintained and team spirit increased?
- Do you understand how your teaching style can be used to build the confidence of your learners?
- Do you have knowledge about why people give up an activity which they have been pursuing for sometime and how you can reduce the likelihood of this occurring?
- Do you understand why some people will always "have a go" while others are reluctant to attempt new things?

Letters
The Ipswich ringers’ outing - George Pipe
How to turn the screw? - Peter Brown
Bishop Gilpin School’s 250th anniversary - Lawrence Davies
Facebook Group - Simon Lipscombe
Coping without e-mail - Tessa Worthington
The Straits Times? - Anne M. Anthony

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers Meeting with English Heritage
Notes of a meeting held at 1, Waterhouse Square, London, EC1 on Friday, 3rd April 2009

DAC Bells Advisers’ meeting
The second annual meeting for DAC Bells Advisers was held in two churches in the City of London on Wednesday, 17th June. The meeting was arranged by Dr David Knight, Conservation Assistant, Church Building Council (CBC), chaired by Dr Alan Thurlow, Chairman of the CBC Bells Committee, and attended by Bells Advisers from around 20 dioceses.

DAC Bell Advisor’s log 17.6.2009 by Mark Regan
"It’s bellhanging Jim – but not as we know it" quipped Alan Hughes at the Church Buildings Council’s (CBC) seminar held in the City London on 17th June 2009. That gave me the idea of writing a log (blog) of the day’s proceedings.

Obituary
William H. Jackson

Dedication of Scilly bells
The dedication of the eight new bells, clock and chimes by Bishop Tim Thornton, on his first visit to the Islands, was at a 6.00pm service on Ascension Day (21st May).

Thought for the week
In recent years a tradition has grown up in our tower that when members of the band return from holiday, they return ‘bearing gifts’, gifts of an edible nature, usually sweets.