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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.

Next Association event:

6 June, Virtual Quiz Night, 7:30pm to 9:00pm (see below for more details)

Treasure Hunt Week 7

Even the two days I had rested up weren’t enough so I stayed in Armidale a little longer. This came to me when I looked back through my notes and saw that I had lost all sense of directions. I hadn’t travelled West from Harare, but East and Brisbane and the other towers I’d rung in so far in Australia were on the East Coast.

During my sojourn I received an email from a good friend with a quiz question. It took me nearly 10 minutes to get the answer. Let me try it on you. It sounds as if it might be a ringing question, but isn’t. It went:...

I was well rested and knew which way was up by the following Wednesday and had made up my mind I liked Armidale but wanted the full on Australian bell ringing experience. Thus it was that on Wednesday morning I was at Armidale airport with a one way ticket to Sydney.

I arrived in Sydney on the 29th January 2020 and decided I would start tower grabbing the next day. There are so many towers in the Greater Sydney area that I decided to limit myself; but how? It needed to be both random and logical and so I hit on the idea of attending the practice for every tower within a 10km radius of the middle of Sydney Harbour Bridge starting on the 30th. I didn’t miss a practice and in the end rang at 11 towers. I left the day after I rang at the last tower to be grabbed. Because of clashes I rang at two towers three times.

I decided that I had to finish my trip around Australia with the Swan Bells and therefore had to plan for how I would get there. There are so many towers I decided to go South from Sydney ringing at all the towers with more than 8 bells. It took me a bit under 2 weeks but ...

The answers to last week's Treasure Hunt can be found here

Tony Freemont
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Zooming With SACBR

The Shropshire Association has taken out a subscription to the Zoom video conferencing app.
If your tower would like to use the app for a get-together please contact Matt Lawrence [] who will email you the necessary login details.

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Richard Dorrington

It is with sadness that the death of Rev Richard Dorrington is reported. Richard (together with his wife Bryony) were members of the Edgmond band and Association in the late 1960s and 1970s. He was instrumental in Edgmond’s augmentation in 1977. He was ordained later and became the rector at Beckbury, where he helped fundraise for the rehanging of the three bells there. Richard ended his parish ministry in Devon before retiring to Cornwall in 2013. He died on 10th May, aged 71, after a short illness. A photo of Richard is on the Shrewsbury, St Michael’s page of this website. He rang 28 peals for the Association, conducting four of these.

Paul Lewis
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Treasure Hunt Week 6

I was now realising how much I had been missing regular ringing and felt it was about time I went somewhere I could ring and be a tourist.
I noticed that having at one time been near the equator I was now near one of the other great circles of latitude.

When I look on the map I find that if I travel west along this line of latitude I eventually get to cross a huge island, the West coast of which is rich in bells, so I made my decision to travel there.

Before I go, I need to get some new luggage, mine has suffered a great deal from all my travels to date. I was just thinking what to buy when an idea came to me. I went back to my map. Yes there it was, very close to the line of latitude, well just south of it, was a place named after a British Prime Minister which was also the name of type of leather bag.

I didn’t have many belongings and so I bought one of these bags in Harare, before getting on my plane to follow the line of latitude as near as I could.

My plane journey ended in a large city with 2 rings of bells: a 12 and a 6.

Unfortunately I arrived late Monday night, the practice night for the 12 and far too late to ring. But the practice for the 6 is a Tuesday and so it was I found myself the next evening on the tenor. We pulled off to ring a touch of Grandsire, but the bells sounded rather odd.

The bug was back and I didn’t want to miss out on any ringing, but I still wanted to see the country. So the next morning saw me on a train just before 8, to take a 5 hour journey south. I eventually arrived at my next bellringing destination about 1pm and went for a good look around. I didn’t have long because the practice on the 8 started at 5.30, but I went along even earlier to help with the learners. The church was on a street with a name I more commonly associate with a piece of Handel’s music, first written for the coronation of King George II, but has been used in every coronation since.

Chatting in the pub afterwards I found that not only did the next tower South practice on a Thursday, but that one of the people I had rung with was actually from that tower and driving home the next day. The next morning we started early. We drove down the coast for nearly 3 hours and then turned inland to finish the journey. This part of the journey was particularly spectacular. At one point we crossed a river named after a famous English anarchist who in the early 17th century met a terrible end.

Shortly after we arrived in the next ringing city. At first I kept thinking I was in America, or at least a particular American State.

And that was how I rang in a cathedral on a Thursday.

I was asked if I would like to ring a quarter peal of 5 spliced surprise major that Saturday and so I rested for a couple of days before starting my travels again. We got our quarter. It was the standard 8 minus two port cities and a one-eyed bear.

The answers to last week's Treasure Hunt can be found here

Tony Freemont
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Ringing And COVID-19 - The Risks

On 11 May the Central Council issued two further documents about ringing and COVID-19.

A summary of the current guidance from the Church of England and Central Council advice on reducing COVID-19 risk in towers and be found here

Dr Phillip Barnes and Dr Andrew Kelso have written a document about the risks of COVID-19 and ringing, and what we might do about them. This document can be found here.

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Treasure Hunt Week 5

Well, I don’t know about you guys but I’m waiting to hear from Boris about whether I can come back home. Boris is going to talk to you at 7pm on Sunday 10th May.

In the meantime I am going to continue my bellringing journey north through Africa. But I am a great fan of the novels of Alexander McCall Smith particularly those starring Mma Ramotswe. So instead of going North I hop on a bus going just North of West...

Well, I’ve sorted out ringing there. I tried New York, but I couldn’t ring.

Well, I’m on a bit of a roll. When I was at School I learned all about Stanley discovering Dr Livingstone in deepest darkest Africa. I don’t know where this famous meeting was, but I do know of a world famous tourist site that was named by Livingstone after a famous British Queen and Empress.

Well, I decided to take the train, but even that took more than 28 hours! But here I am. To my joy it is as splendid as ever.

My mind is beginning to need the stimulus of some ringing and I’m in the right country. But I’m a bit bus and trained out so I’m going to fly due West for an hour to get to a capital city with a ring of 10 bells.

I phoned ahead. To my surprise the tower captain sounded almost ecstatic. When are you getting here he asked? Later today, I said. Could you ring in a peal tomorrow? Yes I said what are we ringing? Well he said, Its Grandsire Caters, but I need a tenor ringer, would that be OK with you? Of course it would, I said. This will be a famous peal he said.

Well, we got our peal. I think I feel I have achieved and will settle down to listen to Boris in the pub with my new ringing mates.

The answers to last week's Treasure Hunt can be found here

Tony Freemont
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Some Notes on Using Zoom

Shaun Greenfield, the Association's PRO, has put together some useful information about how to use Zoom video calling.
Click here to view and download the PDF.

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Virtual Practice Night - May

Twelve intrepid ringers participated in the second virtual Shropshire Association monthly practice, using Ringing Room and Zoom. Attempts were made (sometimes sucessfully) at Plain Hunt on 7, rounds and call changes on 10, Plain Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Minor (with and without bobs), and Grandsire Triples. Once again there was no raffle. Thanks to Matt Lawrence for bringing it all together.

A Quiz Night, using Zoom, will take place on Saturday 6 June. See below for more details.

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Central Council Covid-19 Position Statement

On 5 May 2020 the Central Council Executive issued the following position statement regarding Covid-19 and ringing.

It is expected that the UK Government will announce plans for a gentle easing of the current lockdown on Sunday May 10th and ringers have already been asking if that means they may return to ringing as normal. The key consideration at all times must be the safety of individual ringers, others with whom they ring and those with whom they live or may come into contact.

We do not know what the Government will propose but it is clear that, as lockdown is gradually eased, the re-opening of sections of the economy will be a priority and major restrictions on the activities of all of us will remain in place for a significant period. Government and public health teams working with others will be maintaining a very close watch on new cases and hospitalization of people with COVID-19. Ways of tracking of where such patients have been and tracing of all of their contacts will be key. All of this will take time to put in place.

The Central Council’s guidance to ringers is that currently it is too early for any return to ringing and that the current suspension of all ringing of any kind should remain in place. This includes chiming of single bells and the use of Ellacombe chimes. We will be sharing this guidance with the Church of England and ringing societies and where possible with other bell owning organisations.

Over recent weeks Dr Phillip Barnes, a recently retired NHS Consultant and Medical Director as well as a member of the CC Executive, has been reviewing the emerging scientific and medical evidence about COVID-19 and what it means for the safety of ringing. The key issues which affect the safety of ringing are the physical environment of towers including access to ringing rooms, the space between ropes, how to maintain hand hygiene in towers and the numbers of people in a restricted space for a relatively long period of time. Even if churches reopen, the environment in towers is very different.

This evidence review is being published online this week via the Central Council website and an article will appear in next week’s edition of The Ringing World. Guidance on how it might be possible to restart ringing and what restrictions and precautions would be needed to do so are an integral part of this work.

The evidence and guidance will be reviewed formally at least monthly as well as in the light of any significant developments. We are all as keen as anyone to get back to ringing as soon as possible, but that must only occur when it is completely safe to do so.

SIMON LINFORD
Dr PHILLIP BARNES
For and on behalf of the CC Executive.
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Quiz Night - 6 June

You are invited to an evening of friendly chat and quizzing at the Association Quiz Night on Saturday, 6 June from 7:30pm to 9pm.

We’ll be using the breakout rooms feature of the social media app Zoom to enable us to confer together in teams. If you’ve not used Zoom before, there is a short and easy guide on www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E.

Please me to let me know you are taking part and to say which team you will be in, so that I can set up the breakout rooms in advance. Teams should ideally have six members. If anyone wants to take part but is not in a team, email me anyway, and I will put together a scratch team.

Vicki Sivess
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Treasure Hunt Week 4

It’s Sunday, my third on Grenada, and this morning I was ringing singles (again!).

I feel the need for something more adventurous. I start looking through my record book and something uncanny happens. St George’s Grenada was my 2001 tower and I still have Kenya on my mind. I suddenly think of a tenuous link and recognise I have my next destination.

There are no direct flights from Grenada to my next destination, but I can go via Miami and New York with American and then a 15 hour long flight will take me from JFK to JNB. The whole flying time is the best part of 22 hours and with stop overs 38 hours. I think I’ll do it in stages and have a stopover in each. I want to ring, anything other than on 3 bells!

I need to contact the towers. I try Miami first.

Well, I’ve sorted out ringing there. I tried New York, but I couldn’t ring.

Well, that wasn’t a bad few days and now I’m sat on my plane, a new A350-900. So just 15 hours and I’ll be in my destination.

Well, I’ve arrived and settled in, so I’ll contact a tower. I fancy some triples or major so only one of the three towers will do.

I decide to go for a tour. I leave my hotel and the tour bus heads out of the centre of the City and travels towards the west/southwest and we come across a famous president’s house.

Now the bus travels to the East and I go to a museum that documents the history of a flawed political and social system.

Well, I’m here now and as a treat I see there are some ringable bells. But I am getting a bit fed up with singles.

Finally we get taken to the Cradle of Humankind.

The answers to last week's Treasure Hunt can be found here

Tony Freemont
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John Crum

It is with great sadness that the death, on 1st May 2020, of John Crum is reported. John was a ringer at St Chad's, Shrewsbury, and Meole Brace. In 2017 John was recognised by the Shropshire Association for his 50 years membership of the Association.

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YouTube Competition

The Ringing World of 1 May 2020 sees the launch of a competition for YouTube videos of ringing, that will run until Christmas 2020. Details can be found here https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-competition/, where there is also a link to a YouTube video on how to make a YouTube ringing video!

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Treasure Hunt Week 3

We’re staying in Charleston SC for a little while before wandering off on our world bellringing treasure hunt.

I’m feeling very laid back, perhaps even a little lazy, this week. Perhaps it’s the places we are going to visit!
If you want to leave Charleston for destinations afar, you are encouraged to go by aeroplane. But I’m feeling laid back and not in the mood for planes, or for that matter airports. So I am going to take you on a cruise.
I have decided to travel with Carnival Cruises.

Well, I am going to the Eastern Caribbean. Will you come with me?
If you don’t want to come then enjoy yourself in Charleston, but I am going to sail soon.
Well, within a couple of days I arrive in the Netherlands. That was unexpected!

I quite like it here, so I’m going for a wander. There is still evidence of a relatively recent weather event.

I like this island life so I’m going to go island hopping along this archipelago.

TIME PASSES

The boats have been a bit rickety but over the last week and I seem to have travelled across and round a myriad of islands.

I wasn’t the least surprised I seem to have been through almost every European Country language-wise and I’ve had lots of cocktails to drink.
Oddly in the last set of islands all the drinks appeared red.

Well, I’m here now and as a treat I see there are some ringable bells. But I am getting a bit fed up with singles.

Its also really hot. So I was very pleased after the ringing to sit in the shade and have another cocktail. I wondered if it was hot because I was ringing near the equator.

And then I drifted off in the balmy sunny afternoon. See you next week.

The answers to last week's Treasure Hunt can be found here

Tony Freemont
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Virtual Practice Night - April

Eight adventurous souls participated in the first virtual Shropshire Association monthly practice, using Ringing Room and Zoom. Despite a few IT issues, good attempts were made at Plain Hunt on 5, 6, 7, and 8 bells; Plain Bob Doubles, and Plain Bob Minor. Sadly, there was no raffle. Thanks to Matt Lawrence for bringing it all together.

The next Association practice, due to take place on Saturday 9th May, will also be held using Ringing Room and Zoom (see above for details). Please Matt Lawrence if you would like to join the practice.

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Treasure Hunt Week 2

The bells at Penge were cast by John Warner and Sons. Now there is a real clue to our next destination which is way out west.

Presumably the “Sons” of John Warner were also Warners and as there was more than one (Sons not Son!).

One of the film titles I usurped for lockdown days (Questions week 3) was not one film but a trilogy based on a book by an Oxford academic and expert on Anglo Saxon languages (Clue: He also wrote another, related, book that was made into a film trilogy).

In the good old days of film making the start of each “take” was signalled by a noise and image of a special, but very simple, instrument. It enabled sound and image to be synchronised.

If you are in the right place you will know the name of the City you are in.

Spend a little time here and lap up the sun and all the other local attractions before moving on.

We are now going almost due east.

This place actually exists.

Tony Freemont
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The Treasure Hunt Begins

Well that’s the preliminary quiz over. I hope you all had fun and answered most/all of the questions.
This was never meant to be a quiz, but rather a Treasure Hunt. As none of us is likely to be going on holiday in the near future I thought we should have a virtual holiday by going on a bell ringing tour of the world guided by the quiz answers.
Through the quiz (and the answers!) I have given you information you need to go on a

Virtual Bell Ringing Treasure Hunt of the World.

The quiz answers can be considered as places, links to places and necessary web sites.
Each week you will be given directions to places already alluded to (sometimes obliquely) in the three weekly quizzes. When you get there you will answer some bell ringing related questions.
You will need to use your computer (web sites!!) but the directions are pretty straightforward and most of the questions easy to answer.

All the answers to the three weekly quizes can be found here

So where better to start a world tour than St Chad’s, Shrewsbury.

Make the short journey to the tower nearest to where Abraham Darby the Elder (AKA Abraham Darby I) set up his first brass works in Shropshire. (Resources required: Google and Dove’s Guide).

Now let’s travel South East to the church with ringable bells nearest to where Pickles the dog found the world cup. (Resources required: Google and Dove’s Guide)
(Clue: you will need to pin point exactly where the find was made)

Next week we go international!!

Tony Freemont
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A Quiz With Bells

  1. This amateur sleuth had an appealing case to solve though it proved a death knell for one character.
    Who is the sleuth?
  2. What did the Stepney bells want to know?
  3. “Clash, clang, hammer, ding, dong, bell. Bell, dong, ding, hammer, clang, clash!”
    Who rejoiced to hear these bells?
  4. There are no weddings for these brides. They warn of danger from the sea.
    What is the title of the poem?
  5. Monday 30th May 1664. “ lay long, the bells ringing, it being holiday, and then up and all the day long in my study at home studying of shipmaking with great content till the evening…”
    Whose diary is this?
  6. Who prevented the curfew bell from ringing, and why, in this poem?
  7. “Ringing is an addiction from which few escape once they have ventured into the small fortress-like room beneath the bells, and the sally leaps to life against the palm of the hand like an animal. There begins a lifetime of concentration, of perfect striking and a co-ordination of body and mind so destructive to anxieties and worries that one wonders why campanology isn’t high on the therapy list”
    Which Suffolk village harbours these dedicated ringers?
  8. “Ring out the old, ring in the new,
    Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
    The year is going, let him go;
    Ring out the false, ring in the true.”
    What is the title of this poem and who does it commemorate?
  9. “In summertime on Bredon
    The bells they sound so clear;
    Round both the shires they ring them
    In steeples far and near,
    A happy noise to hear”
    Which shire is home to the lad listening to these bells?
  10. “They went and told the sexton, and the sexton tolled the bell”
    Who was the bell tolling for?

The answers to this quiz can be found here

Jad Bienek
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Practising At Home

One of the more recent innovations in ringing is the ability to learn and practise from home using computer software. Practise and learning at home is known to accelerate progress.

There are some great computer programmes that can be purchased and downloaded on-line (such as Abel, Virtual Belfry or Beltower), with which we can practise some of the methods we learn and develop our listening skills– all with a perfect band around us! Wouldn’t it be great if, when the time comes, we were able to get back to ringing better trained and informed than before?

There is a handy page of resources on the Association of Ringing Teachers website about practising on a simulator at home. This can be found by following this link.

There is also a number of Apps available for mobile phones and tablets. A couple of the most popular examples are:
Mobel - a ringing simulator for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, is available from Apple's App Store. If you choose the tower bells option, Mobel displays pictures of sallies and tail ends, uses tower bell sound, and rings at tower bell speed.
Methodology - a simulator that works on Android phones and is free to download. In the ‘interactive mode’ your selected bell appears at the bottom of the screen. To ring the bell, tap the dark blue rectangle. This doesn’t do anything until you start to ring – then you will see feedback on your timing, the little bars indicating how early/late you are on each stroke. Of course, you will hear if your timing is out as well.

Matt Lawrence
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Solo Ringing During the Coronavirus Lockdown

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers has the following message on its website:

There have been several enquiries as to whether the ringing of a single bell or a set of Ellacombe chimes should be permitted as they are only rung by one person, especially for Easter Sunday.

It is clear from the UK government that we are being asked to stay at home to help halt the spread of coronavirus and that all unnecessary journeys should cease. It is also clear from the Church of England that all churches are to remain closed for the time being:

“Staying at home and demonstrating solidarity with the rest of the country at this testing time, is, we believe, the right way of helping and ministering to our nation. Therefore, for a season, the centre for the liturgical life of the church must be the home, not the church building.”
(Letter from Archbishops and Diocesan Bishops of the Church of England to all clergy in the Church of England 27 March 2020)..

We did seek explicit guidance on this point from Lambeth Palace and were referred back to this guidance, and that “churches are closed as part of wider legal restrictions.” The Central Council Executive does not think this needs to be made any clearer.

( www.cccbr.org.uk/2020/03/30/solo-ringing-during-the-coronavirus-lockdown/ )
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A Message from the Ringing Master

Dear members and friends,
As further measures on social distancing are announced, it seems that we may not be ringing for some time, we are in for a difficult few months. We must not return to ringing until the guidance on social gathering is changed.

Although this is extremely tough, we need not give up all of our interest in ringing. There are many things we can do to help advance our ringing away from the tower, there are some great resources out there. Your committee is looking at how we can help keep us all connected with our fabulous hobby – watch this space [see below].

Let’s all think actively of how we can maintain contact and support each other. I know we will look out for one another, especially for those who are particularly at risk and who may be feeling particularly lonely or vulnerable.

I hope that it is not too long before we can resume ringing, as ringers we will certainly know how to celebrate getting back to our ringing activities.

Keep in touch. Take care and stay safe.
Best wishes
Matt
SACBR Ringing Master

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100+ Club Pause

I have decided to suspend the SACBR 100+ Club for the time being. I know many towers have not yet received this year’s application forms, together with their Annual Reports. However, even if you do have these, would you please NOT send any cheques and application forms until we are able to get back to our normal Association activities.

With best wishes to you all at this difficult time.

Gill Glover
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March Quarterly Newsletter

The Newsletter can be read and downloaded here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

COLOUR
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.

PRICES
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.

SACBR Logo on maroon shirt LDMB at Newport Show

Photos by Biff Patterson, Edric Broom

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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.

Jad Bienek
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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

Young ringers at Atcham

Text by Gail Lawrence
Photo by Matt Lawrence
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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

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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 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.

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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 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.

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Committee Meeting

The next Association committee meeting will be held on Sunday, 14 June 2020.

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Newsletter Editor

Shaun Greenfield 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.

Email

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