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Draft Questionnaire for understanding bell handling and control

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Questionnaire

 

Name

 

 

Current Age (needed for understanding trends)

 

Are you a Devon Call Change ringer, method ringer, or both?

 

For those who ring method:

 

What ringing methods can you currently ring? Plain hunting / Plain bob or Grandsire Doubles, plain courses/ Plain bob or Grandsire Doubles, touches/ Plain minor methods/ Surprise Minor/ Plain Triples methods (Grandsire/ Plain Bob)/  Stedman triples /Surprise major / Plain Bob/ Grandsire/ Stedman Caters / Plain Royal methods / Surprise Royal methods/ Stedman Cinques/ Cambridge or Yorkshire Maximus/  Bristol Maximus or above

 

What ringing methods have you rung at some time in the past? Plain hunting / Plain bob or Grandsire Doubles, plain courses/ Plain bob or Grandsire Doubles, touches/ Plain minor methods/ Surprise Minor/ Plain Triples methods (Grandsire/ Plain Bob)/  Stedman triples /Surprise major / Plain Bob/ Grandsire/ Stedman Caters / Plain Royal methods / Surprise Royal methods/ Stedman Cinques/ Cambridge or Yorkshire Maximus/  Bristol Maximus or above

 

How long had you been ringing when you rang your first quarter peal?

 

Approximately how many method ringing quarter peals have you rung?

 

How long had you been ringing when you rang your first peal?

 

Approximately how many method ringing peals have you rung?

 

For Devon Call Change ringers:

 

Have you represented a tower in a Devon Assocation striking competition (top ringing only)? 

 

Have you represented a tower in a Devon Assocation striking competition (including raising and falling)? 

 

Recruitment:

 

How did you come to start ringing?  Family activity / church activity / personal invitation/  ringers recuitment campaign / other?

but also provide the details, including what attracted you.

 

Were you part of a group of learners who started at or nearly at the same time?

 

If you were, how many started, and how many were still ringing after a year?

 

How old were you when you started to learn to ring?

 

Where did you learn to ring?

 

How many bells did hte tower have, and how many did the ringers normally ring at the time you started ringing?

 

Name of person who taught you to handle a bell

 

How well did he ring himself? 

 

Was he the tower captain?  if not explain:

 

Describe as fully as possible his/her approach to teaching you to hand a bell.

 

Did you have training sessions separate from the main ringing practice? 

 

If so, roughly how many and for how long?

 

Did you have any further training sessions on your own once you could ring a bell with other people?  If so, what form did this training take?

 

Looking back - how well were you taught? Did you have an significant handling issues?

 

Name of person who initially taught you to ring with other ringers? 

 

Was he the tower captain or some one else?

 

How long was it before you could ring reasonably reliably in rounds unaided?

 

Were you encouraged to go to other towers' practices, and if so how long had you been ringing when that happened?

 

Did you go to other practices?  What did you learn as a result of that?

 

What proportion of your early learning experiences were a) in your own tower?  b) other towers' practices c) local association meetings and practices?

 

How long had you been ringing when you were elected to the local ringing association.

 

As a learner, how much time did you get to actually ring a bell on your local towers'  practice night?

 

What did you find difficult about ringing in the early days?

 

In retrospect, what do you think they should have done differently?

 

Did other ringers complain about you giving them your rope as a result of the way you handled your bell?  If so, did the tower captain/ trainer do anything to help you deal with this?

 

Did you feel at any stage you were not making progress, but were getting stuck?  If so what seemed to you to be the difficulty?  In retrospect, why do you think you got stuck?

 

Did you at any stage have to start all over again with learning something, because the way you had learned so far and rang so far, was now a barrier to further progress?

 

 

Who were significant mentors in your ringing progress, and what did they do for you?

 

What is the reason, now, why you ring bells?

 

What was the reason why you rang bells in the early days of your ringing?

 

 

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