With the effects of the COVID pandemic lasting longer than we could all have imagined the Central Council of Church Bellringers (CCCBR) and the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) have set up an initiative to help ringers face the challenges of keeping us motivated through these lockdowns and then rebuilding as we come out of the restrictions. They have now launched, and will continue to develop, a Survival and Recovery Toolbox from which ringers, bands and ringing societies can pick the tools that will best help them keep going until ringing can resume, and also to assist in the recovery of our ringing activities when we are able to do so.
To help communicate their work to the societies and to work with them a network of Recovery Champions has been set up. Paul Flavell (ND) and Noel Gibbin (SD) – contact details below - are our nominated champions and they would be pleased to hear of your ideas and views on these difficult issues.
Although the time ahead may be difficult, I urge you to stay positive, and together we will face the challenges head on and overcome them.