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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

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 events:

Saturday 13 April 2024 - Practice, Quarterly Meeting 7:00pm - 9:00pm approx at Hinstock
Saturday 11 May - Association Training Morning, 10:00am - 12:30pm at Edgmond
Saturday 8 June - Association social event - Treasure Hunt, at Meole Brace
start 3:30pm, ringing and tea 5:00pm

April Practice and Quarterly Meeting

The next Association practice will be held at Hinstock on Saturday 13 April, from 7pm to 8:30pm. This will be followed by the April Quarterly meeting from 8:30pm.

The first draw of the year for the 100 Club will be held at the meeting. Please buy your number(s) from Gill Glover soon. The details of how to become a member of the 100 Club are included in the March Association Newsletter (see below). The draw is made at every Quarterly meeting and the first prize is £50. The 100 Club raises money for the Association's Bell Restoration Fund.

The Report/Handbook will be available for collection at the Quarterly meeting. It would be very helpful (and save the Association postage) if every tower would send someone along to the meeting to collect the tower's copies.

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April Newsletter

The April Newsletter can be read and downloaded here. Details of the June Treasure Hunt are included in this issue.

The March Newsletter can be read and downloaded here.

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Another Association Peal

The second Association of 2024 has been rung at Tilston, Cheshire.

Shropshire Association

Tilston, Cheshire, at the Church of St Mary

on Saturday, 23 March 2024 in 2 hours and 45 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Minor

3 methods: one extent each of Oxford Treble Bob and Kent Treble Bob;
5 extents of Plain Bob

Tenor 9-1-12 in Bb

Steve Farmer Treble William J Lander 4
E Ann Williams 2 Andrew W Gordon 5
Gail K Lawrence 3 Matthew Lawrence Tenor

Conducted by Matthew Lawrence.

Dedicated to all the volunteers in the village of Tilston
who work so diligently to make things happen for the benefit of all.


New Members' Meeting

All new (and newish) members of the Association were invited to get together at Edgmond to meet other new members and the Association committee. The meeting/practice was directed by Gill Glover, with a lot of help from our hosts, Paul Lewis, Mark Adams and Rob Davis. The towers represented at the practice included Bicton, Dawley, High Ercall, Market Drayton, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, and Wellington. Ringers came with a variety of ringing experiences, from having started to learn recently to being able to ring Plain Bob Doubles on an inside bell. Those who needed a bit of extra assistance were helped by experienced ringers. Several of the learners remarked how nice the bells are, and how well they were able to manage them. The ringing included rounds and call changes on six and eight bells, Plain Hunt, Plain Bob Doubles, and Grandsire Triples (for the helpers).

Members who had been elected at the 2024 AGM were able to collect their New Member packs. Tea, coffee and delightful baked goods were available throughout the morning. Jad Bienek kindly brought the Association’s box of Books for Ringers was available for perusal, and some books were available for purchase.

It was great to hear a lot of happy chatter and laughter, not to mention happy eating! Thanks go to all those who helped make this event so enjoyable.

Gill Glover, Madeline Harris

Andy Harris

It is with great sadness we must let you know of the death of Andy Harris on Thursday 15th February, a longstanding ringer at Oswestry. His father, mother and sister rang here too. Andy was just 57.

Seven of us rang a half-muffled QP of Plain Bob Triples with his sister on Sunday 18th February at Oswestry, and three of our ringers rang a handbell QP of Plain Bob Minor on Monday 19th in his memory. A quarter peal of 4 Spliced Surprise Major was also rung remembering Andy at St Chad’s, Shrewsbury, on the 18th February.

Tony Freemont

Belfry Upkeep

The Stewardship & Management Workgroup of the Central Council are pleased to announce Belfry Upkeep, an online document aimed at the Steeple Keeper – the person responsible for keeping the bells in order.

The aims of the document are:

  • To help you understand the installation in your tower.
  • To describe the checks you should carry out to identify any problems.
  • To advise you on the maintenance tasks that you should be able to carry out, possibly with expert advice or assistance.
  • Most importantly, to help you recognise the tasks that require specialist knowledge from a Bell Hanger or other expert

The document can be found at

Safeguarding Training

The Church of England has been working on an updated framework for Safeguarding training within the church. Dave Bassford (CCCBR Safeguarding Officer) and The Ringing World have given the Shropshire Association permission to include on this website an article written by Dave and appearing in the 21 January 2022 issue of The Ringing World.

In this article Dave explains that all ringers must take the Basic Awareness training (formerly C0). This is free, done online, takes about an hour to complete, and must be renewed every three years.

The Lichfield Diocese requires Tower Captains and those ringers in a role which involves work with children, young people or adults at risk, to also take the Foundation training (formerly C1), but not the Leadership training.

The trainings can be accessed by going to

"Calling It Round"

The Central Council has issued a new publication focused on the first steps in calling and conducting from any bell. The publication has been written by Bryn Marie Reinstadler and is free and available at

Carbon Dioxide Monitors

We are now in receipt of 2 NDIR Carbon Dioxide monitors that are available for loan to Association members. CO2 monitoring is not about our current return to ringing (which is predicated on low virus levels in the community and high uptake of a good vaccine which protects against currently circulating variants) but it will help us make an informed choice on how we can continue to ring if/when coronavirus levels rise into autumn and winter.

Further information can be found at:

Please contact Matt Lawrence if you would like to borrow a monitor. [ ].

Raising Funds for the Mobile Belfry

Because of the pandemic the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry has not been hired so no funds have been raised. The insurance of the Mobile Belfry still has to be paid and it is a significant amount of money. The three Associations which own the Mobile Belfry each donated £200 in 2020 to help fund the cost, but it would be helpful to have another source of income. To this end you can raise funds for the Mobile Belfry by making purchases through

You must login to amazon via, rather than directly through You will then be able to choose the charity you want to benefit from your eligible purchases. Choose Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry. Then shop as usual. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible items to the charity of your choice.

About the Central Council

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers has issued three documents about its work, volunteering with the Central Council, and what it means to be a Central Council Representative.

Those documents can be read and downloaded here:
What's the point of the Central Council.pdf,
Volunteering with the Central Council.pdf,
What does being a Central Council Rep mean?

Index of YouTube Videos

The Central Council has put together a list of training webinars and videos which have been recorded and posted on YouTube.

Safeguarding Guide from the Central Council

In The Ringing World of 13 September 2019 Chris Mew wrote a review of the current situation regarding ringers and Safeguarding. That article can be read and downloaded here.

The Stewardship and Management Workgroup of the Central Council has produced a document relating to Safeguarding for Bellringers. The document can be found here.

Support Your Association with SACBR Clothing

We can now offer members a range of items embroidered with the SACBR logo. These are embroidered to order: contact Biff Patterson [ ] for details or to place an order.

The background colour for ‘corporate’ events is burgundy (as shown) but feel free to choose a different background for personal use. Check availability but navy or black are obvious options.

Polo shirts, as worn by those manning the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry at Newport Show, £15. Biff has one lady-fit medium in stock. If you would normally buy small, this is for you.
Sweat shirts £17.50 Rugby shirts £25.
If you supply a garment it can be embroidered for a cost of £6.

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

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

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,

Committee Meeting

The next Association committee meeting will be held on Sunday, 16 June 2024.