I feel that I have been very fortunate in the support that I have received from a significant number of ringers of all standards over the
years when it comes to learning new methods and extending my experience in quarter peal and peal ringing.
I have found, though, that my intentions to develop as a back bell ringer have taken more effort (and more requests) to make progress on. I have had to ask for opportunities consistently and, when they have been given to me, other ringers have expressed both uncertainty that I could cope and surprise when I manage. These sentiments have been expressed by both male and female ringers.
I have no desire to only grab tenors, and find that most enjoyment for me comes ringing n-1 or n-2 because I can help enforce the rhythm but I am not necessarily responsible for setting it. Now, I find myself in a group of ringers who are consistently supportive of my attempts (even when I fail) and I believe I am making progress because of that.
Whilst back bells are not for everyone, I would love to see more women have a go - I think that too many believe that they cannot do it for no other reason that they’ve never tried or never been given the opportunity.