Teaching Course - Module 1 - St Columb Major, Cornwall

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About this course:

Suitable for those who already teach bell handling and want to update their skills AND for those who have never taught anyone to handle a bell, Module 1 provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to take a ringer from their first lesson to having competent bell control.

You will learn through a mixture of practical and classroom sessions:

  • How to teach a skill
  • How to break down bell handling into easy stages that the new ringer can master
  • About different learning types and how to adapt your teaching for them
  • The benefits of intensive teaching

The practical sessions will give you plenty of time to practise your new skills in a safe environment. Working in pairs you will also have opportunity to hone your observation skills and get feedback on your feedback.

Resident Truro DG members can claim a £15 subsidy towards the cost of the course by application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

This course is now open for general booking.


Event Details

Event Start Thu 22-Sep-2022 09:15
Event End Thu 22-Sep-2022 17:00
Capacity 8
Available places 5
Registration Closes
Wed 07-Sep-2022
Event Fee £25 per attendee + £7 local donation to cover lunch & refreshments
Event Prerequisites You must be a bell-ringing teacher (or would-be teacher) aged 14 or over.
You must have sufficiently good bell control to be able to inspire confidence in others and an ability to comfortably raise and lower a bell.
Location St Columb Major, Cornwall

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Phil Tremain

Course Tutor

Phil learned to ring at the age of 11, having initially only gone to watch. This was at St Columb Major, Cornwall where he still rings and has been tower captain for almost a quarter of a century. They are primarily a call change band, some of whom also ring methods, and have taken part with some success over the years in the traditional Cornish rise-rounds-fall striking competitions. The tower is equiped with a Higby training bell connected to Abel.

After a career in IT working for Cornwall County Council, a reorganisation enabled Phil to take early retirement; the Kernow Old Codgers mid-week group soon followed. He also organises Pydar Improvers practices (affectionately known as PIMPS!) for ringers across the Pydar Deanery and beyond, and with the support of other teachers in the area recently registered the Pydar School of Bellringing as an ART teaching hub.

Phil was the Public Relations Officer for the Truro Diocesan Guild for over 30 years, and a few years ago in preparation for a dinner to mark the end of his three years as President, he began practising handbell ringing. The dinner touch was successful and the weekly practices have continued since with much enjoyment and mental stimulation, and occasional quarter peals.

Despite having been teaching ringing for decades Phil firmly believes that there is always something new to learn, and so attended an ART Module 1 course some ten years ago. He was allocated as mentor to another delegate who fortunately wanted to go through the assessment process, so they did and passed together. He has since also completed M2F, and in recent years has been an ART Assessor. He is now looking forward as an ART Tutor to encouraging others to commence or improve their teaching.

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Pydar School of Bell Ringing