After a second start at the end of the summer, learner Carroll is now ready to start ringing rounds with the band. She rings safely and reliably on her own, as shown by yesterday’s class at which she (on her own initiative) rang continuously for 15 minutes, twice. She will continue to work on setting and on lowering, two skills she still needs to master, and on relaxing and gripping the tail of the rope in the crook of her left thumb rather than with her fifth finger. I suspect she will also work on ringing 20 minutes continuously, then 30, and so on. But from now on she will attend weekly practices and, soon, service ringing, learning to ring rounds, then tenor behind, lead, follow call changes, and so forth on the way to ringing methods.