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Why Learning the Ropes?
Training sessions
An Introduction to
Fun with bells

The school currently operates with three bands who maintain ringing at a cluster of eight towers in Alresford and the surrounding area. There are other towers in the local area with bells and ringers from these towers, or people wishing to learn to ring, are welcome to join our activities.

St John, New Alresford (8 bells)

Practice: Fridays 7.00pm

St Mary, Old Alresford (6 bells)

Practice 2nd Thursday 7.30pm*

St Andrew, Tichborne (6 bells)


St Peter, Brown Candover (5 bells)

Practice: Wednesdays 7.30pm

St Mary, Preston Candover (6 bells)

St John, Northington (6 bells)


St Peter, Ropley (6 Bells)

The church is currently being rebuilt

after a major fire.

Bishops Sutton

St Nicholas, Bishops Sutton (5 bells)

Practice: 2nd Thursday 7.30pm*

*Summer (Old Alresford in winter)

Joining a local band

Each local band maintains its own identity. We are simply a group of tower captains and teachers who work together and help each other recruit and train new ringers.  Training a bell-ringer takes many hours of tuition and you are part of a team. On average it will take 2 – 3 years by spending an hour or two each week to progress from scratch to reach Level 5. Some people take longer, and not everyone will reach level 5. However they remain valued members of the team. Therefore we ask that all people taking part in the school join one of the local teams, and commit to supporting its activities. In time we also expect those who reach levels 4 and 5 to help those at the lower levels climb the pyramid.

What does it cost?

We do not charge for tuition, although donations towards use of the tower hosting each session are welcome. However in return for the tuition we do ask that you join a local team and support it. There are also some longer training courses organised by the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild where a small charge is made. At the end of the year the school will also make a donation to ART.

The school is one of around 35 ART teaching hubs across the country.

ART’s Expectations for Registration as a Teaching Hub

  1. Keep and maintain equipment and facilities to teach bell handling and change ringing
  2. Hold regular practices focused on the Learning the Ropes curriculum
  3. Support practices with theory or hold theory workshops
  4. Work within ART Policies and Guidelines
  5. Teaching carried out under the supervision of ART Members using ART Training Scheme Techniques
  6. New ringers are registered on SmART Ringer
  7. Promote group teaching with an intensive teaching approach
  8. Support learning for other towers