Site last updated 10 July 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 [email], 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.
Edgmond Practice Cancelled - 11 July
In an act of open defiance, the England football team have ignored the script of previous campaigns by failing to get knocked out in the preliminary stages of the World Cup.
A significant number of the Edgmond band have therefore indicated that they will not be at the practice this Wednesday (11 July) as they will be going through the trials and tribulations of watching England play their semi-final match. We have therefore decided to cancel this week’s practice.
Our normal practice nights will commence on Wednesday the 18th of July, unless of course the Acton Reynald Girls 11 v Wem Mönchengladbach match happens to be on TV !
... and it's no good going to Market Drayton either, as their practice is cancelled for the same reason.
Newport Show 2018
The Newport Show (www.newportshow.co.uk) is being held on Saturday 14 July at Chetwynd Deer Park. This year the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry will be at the Show, staffed by members of the Shropshire Association.
While you are at the show why not go along and try your hand at ringing these small bells, and then carry on to Atcham for the Association practice and quarterly meeting, which start at 7pm.
Third Wednesday Morning Training at Edgmond - July
Contrary to what you read here last month, the next Third Wednesday of the Month morning practice will be held at Edgmond Ringing Centre on Wednesday 18th July, from 10am to 12:30pm.
Ringers of all abilities are welcome. A £2 donation is requested to cover refreshments etc.
So that Edric can be sure that there will be sufficient ringers available for this practice, please let him [email] know if you are planning to attend.
Improve Your Ringing At Tulloch
Tulloch, Inverness-shire, is the venue for two separate, identical weeks in September (Sept 10 - 14 2018 and Sept 17 - 21 2018) aimed at ringers who can already handle a bell in rounds and want to polish their style, get some extra practice raising & lowering, have the mystery removed from call changes, make a start at plain hunting and/or work towards ringing inside for bob doubles.
There are two easy-to-ring peals of bells and patient, friendly ART tutors.
There are plenty of outdoor pursuits locally to occupy non-ringing spouses – riverside walks, hill climbing, canoeing etc, and the autumn colours on the trees will rival New England.
Please see www.tullochbells.com for more information.
If this sounds like fun please email firstname.lastname@example.org
June 6-bell Practice
A very select band of ringers, including three from the local band, turned up at Ightfield for the June 6-bell practice.
Under the direction of Tony Freemont successful attempts were made at Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, St Simon's Bob Doubles, St Martin's Bob Doubles, St Osmund Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, and Single Oxford Bob Minor.
Thanks to the Ightfield ringers for their hospitality.
June Surprise Major Practice
Wem was the venue for the June Surprise Major practice, and fourteen ringers participated. The methods rung were Cambridge, Lessness, Licolnshire, London, Yorkshire, and 4-spliced.
Thanks to Karen Compton and Gareth Jones for their hospitality.
The next Surprise Major practice is scheduled for Friday 27 July, at High Ercall.
Association Barbecue and Treasure Hunt 2018
On a beautiful June afternoon six teams arrived at the car park near Meole Brace church to receive their instructions and clues for the 2018 Treasure Hunt. This year it was a walking hunt around Shrewsbury town centre, rather than the previous haring around the countryside in cars.
Meanwhile, back at The Mill House, Chris and Judy Yates’s home in High Ercall, work was in hand to prepare for the barbecue, Jad Bienek and Geoff Harding set up the bar (which included Pimms and fresh strawberries), and tables and chairs were set out on the banks of the river Roden which flowed gently through the grounds.
Chris Yates and Andrew Gordon barbecued burgers, chicken and sausages. The meats were accompanied by various salads and crisps. There was a selection of delicious desserts to follow the main course.
Tony reviewed the quiz giving the correct answers and then the teams’ scores. The winners were the Shifnal Bell Ringers’ team. The first and second placed teams won a bottle of wine and some confectionery, the remaining teams winning confectionery.
Madeline Harris thanked Chris and Judy for hosting the barbecue; Tony and Cordelia for devising the Treasure Hunt; Nick Green for supplying the tickets; all those who had provided a salad or pudding; and everyone who had helped to make the event so enjoyable.
Forty three tickets for the event were sold giving an excess of income over expenses of £243, while the bar made a profit of £28.87.
The next Association social event will be the Quiz Night at Shawbury Village Hall on Saturday 17th November.
The next Association practice will be held at Atcham on Saturday 14th July from 7pm to 9pm and will incorporate the Quarterly Meeting.
|The winning team||The runners-up|
First Quarter Peal Congratulations
Congratulations to Lisa Basden of Atcham who has rung her first quarter peal.
Photo by Emma Bentley
Association Peal in Northamptonshire
The fifth Association peal of the year has been rung at Sibbertoft, Northamptonshire.
Sibbertoft, Northamptonshire - at the Church of St Helen
On Sunday, 13 May 2018, in 2 hours and 43 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Doubles
11 methods: two extents of Grandsire;
four each of Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place,
St Nicholas Bob, Winchendon Place, Huntley Place,
St Remigius Bob, St Simon's Bob, St Martin's Bob,
Eynesbury Bob, St Osmund Bob and Plain Bob
Tenor 10-2-2 in Ab
|Anne P Cook||Treble|
|Alistair M Donaldson||2|
|Adrian G Roberts||3||Andrew W Gordon||4||Gareth B R Jones||Tenor|
Conducted by Andrew W Gordon.
Specially arranged and rung to mark the retirement of Revd. Janet Donaldson,
Vicar of this Benefice, from Parish Ministry.
Change At Ellesmere
Peter Leigh has taken over from Terry Davies as Tower Correspondent at Ellesmere. Peter can be contacted by [ email ].
May Association Practice
Seven ringers turned up at Wroxeter for the May Association practice. After the bells had been oiled, Grandsire Doubles and mixed Doubles were rung and the practice ended early. As there were so few present at the practice it was decided not to hold the customary raffle.
Mark your diaries for the social event of the Summer - the barbecue and Treasure Hunt, to be held on Saturday 9th June at Judy and Chris Yates’s house in High Ercall. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £5 for those under 13 years of age. More details will be available shortly.
May 6-Bell Practice
Twelve ringers travelled to Broseley for the May 6-bell practice. Under the direction of Tony Freemont, the practice included plain hunting, Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, and Cambridge Surprise Minor. The towers represented at the practice included Broseley, Lilleshall, Market Drayton, Meole Brace, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, and Wem.
Thanks go to Ginette Pardoe for hosting this practice and providing delicious refreshments.
It is with sadness that the death of Faye Smith is reported.
Faye was a ringer at Upton Magna, where her husband Alan was the tower captain. Faye also rang at Hodnet and Stanton. Their son Geoff is a member of the band at Hodnet.
2006 Quarter Peals
2006 was the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Shropshire Association. To mark the occasion the members were challenged to ring more than 80 quarter peals; to ring a quarter peal in every tower in the Association area; and to involve at least 80 Association members. This challenge was very successful and led to the resurgence of quarter peal ringing in the Association. Every year since 2006 at least 100 quarters have been rung at Association towers by bands in which Association members made up at least half the band, with 218 quarters being rung in 2014.
Details of the quarter peals rung in 2006 are now available from the quarter peals index page. The details of the quarters are based on the listing of quarter peals in the 2006 Annual Report, and the data is drawn from BellBoard and from The Ringing World. Only the date and tower are available for quarter peal number 14. The webmaster would be pleased to know of any corrections which should be made.
The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) is working with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Big Ideas Company on a project called 'Ringing Remembers' to recruit 1400 ringers in memory of the 1400 ringers who laid down their lives during World War 1.
You can find out more here: cccbr.org.uk/2017/12/22/ringing-remembers-project-update/
Every learner throughout this campaign year is entitled to join 'Ringing Remembers' by entering their details here: email@example.com or here bigideascompany.org/project/ringingremembers/
You and your band are encouraged to work with your church, schools, other organisations, and local media to raise the awareness of ringing within your community. You might be able to recruit some new ringers or even persuade some lapsed ringers to return to the belfry.
Ringing for Peace: Armistice100
Sunday 11 November 2018 marks the centenary of the signing of the armistice which led to the end of the First World War. The Central Council is making plans to make bellringing an integral part of the commemorations on that day.
It is hoped that there will be as much ringing as possible - half-muffled in the morning and open later in the day. Local custom will dictate exactly what happens.
Ringers should coordinate with their church and work together on making the day very special. The more prominence for ringers and ringing the better, as it will no doubt have a positive effect in terms of raising awareness for potential new ringers.
There is also an opportunity to ring as part of the large-scale British project, ‘Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute’. 1,000 beacons will be lit across the UK in the evening; this organisation (fully backed by all the key military) would like to encourage 1000 towers to ring at 7.05pm on the day, if this fits with local arrangements. To find out more about Battle’s Over and sign up to ring at 7.05pm please email your details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email 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 email@example.com
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 email Peter Woollam at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 2nd September 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.