On a bright sunny morning in April, a group of keen trainee tutors and mentors from across the Lincoln Guild gathered at Wragby for the first ITTS course.
For anyone whoís not heard of ITTS, itís a new course supported by the Ringing Foundation with an aspiration to create a modern training structure for the teaching of bell ringing and create competent skilled teachers.
Sue Faull was our trainer, and we started off nice and gently with coffee and cakes - a theme which was repeated more than once during the day!
Training comprised of practical and theory sessions, with plenty of time to share tips and hints and find out what works best for each of us. We started off learning the very basics of teaching how to handle a bell, joining the two strokes together and finally learnt how to solve common handling problems.
What became apparent throughout the day was the vast amount of teaching experience we have as a Guild. Ideas and tips were shared and demonstrated between us at every stage of the course and we all went home having picked up numerous tips from other mentors and trainee tutors.
Left to right: Sandra Underwood, Margaret Parker, Joan Payne, Nick Faux, Ian Dawson,
Sue Faull, Alistair Donaldson,
Phillipa Stokoe, John Goodchild, Audrey Harrison, Robin Rogers, Mark Hibbard, Mandy Dawson
I would seriously encourage anyone who has any involvement with teaching bell ringing to go along to future courses - it really was great fun and everyone came away full of enthusiasm keen to put all of our new skills into practice.
Last but not least, our many thanks to Joan and Audrey for providing the cakes and also the many helpers who turned up to serve tea and coffee during the day.