Site last updated 22 May 2022
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.
Association Ringing Outing - Saturday 18 June 2022
The Association's Summer outing is back!
We will be ringing at six towers in Cheshire: St Oswald, Malpas; St Mary, Eccleston; St Mary Without-the-Walls, Handbridge; St Peter, Waverton; St Margaret, Wrenbury and St James, Audlem. Travel will be by private car. Space has been booked for lunch at The Ship Inn, Handbridge.
Please let Vicki [ ] know if you are planning to participate.
May Association Practice
There was a good turnout at Kemberton for May's monthly practice. Ringing ranged from Rounds and Call Changes to Surprise Minor. The 100 club draw which was postponed from April was made with first prize (£50) going to first Paul Heminsley of Sheriffhales, with the other prizes going to: Mary Leonard-Johnson (Market Drayton - £25), Chris Fraser (Shawbury - £15) and Chris Yates (High Ercall - £10).
Thanks to Andrew Gordon for the use of the bells and for providing refreshments.
North West Residential Ringing Course August 2022
Applications have opened for the new residential ringing course to be held at Myerscough College near Preston, from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th August 2022.
See the website at https://nwringingcourse.uk/ for full details and to access the application form.
The eleventh peal for the Association this year has been rung at Leighton. This is the first Association peal there since December 1980. Ann Williams and Neil Bennett also rang in that peal.
Leighton, Powys, at the Church of the Holy Trinity
on Friday, 22 April 2022 in 2 hours and 55 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Minor
7 methods: One extent of each: Cambridge Surprise,
Oxford Treble Bob,
Kent Treble Bob, Single Oxford Bob, St Clement's College Bob,
Lakes End Bob, and Plain Bob
Tenor 12 cwt in F
|E Ann Williams||Treble||Adrian G Roberts||4|
|Nicola J Galton||2||Peter L Furniss||5|
|Neil Bennett||3||Andrew W Gordon||Tenor|
Conducted by Andrew W Gordon.
For the Platinum Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Also a get well compliment to Kevin M Price
who should have been ringing today.
April Association Practice
Twenty three ringers attended the practice and quarterly meeting at Lilleshall. The ringing included call changes, Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, Cambridge Surprise Minor, and Beverley Surprise Minor.
The latest edition of the Association's Annual Report and Handbook was available for collection.
The quarterly business meeting was held after the ringing. Matt Lawrence presented the St Alkmund’s Cannons to Geoff Harding in recognition of his work as the Association’s Bell Advisor.
Matt spoke about the requirement for all ringers to take the Church of England’s Basic Safeguarding training (available at https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/). The Basic training takes about an hour to complete. Tower captains must also complete the Foundation training. The training certificates are valid for three years. Darren Swancott asked what happens if a ringer refuses to do the training. Matt replied that it is within the church’s rights to refuse that person access to the bells. We must all take Safeguarding seriously. Matt also reminded those present that the Association’s Safeguarding policy can be found on this website.
The Association’s centenary is only four years away and the committee is thinking of ways to celebrate this event, for example with ringing, social events, bell restoration projects, recruitment and training of new ringers.
Matt asked for ideas for getting more Association members to attend Association events, noting that there were 23 out of about 250 members present at the meeting. Suggestions included having a social event after the practice, are practices at the right times?, encouraging other ringers to attend practices.
Biff Patterson spoke about having the Mobile Belfry at the Newport Show on Saturday 9 July. The organisers have offered a free pitch and twelve tickets for those coming along to help. It is acknowledged that the belfry doesn’t generate any recruits but it does generate a lot of goodwill.
The raffle returned! £45 were raised for the Bell Restoration Fund. The winners of the prizes of port, chocolate, brandy snaps, and toiletries are Michael Carding, David Beckwith, Chloë Darby, and Geoff Harding. More raffle prizes are needed.
Thanks go to the Lilleshall ringers for organising the use of the bells and for providing refreshments.
The next monthly practice will be held at Kemberton on Saturday 14 May, from 10am to 12noon.
It is with sadness that the death of Graham Parker, tower captain at Ightfield and also a ringer at Calverhall, is reported.
Graham was born in Ightfield and lived almost all his life there apart from a few years living in Whitchurch. He was a funeral director by trade and a keen gardener and walker. Graham was also very keen on rugby. He used to play for Whitchurch and continued to go as a supporter.
Graham had been a bell ringer for over 60 years at Ightfield and Whitchurch, and tower captain at Ightfield for longer than most of us can remember. He never aspired to be a method ringer (although he could find his way through Plain Bob Doubles) but was a very reliable tenor ringer, and if you’ve ever needed a little extra height to ring a bell at Ightfield then you have probably stood on a box made by Graham.
Ringing on a Sunday morning, Graham would regularly tell us what had been on ‘Bells on Sunday’. He is already very much missed by the local ringers.
Graham’s funeral is at Ightfield church on Friday 8th April at 2pm following private cremation earlier in the week. We will be ringing half muffled before the service.
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 https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/.
"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
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. [ ].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 12 June 2022.