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Level 5 – Change Ringer


The final Level in the classic Learning the Ropes scheme, Level 5 guides ringers up to confidently ringing methods and onto trebling to complex methods.


Recent Achievers

Lindsay Small
Sophie Martin
Mandy Burnett

Become an experienced bell ringer

This final Level of the Learning the Ropes scheme, guides ringers up to confidently ringing methods and onto trebling to complex methods. As a Level 5 ringer you will have rung six quarter peals of which at least three will have been on an inside bell. There are then thousands more methods to discover, places to visit and new ringers to meet across the world. On completing Level 5 you may wish to join the Learning the Ropes Plus Scheme.

All those who have completed their Level 5 can apply for one of the Learning the Ropes Achievement Awards. The winners of the ART Awards are announced at the ART Annual Conference and the total prize pot is in excess of £3,000 shared between teachers and ringers. All those resident in the UK who have achieved LtR Level 5 will be invited to a Learning The Ropes Masterclass. All relevant travel and accommodation expenses will be met for those who have not previously attended the Masterclass.

Information for teachers

Level 5 concentrates on:

  • Learning a second and different Doubles method
  • Ringing a quarter peal of the chosen second/different Doubles method inside
  • Treble to a quarter peal of Plain Bob Minor
  • Ringing touches of Bob Minor with both bobs and singles
  • A quarter peal of Plain Bob Minor inside
  • Call 120 of a chosen Doubles method unaffected or half-hunt

The Minor pathway concentrates on:

  • Ringing touches of Bob Minor with bobs and singles
  • Ringing touches of Little Bob Minor with bobs and singles
  • Treble to a quarter peal of a Minor method other than Plain Bob
  • A quarter peal of Plain Bob Minor inside
  • Quarter peal on treble to Treble Bob or Surprise Minor method

Ringers will engage in activities such as trebling and ringing inside to touches of Little and Plain Bob Minor and other Minor methods.

Skills should be reinforced by ringing Plain Bob Minor whilst listening skills continue to be developed using Abel. Additional theory elements support learning the calling positions for a Doubles method and for Plain Bob Minor, after which a 120 of each should be called to assess conducting skills. Challenges for the student include ringing Plain Hunt on higher numbers, Grandsire Triples, Plain Bob Major and Oxford Treble Bob.