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The Shropshire Association covers the towers in the Salop Archdeaconry of the Lichfield Diocese, and is roughly the area north of the River Severn, from near Wolverhampton in the southeast to Selattyn in the northwest. The rest of Shropshire is in the Hereford Diocese.

If you would like to know more about bellringing click here

If you like to learn to ring please contact our secretary [ ], or go along to a tower near you on a practice night.

Information about the towers in the Association, practice nights and Association events, and much else, can be found by following the links on the left or below.

Next Association event(s):

Friday 19 July 2024 - Surprise Practice 7:30pm - 9:00pm at Wem
Saturday 14 September 2024 - Striking Competition 4:00pm onwards at Calverhall

July Surprise Practice

The next Surprise practice will be held on Friday 19 July, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, at Wem.

The methods for this month will include some from Bristol, Cambridge, Lincolnshire, Pudsey, Rutland, Superlative, Yorkshire, and Lessness. There will also be Cambridge S Minor and Norwich S Minor for those wanting to start ringing Surprise methods.

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Third Association Peal in 2024

The third Association peal of 2024 has been rung at Haughton, Staffordshire.

Shropshire Association

Haughton, Staffordshire, at the Church of St Giles

on Thursday, 4 July 2024 in 2 hours and 45 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Minor

4 methods: 720 Kent Treble Bob, 720 Oxford Treble Bob,
1440 Cambridge Surprise, 2160 Plain Bob

Tenor 5-3-21 in B

E Ann Williams Treble Trevor L Lock 4
Nicola J Galton 2 Adrian G Roberts 5
Jennifer M Beech 3 Andrew W Gordon Tenor

Conducted by Andrew W Gordon.

Rung to celebrate Jocelyne and Mervyn Lock’s diamond wedding anniversary today,
on the 4th July. Mother and Father of Trevor.

Treble and 4’s 25th peal together;
51 years since Treble and 3 rang a peal together.

It would have also been Pat and Martin Jones (of Stafford) 60th wedding anniversary today.


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Ringing for Sarah Dean's Funeral

The funeral for Sarah Dean, a long time ringer at Wem, will be held on Wednesday 17 July at 4pm.

There will be open ringing before the service starting at 3:15pm. Please contact Gareth Jones [] if you are able to help with the ringing.

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July Newsletter

The July Newsletter can be read and downloaded here.

The June Newsletter can be read and downloaded here.

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June Surprise Practice

Fifteen ringers participated in the Surprise practice held at Wem. Methods rung included Norwich S Minor, Cambridge S Major, Yorkshire S Major, Rutland S Major, Bristol S Major, 5-spliced S Major, and three leads of Kent Treble Bob Major.

Pudsey S Major and Lessness S Major will be added to the mix at the next Surprise practice.

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Association Treasure Hunt and Tea

The Association’s Social Secretary, Vicki Sivess, planned and organised a Treasure Hunt around Meole Brace village. About twenty people took part in the Hunt on a lovely, sunny, June afternoon. The prizes were chocolate and a shell. All those participating were winners. After the Treasure Hunt there was ringing on the Meole Brace bells, lead by Nik Galton. The ringing included call changes, Plain Hunt Doubles, and Grandsire Doubles. Following the ringing, tea was served in the Bradbury Hall. Sandwiches, dips, pitta, crisps, olives, cakes, and drinks were eagerly consumed.

Thanks go to Vicki for organising a lovely afternoon (especially for getting the sun to shine!) and to Nik for leading the ringing, and to all those who took part in this event. The next Association social event will be a ceilidh later in the year.

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May Training Morning

The Association’s May training morning took place at Edgmond. There were four students and eight helpers, all under the leadership of Gill Glover. The students had come to practise St Simon’s Bob Doubles and St Martin’s Bob Doubles (separately and spliced), Double Oxford Bob Minor, and Cambridge Surprise Minor. St Nicholas Doubles and Winchendon Place Doubles were also attempted. As usual with an Association event there were delicious cakes to accompany coffee and tea.

Thanks to all those who helped make this a useful and sociable ringing experience.

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Belfry Upkeep

The Stewardship & Management Workgroup of the Central Council are pleased to announce Belfry Upkeep, an online document aimed at the Steeple Keeper – the person responsible for keeping the bells in order.

The aims of the document are:

The document can be found at

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Safeguarding Training

The Church of England has been working on an updated framework for Safeguarding training within the church. Dave Bassford (CCCBR Safeguarding Officer) and The Ringing World have given the Shropshire Association permission to include on this website an article written by Dave and appearing in the 21 January 2022 issue of The Ringing World.

In this article Dave explains that all ringers must take the Basic Awareness training (formerly C0). This is free, done online, takes about an hour to complete, and must be renewed every three years.

The Lichfield Diocese requires Tower Captains and those ringers in a role which involves work with children, young people or adults at risk, to also take the Foundation training (formerly C1), but not the Leadership training.

The trainings can be accessed by going to

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"Calling It Round"

The Central Council has issued a new publication focused on the first steps in calling and conducting from any bell. The publication has been written by Bryn Marie Reinstadler and is free and available at

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About the Central Council

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers has issued three documents about its work, volunteering with the Central Council, and what it means to be a Central Council Representative.

Those documents can be read and downloaded here:
What's the point of the Central Council.pdf,
Volunteering with the Central Council.pdf,
What does being a Central Council Rep mean?

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Index of YouTube Videos

The Central Council has put together a list of training webinars and videos which have been recorded and posted on YouTube.

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Support Your Association with SACBR Clothing

We can now offer members a range of items embroidered with the SACBR logo. These are embroidered to order: contact Biff Patterson [ ] for details or to place an order.

The background colour for ‘corporate’ events is burgundy (as shown) but feel free to choose a different background for personal use. Check availability but navy or black are obvious options.

Polo shirts, as worn by those manning the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry at Newport Show, £15. Biff has one lady-fit medium in stock. If you would normally buy small, this is for you.
Sweat shirts £17.50 Rugby shirts £25.
If you supply a garment it can be embroidered for a cost of £6.

The polo shirts are pure cotton, wash very well, BUT are skimpy. Biff suggests going up one or even two sizes on what you would normally select. Available in standard rectangular shape (men or unisex), quite long in the body; or lady-fit, which is shorter and more shaped. Choose from M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL.
Sweat shirts are only available unisex: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL.
Rugby shirts are available in men’s or women’s: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL.

SACBR Logo on maroon shirt LDMB at Newport Show

Photos by Biff Patterson, Edric Broom

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Books For Bellringers

Are you looking for some practical, written help for yourself or your tower but don’t know what is out there? If so, Books for Bellringers may be what you need. It is a small collection of books aimed mostly at beginners but with some material for those learning methods. Towers can borrow the collection for a period of up to two months so that everyone has a chance to see what they might find useful. Individuals or towers can order copies of the books using the details in the catalogue supplied.

If you would like to borrow the collection please contact me at: or telephone 01939 291014.

Jad Bienek
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Tower Access Guidance Notes

The Towers and Belfries Committee of the Central Council has produced some guidance notes on the various ways we access towers. The notes cover the condition of stairs and ladders; handholds; lighting; doorways and trap doors; and some potential hazards.

The notes can be found at, and downloaded from,

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Committee Meeting

The next Association committee meeting will be held on Sunday, 15 September 2024.

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