Site last updated 25 October 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.
Safeguarding Policy October 2021
A new Association Safeguarding Policy has been produced. The policy can be read and downloaded from here. This file consists of three sections: the Safeguarding Policy, the Good Practice Checklist, and Permission to Ring and Attend SACBR Activity forms.
This new documentation replaces all previous versions.
October Practice and Quarterly Meeting
Twelve ringers attended the first in-tower Association practice since March 2020. The ringing at High Ercall included Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Cambridge Surprise Major, and Oxford Bob Triples.
The quarterly business meeting was held after the ringing and refreshments. Matt Lawrence reminded those present that carbon dioxide monitors are available for bands to borrow to check that the ventilation in their ringing room is adequate. Matt noted that High Ercall has good ventilation. Matt also reported that the Association is still without a Safeguarding Officer. Bell Restoration Fund grants have been approved by the committee for work on the bells at Kemberton, and for the installation of a training bell at Lilleshall.
This year the Association will not be holding its own Carol Service but will be taking part in the Carol Service organised by the Churches Conservation Trust at St Mary’s, Shrewsbury. The service starts at 7:30pm, is open to the public and will be followed by mince pies and mulled wine/hot drink. There will be ringing from 6pm to 7:20pm. It is hoped that the bells in Honolulu (formerly of St Alkmund's) will ring at the same time as the service touch. It was suggested that this occasion could be used to raise the profile of ringing.
Matt spoke about the updated Safeguarding Policy that has been produced and is available on the website. Gill Glover proposed a vote of thanks to Matt for all the work he has done on the new policy.
Many Associations/Guilds are talking about how to support training and recruitment. The SACBR has a substantial Bell Restoration Fund. The Association’s annual membership fee is split between the General Fund and the BRF. This split can be changed at the AGM. Bill Deason suggested that the Association could support the installation of sound control.
Thanks go to Chris and Judy Yates for organising the use of the bells and for providing refreshments
The next Quarterly meeting will be held inh conjunction with the AGM, on Saturday 22 January 2022.
The next monthly practice will be held at Lilleshall on Saturday 20 November, from 10am to 12noon.
Two More Association Peals
Two more peals have been rung for the Association. The peal at Ruyton XI Towns is the first Association peal there since 1981. Ann Williams also rang in that peal.
Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire - at the Church of St John the Baptist
On Saturday, 9 October 2021, in 2 hours and 55 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Minor
3 methods: Three extents Oxford Treble Bob,
and two each of Kent Treble Bob and Plain Bob.
Tenor 9–3–13 in G
|Gail K Lawrence||Treble||Peter G Neil||4|
|Nicola J Galton||2||Trevor L Lock||5|
|E Ann Williams||3||Kevin M Price||Tenor|
Conducted by Kevin M Price
First peal on the bells for 31 years.
Baschurch, Shropshire - at the Church of All Saints
On Saturday, 9 October 2021, in 2 hours and 54 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Plain Bob Minor
Tenor 13–1–13 in F#
|E Ann Williams||Treble||Peter G Neil||4|
|Nicola J Galton||2||Matthew Lawrence||5|
|Trevor L Lock||3||Kevin M Price||Tenor|
Conducted by Kevin M Price
150th peal of Minor - Treble.
Rung to mark the centenary of the relocation of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt
from Baschurch to its current location in Gobowen.
More First Quarter Peal Congratulations
Congratulations to Ben Rothera, ringer at Oswestry who has rung his first quarter peal.
A Peal at Beckbury
The sixth peal for the Association in 2021 has been rung at Beckbury. This was the 60th peal for the Association for Adrian Roberts, and the 60th Association peal as conductor for Andrew Gordon.
Beckbury, Shropshire - at the Church of St Milburga
On Saturday, 25 September 2021, in 2 hours and 24 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Minor
5 methods: One extent of Kent Treble Bob, Oxford Treble Bob;
two of Cambridge Surprise;
one of St Clement's College Bob; and two of Plain Bob
Tenor 4–2–18 in Db
|E Ann Williams||Treble||Trevor L Lock||4|
|Cordelia Warr||2||Adrian G Roberts||5|
|Peter Neil||3||Andrew W Gordon||Tenor|
Conducted by Andrew W Gordon
Rung in Memoriam to Reverend Richard Dorrington, Vicar at this church in 1986,
who instigated the rehanging in a six bell frame.
Tenth anniversary of the augmentation to six bells in 2011.
Save The Parish Campaign
You might have read recently about the Save the Parish Campaign in reponse to a consultation document from the Church of England authorities.
Details can be found on the Central Council webpage https://cccbr.org.uk/save-the-parish/.
First Quarter Peal Congratulations
Congratulations to Shaun Greenfield, ringer at Shifnal and the Association's Publicity Officer, who has rung his first quarter peal.
"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
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 lifting of any restrictions on how long we ring for and with how many other ringers is welcomed, although we need to be mindful that at a time of greatly increasing infection rates, and big regional variations, many ringers will still be cautious in terms of how much ringing they do. Some towers are actually discussing reducing the amount of ringing they do because of the rise in infection levels, not increasing it.
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.
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
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.
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, 26 September 2021.