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Level 4 – Novice Change Ringer


Level 4 reinforces and builds on the skills developed in Level 3. During Level 4, ringers can progress up to ringing methods as part of a band of 5 or 6 ringers.


Recent Achievers

Carmen Wright
Zoe Wright
Nic Boyd

Developing change ringing skills

Once you have grasped the key skills of change ringing, there are more complicated patterns of methods to learn and also variations to existing ones you know. There is a world of opportunity to learn new things, and using the clever approach bell ringers have to memorise the pattern it is not even too difficult!

You will learn about the ‘blue line’ and how the structure of a method can help to make it easier to learn – including place bells, passing the treble and understanding bob and single variations.

At Level 4, you and your Teacher will decide whether to go down the Doubles or Minor pathway. They are very similar but are usually based on local circumstances. The Doubles pathway focuses on method patterns run on 5 bells and the Minor pathway focuses on method patterns run on 6 bells.

Both pathways build on earlier skills to treble or tenor to methods. In Level 4, the number and variety of methods is expanded to include Plain Hunt on 6, Original Doubles, Spliced Little and Plain Bob. Further practice at listening skills is provided through using simulators and facing outward from the circle for place making or call changes.

Information for Teachers

Doubles Pathway

The doubles pathway concentrates on:

  • To ring Plain Course of chosen Doubles method (Plain Bob or Grandsire)
  • To ring 120 Doubles (Plain Bob or Grandsire)
  • Ring quarter peal of chosen method inside (Plain Bob or Grandsire)
  • Call plain course Doubles method
  • To raise and lower in peal of 6

Activities to build skills include ringing inside to Bastow Minimus / Doubles and varieties of Bob Doubles. Plain courses and touches of Plain Bob or Grandsire can be used with different starts.

Minor Pathway

The minor pathway concentrates on

  • Ring inside to Plain course of Bob Minor
  • Ring inside to Plain course Little Bob Minor
  • Ring treble to quarter peal of Bob Minor
  • Raise and lower in peal of 6
  • Call plain course Bob Minor

Activities to build skills include ringing inside to Bastow Minimus / Minor. Plain courses and touches of Little / Plain Bob Minor can be used as well as Trebling to Bob Minor.