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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

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)

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

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

CCCBR, 1986

Discovering Bells and Bellringing
by John Camp
Brief history; techniques; notable incidents, towers, & bells; short glossary

Paperback, 56 pages, 7" x 4.5" x 0.125", photographs & illustrations, index

Shire Publications Limited 2001, original copyright 1968

Currently out of print. A new edition is being prepared.

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

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

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)

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)

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

Ringing Basics for Beginners
by John Couperthwaite
Short series of articles

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

CCCBR, 2008

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)

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
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

Ringing Elementary Minor on Handbells
by Frank H. King
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"


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