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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.

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 events:

3 October - Association Practice, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, using Zoom and Ringing Room,
24 October - Striking 'Competition' and Quarterly Meeting 7:00pm to 8:30pm, using Zoom and Ringing Room

October 6-Bell Practice

There will be an Association 6-bell practice, using Zoom and Ringing Room, on Saturday 3 October, from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Please contact Matt Lawrence [ ] if you would like to participate in this practice.

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YouTube Competition - August Winner, September Theme

The August competition was for the best video demonstrating change ringing not on tower bells, and the August winner is The Pillaton and St Mellion Handbell Ringers ringing a plain course of Plain Bob Triples by the lapping method.

The September competition is for the best showcase of school or university ringing.

The Central Council's competition for YouTube videos of ringing 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. The monthly winners will also be listed on that page.

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September 8-Bell Practice

Nine ringers took part in the 8-bell practice held using Zoom and Ringing Room. The ringing was directed by Matt Lawrence. Attempts, with more than one succesful finish, were made at Stedman Triples, Grandsire Triples, Plain Bob Major, Little Bob Major, and Treble Bob Hunt Major.

Thanks to Matt Lawrence for organising the practice and to all the ringers who participated.

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September 6-Bell Practice

Eight ringers, took part in the 6-bell practice held using Zoom and Ringing Room. The ringing was directed by Madeline Harris, and included Call Changes, Plain Hunt Doubles and Minor, Plain Bob Doubles, Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles, Grandsire Doubles and St Simon's Bob Doubles.

Thanks to Matt Lawrence for organising the practice

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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?

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Central Council Guidance for Returning to Ringing

The Central Council's guidance on ringing and Covid-19 is being regularly reviewed and updated. The current guidance can be found here https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/.

This page also includes a link to a page for individual ringers to help them reduce the risk to themselves and others while ringing.
https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/can-i-go-ringing-safely/

The Central Council has created a page of Frequently Asked Questions, such as why the guidance is still 2m rather than 1m, whether face coverings must be worn, and why only 15 minutes ringing.
https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions-on-covid-19-guidance/

Ringing must only start again with the permission of the incumbent, and after safety and maintenance checks have been carried out.

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YouTube Competition - July Winner, August Theme

The July competition was for the best striking on 8 bells or more, and the July winner is The bells of Bridgerule, Devon

The August competition is for the best video demonstrating change ringing not on tower bells.

The Central Council's competition for YouTube videos of ringing 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. The monthly winners will also be listed on that page.

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August 8-bell Practice

Fifteen ringers, once again including Edric from Somerset, took part in the 8-bell Practice held using Zoom and RingingRoom. The ringing was directed by Matt Lawrence, and included Plain Hunt Triples, Plain Bob Triples, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Little Bob Major, and Plain Hunt Cinques.

Thanks to Matt for organising the practice.

The next Association practice will be a 6-bell 'novice' practice on Saturday 5th September, from 7pm to 8:30pm. Please contact Matt [ ] if you would like to participate.

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Peter Dean

It is with great sadness we report the death of Peter Dean, a longstanding ringer at Newport. Peter learnt to ring at Broseley in 1944, aged 11, and participated in the ringing celebrating VE and VJ day. Peter also attended practice nights at Coalbrookdale and became a member of the Shropshire Association and the Hereford Guild. After joining the army in 1951, he only rang occasionally. In 1997, having moved to Newport, he went up the tower following Princess Diana’s death to find out what ringing would be taking place. Peter soon became a regular ringer at Newport and was later joined in the tower by his son, Jasper.

Peter enjoyed ringing the tenor behind, Grandsire, and Plain Bob Doubles. He particularly enjoyed the Newport fathers and sons quarter peal in 2002, rung to mark Father’s Day, when he and Jasper were joined by John and Oliver Stokes, and Graham and Richard Talbot. This feat was repeated in 2008 to mark Peter’s 75th birthday.

Peter also enjoyed the social side of ringing and liked going on ringing outings. Although he ceased ringing in recent years, he still attended the Newport Christmas meal. We will remember Peter with great fondness and send our deepest condolences to his wife Eppie, Jasper and the rest of his family.

Peter Dean With IceCream Peter Dean With Wine

Text by Kathryn Greaves
Photos by John Williamson
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Beginners' Practice

Eleven ringers, including Edric from Somerset, took part in the Beginners’ Practice held using Zoom and RingingRoom. The ringing was directed by Matt Lawrence, and included Mexican Wave, Call Changes, Plain Hunt Doubles, Plain Bob Doubles, and an attempt at Grandsire Triples.

Thanks to Matt for organising the practice

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ChampingTM

Champing Offer

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June Quarterly Newsletter

The Newsletter can be read and downloaded here.

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Reopening of Churches - 4 July

The Church of England has published its guidance on opening church buildings from 4th July.

Can church bells be rung? Yes, provided that guidance agreed between the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and the Church of England is followed.

Please ensure you have read the guidance at www.cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/, and undertaken the ringing risk assessment at www.cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/1-CCCBR-SMWG-Ringing-risk-assessment-post-Covid-15-June-2020.pdf.

Ringing must only start again with the permission of the incumbent, and after safety and maintenance checks have been carried out.

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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.

https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-index/

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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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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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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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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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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.

Shaun would welcome any comments on the future format of the Newsletter and any items for inclusion in it.

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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, 13 December 2020.

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