This was the third loose rope class. Three ringers: Bobbie, Jody, and Thomas (instructing). The three of us lifted all but the treble’s rope into the intermediate chamber and half-sheepshanked them out of the way, and safed the ringing chamber with tarps and by moving everything out of the corner by the treble.
- Approaching the ringer from about a 120° angle and getting permission to help (“Do You Need Help?”).
- Reaching in and helping on specific strokes (“I’m Helping with This Stroke”), being sure not to inadvertently cue the ringer to give you the rope.
- Taking the rope from a ringer in serious trouble (“Give Me the Rope!”).
- Getting a loose rope back under control.
The goal of each stage is to try to keep the situation from moving into the next stage. The ideal outcome is that the helpful ringer calms the ringer in trouble and if necessary gives just enough help for them to get themselves out of trouble. If it is necessary to reach in, one should remember that the first priority is calming the motion of the rope, so a hard pull is only indicated if the bell has rung dangerously low. As in the first two classes, each stage (except the fourth) had both interaction skills (looking into the ringer’s eyes, speaking concisely and clearly) and rope skills (reaching in, vertical pulls with clean release at the bottom, taking a definite grip of the rope and taking control of it, and moving in and corralling a loose rope). Jody noted that the right time for many of the actions in the class is when the rope “stalls” or stops rising. By the end of the class we were taking ropes cleanly from each other, and dropping the rope on one stroke, picking it up on the next or second-next stroke, then after a few firm strokes to get the bell under control taking the rope cleanly and starting again on the next stroke.
We put everything back in order after the class was over.
At this point six ringers have taken the class: Anne, Bobbie, Carroll, Jody, Judy, and Nancy.