Site last updated 27 July 2021
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 www.cccbr.org.uk/bellringing/what-is-bell-ringing/.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.
Central Council Covid-19 Guidance Summary from 19 July 2021
The following has been adapted from a statment from Simon Linford, the President of the Central Council, issued on 16 July 2021.
Ringing guidance for England for the period from 19 July onwards has been agreed
with the House of Bishops Recovery Group and can be found at
The Church of England’s own guidance has not been published yet, but should be later today. It includes a paragraph referring to the Central Council’s guidance.
Although the wearing of facemasks is no longer mandated in places of worship, and will not appear in the Church of England guidance, we have included a number of situations where due to the particular nature of ringing we would expect masks to be worn, including close face to face teaching, and ringing with unvaccinated children. Some clergy may retain a policy of facemasks in their church or cathedral, and if they do then their wishes take precedence.
The Government now wants us to take responsibility for our own actions. If you don’t think you should ring for as long as you are allowed to – don’t. If you want to wear a facemask when ringing – wear one. If a member of your band wants you all to wear facemasks to protect them – discuss it as a band and come to an agreement. Bellringing is a group activity and we are responsible for each other not just ourselves. The virus has not gone away by any means – we are learning to live with it.
The guidance (updated on 16 July 2021) can be read at and downloaded from https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Guidance-at-a-glance-2.0-3.pdf.
In order to make these events viable and useful for those who participate, please contact Matt Lawrence if you are planning to attend any of these events [ ].
Association Picnic - 7 August
The Association is planning to hold a bring-your-own picnic at Meole Brace on Saturday 7 August from 3pm to 7pm. The Mobile Belfry will also be available.
Please let Vicki Sivess, the Association's Social Secretary, know if you are planning to attend [ ].
A Peal at Cound
18 February 1967 was the last time that an Association peal was rung at Cound...until now.
Cound, Shropshire - at the Church of St Peter
On Thursday, 22 July 2021, in 2 hours and 51 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Minor
7 methods: One extent each of Cambridge Surprise,
Kent Treble Bob,
Oxford Treble Bob, St Clement's College Bob, College Bob,
Single Oxford Bob, and Plain Bob.
Tenor 11-0-21 in F#
|E Ann Williams||Treble||Andrew W Gordon||4|
|Nicola J Galton||2||Kevin M Price||5|
|Adrian G Roberts||3||Gareth B R Jones||Tenor|
Conducted by Kevin M Price
A belated 30th Birthday compliment to Gareth B R Jones.
The conductor's 50th Shropshire tower for a peal.
A Peal at Moreton Corbet
Moreton Corbet, Shropshire - at the Church of St Bartholomew
On Saturday, 17 July 2021, in 2 hours and 45 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Minor
2 methods: 3 extents Cambridge Surprise; 4 extents Plain Bob;
7 different callings
Tenor 9-1-3 in Bb
|E Ann Williams||Treble||Trevor Lock||4|
|Nicola J Galton||2||Adrian G Roberts||5|
|Elizabeth S Menhinick||3||Andrew W Gordon||Tenor|
Conducted by Andrew W Gordon
A compliment to Caitlin Homfray, grand daughter of treble on gaining her B.A.
and Nicola Galton on her retirement.
July Quarterly Meeting and Practice
Eleven ringers took part in the July Quarterly meeting held via Zoom. Vicki Sivess reminded those attending about the picnic to be held on Saturday 7 August, from 3pm to 7pm at Meole Brace. The Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry will also be there. Please let Vicki know [ ] if you are planning to attend.
Geoff Harding reported that since the last Quartely meeting he and his band of helpers have visited several towers to inspect bell installations. Nesting birds were a problem at some of the towers, and Geoff remided everyone that bird and bat droppings are toxic and a face mask should be worn when removing any droppings. Geoff also suggested checking and applying a little grease to clapper bearings where the clapper pin is fitted with a grease nipple or ‘Stauffer’ type grease cap lubricator.
Matt talked about the carbon dioxide monitors that the Association has purchased and that are available to be borrowed by bands wishing to check their ringing room. Carbon dioxide is a good indicator of the level of ventilation. Matt also spoke about the Lilleshall bands experiment with the use of a fan within the ringing room to improve ventilation. The best place for a fan is facing an open door or window.
Matt said that the fact that the Association doesn't currently have a Safeguarding Officer is not ideal. The Association's Safeguarding Officer is primarily concerned with supplying information to the membership and for making sure that Association meetings are safe.
Following the business meeting a practice was held using Ringing Room. The ringing included attempts at Plain Bob Doubles with eyes closed, 3 leads of Kent Treble Bob Minor, St Clement's College Bob Minor, Double Oxford Bob Minor, Cambridge Surprise Minor.
The next Quarterly meeting will be held on Saturday 9th October 2021. The next Association practice will be on Saturday 24th July, from 7pm to 8:30pm using Zoom and Ringing Room. Contact Matt Lawrence if you would like to attend.
Association Peal 1100
Another handbell peal has been rung for the Association by Gail and Matt Lawrence.
Lilleshall, Shropshire - at 13 Church Meadow
On Sunday, 4 July 2021, in 1 hour 54 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Treble Bob Minimus
176 methods: 1) Langton Long, 2) Ovington, 3) Lark Rise,
4) 69, 5) Malcolm, 6) Oxford, 7) Cock Ring, 8) Stourton Caundle,
9) The Paddocks, 10) Trotton, 11) Toller Porcorum, 12) Danshak, 13) 96, 14) Cann, 15) Madras,
16) Defford, 17) Zelston, 18) Monkton, 19) Shapwick, 20) Long Burton, 21) Vindaloo, 22) Launceston,
23) Angela, 24) Himbleton, 25) Reverse Chaddleworth, 26) Reverse Kent, 27) Hurstbourne Tarrant,
28) Ringsfield, 29) Hinton, 30) Margaret Marsh, 31) Breamore, 32) Langley, 33) Julie McDonnell, 34) Bhuna,
35) Chaddleworth, 36) Reverse Hinton, 37) Reverse Monkton, 38) Reverse Launceston, 39) Kent,
40) Reverse Margaret Marsh, 41) Battle's Over, 42) Reverse Angela, 43) Lower Basildon, 44) Reverse Breamore,
45) Olive, 46) Reverse Himbleton, 47) Stanford Dingley, 48) Reverse Langley, 49) Little Solsbury Hill,
50) Brown's Folly, Shockerwick, Marshfield, 51) Ufton Nervett, Hollies Lane, Oakford Lane,
52) Pamber, 53) St Catherine's Valley, 54) Moreton, Reverse Gunville, Steway Lane,
55) Toller Fratrum, Northend, Crawford, 56) Barby, 57) Charmy Down, 58) Sham Castle, Fosse Lane, Ashwicke,
59) Brimpton, Monkswood Reservoir, Ramsbottom, 60) Newtown, 61) Bannerdown, 62) Batheaston, Cubley, Ashley,
63) Little Bedwyn, Easter, Christchurch and Southampton District, 64) Rawston,
65) Pickwick, Greta Thunberg, Bucket, 66) Wegg, Dodger, Biggetywitch, 67) Havisham,
68) Tulkinghorn, 69) Reverse Little Solsbury Hill, Reverse Brown's Folly, Cratchit,
70) Reverse Marshfield, Reverse Ufton Nervett, Bumble, 71) Scrooge, 72) Compeyson,
73) Reverse St Catherine's Valley, Reverse Moreton, Gunville,
74) Reverse Steway Lane, Reverse Toller Fratrum, Reverse Northend, 75) Reverse Crawford,
76) Reverse Barby, 77) Red Nose, Reverse Sham Castle, Reverse Fosse Lane,
78) Reverse Ashwicke, Reverse Brimpton, Reverse Monkswood Reservoir, 79) Reverse Ramsbottom,
80) Reverse Newton, 81) Wirral, Reverse Berkley, Reverse Spetchley, 82) Sparsholt, East Horsley, Reverse Reveller,
83) Briefcase and Mobile Phone, Newington, 84) Berkley, Rushton Old, Eclipse, 85) Slindon, Stickland, Iken,
86) Keyneston, Derby, 87) Buscot, Yatton Keynell, Shipton Gorge, 88) Towersey, Halton, Fritwell,
89) Torbryan, Denchworth, 90) Reveller, Ettington, Last Post, 91) Reverse Fritwell, Truffler, Poppy,
92) For the Fallen, Remembrance Day, 93) Reverse Briefcase and Mobile Phone, Reverse Keyneston, Donhead,
94) Reverse Torbryan, Reverse Kermit, Reverse For the Fallen, 95) Tarrant, Reverse Upton by Birkenhead,
96) Spetchley, Waresley, Ashow, 97) Reverse Shipton Gorge, Draughton, Bolnhurst, 98) Kemp Town, Newbold Pacey,
99) Outwood, Reverse Stickland, Reverse Draughton, 100) Foremark, Clearwell, Reverse Truffler,
101) Kermit, St Aelhaiarn, 102) Lockinge, Reverse Derby, Princess of Cambridge,
103) Barkham, Prince of Cambridge, Langdon Hills, 104) Upton by Birkenhead, 105) Guilsfield.
|Gail K Lawrence||1-2|
Conducted by Gail K Lawrence.
The 1100th peal and most methods for the Association.
Completes our lockdown project to ring the standard 176 Treble Bob Minimus methods to a peal.
Tower Talk 20
The Association of Ringing Teachers produces a quarterly Newsletter. The
July 2021 issue is now available, and may be read and downloaded from
Survival and Recovery Newsletter 6
Issue 6 of the Survival and Recovery Newsletter can be read and downloaded from https://ringingteachers.org/application/files/8716/2487/7230/Survival_Recovery_Newsheet_Issue_6.pdf
Previous issues of the Newsletter can be accessed from the Survival and Recovery toolbox: https://ringingteachers.org/survival-and-recovery-toolbox
June Advanced Practice
Seven ladies, and no gentlmen, took part in the June advanced practice. The ringing included St Clement's College Bob Minor, 3 leads of Kent Treble Bob Minor, Cambridge Surprise Minor, Double Oxford Bob Minor, Plain Bob Triples, Grandsire Triples, and Plain Bob Major.
Carbon Dioxide Monitors
We are now in receipt of 2 NDIR Carbon Dioxide monitors that are available for loan to Association members. CO2 monitoring is not about our current return to ringing (which is predicated on low virus levels in the community and high uptake of a good vaccine which protects against currently circulating variants) but it will help us make an informed choice on how we can continue to ring if/when coronavirus levels rise into autumn and winter.
Further information can be found at: https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/carbon-dioxide-monitoring-whilst-ringing/
Please contact Matt Lawrence if you would like to borrow a monitor. [ ].
Your Association needs YOU!
There is currently a vacancy on the Committee for Safeguarding Officer.
If you are interested, please contact Matt Lawrence [ ] to find out more about what this important role involves.
Raising Funds for the Mobile Belfry
Because of the pandemic the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry has not been hired so no funds have been raised. The insurance of the Mobile Belfry still has to be paid and it is a significant amount of money. The three Associations which own the Mobile Belfry each donated £200 in 2020 to help fund the cost, but it would be helpful to have another source of income. To this end you can raise funds for the Mobile Belfry by making purchases through smile.amazon.
You must login to amazon via smile.amazon.co.uk, rather than directly through amazon.co.uk. You will then be able to choose the charity you want to benefit from your eligible purchases. Choose Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry. Then shop as usual. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible items to the charity of your choice.
Survival and Recovery Strategy
The Central Council (CCCBR) and the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) have been working together on the issues of ringing surviving through the lockdowns, and the recovery of ringing once ringing at towers can start again. To this end regular Newsletters are issued. You can read and download them here. http://ringingteachers.org/survival-and-recovery-toolbox.
Matt Lawrence [ ] and Paul Lewis [ ] are the Champions for the Shropshire Association. Contact them if you have any questions about Survival and Recovery.
Central Council COVID-19 Guidelines
The Central Council's guidance about ringing during the pandemic can be found at https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/
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.
2021 Quarterly Newsletters
The March Newsletter can be read and downloaded here.
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.
Zooming With SACBR
The Shropshire Association has taken out a subscription to the Zoom video
If your tower would like to use the app for a get-together please contact Matt Lawrence  who will email you the necessary login details.
Shaun Greenfield, the Association's PRO, has put together some useful
information about how to use Zoom video calling.
Click here to view and download the PDF.
Practising At Home
One of the more recent innovations in ringing is the ability to learn and practise from home using computer software. Practise and learning at home is known to accelerate progress.
There are some great computer programmes that can be purchased and downloaded on-line (such as Abel, Virtual Belfry or Beltower), with which we can practise some of the methods we learn and develop our listening skills– all with a perfect band around us! Wouldn’t it be great if, when the time comes, we were able to get back to ringing better trained and informed than before?
There is a handy page of resources on the Association of Ringing Teachers website about practising on a simulator at home. This can be found by following this link.
There is also a number of Apps available for mobile phones and tablets. A
couple of the most popular examples are:
Mobel - a ringing simulator for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, is available from Apple's App Store. If you choose the tower bells option, Mobel displays pictures of sallies and tail ends, uses tower bell sound, and rings at tower bell speed.
Methodology - a simulator that works on Android phones and is free to download. In the ‘interactive mode’ your selected bell appears at the bottom of the screen. To ring the bell, tap the dark blue rectangle. This doesn’t do anything until you start to ring – then you will see feedback on your timing, the little bars indicating how early/late you are on each stroke. Of course, you will hear if your timing is out as well.
100+ Club Pause
I have decided to suspend the SACBR 100+ Club for the time being. I know many towers have not yet received this year’s application forms, together with their Annual Reports. However, even if you do have these, would you please NOT send any cheques and application forms until we are able to get back to our normal Association activities.
With best wishes to you all at this difficult time.
SACBR and Facebook
The Shropshire Association now has a Facebook page! Click on the Facebook icon at the top of this page, you don't need a Facebook account to read the page. To add items to the Facebook page, please email them to Shaun Greenfield [ ], SACBR's publicity officer.
Safeguarding Guide from the Central Council
In The Ringing World of 13 September 2019 Chris Mew wrote a review of the current situation regarding ringers and Safeguarding. That article can be read and downloaded here.
The Stewardship and Management Workgroup of the Central Council has produced a document relating to Safeguarding for Bellringers. The document can be found here.
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.
SIZING – READ CAREFULLY PLEASE
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.
Photos by Biff Patterson, Edric Broom
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.
Shropshire Young Ringers
Do you have young ringers at your tower?
We have started a youth group designed to get the young people ringing together and help them to progress.
There have been three practices so far, attended by six ringers from different towers across the Association area and we hope to have a regular monthly practice going forward.
The leader is ART (Association of Ringing Teachers) trained and DBS cleared and can offer instruction in bell handling through to ringing call changes, plain hunting, methods and striking.
The aim is to encourage the next generation of ringers and recruit more young people to the exercise.
Please email Matt Lawrence
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, https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/stairways.pdf
In order to ensure that all ringers have the opportunity to read the quarterly Newsletter, and to help keep costs down, it would be helpful if the Newsletter could be delivered electronically. Is there someone in your tower who would be willing to receive the quarterly Newsletter by email, and be willing to make at least one copy of it for your tower notice-board? This person should be someone who checks their email frequently (not just once or twice a year!).
Please contact Shaun Greenfield [ ] with the name, email address, and tower of your tower’s email correspondent and of any other members who would like to receive their own copy. Email addresses supplied will be stored on the Newsletter Editor's computer and used only for the distribution of the newsletter. They will not be made available to anyone else.
Paper copies will still be sent out to those towers who do not wish to receive it electronically.
Shaun would welcome any comments on the future format of the Newsletter and any items for inclusion in it.
The next Association committee meeting will be held on Sunday, 13 June 2021.