The Tower Handbook


Map of chapters & sections 


For a full list of all 800+ questions, see Section 16 


1: How to use the book 


2: Further information 


3: Good habits 

3.1: Safety.  -  3.2: Be Prepared.  -  3.3: Pride and standards.  -  3.4: Good striking.  -  3.5: Hospitality.  -  3.6: Housekeeping.  -  3.7: Record keeping.  -  3.8: Thinking of others 


4: General ringing knowledge 

4.1: Ringing history.  -  4.2: Ringing customs.  -  4.3: Change ringing.  -  4.4: Words and names 


5: How things work 

5.1: Striking.  -  5.2: Effects of weather?.  -  5.3: Go of the bells.  -  5.4: Ropes.  -  5.5: Stays.  -  5.6: Towers.  -  5.7: Bells 


6: Useful things to have 

6.1: Furniture.  -  6.2: Creature comforts.  -  6.3: Being organised.  -  6.4: Practicalities.  -  6.5: Handbells.  -  6.6: Teaching aids.  -  6.7: Trophies 


7: Tower organisation  

7.1: Objectives.  -  7.2: Officers.  -  7.3: Roles in the Tower.  -  7.4: Meetings.  -  7.5: Legal responsibilities.  -  7.6: Insurance.  -  7.7: Finances.  -  7.8: Constitution.  -  7.9: Example constitution  


8: Relationships outside the tower 

8.1: The tower and the church .  -  8.2: The tower and the neighbours.  -  8.3: The tower and the community .  -  8.4: Organising a tower open day.  -  8.5: Visiting other towers.  -  8.6: Local ringing organisations .  -  8.7: Ringing meetings.  -  8.8: Striking competitions 


9: Practical tower management 

9.1: Developing and sustaining a band.  -  9.2: Recruitment.  -  9.3: Running practices.  -  9.4: Ringing for services.  -  9.5: Wedding ringing.  -  9.6: Muffled ringing.  -  9.7: Outing.  -  9.8: Social events.  -  9.9: Fund raising 


10: The learning environment 

10.1: The tower and bells.  -  10.2: The band .  -  10.3: The family 


11: Teaching 

11.1: Structured approach.  -  11.2: The teacher.  -  11.3: Teaching handling and bell control .  -  11.4: Teaching raising and lowering in peal.  -  11.5: Teaching speed control .  -  11.6: Teaching to ring with others .  -  11.7: Teaching to ring called changes .  -  11.8: Teaching method ringing .  -  11.9: Teaching ropesight .  -  11.10: Teaching rhythm and good striking .  -  11.11: Teaching listening .  -  11.12: Teaching conducting  


12: Helping 

12.1: Filling in.  -  12.2: Standing behind.  -  12.3: Looking after a touch 

13: Learning 

13.1: Learning to handle a bell .  -  13.2: Learning to ring with other ringers .  -  13.3: Learning to ring rhythmically and strike well .  -  13.4: Learning to listen .  -  13.5: Learning ropesight .  -  13.6: Learning call changes .  -  13.7: Learning dodging and hunting .  -  13.8: Learning to ring simple methods .  -  13.9: Intermediate method learning .  -  13.10: Advanced method learning .  -  13.11: Learning calling and conducting .  -  13.12: A lifetime of learning? 


14: Maintenance 

14.1: Frame.  -  14.2: Headstock.  -  14.3: Bearings.  -  14.4: Wheels.  -  14.5: Stay.  -  14.6: Pulley.  -  14.7: Clapper.  -  14.8: Rope.  -  14.9: Bell .  -  14.10: Sound control.  -  14.11: Safety .  -  14.12: Miscellaneous.  -  14.13: Symptoms and what to check 


15: Glossary (see note )

Diagrams 

15.1: Method construction.  -  15.2: Blue line.  -  15.3: Setting out compositions.  -  15.4: Clock face tapping 


For a full list of all 800+ questions, see Section 16 


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