Site last updated 24 September 2016

Welcome

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.

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.

Baschurch Bells Out of Action

There will be no ringing at Baschurch from Monday 26th September 2016 until Christmas, or thereabouts, while the tower roof is repaired.

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Association Striking Competition 2016

The competition this year was held in the deep south of the Association, at Beckbury on a cool, windy, damp day. The bells there are a tricky light six with a tenor weight of 4½ cwt. More than one ringer was apprehensive about ringing there. Eleven bands participated, and several bands included ringers who had not taken part in a Striking Competition before.

Much preparation had been carried out to prepare the village for the descent of so many ringers - parking was not allowed outside the church and all cars were directed to park in the school grounds, a short walk from the Village Hall and church.

The draw for the order of ringing was held in the Village Hall and tea was served there throughout the afternoon. Bands are pictured below in the order in which they rang.

With the judges, Jean and Jim Nixon from Penkridge, seated in a local ringer's garage (with the door open), the competition began.

The home team was drawn to ring first, and Shrewsbury 'A' was drawn last, again. Seven bands rang call changes and four bands rang a method, Grandsire Doubles by three bands and Cambridge Surprise Minor by the fourth.

The judges arrived at the Village Hall before the last team, so keen were they to get out of the wind and warm up. Proceedings were delayed slightly while the webmaster coralled a couple of bands for their photographs to be taken, then Andrew Gordon introduced the judges, who he has known since he was just a lad.

Jean gave comments on all the performances including: 'the band weren't all ringing at the same speed'; 'an inexperienced band'; 'some nice ringing here'; 'the slowest ringing of the afternoon'; 'very good ringing'. There was little doubt which team had won.

The Ernest Willcox Cup for the fewest faults was collected by Gill Glover for the Shrewsbury 'A' team.

The Call Change Trophy was collected by Jan Snowball for the Oswestry team.

The Charles Allmand Memorial Shield was presented to Darren Pickett for the Baschurch team.

A vote of thanks was offered to the ringers and helpers for the use of their bells and for providing a sumptuous tea. If the Ringing Master had been less disorganised she would have remembered to present the judges with a gift of alcohol, chocolates and flowers. Instead of which Andrew Gordon kindly delivered these to the judges the next day.

In a surprise move, Peter Woollam ran a raffle, raising £102 for the Bell Restoration Fund. Those taking home prizes were: Marion Davies, Tony Freemont, Steve Evans, Chris Ollivier, Darren Pickett, David Beckwith, Chris Cawood, John Williamson and Jan Snowball. Thanks go to all those who generously provided prizes and all those who bought tickets.

Beckbury band

Beckbury

(l-r) John Witham, Heather Thomas, Andrew Gordon,
Judith Gibbins, Peter Gibbins
Andrew Pooler not in photo

Atcham band

Atcham

(l-r) Emma Bentley, Marion Davies, Steve Evans,
Elaine Evans, Glenville Davies band supporter,
John Upton, Bill Price

Baschurch band

Baschurch

(l-r) Jacqui Barden, Darren Pickett, Jad Bienek,
Geoff Harding, Liz Menhinick, Dave Pickett

Shrewsbury 'B' band

Shrewsbury 'B'

(l-r) Nick Green, Madeline Harris, John Neal,
Biff Patterson, Amanda Craig, Alan Glover

Edgmond band

Edgmond

(l-r) Edric Broom, Rob Davis, Mark Adams,
Biff Patterson, Rob Herbert, Annette Bailey

Newport band

Newport

(l-r) Oliver Stokes, Richard Talbot, Kathryn Greaves,
John Williamson, Chris Ollivier, Tom Ollivier

Meole Brace band

Meole Brace

(l-r) Peter Jenkins, Clive Morris, Lewis Roberts,
Vicki Sivess, Nick Scott, Mike Carding,

Edgmond Scratch band

Edgmond Scratch

(l-r) Edric Broom, Bill Deason, Maurice Ingram,
Kathryn Greaves, Mark Adams, Chloë Darby

Market Drayton band

Market Drayton

(l-r) Cynthia Costelloe, David Beckwith, Madeline Harris,
Maurice Ingram, Roy Bloor, Bill Deason

Oswestry band

Oswestry

(l-r) Peter Neil, Jan Snowball, Peter Woollam,
Cordelia Warr, Tony Freemont, Chris Cawood

Shrewsbury 'A' band

Shrewsbury 'A'

(l-r) Dawn Offen, Jacqui Barden, Jad Bienek,
Nick Green, Gill Glover, Alan Glover

Ernest Willcox Trophy presentation

Jean Nixon presenting ... Gill Glover with the
Ernest Willcox Trophy for Shrewsbury

Call Change Cup presentation

... Jan Snowball with the
Call Change Cup for Oswestry

Charles Allmand Shield presentation

... Darren Pickett with the
Charles Allmand Shield for Baschurch

Team Faults Ringing
Shrewsbury 'A' Method Ernest Willcox Trophy
Oswestry 10 Call Changes Call Change Trophy
Edgmond Scratch 15 Method
Shrewsbury 'B' 16 Method
Market Drayton 18 Call Changes
Edgmond 20 Call Changes
Baschurch 25 Method Charles Allmand Shield
Beckbury 30 Call Changes
Atcham 36 Call Changes
Meole Brace 53 Call Changes
Newport DNF Call Changes
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Have Your Say on the Future of the Central Council

At its annual meeting in May 2016, the Central Council set up a working group to carry out a review of the rules and activities of the Central Council. This group is called the Council Review Action Group, or CRAG for short. The group will report its recommendations to the Central Council annual meeting in 2017.

CRAG has now had its first meeting and has developed a proposed Vision statement for ringing:
"A vibrant community of ringers; with bell-ringing valued as an enjoyable performing art that is open to all, a beneficial mental & physical exercise, and a unique musical and cultural pursuit which provides service to both community and church."

This would mean that the aim of the Central Council should be:
"To foster a vibrant community of ringers; with bell-ringing valued as an enjoyable performing art that is open to all, a beneficial mental & physical exercise, and a unique musical and cultural pursuit which provides service to both community and church."

CRAG is very keen to have feedback on the Vision statement from as wide a range of ringers as possible. You can read more details of the CRAG's work at cccbr.org.uk/review/part1/ where you will also find details about how to have your say on this issue. Feedback on the proposed Vision statement must be received by CRAG no later than Friday 30th September.

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St Martins Bells Out of Action

The bells at St Martins are out of action until October while work is carried out to refurbish the clappers.

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A Golden Wedding Anniversary Peal

The eleventh Association peal of the year was rung at Rushall.

Shropshire Association

Rushall, West Midlands - at the Church of St Michael Archangel

On Saturday, 20 August 2016, in 2 hours and 29 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Surprise Minor

7 methods: 1 extent each London, York, Bourne, Ipswich,
Norwich, Beverley and Cambridge

Tenor 7-1-10 in B

Chloë A Darby Treble Gail K Lawrence 4
Anne E Ogden 2 Mark R Eccleston 5
Nicholas J Green 3 Matthew Lawrence Tenor

Conducted by Matthew Lawrence.

Rung to celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary today,
of Elaine and Keith Lawrence,
parents of the Tenor ringer and members of this congregation.

1031.RW5497.898 2.ix.2016

Matt Lawrence Parents Wedding Day

The happy couple

From the Lawrence family collection

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Another Association Peal

The tenth Association peal of the year was rung at Morville.

Shropshire Association

Morville, Shropshire - at the Church of St Gregory

On Saturday, 13 August 2016, in 2 hours and 55 minutes

A Peal of 5152 Spliced Surprise Major

20 methods: 448 Cambridge, Lincolnshire, Rutland; 224 Ashtead, Bristol, Cassiobury,
Cornwall, Cray, Double Dublin, Glasgow, Ipswich, Lindum, London, Pudsey,
Superlative, Tavistock, Uxbridge, Wembley, Whalley, Yorkshire;
all the work; 153 changes of method

Composed by Norman Smith

Tenor 8-0-3 in F#

Maurice G Ingram Treble Alan M Glover 5
Gillian R Glover 2 Matthew Lawrence 6
Gail K Lawrence 3 Nicholas J Green 7
Chloë A Darby 4 Michael Wilshaw Tenor

Conducted by Nicholas J Green.

Most methods of Surprise Major - 3 & 4.

1030.RW5496.874 26.viii.2016

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August Monthly Practice

This was held jointly with the Church Stretton District of the Hereford Diocesan Guild and was held at Wellington. Fifteen ringers, including one from the local band, participated. The ringing included Grandsire Doubles, Stedman Doubles, Grandsire Triples, Single Oxford Bob Triples, Stedman Triples, Yorkshire Surprise Major, and 8-Spliced Surprise Major.

Thanks go to Colin Jones for his hospitality. Colin and Karen Compton both had notable firsts during the practice, and these are shown here.

The next Association event will be the Striking Competition to be held at Beckbury on Saturday 10th September, starting at 4pm.

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August 6-Bell Practice

This was held at St Martins with 14 ringers attending. Tony Freemont directed the ringing which included call changes, plain hunt on 5, Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, Stedman Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Cambridge Surprise Minor and Ipswich Surprise Minor.

Thanks to David and Mark from St Martins for hosting this practice and providing tea and biscuits.

The next 6-bell practice will be held on Saturday 8th October from 10am to 12 noon, probably at Meole Brace.

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July Surprise Major Practice

There was a good turn-out for the Surprise Major practice held at High Ercall. Fifteen ringers rang Yorkshire (half a course), Pudsey, London (twice), three leads of Bristol, 6-spliced, Belfast, and spliced London and Yorkshire.

The next Surprise Major practice will be held on Friday 30th September, at a location yet to be organised.

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SACBR 90th Anniversary Challenge

To mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Shropshire Association, members are challenged to collectively complete 90 significant firsts during 2016.

This could be your first quarter peal or peal; the first time you call a quarter peal or peal; the first time you call a touch or call changes; the first time you ring Stedman or Surprise Major; the first time you ring for Sunday service. There is a multitude of possibilities that reflect what is significant for you.

Please let the webmaster or any committee member know of these Firsts so that they can be added to the list.

No. When? Who? What?
78 17 Sep Vicki Sivess (Meole Brace) First time to call a plain course.
77 17 Sep Alice Turner (Hodnet) First plain hunt to Plain Bob Doubles.
76 7 Sep Judith Byne (High Ercall) First tenor to Plain Bob Doubles.
75 7 Sep Lois Crooks (High Ercall) First treble to plain course of Plain Bob Doubles.
74 31 Aug Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First quarter peal of Grandsire View
73 29 Aug Claire Unsworth (Stanton) First touch of Grandsire Doubles unaided.
72 29 Aug Geoff Harding (Baschurch) First quarter peal 'inside'on eight bells View
71 26 Aug John Clark (Chirk) First quarter peal away from cover View
70 24 Aug Rob Davis (Edgmond) First 'clean' touch inside to Stedman Triples
69 22 Aug Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury) First quarter peal of Stedman Cinques View
68 15 Aug Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury) First quarter peal of 8-spliced View
67 14 Aug Chloë Darby (Edgmond) First quarter peal of Maximus View
66 13 Aug Karen Compton (Wem) First touch of Stedman Doubles unaided
65 13 Aug Karen Compton (Wem) First treble bob hunt on eight bells
64 13 Aug Colin Jones (Wellington) First plain hunt on seven bells
63 6 Aug Steve Evans (Atcham) First treble bob hunt
62 29 Jul Rob Davis (Edgmond) First touch of Stedman Doubles
61 27 Jul Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First touch of Plain Bob Minor
60 23 Jul Chloë Darby (Edgmond) First peal of Caters View
59 23 Jul Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury) First peal on ten bells View
58 23 Jul Stanton peal band First all ladies peal for the Association. View
57 23 Jul Madeline Harris (Market Drayton) First peal of Minor and in more than one method. View
56 23 Jul Cordelia Warr (Oswestry) First peal as conductor. View
55 22 Jul Madeline Harris (Market Drayton) First quarter peal of 7-Spliced Surprise Major View
54 22 Jul Susan Capey (Oswestry) First quarter peal of 7-Spliced Surprise Major View
53 17 Jul David Read (Meole Brace) First quarter peal on ten bells View
52 13 Jul Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First quarter peal on an 'inside' bell View
51 9 Jul Annette Bailey (Edgmond) First plain hunt on seven bells
50 9 Jul Rob Herbert (Edgmond) First plain hunt on seven bells
49 6 Jul Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First Stedman Doubles
48 3 Jul Sue Dancey (Bicton) First quarter peal of Stedman Doubles View
47 19 Jun Sue Dancey (Bicton) First quarter peal of Grandsire Caters on an 'inside' bell View
46 17 Jun Claire Unsworth (Stanton) First plain hunt on seven bells
45 15 Jun Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First Plain Bob Minor on an 'inside' bell
44 11 Jun Annette Bailey (Edgmond) First 60 on 3rds, and longest ring of anything View
43 11 Jun Rob Herbert (Edgmond) First 60 on 3rds, and longest ring of anything View
42 11 Jun Paul Dutton (Calverhall) First quarter peal as conductor View
41 11 Jun Sue Bower (Calverhall) First quarter peal at first attempt View
40 5 Jun Rob Herbert (Edgmond) First method for Sunday service
39 3 Jun Matthew Wren (Codsall) First quarter peal at first attempt View
38 23 May Glenda Kay (Shawbury) First plain hunt on six bells
37 22 May Madeline Harris (Market Drayton) First quarter peal on ten bells as conductor View
36 21 May Alice Stanley (Shrewsbury) First ringers' outing
35 20 May Liz Menhinick (Unattached) First quarter peal of Rutland Surprise Major View
34 18 May Edgmond practice night band First plain course of Belfast Surprise Major on practice night
33 18 May Kathryn Greaves (Newport) First plain course of Belfast Surprise Major
32 18 May Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First extent of a Doubles Variation on an inside bell
31 18 May Dave Read (Meole Brace) First touch of Grandsire Doubles on an inside bell
30 15 May Cordelia Warr (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Plain Bob Triples as conductor View
29 9 May Chloë A Darby (Edgmond) First quarter peal of Pudsey Surprise Royal View
28 9 May Jad Bienek (Unattached) First quarter peal of Pudsey Surprise Royal View
27 8 May Liz Menhinick (Unattached) First quarter peal of Lincolnshire Surprise Major View
26 8 May John Burton (Shifnal) First quarter peal of Lincolnshire Surprise Major View
25 2 May Cordelia Warr (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major as conductor View
24 2 May Sue Perry (Calverhall) First quarter peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major View
23 2 May Susan Capey (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major View
22 27 Apr Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First quarter peal at first attempt. View
21 20 Apr Anna Rothera (Oswestry) First Plain Hunt for Sunday Service.
20 12 Apr Madeline Harris (Market Drayton) First peal of Major. View
19 10 Apr Geoff Harding (Baschurch) First quarter peal on 10 bells. View
18 28 Mar Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury) First quarter peal of Bristol Surprise Major,
completing the Standard 8.
View
17 21 Mar Sue Turnbull (Wellington) First quarter peal of Plain Hunt on the Treble. View
16 17 Mar Chloë Darby (Edgmond) First quarter peal of >13 Spliced Surprise Major methods. View
15 12 Mar Colin Jones (Wellington) First quarter peal of Plain Hunt on the Treble. View
14 6 Mar Chris Cawood (Oswestry) First quarter peal 'inside' on 8 bells View
13 19 Feb Peter Woollam (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Royal View
12 19 Feb Liz Menhinick (Unattached) First quarter peal of Royal View
11 5 Feb Peter Woollam (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major View
10 5 Feb Cordelia Warr (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major View
9 5 Feb Madeline Harris (Market Drayton) First quarter peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major View
8 3 Feb Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First attempt at ringing down in peal
7 22 Jan Geoff Smith (Hodnet) First quarter peal of Spliced Surprise Major View
6 20 Jan Dave Read (Meole Brace) First plain hunt to a method on 7 bells
5 18 Jan Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury) First quarter peal of London Surprise View
4 16 Jan Vicki Sivess (Meole Brace) First quarter peal View
3 15 Jan Liz Menhinick (Unattached) First quarter peal on 10 bells View
2 2 Jan Mike Carding (Meole Brace) First quarter peal as conductor for the Association View
1 2 Jan David Read (Meole Brace) First quarter peal away from cover View
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Safeguarding Update

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) and the Church of England have agreed an update to the Safeguarding procedures for ringers. Guidance Note 3 (GN3), which an be found at www.cccbr.org.uk/towerstewardship/notes/GN3v9.pdf, gives advice regarding child protection in towers. The Appendix to the Guidance Note describes in more detail the ringing activities which require a ringer to be DBS checked.

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VAT and Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

The Central Council's Bell Restoration Committee has recently updated its Guidance Note on this subject.

The Guidance Note (GN1) can be found at www.cccbr.org.uk/bellrestoration/pubs

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Peal Opportunities

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.

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Quarterly Newsletter

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 email Madeline Harris at pro@sacbr.org.uk 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.

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Fourth Wednesday Quarter Peals

A group of members attempts to ring one or two day-time quarter peals on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The venues and methods to be rung are agreed by those taking part. Anyone interested in taking part in these attempts should contact Chris Fraser on 01939 250178 or email

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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 Belfast or Glasgow. 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.

The practices are reasonably well attended and have attracted some positive feedback.  There is always room for improvement, and the ringing master is prepared to take constructive criticism and suggestions over the running and scope of these practices.

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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.

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Committee Meeting

The next Association committee meeting will be held on Sunday, 11th December 2016.

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Newsletter Editor

Madeline Harris is Editor of the printed Newsletter as part of her Publicity portfolio. She would welcome any comments on the future format of the Newsletter and any items for inclusion in it.

Tel 01948 880494, or email pro@sacbr.org.uk

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