Site last updated 21 March 2019
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.
Next Association event:
Recruitment & Retention Workshop, 23rd March, 10:30am to 12:30pm,
at Upton Magna Village Hall (SY4 4TZ)
Another Association Peal
The fourth Association peal of 2019 was rung at Clive.
Clive, Shropshire - at the Church of All Saints
On Monday, 18 March 2019, in 3 hours and 6 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Doubles
11 Methods: Two extents of Grandsire; four extents of
Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place,
St Nicholas Bob, Winchendon Place, Huntley Bob, St Remigius Bob;
two extents Plain Bob; four extents of St Simon's Bob, St Martin's Bob,
Eynesbury Bob, St Osmund Bob; two extents Plain Bob
Tenor 25-0-9 in Eb
|Nicola J Galton||Treble||Martin D Scott||4|
|Adrian G Roberts||2||Andrew W Gordon||5|
|Alison R Williams||3||Gareth B R Jones||Tenor|
Conducted by Andrew W Gordon.
Rung to welcome the new vicar, The Rev Paul Cawthorne, to the parish of Clive.
Association Outing - 8th June 2019
John Neal (Shrewsbury) has enthusiastically organised the Association's biennial Outing, which will take place on Saturday 8th June. All ringers are invited to attend.
The schedule for the day is:
- 09:30 - 10:00: Fladbury (8), WR10 2QB
- 10:15 - 11:15: Evesham Bell Tower (12), use Merstow Green car park, WR11 4BD
- 11:30 - 12:15: Great Hampton (8), WR11 2PQ
- 12:45 - 14:15: Picnic Lunch, bring your own, in the grounds of Pershore Abbey; use Abbey Park car park, WR10 1JP. There are plenty of pubs and restaurants to choose from, if the weather is poor.
- 14:15 - 15:00: Pershore, St Andrew's Parish Centre (8)
- 15:30 - 16:45: Upton Snodsbury (6), WR7 4PB . The ladies of the village have offered to provide Afternoon Tea and Cake. Booking is required. Please let Matt Lawrence  know if you want to take advantage of this offer.
- Mystery tower of the day - to be announced at Upton Snodsbury.
A pdf poster can be found here.
Major E R Trevor Corbett
In his librarian's report in the recently published annual report, Peter Woollam writes, 'I can't tell you much about Major Corbett - I don't even have information that he was himself a ringer.'
The article below, abridged from Teddy Rodenhurst's reminiscences published in The Ringing World of 22nd May 1962, supplies some details.
Major E R Trevor Corbett - the Association's first Ringing Master
A ringer of some note locally, with whom I rang prior to WWI and subsequently, was Mr E R Trevor Corbett (afterwards 'Major'), whose father owned a large estate at Longnor, some eight miles south of Shrewsbury. He was a tall gentleman and the only ringer I have seen at meetings wearing spats, as he sometimes did.
The little church at Longnor having only two bells, he came to take up ringing in the following manner. George J Taylor, one of George Byolin's band at St Alkmund's, Shrewsbury, and a conductor of several peals, was suffering from tuberculosis and lived for a time in a chalet on Lyth Hill. When there he used to go down to Condover to instruct the ringers and managed to teach them to ring Grandsire from the call changes to which they had been used.
One evening Mr Corbett happened to be in the neighbourhood of the church and looked in to watch the ringers. He became interested and expressed a wish to learn and was taught by George Taylor. Later on he used to motor-cycle to St Alkmund's, Shrewsbury for the practices and on Sunday evenings, and learnt to ring Stedman Triples. For his first peal of Stedman Triples he travelled to Birmingham - I suppose he thought there was nothing like making as sure of it as possible - and he rang the fourth in the last peal (Stedman) on the bells of St Alkmund's, called by C R Lilley.
It was through Mr Corbett that Lilley came to Shrewsbury as instructor. He (Lilley) was out of a job at the time and advertised in the ringing press. He was a joiner and cabinet maker (an excellent tradesman as I saw from some of his work. He made himself a fine roll-top desk and when the old bells were pulled out of St Chad's he made pipe racks for the churchwardens out of some of the old oak.) Mr Corbett was able to get him taken on as estate carpenter on the Longnor Estate and the work he did for ringing in the area is, I think, too well known for me to relate here.
On the outbreak of hostilities Mr Corbett got a clerical job in Shrewsbury connected with the military (in the KSLI) and attained the rank of major. He continued his ringing at St Chad's and rang the third in the first peal on the recast bells.
Major Corbett rang some 20 peals in the four standard methods, mostly for the Salop Guild. I only rang one peal with him, that being Grandsire Triples at Condover on January 9th, 1915, half-muffled for George Taylor. I well remember it rained very heavily on that day and I got very wet cycling the nine miles from Church Stretton. On approaching this old world village, I met Major Corbett walking, with a long stick or staff, at least five feet long. [This half-muffled peal was on January 9th, 1915]
This may have been the last peal Major Corbett rang, though he came to the meetings from time to time. For one thing he was a very busy man. His father having died, he had the estate to supervise and he was also on a large number of public bodies. He was interested in the Shropshire and West Midland Agricultural Show and the Shrewsbury Flower Show. He was a magistrate and also, I believe, a county councillor.
When the Guild was reformed on a county basis in 1926 he was elected Master and took the chair at the annual meetings.
The last time I saw him was on a meeting day, sitting in a wheel chair outside St Chad's Church, completely crippled with arthritis and his hands like chalk. It was not so very long after that he died.
[To complete the record; Edward Richard Trevor Corbett was born on 8th August 1872 and died on 14th August 1948]
March Association Practice
Fifteen ringers attended the Association practice at Forton, the Shropshire Association tower in Staffordshire. Under the direction of Matt Lawrence, Ringing Master, attempts were made at plain hunt on five, Plain Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Plain & Little Minor, Kent Treble Bob Minor, Cambridge Surprise Minor, Cambridge/Beverley/Surfleet Surprise Minor, and Norwich Surprise Minor.
Peter Woollam ran a raffle, no surprise there, raising £22 for the Bell Restoration Fund. The prizes of wine, something smelly, and coffee were taken home by Lisa, Edric, and Janet.
Thanks to Peter Cadwaladr and Janet Guest for their hospitality and for providing hot drinks and biscuits.
The next Association practice will be held at St Martins on Saturday 13th April, from 7pm to 8:30pm and will be followed by the Quarterly Meeting. All ringers are welcome.
Third Peal of 2019
The third Association peal of 2019 was rung at Morville.
Morville, Shropshire - at the Church of St Gregory
On Saturday, 9 March 2019, in 2 hours 57 minutes
A Peal of 5120 Spliced Surprise Major
8 methods ('Nottingham 8'): 768 each Cambridge, Cornwall,
Lessness & London;
512 each Bristol, Cassiobury, Glasgow & Superlative; 151 com
Composed by D F Morrison (No. 8251)
Tenor 8-0-3 in F#
|Elizabeth (Biff) Patterson||Treble||Chloë A Darby||5|
|Gillian R Glover||2||Andrew C Ogden||6|
|Neil Bennett||3||Nicholas J Green||7|
|Gail K Lawrence||4||Matthew Lawrence||Tenor|
Conducted by Nicholas J Green.
In 2018 the Shropshire Association's 100+ Club continued the trend of recent years with more than 100 members. There were twenty winners and the total prize money awarded was £468, with £784.98 being raised for the Bell Restoration Fund.
Five grants totalling £1988.97 were awarded from the Bell Restoration Fund in 2018. Your support of the 100+ Club will help the Bell Restoration Fund grow and ultimately increase the size of the grants awarded for bell restoration projects within the Shropshire Association.
Gill Glover, who has taken over from Brian Kear as the organiser of the 100+ Club, has started distributing application forms for 2019 to tower correspondents; look out for the forms at your tower or at the Association practice on Saturday 9th March at Forton. To be a member of the Club you must be over the age of 16 years. More members means more and/or better prizes.
To be in with a chance to be a winner, please return your completed application form and cheque for £12 to Gill at the address given on the application form. Cheques should be made payable to SACBR Bell Restoration Fund.
The first draw of the year will take place at the Quarterly Meeting at St Martins on 13th April.
First Quarter Peal Congratulations
Congratulations to Nathaniel Carter and Alicia Jones who have rung their first quarter peal at Wellington.
Report & Handbook
The 2019 Handbooks are being distributed to towers by various means.
Recruitment & Retention Workshop
A Recruitment & Retention Workshop will be held on Saturday 23rd March, from 10:30am to 12:30pm at Upton Magna Village Hall. The cost will be £3 per person. Please contact Matt Lawrence  if you would like to attend.
A pdf poster can be found here.
It is with sadness that the death of Lewis Roberts is reported. Lewis was a long-time member of the Association and for many years tower captain at Meole Brace.
New Members' Meeting
A special practice was held at Meole Brace for ringers who have joined the Association within the last 18 months or so.
The practice was an opportunity for new members to come along to find out more about what the Association has to offer, have a ring in a friendly and supportive atmosphere and meet other new members from across the Association.
Twenty three ringers participated, of whom about fourteen are new members, from towers including Bicton, Church Stretton, Lilleshall, Meole Brace and Overton. Matt Lawrence led the practice which concentrated on rounds, call changes, plain hunt on 5, and Plain Bob Triples.
Tea, coffee, and cakes were provided by the Meole Brace band and several Association committee members.
February Surprise Major Practice
Wem was the venue for the first Surprise Major practice of 2019. Twelve ringers took part, attempting Cambridge, Glasgow, London, Yorkshire, and 6-spliced.
It is with great sorrow that the untimely death of Anne Monie, a ringer at Whitchurch, is reported. Our thoughts are with Malcolm and the rest of their family.
Donations are invited to be made to St Alkmund's Church [any cheques payable to Whitchurch PCC]. The money raised in Anne's memory will be shared between the church and Whitchurch CoE Infant & Nursery School at which Anne was a Governor and led some of the collective worship as well as spending time talking with the children. In both cases, the money raised will be put towards projects close to Anne's heart. At church this will be towards replacing the inner church doors with glass to make the building more welcoming. It would be good if any donations are Gift Aided where possible. Postal donations should be sent to Rolfe's Family Funeral Service, 14 Station Road, Whitchurch, SY13 1RE.
February Monthly Practice
From one side of the Association to the other. Eighteen ringers, half of them from the local band, attended the Association practice at Oswestry, and spent two hours practising call changes, Mexican waves, plain hunt on 7, Grandsire Triples, Little Bob Major, London Surprise Major, and Cambridge Surprise Major.
Raffle-meister Peter Woollam raised £30 for the Bell Restoration Fund. The prizes of wine, chocolates, and coffee were taken home by Oliver Miller, Geoff Harding, Tony Freemont, and Jan Snowball.
Thanks to the Oswestry band for their hospitality.
The next Association practice will be held at Forton on Saturday 9th March, from 7pm to 9pm. All ringers are welcome.
February Training Morning
The first Association training morning of the year took place at the Edgmond Ringing Centre. Lisa Basden, Emma Bentley, Colin Cockerham, Jonathan Hales-Povey, Lisa Raymer, Simon Rice, and Vicki Sivess were the students.
Ringing included call changes, plain hunt on 5, Plain Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Stedman Doubles, and Cambridge Surprise Major.
Tony Freemont, the Association’s Training Officer, was helped during the morning by Mark Adams, Jacqui Barden, Karen Compton, Rob Davis, Gill Glover, Nick Green, Madeline Harris, Matt Lawrence, John Neal, Biff Patterson, Sue Perry, and Cordelia Warr.
Thanks to Edric Broom and Mark for preparing the simulator and the bells.
The next Association training morning will be held at Edgmond on Saturday 27th April. If you would like to participate please contact Tony Freemont .
February 8-bell Practice
Ringers came from more than one county to participate in the first 8-bell practice of 2019, held at Hodnet. Nineteen ringers had a go at call changes, plain hunt on 7, Plain Bob Triples, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Single Oxford Bob Triples, and Double Norwich Court Bob Major.
The towers represented included Atcham, Brewood, Codsall, Edgmond, Hodnet, Lilleshall, Market Drayton, Oswestry, and Shrewsbury.
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, 10 March 2019.
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.