• oliver lee
    1
    dear all, for the last couple of years I have always had the ambition of organising my own ringing but sadly there doesn't really seem to be any professional advice out there which has left me wondering if anyone has any advice or ideas for someone planning their first outing.
  • Alison Hodge
    41
    Most ringing societies organise outings and a good way to learn is to help someone who has done such things before. Offer to help organise an outing and I am sure that most society committees would welcome such an offer!

    Most ringing societies have contact details for towers on their websites and Dove shows maps of towers so you can work out potential routes. Sites like Google maps will help you work out travel times between towers.

    There is a desperately old publication on this topic free to download from the CCCBR shop from the link below. If you "translate" the suggestions forward by about 25 years (from letters with stamped addressed envelopes to emails etc), then this should give you some ideas.
    https://shop.cccbr.org.uk/product/organising-an-outing-download/

    Organising outings is far, far easier now than suggested in this old booklet with the availability of online information! I would certainly not be too ambitious in your first few outings. Have fun and good luck! Let us know how it goes.
  • John de Overa
    6
    I think one of Steve Coleman's books also has something on the subject?
  • Simon Linford
    53
    Yes I think it does. However I have attempted here to upload the old CC pamphet that I just downloaded.

    When I was first organising outings I was always worried about what to say. The letters always seemed quite short. Ultimately though, the recipients of such emails (as they invariably are now) know that it is a bit awkward and understand. I saw a request the other day which just said where the band was coming from and asked if the bells were available from 12-1 on a certain day. It doesn't need much more!

    I also remember though when I used to go on quarter peal outings that we got into trouble at one tower, and upset the locals, because we rang a quarter peal and had not said in the letter asking for the bells that we were going to ring a quarter. We hadn't thought it important to be explicit as to how we used the hour. The problem was though that it was a new ring and the locals had not yet rung their own quarter on the bells, and had wanted to. We just didn't know. So it may be worth saying what the plan is.
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  • John de Overa
    6
    I found it - chapter 10 of "The Bellringer's Bedside Companion". The two seem to cover same territory and the CC one has the advantage of being free ;-)
  • Barbara Le Gallez
    14
    Hello Oliver, it's easy-peasy. If you have ever organised any outing whatsoever for self and friends then you can do this too.
    Here's what I did my first time -
    I picked an area fairly nearby, that I had already visited as a tourist, so I knew it slightly.
    I picked towers that sounded, from the information I could glean, as if they fitted the abilities / interests of my band. Preferably ones that had some added attraction, e.g. cafe, views, interesting woodwork.
    I picked a lunch venue in a popular tourist spot, so ringers' non-ringing families could spend the day there.
    First and last towers were chosen to require fewer ringers. "Plum" tower was just before lunch. After-lunch tower was easy bells.
    I then drove to the area myself, drove from tower to tower, writing down directions and times (Yes, on paper; this was in the dark ages!)
    All went well. The experienced members of the band will look after you if any problems arise.
    CHECK THE DAY BEFORE THAT EACH PERSON WHO SHOULD LET YOU IN HAS REMEMBERED. I once didn't - arrgh!
    Good luck and have fun!
    Barbara
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