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Books for the Beginning Ringer

Ringing Circles: A guide to learning methods
by Chris Adams
Blue Line, Circle of Work diagrams, and tables for work at calls for 24 common methods from Plain Bob Doubles to Cambridge Surprise Major

Paperback, 48 pages, 8.25" x 5.875" x 0.125"

Central Council Publications, 2000

$6.00
Beginners Guide to Change Ringing on Handbells
by William Butler
Step by step description of how to ring handbells beginning with Plain Hunt on 6, then moving on to PB Minor for each pair of bells, diagrams

Paperback, 32 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"

CCCBR Education Committee, 1986 (Reprinted 2001)

$5.50 but available for free download
Doubles and Minor for Beginners
by William Butler
Discussion of how the learner can proceed from Plain Hunt through various doubles methods including Stedman as well as Plain and Treble Bob Minor Methods; includes discussion of place notation and many explanatory diagrams and grids.

Paperback, 62 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"

Education Committee, CCCBR, 1983

Free - available for download
Triples and Major for Beginners
by William Butler
Paperback, ~65 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"

CCCBR, 1986

Free - available for download
The Bellringer's Bedside Companion
by Steve Coleman
Discussions of topics ranging from social and traditional aspects of change ringing to the specifics of call changes, ringing up and down in peal, and preparing for one's first peal; thorough index

Hardbound, 429 pages, 8.75" x 5.875" x 1.25"

Sue Coleman Publishing, 1994

$35.00
The Bellringer's Early Companion
by Steve Coleman
Covers topics from handling through Plain Hunt to band management, belfry maintenance, and special occasion ringing; Every chapter is organized around a ringer's short question or quandry posed in a "Dear Abby" style; The "answers" are long, detailed, amusing, practical, and supportive in tone; Index is very thorough.

Hardbound, 439 pages, 8.75" x 5.5" x 1.25," tables and diagrams

Sue Coleman Publishing, 1999

$35.00
Follow On Book
by Pam Copson
Meant to follow the "One Per Learner" book, this handwritten booklet covers a wide range of topics from common names for pieces of work and understanding the RW Diary to rope-splicing and touches of numerous doubles and minor methods; numerous diagrams and hand drawn illustrations

Paperback, 40 pages, 5.625" x 4.125" x 0.10"

Mrs. Pam Copson, 1988 (Second Edition)

$2.00
One Per Learner
by Pam Copson
Welcoming and supportive handwritten and illustrated booklet meant to explain all the basics of change ringing from labeling of bell parts and ringing etiquette to discussion of rope sight and how to ring basic methods; includes small progress chart.

Paperback, 40 pages, 5.75" x 4.125" x 0.10"

Mrs. Pam Copson, 1992 (Fourth Edition)

$2.00
The Ringers Exercise Book
by Pam Copson
Workbook for students to fill out plain courses, place bell starts, the blue line, the order of work, passing the treble for Plain Hunting through Stedman Triples and Cambridge Minor

Paperback, 24 pages, 8" x 5.75" x 0.10"

Mrs. Pam Copson, 1987

$2.00
Ringing Basics for Beginners
by John Couperthwaite
Short series of articles

Paperback, 32 pages, 8.25" x 5.875" x 0.125"

CCCBR, 2008

$5.00 Also available free for download
Raising and Lowering in Peal
by John A. Harrison
Detailed practical instructions about how to learn to raise and lower tower bells, first individually, then in peal; diagrams

Paperback, 28 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"

CCCBR, 1987 (reprinted 2001)

$6.00
Ringing Skills
by John A. Harrison
Discussion of underlying elements in change ringing -- Rope Sight, Listening, Rhythm -- and how they work together, as well as how to teach others; with diagrams

Paperback, 62 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.2"

CCCBR, 1993

Currently out of print, but available as a free PDF download at http://jaharrison.me.uk/book/RS/index.html#Top
The New Ringer's Book
by Harrison and Lewis
A spiral bound book written for the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers Education Committee. An excellent resource for both student and teacher with many photos and diagrams.

157 pages

$18
Ringing Elementary Minor on Handbells
by Frank H. King
$3.00
Beginners Handbook
by Malcolm Tyler
Learning to ring from scratch to Plain Bob Minor and Grandsire Doubles; Diagrams, photos, and grids

Paperback, 43 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"

1981

$3.50
Beginners Grandsire
by A Waddington
CCCBR, 2003
$3.50
Beginners Plain Bob
by A Waddington
CCCBR, 2003
$3.50

Books for the More Experienced Ringer

Treble Dodging Minor Methods
by Methods Committee -- CCCBR
CCCBR, 1996
Free - available for download
The Method Ringer's Companion
by Steve Coleman
Teaches methods from Plain Bob Doubles through Spliced Surprise Major using detailed discussion of Blue Line, pieces of work, and interactions with key bells, all supported by method diagrams; organized in the same question-from-anxious-learner approach as Coleman's other books and offered in the same extremely supportive style.

Hardbound, 438 pages, 8.75" x 5.5" x 1.25", index

Sue Coleman Publishing, 1995

$35.00
Raising and Lowering
by Philip Gay
Paperback; 32 pages; 8-1/4" x 5-3/4"

Discusses detailed technique from first go at raising alone through raising and lowering in peal

John LongridgeSeries, 1994

$6.50
Learning Methods
by Michael J. de C. Henshaw
Discussion of techniques for learning methods: Vocabulary, Pieces of Work, Place Bells, Blue Line, Method Structure, Signposts, & Tricks of the Trade; Hereward Bob Minor is used as the main example and eight other commonly rung methods are also discussed.

Paperback, 71 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.25," diagrams, bibliography

CCCBR Education Committee, 2000

Free for download
Standard 90 - updated from Standard 70
by John Longridge
Blue Lines and Lead End rows for Plain Bob Doubles through Spliced Surprise Maximus

Paperback, ~70 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"

Updated Standard 70 to Standard 90.

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The Ringers Handbook
by E.S. & M. Powell
Elementary instruction beginning with bell handling and moving through discussion of Plain Bob, Grandsire, Stedman, and Kent Treble Bob at levels from Minimus to Major; diagrams of changes and lead ends.

Paperback, 134 pages, 7" x 4.75" x 0.375"

A.A. Southern, Ltd., Fourth Edition 2000

Diagrams
by Jasper & William Snowdon
Grids and Blue Lines of many methods

Hardbound, 4" x 6" x 0.5" 103 pages Copyright 2011 14th Edition

Easier to read than the old text with additional methods.

$24.00
Ropesight
by Jasper Snowdon
Introduction to change ringing covering full array of topics (from 19th century perspective) from the names of bell parts to conducting, using Plain Bob as the method of illustration

Paperback, 144 pages, 7" x 4.75" x 0.375"

Revised by William Snowdon and reprinted in 1987

$24.00
Campanalogia, or, The art of ringing improved: With plain and easie rules to guide the practitioner in the ringing all kinds of changes: to which is added, great variety of new peals
by Fabian Stedman
Hardback Facsimiile

Originally Published in 1677

$44.00
Change Ringing: The Art and Science of Change Ringing on Church and Hand Bells
by Wilfrid G. Wilson
Covers the entire topic of change ringing from labeling of bell parts and technique of handling to conducting and peal compositions; photographs of bells and many illustrations of methods; index.

Hardbound, 238 pages, 10" x 6.5" x 1"

Freda P. Willgress, Originally published 1965

$32.00
Change Ringing on Handbells
by Chris W. Woolley
CCCBR, 1959
Free - available for download
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Books for the Teacher

Ringing Jargon Made Easy
by CCCBR
Single sheet leaflet

CCCBR

$0.50
Teaching Beyond Bell Handling
by CCCBR
CCCBR, 1998
$5.00
Kaleidoscope Ringing: A Change Ringers Alternative to Call Changes
by Gordon I. Lucas
Explanation of theory of teaching Kaleidoscope versus Call Changes with detailed instructions about how to apply simple and complex exercises

Paperback, 20 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"

2004

$3.50
Starting a New Band -- Some Guidelines
by Wilfrid Moreton
CCCBR, 1997
$6.25
Teaching from Rounds to Bob Doubles
by Wilfrid Moreton
CCCBR, 1996
$3.50
One Way to Teach Bell Handling
by Richard T. Pargeter
Free- Available for download
Teaching Tips
by Pip Penney
A book designed for the teacher which includes skill development and coaching techniques. Produced by the Central Council of Change Ringers

46 pages

$7
Teaching Unravelled
by Pip Penney
Explanation of "evidence-based" methods for teaching handling; includes charts, photos, diagrams.

Paperback, 54 pages, 8.25" x 5.875" x 0.125"

CCCBR Education Committee, 2008

$6.50

Books for the Conductor

Collection of Grandsire Compositions
by Richard T. Allton, Compiler
CCCBR Peal Compositions Committee, 2004
Free- Available for download
Collection of 10 Bell Compositions
by Peal Compositions Committee -- CCCBR
CCCBR Peal Compositions Committee, 2004
Free- Available for download
Collection of 12 Bell Compositions
by Peal Compositions Committee -- CCCBR
CCCBR Peal Compositions Committee 2004
Free- Available for download
Stedman Compositions
by Central Council Compositions Committee
Peal compositions of Stedman and Erin Caters and above.

91 pages

Printed May 2011

Free - Available for download
The Bob Caller's Companion
by Steve Coleman
Detailed introduction to Bob Calling and Conducting from Plain Bob Doubles to Spliced Surprise Major with brief discussion of composition; many diagrams and tables.

Hardbound, 437 pages, 8.75" x 5.5" x 1.25"

Sue Coleman Publishing, 1996

$35.00
Method Splicing -- Practical Hints
by John P. Fidler
Discussion of Method Splicing

Paperback, 51 pages

CCCBR, 2004 Reprint

$7.50
Will You Call a Touch Please, Bob?
by Peter T. Hurcombe
A beginner's guide to conducting using Plain Bob and Grandsire as examples; includes preparation, standard touches, correcting striking, and transposition

Paperback, 34 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"

CCCBR Education Committee, 1989

$5.50
Composition 500
by John Longridge
Compositions for Plain Minor to Surprise Maximus presented by lead end rows only

Paperback, 76 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"

1974

$5.75
Composition 501
by John Longridge
Compositions for Surprise, Alliance, & Delight Methods to Maximus presented by lead end rows only

Paperback, 79 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"

1984

$6.50
Composition 502
by John Longridge
Compositions for Surprise, Alliance, & Delight Methods to 14 Bells presented by lead end rows only

Paperback, 67 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.125"

1986

$6.50
Conducting and Coursing Order
by John A. Longridge
1989
$4.50
Quarter 500
by John Longridge
Compositions for Quarters of Surprise, Alliance, & Delight Methods to Maximus presented by lead end rows only

Paperback, 39 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.10"

1980

$5.50
Treble Bob Major Variations
by John Longridge
$2.50
Place Notation
by R.G.T. Morris
Discussion with drawings and hints

Paperback, 12 pages

CCCBR, 1984

$2.50
Easily Remembered Service Touches
by David Parsons
CCCBR, 1998 Revision
$2.50

Books: General Interest

Splicing Ropes Illustrated
by Frank Beech
CCCBR, 2005
$8.00
Belfry Offices
by CCCBR
CCCBR, 1996
$6.50
The Ringing in History Companion
by Steve Coleman
The latest in the series of "companion" books. This social history of ringing is very readable and enjoyable for those who want to know more about ringing history, but from a different perspective, not just methods and dates.

Hardbound, 440 pages, 8.75" x 5.875" x 1.25" Sue Coleman Publishing, 2013

$35.00
The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers 1891-1991, A Centenary History
by W.T. Cook
CCCBR, 1993
$14.00
An Unassuming Genius: The Life and Times of A J Pitman
by Michael B Davies
169 pages

CCCBR, 2007

$10.00 and available for a free download
Giants of the Exercise II: More Noteable Ringers of the Past
by John C. Eisel
CCCBR, 2006
$10.00 and available for a free download
Giants of the Exercise: Some Noteable Ringers of the Past
by John C. Eisel
Ringing biographies of 28 ringers, from Richard Duckworth to Bill Pye, whose lives span the history of change ringing; sketches of ringers and towers, facsimiles of peal records; name index

Paperback, 109 pages, 8.125" x 5.875" x 0.375"

CCCBR, 1999

$10.00
The Tower Handbook: Answers to 1001 Questions about Ringing
by John A. Harrison, Compiler
Detailed information about every social and practical aspect of tower bell ringing (except actual information about specific methods) and ringing management, presented as short answers to specific questions; cartoons, diagrams, glossary, index

Paperback, 398 pages, 8.25" x 5.875" x 1"

CCCBR Education Committee 1998, Reprinted 2006 Currently out of print.

Available now: The Tower Handbook is now online at: http://jaharrison.me.uk/thb/

Learning Curve, Vol. 1: 1999-2001
by John Harrison, Editor
Compilation of monthly columns from "The Ringing World" related to a broad range of education matters; index, references, cartoons, and diagrams

Paperback, 67 Pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.2"

CCCBR, 2002

$7.00
The Learning Curve, Vol. 2: 2002-2003
by John Harrison, Editor
Compilation of monthly columns from "The Ringing World" related to a broad range of education matters

Paperback, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.2"

CCCBR, 2004

$7.00
The Learning Curve, Vol. 3: 2004-2005
by John Harrison, Editor
Compilation of monthly columns from "The Ringing World" related to a broad range of education matters

Paperback, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.2"

CCCBR, 2006

$7.00
The Learning Curve, Vol. 4: 2006-2007
by John Harrison, Editor
Compilation of monthly columns from "The Ringing World" related to a broad range of education matters

Paperback, 54 pages, 8.25" x 5.75" x 0.2"

CCCBR, 2007

$7.00
Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers to the Ringing Bells of Britain and of the World
by Tim Jackson, John Baldwin & Ron Johnston
Alphabetical listing of all rings of bells around the world. This includes their location and dedication, number of bells and their weights. There is a lot of other information provided including lost rings of bells and additional information not found on the website.

306 pages

CCCBR- Copyright 2012 10th Edition

$30.00
Judging Striking Competitions
by Simon Linford
A 32 page book aimed at inexperienced judges as well as those with more experience and also includes tips for organisers and bands. Contains sections on how to judge a striking competition, analyse and count faults, tips and techniques and warnings on pitfalls to avoid.

Central Council 2013

$7.00
A Tower Captain's Handbook
by David Parsons
CCCBR, 1983
$5.00
Change Ringing History: The History of an English Art, Volume 1
by J. Michael Sanderson
CCCBR, 1987
$14.00
Change Ringing History: The History of an English Art, Volume 3
by J. Sanderson
CCCBR, 1995
$14.00
The Nine Tailors
by Dorothy Sayers
Famous Lord Peter Wimsey murder mystery, set in the English Fens and centering around a distinctive tower and its band of change ringers, liberally peppered with quotations from Troyte.

Paperback

$9.00
There Was Life Before NAG, 2nd Edition
by J. Michael Simpson, Compiler & Editor
History of change ringing in North America from 1744 until the late 1960s, covers 28 towers plus handbell ringing, some photos, various appendices including a list of bell founders starting with the 15th century

Spiral bound paper, 136 pages, 11" x 8.5" x 0.5"

NAGCR, 2000

Free- Available for download
History of the Ladies Guild of Change Ringers 1912-2000
by Janet Stevenson
1999
$25.00
Towards Better Striking
by Roger Smith & Malcolm Tyler
$2.50

Archives

The Clapper 1972-2007
Complete archives of The Clapper, the Quarterly Publication of the NAGCR, in PDF format on CD
$5.00

Recordings

Bells of the Cotswolds
12 Tracks; Duration 50:11
$15.00
Called Home
Introduction and Ringing in 13 towers

John Taylor, 2003

$15.00
Change Ringing from St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
Church Bells of England
Traditional change ringing from some of England's most famous towers including St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and 13 other towers

16 Tracks; Duration 73:17

SayDisc Records, 1989

$15.00
Church Bells of Kent
Just ringing, no commentary

14 Tracks; Duration 47:29

$15.00
Listen to Ringing
CD
$18.00
Fens Series Handbell Recordings #1-14
by Bill Jackson
Excellent Change Ringing on Handbells

14 different CDs

CDs available for LOAN ONLY

No Charge
The Craft of Bellringing (DVD)
by George Perrin
Comprehensive and gorgeously filmed introduction to change ringing, covering the origin of bells to modern day ringing across the UK; interviews with experts, scenes of ringing in 16 towers

NTSC format DVD, 48 minutes

Alpar/Baxter/Perrin, 2007

$16.00
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Apparel

NAGCR Sweatshirt
50% Cotton/50% Poly

Ribbed cuffs and hem

Available in

  • Colors: Purple, Maroon, & Red with gold lettering
  • Sizes: All, though there may be some color limitation in very large or very small sizes
  • $20.00
    NAGCR Polo Shirt
    by Outer Banks
    100% Cotton

    Cuffed short sleeves, 2-button placket

    Available in

  • Colors: Light Blue, Jade, Red, Black, & Lime; with White logo
  • Sizes: All, though there may be some color limitation in very large or very small sizes

  • $25.00