Bellringing Books
by
Steve Coleman

(There are now five.)

Picture of the five books: The Bellringer's Early Companion, The Bellringer's Bedside Companion, The Method Ringer's Companion, The Bob Caller's Companion and The Ringing in History Companion

And Steve's Latest Book is

The
Ringing in History
Companion

This beautifully bound and printed, 440 page hardback
book is packed with fascinating ringing stories
from medieval times to the mid-twentieth century.

All written in Steve's, easy-to-read, enjoyable and
exceptionally clear style, it's the interesting, fun and exciting
bits of ringing history, with the boring bits missed out.

Much of the fascinating - and previously secret -
archive material has never been revealed before,
but it's not the history of posh ringers, it's the history of
ordinary ringers caught up in extraordinary times.
And it's about how ringing meshed in with the great sweep of history.
It's ringing history as it's never been told before.





Some of What Others Have Said (Although they've said a lot of other nice things too)

"It's a masterpiece!"


"I just want to say what a wonderful book you have produced - and how much I have enjoyed reading it. I have read it from cover to cover and found it difficult to put the book down. So full of interesting facts that I never knew - it must have taken you years."


"Last night I just sat there (even missing Poirot). I was riveted."


"How you manage to produce such a substantial book, so beautifully bound and printed and with p&p included, is beyond me."


"The books sold very well at our training day. Please send 5 more."


"Last night I stayed up 'til two o'clock reading it, and I was laughing so much my daughter knocked on my door and asked if I was alright."


"Astonishing value."


"A really remarkable achievement."


"I just couldn't put it down."


"It's the first page-turner history book I've ever come across."


"I recommend it to everybody."


And the other four books are:

All beautifully bound and printed, hardback books each containing 430 pages
of advice, information and help. They're all written in Steve's easy-to-read, enjoyable
and exceptionally clear style - and in case you are wondering, there are no swaps.


A very small sample of what Others Have Said

"At last a writer who knows how I feel and who really cares."

"When I mess something up I go back home and read the chapter and know that Steve understands. It's like listening to a friend"

"If only I'd had this books 20 years ago."

"Everything is explained so clearly ... I've recommended it to the whole band."

"Absolutley fascinating. A whole world of information that no-one ever told me about before."

"For my money it's the best ringing book ever written."

"The extraordinary thing is that it's not just helpful, it's fun. My wife and I keep reading bits out to each other."

" ... so well written and so funny. My children keep asking what I'm laughing about."


The Bellringer's
Early Companion

This 440 page book is the early ringer's easy-to-read
and thoroughly entertaining guide to everything
a ringer needs to know.
Packed with clear and simple explanations, learning tips,
ringing hints, and fascinating historical background.

Excellent for Ringing Instructors too.

Recently reprinted and now bound in its original bright red cloth.



Covers
* Handling Help * Plain Hunt * Ringing Up
* Leading * Ringing Down * Difficult Bells
* Trebling * Tenor Behind * Listening & Striking
* Ringing Knots * A Trip Upstairs * The Very Beginning
* Ropes & Splicing * Feeling Low * Belfry Maintenance
* Weddings & Funerals * Being a New Band * Giving a Talk
* Method Dancing * and much else besides

The Bellringer's
Bedside Companion

Contains 52 chapters of advice, information and help all written in
Steve's easy-to-read, enjoyable and exceptionally clear style.
Outstandingly informative and thoroughly entertaining as well.
Packed with clear and simple explanations, learning tips,
ringing hints, and fascinating historical background.


Covers
* Ropesight * Method Learning * Up & Down in Peal
* Ringing Safety * Call Changes * Leading Up & Down
* Ringing Teas * Ringing half-muffled * Ringing Etiquette
* Slipping Wheel * Ringing Panic * Tower Captaincy
* Firing * Arranging Outings * Ringing Left-handed
* Standing behind * and much else besides

The
Method Ringer's
Companion

Also beautifully bound and printed, this 440 page hardback book
contains 47 chapters of advice, information and help. It is the ordinary
ringer's guide of how to ring all the widely rung methods on all numbers
from bob doubles upwards.


Covers
* Plain Bob * Grandsire * Stedman
* The Other Doubles * The Plain Minor * Doubles Variations
* Kent and Oxford * The Classic Triples * The Basic Major
* Surprise Minor * Surprise Major * Listening
* Striking * Method Naming * The Fun Methods
* On the Wild Side * and much else besides

The Bob Caller's
Companion

This 440 page hardback book contains 44 chapters of advice
information and help, all written in Steve's easy-to-read, enjoyable and
exceptionally clear style. It is the ordinary ringer's guide of how to call
plain courses and touches in all the widely rung methods
from bob doubles upwards.



Covers
* The Basic Basics * Calling a Plain Course * Helping the Band
* Bob Doubles * Grandsire Doubles * Writing Touches Down
* Bob Minor * On a Sunday * Calling a Quarter Peal
* The Other Doubles * Stedman and Kent * The Other Minor
* Bob Triples & Major * Other Triples & Major * On Ten and Twelve
* Surprise * Putting Right * Composing
* Calling half-muffled * and much else besides

Picture of the five books: The Bellringer's Early Companion, The Bellringer's Bedside Companion, The Method Ringer's Companion, The Bob Caller's Companion and The Ringing in History Companion

Ordering

You can phone us any time on 01452 831197.
Or you can email us
We will always send your books in the next post.
Or you can fill in an order form and send it.

Paying

You can send a cheque or make a bank transfer - just phone or email
for the bank details - but we'll post the book(s) as soon as you ask.
You can always trust a bellringer!

Gift-Wrapping

Gift wrapping is free - and jolly good too. We have male and female birthday wrapping paper.
And we can send direct to whoever you're giving to - and with a card if you'd like that.
Just tell us the date you want it to arrive.

Prices

14.95 each. (Post free, UK).

Discounts

Any combination of books:
10% 3 books or more,
20% 5 books or more.

Overseas Prices

Surface Mail: 14.95 post free.
We're very sorry but there are no discounts on overseas orders.

Airmail: Please phone or email for the latest prices.
For Europe, the extra is currently 6.35 per book, for America it's 11.05 and for Australia it's a staggering 12 per book.
Sorry this is so much, but this is the extra it costs us to send each book. There's still no extra to pay for surface mail.

Links

Link to Sherbourne Teaching Aids - the site of the "One-per-Learner" Book, etc

Link to Ringing Resources website

Link to G&B - The Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers website

Link to Whites - The Whites of Appleton website who rehung our bells at Littledean.

Link to Whitechapel - The Whitechapel Bell Foundry website where Littledean's two new trebles were cast and the original six were retuned.

This page last amended 28 July 2016