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Development Overview

What do we mean by development?

Handbell ringing is a "motor skill" with many similarities to sports. As with sport, learning the basics of handbell ringing very well gives a solid foundation for more advanced skills.

We have teased apart three different aspects of Development, Ringing, Learning to Ring, and Teaching others to ring.

And part of our learning about learning has been our local projects; these also are documented here under Development.


This site focuses mainly on two method ringing goals. For the complete beginner, ringing Plain Bob Minor is the immediate goal.
Beyond Plain Bob there are many dimensions to explore, and the exploration will be most fruitful in a team environment where successes can be celebrated together, and problems can be tackled by more than one brain. Our method progressions have essential methods, and these demand increasing skill, as well as Stepping Stone methods which help with the acquisition of the extra skills.

Going beyond Plain Bob.

Plain Bob Minor embraces all the essential skills of knowledge, memory, teamwork, and feedback. As an even number of bells the skill level is greater than an odd number, and it forms the basis for a number of progressive methods. Ringing double handed Plain Bob Minor, competently, is enjoyable for its own sake, and a respectable achievement.

A normal progression from Plain Bob would take in methods such as Little Bob and Double Bob, but, as with tower bell ringing

are the methods most commonly used to demonstrate increasing skill, and to provide enjoyable ringing.

However, from Plain Bob Minor a ringer could choose to ring more bells, Major, Royal, etc., or some of the more challenging right place methods, or Stedman for example.

London Surprise Minor has hunting that requires backward places to be made, and as a consequence is significantly more demanding than the right place methods.

Whatever is your current learning point, the essence of relevant concepts, memorised method, ringing skill and teamwork, enables your achievement at that level. For the methods documented on this site, the concepts, the information to memorise, and the specific skill requirements, are all stated.

No-one sets out to become a poor bell ringer, that is a person who cannot fit in to the rhythm set by the team. Getting the rhythm on handbell is an even greater challenge than it is on towerbells, so we have included extra notes on how to improve striking on handbells. The notes are included with the use of the simulator.


Learning is a skill in its own right, we have collated various lessons to boost your ability to learn the methods, techniques and skills.


Equally there are various techniques to use, and pitfalls to avoid when teaching others.


We are our own guinea pigs, there's nothing in here that's new or untested, much of it has come from experienced ringers. Our sources of techniques are all documented.

Some of our projects have had more success than others, but we have treated each failure as a "learning gift".

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