Site last updated 24 August 2016
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.
Association Striking Competition
The Association's Striking Competition will be held at Beckbury on Saturday 10th September. The draw for the order of ringing will take place at 4pm and the results will be announced at about 6:30pm. Teas will be available during the event.
Bands can ring either 120 rows of call changes (including Queens and Tittums), or 120 changes of a method. If a tower is entering more than one band, the first band must be made up entirely of Sunday Service ringers and the second band must include at least four ringers who did not ring in the first band.
A full listing of the Rules can be found by using the link on the left.
Three trophies are awarded - the Ernest Wilcox Trophy for the band with the fewest faults; the Call Change Trophy for the call change band with the fewest faults; and the Charles Allmand Shield for the best placed of the other towers that have not won any of the three awards in the previous two competitions
In order to help with the planning of the catering, would towers please let Jad Bienek know by Wednesday 7th September how many ringers will be attending.
Ringing at Bicton
There will be no practices or Sunday ringing at Bicton until early September.
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.
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.
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.
90th Anniversary Peals at Stanton and Shrewsbury
Two peals were rung on Saturday 23rd July to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the founding to the Shropshire Association on 24th July 1926. Congratulations to Cordelia Warr for conducting her first peal. The peal at Stanton was the first peal for the Association by an all ladies band.
Stanton upon Hine Heath, Shropshire - at the Church of St Andrew
On Saturday, 23 July 2016, in 2 hours and 43 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Treble Dodging Minor
3 methods in 7 extents: 1,2 Norwich Surprise; 3,4 Kent Treble Bob; 5,6,7 Cambridge Surprise
Tenor 7-1-27 in A
|E Ann Williams||Treble||Cordelia Warr||4|
|Elizabeth S Menhinick||2||Jad Bienek||5|
|Madeline J Harris||3||Penny J Salisbury||Tenor|
Conducted by Cordelia Warr.
Rung to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Shropshire Association.
First peal for the Shropshire Association by an all lady band.
Also first peal for all in an all lady band.
First peal as conductor.
First peal of Minor and in more than one method - 3.
(l-r) Ann, Cordelia, Liz, Jad, Madeline, Penny
Shrewsbury, Shropshire - at the Church of St. Chad
On Saturday, 23 July 2016, in 3 hours and 18 minutes
A Peal of 5021 Grandsire Caters
Composed by A Colin Banton
Tenor 16-1-19 in F
|Alan M Glover||Treble||Paul J Lewis||6|
|Elizabeth (Biff) Patterson||2||Nicholas J Green||7|
|Chloë A Darby||3||Maurice G Ingram||8|
|Gail K Lawrence||4||Matthew Lawrence||9|
|Jacqueline C Barden||5||Michael Wilshaw||Tenor|
Conducted by Nicholas J Green
First peal on ten bells - 2.
First peal of Caters - 3.
Rung on the light ten and to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the
Shropshire Association of Church Bellringers
on 24 July 1926 at a meeting held in the vestry of this church.
A Peal at Wem
The sixth peal of the year has been rung at Wem. The last time that a peal of Grandsire Triples was rung at Wem for the Association was on 14th March 1970, when the Tenor weighed 12½cwt and the peal took 3 hours and 12 minutes.
Wem, Shropshire - at the Church of SS Peter and Paul
On Thursday, 14 July 2016, in 2 hours and 47 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Grandsire Triples
Composed by J J Parker (12-part, 7th observation)
Tenor 13-2-24 in F
|Christopher D Parker||Treble||Alison R Williams||5|
|E Ann Williams||2||Kevin M Price||6|
|Gareth B R Jones||3||Andrew W Gordon||7|
|Adrian G Roberts||4||Ben Kellett||Tenor|
Conducted by Andrew W Gordon.
First on the bells with the new tenor bell.
First on eight - Treble.
100th peal together - 2 & 7.
250th different tower pealed - 2.
Rung in memory of Brian F Roberts who passed away on 25th December 2015,
uncle of 3rd ringer.
Remembering Freda Willgress, Alision's mother, (died 15th December 2015)
whose birthday it would have been on Tuesday 19th July.
July Monthly Practice and Quarterly Meeting
These took place at Newport. Thirteen members attended and the ringing included call changes, Plain Bob Doubles, St Simon's Bob Doubles, plain hunt on seven, Cambridge Surprise Major.
Emma Bentley (Atcham) was elected as a member of the Association.
Madeline Harris reported that the next 6-bell practice will be held on 6th August at St Martins (not Meole Brace as previously advertised) and that Tony Freemont (Training Officer) was hoping that the practice on 8th October would be at Meole Brace. Madeline thanked all those who had supported the Treasure Hunt and BBQ, and mentioned the Quiz Night to be held at Shawbury Village Hall on Saturday 12th November. Madeline also reported that there were 48 notable firsts listed on the website, just about on target for 90 for the year. It was hoped that there would be some special ringing celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of the association over the weekend of 22 - 24 July. The Association Striking Competition will be held at Beckbury on Saturday 10th September; Heritage Open Days were also mentioned.
Peter Woollam (Librarian) reminded those present to consider making nominations for Honorary Life Membership of the Association - these would be considered at the next Committee meeting. Geoff Harding (Bell Adviser) reported that a grant had been awarded to St Martins for work on the clappers of their bells.
Peter Woollam reported on a conference he had attended in his capacity as Diocesan Bells Adviser, on the installation of radio masts in church towers. More details will be available on the website shortly.
Peter Woollam raised £20 for the BRF from the sale of raffle tickets. Prizes of wine, chocolate, and fresh fruit were won by Mark Adams, Geoff Harding, Nick Green, Brian Kear, and Paul Lewis. Peter thanked those who had donated prizes.
Brian Kear ran the draw for the 100+ Club. The winners of the second draw of the year are: Peter Gibbins (£50), Angela Gibson (£25), David Coleman (£15), Simon Fraser (£15), Gill Glover (£12) and Rodney Upton (£10).
Thanks go to John Williamson for organising the use of the bells and providing tea, coffee and biscuits.
The next Monthly Practice will be a joint practice with the Church Stretton District of the Hereford Guild, and will be held at Wellington on Saturday 13th August, from 7pm to 9pm. The next Quarterly Meeting will be held at High Ercall on Saturday 8th October.
Heritage Open Days 8 - 11 September 2016
This year Heritage Open Days has joined forces with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers to open up the heritage hidden inside England's bell towers and bring to life the 400-year old tradition of English-style bell ringing.
Challenge 500 has been organised to open up 500 bell towers for the public to explore, and to encourage ringing bands up and down the country to offer special bell ringing experiences. In addition, it is hoped to create a collective bell ringing moment during the festival, on Thursday 8th September, between 6pm and 7pm.
To take part in the challenge and to be counted, bell towers need to register with Heritage Open Days by 1st August 2016. By registering, all participants will be able to access a free marketing support pack and their event will be listed on the Heritage Open Days website from mid-July. Register your event at www.heritageopendays.org.uk. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
|68||22 Aug||Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury)||First quarter peal of Stedman Cinques||View|
|67||15 Aug||Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury)||First quarter peal of 8-spliced||View|
|66||14 Aug||Chloë Darby (Edgmond)||First quarter peal of Maximus||View|
|65||13 Aug||Karen Compton (Wem)||First touch of Stedman Doubles unaided|
|64||13 Aug||Karen Compton (Wem)||First treble bob hunt on eight bells|
|63||13 Aug||Colin Jones (Wellington)||First plain hunt on seven bells|
|62||6 Aug||Steve Evans (Atcham)||First treble bob hunt|
|61||29 Jul||Rob Davis (Edgmond)||First touch of Stedman Doubles|
|60||27 Jul||Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton)||First touch of Plain Bob Minor|
|59||23 Jul||Chloë Darby (Edgmond)||First peal of Caters||View|
|58||23 Jul||Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury)||First peal on ten bells||View|
|57||23 Jul||Stanton peal band||First all ladies peal for the Association.||View|
|56||23 Jul||Madeline Harris (Market Drayton)||First peal of Minor and in more than one method.||View|
|55||23 Jul||Cordelia Warr (Oswestry)||First peal as conductor.||View|
|54||22 Jul||Madeline Harris (Market Drayton)||First quarter peal of 7-Spliced Surprise Major||View|
|53||22 Jul||Susan Capey (Oswestry)||First quarter peal of 7-Spliced Surprise Major||View|
|52||17 Jul||David Read (Meole Brace)||First quarter peal on ten bells||View|
|51||13 Jul||Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton)||First quarter peal on an 'inside' bell||View|
|50||9 Jul||Annette Bailey (Edgmond)||First plain hunt on seven bells|
|49||9 Jul||Rob Herbert (Edgmond)||First plain hunt on seven bells|
|48||6 Jul||Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton)||First Stedman Doubles|
|47||3 Jul||Sue Dancey (Bicton)||First quarter peal of Stedman Doubles||View|
|46||19 Jun||Sue Dancey (Bicton)||First quarter peal of Grandsire Caters on an 'inside' bell||View|
|45||17 Jun||Claire Unsworth (Stanton)||First plain hunt on seven bells|
|44||15 Jun||Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton)||First Plain Bob Minor on an 'inside' bell|
|43||11 Jun||Annette Bailey (Edgmond)||First 60 on 3rds, and longest ring of anything||View|
|42||11 Jun||Rob Herbert (Edgmond)||First 60 on 3rds, and longest ring of anything||View|
|41||11 Jun||Paul Dutton (Calverhall)||First quarter peal as conductor||View|
|40||11 Jun||Sue Bower (Calverhall)||First quarter peal at first attempt||View|
|39||5 Jun||Rob Herbert (Edgmond)||First method for Sunday service|
|38||3 Jun||Matthew Wren (Codsall)||First quarter peal at first attempt||View|
|37||23 May||Glenda Kay (Shawbury)||First plain hunt on six bells|
|36||22 May||Madeline Harris (Market Drayton)||First quarter peal on ten bells as conductor||View|
|35||21 May||Alice Stanley (Shrewsbury)||First ringers' outing|
|34||20 May||Liz Menhinick (Unattached)||First quarter peal of Rutland Surprise Major||View|
|33||18 May||Edgmond practice night band||First plain course of Belfast Surprise Major on practice night|
|32||18 May||Kathryn Greaves (Newport)||First plain course of Belfast Surprise Major|
|31||18 May||Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton)||First extent of a Doubles Variation on an inside bell|
|30||18 May||Dave Read (Meole Brace)||First touch of Grandsire Doubles on an inside bell|
|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.
|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|
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.
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
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 Madeline Harris at email@example.com 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.
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
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.
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, 11th September 2016.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org