Site last updated 10 December 2018
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/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.
Second Wednesday Morning Training at Edgmond - December
The next Wednesday morning practice at Edgmond Ringing Centre will be held on Wednesday 12th December from 10am to 12:30pm.
Ringers of all abilities are welcome. In recent times these practices have become very popular and are a useful way of receiving some expert tuition in a friendly atmosphere. A £2 donation is requested to cover refreshments, a donation to the tower, and to the church.
So that he can be sure that there will be sufficient ringers available for this practice, please let Edric Broom  know if you are planning to attend.
December 8-bell Practice
Ringers came from far and wide to participate in this practice. Sixteen ringers had a go at Grandsire Triples, Erin Triples, Stedman Triples, St Clement’s College Bob Major, Little Bob Major, Plain Bob Major, and Double Norwich Court Bob Major.
The towers represented included Calverhall/Ightfield, Clive, Edgmond, Hodnet, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, Wem, and Wrockwardine.
Thanks go to John Powell.
November Surprise Major Practice
Eleven ringers, including two visiting ringers, attended this practice held at Meole Brace. Attempts were made at London, Rutland, Superlative, and 3-spliced.
Thanks go to Michael Carding and Andy Digby.
There will be no Surprise Major practice in December.
November Training Morning
The final Association training morning of the year took place at the Edgmond Ringing Centre. Annette, Lisa, Vicki, Robin, Pam, Darren, Heather, and Karen were the students. They worked on improving their call changes, Plain Hunt Doubles, Plain Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Grandsire Doubles, and Cambridge Surprise Minor.
The training was run by Matt Lawrence because Tony Freemont, the Association’s Training Officer, is recovering from foot surgery. Matt was helped during the morning by Mark Adams, Jacqui Barden, Edric Broom, John Burton, Rob Davis, Kathryn Greaves, Madeline Harris, Phil Murphy, John Neal, Ginette Pardoe, and Sue Perry.
Refreshments were available, as is customary on these occasions.
Thanks to Matt and Mark for preparing the bells and setting up the simulator.
The next Association training morning at Edgmond is scheduled for Saturday 9th February 2019. If you would like to participate please contact Tony Freemont.
Association Quiz Night
Forty three tickets were sold for the Association Quiz Night, held at Shawbury Village Hall. The quiz was devised by Tony Freemont. Eight teams sat down to answer questions on Law and Order, UK Royal Weddings, Foody Names, Cars of the Stars, Famous Pets, Operas, Countries in Europe, Musicals, Famous Leaders, Sport, Geography, and General Knowledge. The highest scoring team was from Edgmond and they received a container of chocolates for their efforts.
Baked potatoes were served with chilli, meaty and non-meaty, along with sweet barbecue beans, coleslaw, and cheese. Delicious puddings were provided by several members and included apple pie, apple crumble, banoffee pie, fruit compote, and cheesecake.
It was no surprise that Peter Woollam sold raffle tickets, raising £101 for the BRF. The prizes were won by Chris Cawood, David Beckwith, John Burton, Pete Neil, Nicola Galton, Annette Bailey, Ann Williams, Peter Woollam, Sam Lloyd, Tony Freemont and Catherine Greenfield. Thanks to all who bought tickets and to all who provided the prizes.
Madeline Harris, Ringing Master, thanked Tony for devising the quiz; Biff Patterson, Claire Unsworth, Jan Snowball, and Cordelia Warr and all those who had helped with the catering, and washing up; Jad Bienek and Geoff Harding for running the bar; Peter for running the raffle; and everyone who had helped to make the evening such an enjoyable occasion.
The profit from the bar and the ticket sales will be reported when the final calculations have been made. Thanks to all who supported this Association event.
The Association's Carol Service will be held at Market Drayton on Saturday 8th December, with ringing from 6pm and the service starting at 7:30pm. Refreshments will follow the service. All ringers and their families are welcome.
Armistice Centenary Peal at Edgmond
The sixteenth Association peal of the year was rung at Edgmond to mark the centenary of the signing of the Armistice which ended the First World War.
This is Mark Adams's 50th and Edric Broom's 70th peal for the Association.
Edgmond, Shropshire - at the Church of St Peter
On Sunday, 18 November 2018, in 2 hours 54 minutes
A Peal of 5088 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Composed by Simon Humphrey
Tenor 9-3-12 in G
|Mark Adams||Treble||William S Deason||5|
|Edric W Broom||2||Maurice G Ingram||6|
|Gail K Lawrence||3||Matthew Lawrence||7|
|Madeline J Harris||4||Nicholas J Green||Tenor|
Conducted by Matthew Lawrence.
Rung to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice ending WW1,
especially remembering those from this parish who gave their lives.
Even More First Quarter Peal Congratulations
Congratulations to Mark Hayball of St Martins, who has rung his first quarter peal.
"We Remembered" - A Message from the Chairman of the Central Council
The following was published in The Ringing World on Friday 16 November 2018.
Last Sunday – Remembrance Sunday – we were called to “look to” and take part in a most momentous commemoration. Being so intimately linked in to our local communities, it was no surprise that bellringers everywhere stepped forward to participate, collectively and individually, in such a solemn centenary.
And it is entirely right and fitting that bells gave voice to the deep and lasting emotions felt so widely at this time. So many today owe so much to our forebears for the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy one hundred years on. As bellringers, we are the “external choir” that calls out across time and space, giving tribute on this day for those who have gone before. This is what we do, this is our calling, this is our service.
On behalf of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, I wish to thank all who participated in this historic event. The Ringing Remembers campaign, promoted by the Central Council, has claimed some inspiring headlines – towers silent for many years have rung out once more; hundreds of bands have been augmented with new learners; tens of thousands of ringers mobilised to ring in thousands of towers – not just in the UK, but across the world; ringing featured strongly in local, national and international media; and the BellBoard website went into meltdown!
Our campaign sought to recruit 1400 new ringers, to symbolically replace those ringers who fell in the First World War. At the most recent count, new ringer registrations for the recruitment campaign totalled 2792 – close to 200% of the original target. The Council’s newly-stated mission is, among other things, “to promote an environment in which ringing can flourish”. Last Sunday we witnessed what “flourish” looks like – more of that please.
Whilst it is impossible to thank all key individuals by name, I would like to pay a special tribute to Vicki Chapman – Ringing Remembers Project Coordinator, Colin Chapman – Coordinator’s “roadie”, Alan Regin – Steward of the CCCBR Rolls of Honour, Andrew Hall – developer and administrator of the Ringing Remembers web platform, and Bruce & Eileen Butler – who linked thousands of enquirers to guilds, districts and towers. And there are so many others…
My thanks go also to all those who have come to ringing through this route – may you continue to develop in skill, and gain many happy years of fulfilment in your ringing. And to that widespread army of ringing teachers who have risen to the challenge of training so many enthusiastic learners – well done!
Last Sunday was a day of reflection, a day of commemoration, a day of participation. Bellringers everywhere were able to say – “I was there – I remembered”.
President of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
First Peal Congratulations
Congratulations to Karen Compton on ringing her first peal. This was also the first peal as conductor for Martin Scott.
Wem, Shropshire - at the Church of St Peter and St Paul
On Sunday, 11 November 2018, in 2 hours and 50 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Doubles
6 methods: 7 extents each Grandsire, St Osmund Bob, Eynesbury
St Martin's Bob, St Simon's Bob, Plain Bob
Tenor 13–2–24 in F
|Karen A Compton||Treble||Elizabeth S Menhinick||4|
|E Ann Williams||2||Gareth B R Jones||5|
|Martin Scott||3||Nicola J Galton||Tenor|
Conducted by Martin Scott.
First peal - Treble.
First as conductor.
Rung half muffled to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice
and to honour the Fallen of Wem.
First World War Centenary Peal
The fourteenth Association peal of the year has been rung at Ellesmere, to mark the centenary of the Armistice which ended World War 1.
It has been 45 years since a peal was rung at Ellesmere for the Shropshire Association.
Ellesmere, Shropshire - at the Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary
On Saturday, 10 November 2018, in 3 hours 8 minutes
A Peal of 5024 Cambridge Surprise Major
Composed by Charles Middleton (arr. Donald F Morrison)
Tenor 18-0-18 in Eb
|Maurice G Ingram||Treble||Penny J Salisbury||5|
|Gail K Lawrence||2||Neil Bennett||6|
|Alan M Glover||3||Nicholas J Green||7|
|Chloë A Darby||4||Matthew Lawrence||Tenor|
Conducted by Nicholas J Green.
Rung to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War and to remember the Fallen in that
in particular the ten members of the Salop Archidiaconal Guild (antecedent of the Shropshire Association)
listed in the Central Council Roll of Honour,
and the 69 individuals from Ellesmere, who made the supreme sacrifice.
It is with sadness that the death of David Gough is reported. David, and his wife Wendy, was active in the Oswestry area several years ago.
Armistice Centenary Commemorative Certificate
Ringing Remembers and Big Ideas have produced a certificate to record the names of ringers who took part in commemorative ringing on 11th November 2018. Download the file here
Wilfred Owen Centenary Peal
The thirteenth Association peal of the year has been rung at St Mary the Virgin, Shrewsbury, to mark the centenary of the death of Wilfred Owen.
This is Neil Bennett's 50th and Alan Glover's 60th peal for the Association. The last time a peal of Cambridge Surprise Royal was rung at St Mary's for the Shropshire Association was in September 1971, and the last time a peal of Cambridge Surprise Royal was rung for the Association was at Coalbrookdale on 1st January 1977, when Neil Bennett was the conductor.
Shrewsbury, Shropshire - at the Church of St Mary the Virgin
On Sunday, 4 November 2018, in 3 hours and 16 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
Composed by Donald F Morrison (no. 6287)
Tenor 19-2-8 in Eb
|Alan M Glover||Treble||Maurice G Ingram||6|
|Gareth B R Jones||2||Neil Bennett||7|
|Gail K Lawrence||3||Nicholas J Green||8|
|Chloë A Darby||4||Matthew Lawrence||9|
|Michael Wilshaw||5||Andrew C Ogden||Tenor|
Conducted by Nicholas J Green
First peal of Surprise Royal on an 'inside' bell - 2.
Rung to honour the poet, Wilfred Owen M.C.,
on the centenary of his death in action in France, during the battle to cross the
Sambre-Oise canal at Ors. Owen and his family lived in Shrewsbury from 1907,
where he completed his secondary education at the town’s Technical Institute
and took his first employment as a pupil teacher in a town centre school.
"My subject is War and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity."
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
The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) has produced an update to Guidance Note 3 (GN3) - Child Protection in Bell Towers. This Guidance Note can be found at https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/GN3-Child-Protection-Issue-12-Oct-2017.pdf. The Appendix to the Guidance Note describes in more detail the ringing activities which require a ringer to be DBS checked.
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
Young ringers at Atcham
Photo by 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
PowerPoint Presentations for PR
The Central Council Public Relations Committee has created a set of PowerPoint presentations that ringers can use to explain ringing to others. The set is available on the Council’s website: https://cccbr.org.uk/2017/03/19/powerpoint-presentations-to-use-for-pr-purposes/
Would you like to ring a Peal? Andrew Gordon is offering to make arrangements and co-ordinate towers and ringers for Peal attempts. Please contact Andrew on 07973 398289.
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 Peter Woollam [ ] 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.
Association Monthly Surprise Major Practices
These practices are usually held on the last Friday of the month and at various locations.
The practices are not only aimed at members who want to progress in their Surprise Major ringing, but at those who feel they are capable of starting their Surprise Major ringing career. Those who aspire only to ring the treble may attend, but clearly they may not get much of a ring - there is only one treble in each touch. We rely on the experience of more seasoned Surprise Major ringers to strengthen bands; the ringing master is grateful for their support.
The practices will as far as possible be tailored to the needs of those attending. There will be one or two 'special' methods - probably one of the 'standard eight' plus something of the Ringing Master's choosing. The 'easier' methods of the standard eight will also be rung e.g. Cambridge and Yorkshire. Please let the ringing master know of any special request.
Training at Edgmond Ringing Centre
On the first Monday evening of the month there will normally be an opportunity for individuals to have a one to one session on a silenced bell with the simulator. The session will be limited to three people, so ring Edric Broom (01952 825851) as early as possible to book your place.
If you have a training requirement which you feel is not being met, and which perhaps could be met with input from the Association, please discuss it with the Association's Training Officer, Tony Freemont, so that we can try to satisfy the need, either in your tower or at the Edgmond Ringing Centre.
The next Association committee meeting will be held on Sunday, 9 December 2018.
Peter Woollam is Editor of the printed Newsletter as part of his Publicity portfolio. He would welcome any comments on the future format of the Newsletter and any items for inclusion in it.