Site last updated 14 August 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.
Association Striking Competition 2018
The Association's Striking Competition will be held at Lilleshall on Saturday 8th 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.
Car parking, the draw, tea, and the results will be at the Lilleshall Memorial Hall, Hillside, Lilleshall, TF10 9HG.
Bands can ring either 120 rows of call changes (to include 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 Willcox 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 [ email ] know by Wednesday 5th September how many ringers will be attending.
RAF100 Quarter Peal Week
2018 is the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF and it was suggested at the July Association Quarterly Meeting to ring as many quarter peals as possible in Shropshire in the eight days leading up to, and including, Battle of Britain Sunday (Sunday 9th to Sunday 16th September) to commemorate this centenary. Shropshire played, and continues to play, a major role in the RAF and there were numerous stations established in Shropshire during WW2.
Tower correspondents of the towers close to the twelve major RAF stations in Shropshire (ten in the Shropshire Association area) have been contacted, and it is hoped that all quarters rung during that week can be for the centenary, with relevant footnotes.
Obviously other towers can participate during this period and ringers from any towers can be included. It is hoped, however, that the twelve main RAF stations will be represented. There were about 25 subsidiary airstrips etc which could also feature, e.g. Montford.
More details about airfields in Shropshire can be found at www.shropshirehistory.com/military/airfields.htm
Stations in the Shropshire Association area; and their closest tower(s):
- RAF Atcham 1941 – 1946; Atcham
- RAF Cosford 1938 - present . Now training base/museum; Albrighton
- RAF High Ercall 1941 – 1964; High Ercall
- RAF Hinstock (aka HMS Godwit) 1941 – 1946; Hinstock
- RAF Peplow/Child's Ercall 1941 – 1946; Stoke-on-Tern/Hodnet
- RAF Rednal 1942 – 1962; Whittington
- RAF Shawbury 1917-present. Now RAF flight training school; Shawbury/Moreton Corbet
- RAF Sleap 1943 - 1964. Now Shropshire Aero Club; Wem/Clive
- RAF Tern Hill 1916 - 1976. Now Army training base; Market Drayton
- RAF Tilstock 1942 - 1946. Now parachute club. Prees/Ightfield/Calverhall
Stations in the Hereford Guild:
- RAF Bridgnorth/Stanmore Nov. 1939 - Feb. 1963.
- RAF Condover August 1942 - June 1945.
When submitting quarter peals rung for this occsaion to Bellboard, please link the quarters to the event 'Shropshire - RAF 100' and tick Box Y for 'linked performances/collate together/withhold publication'. The details will be sent to The Ringing World on Monday 17th September, so please submit details to Bellboard promptly.
More First Quarter Peal Congratulations
Congratulations to Emma Bentley of Atcham who has rung her first quarter peal.
Photo by Steve Evans
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 [ email ] 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.
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.
Photos by Biff Patterson, Edric Broom
August 8-Bell Practice
Twenty ringers turned up at Hodnet for the August 8-bell practice. Towers represented included Atcham, Baschurch, Clive, Codsall, Edgmond, Hodnet, Lilleshall, Market Drayton, Wellington, Wem, Whitchurch, and Wrockwardine. The ringing included Plain Hunt Triples, Plain Bob Triples, Plain Bob Major, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Single Oxford Bob Triples, and Double Norwich Court Bob Major.
Thanks go to John Powell for allowing the practice; Karen Powell for opening up the church; and those more experienced ringers who came along to provide encouragement and expertise.
Honorary Life Membership
The Association rules state that:
The committee may propose for election at an AGM as honorary life members anyone who has rendered exceptional service to the Association. Notice of such a proposition must be given at the October business meeting.
Any member of the Association can nominate someone for Honorary Life Membership of the Association. Nominations, together with brief reasons why you think the person you are nominating ought to be considered, must reach the committee by 31st August 2018. The committee will consider all nominations for the award at its meeting on 2nd September 2018.
Some guidance to help members decide whether someone has given exceptional service to the Association can be found here. These guidelines are not prescriptive and should not be considered as a checklist that the committee uses in its deliberations.
Armistice100 - an update
The Central Council of Church Bellringers has issued the following statement about ringing on Remembrance Sunday.
'The ringing community may be understandably confused regarding alternative requests for ringing on 11th November this year. I hope that the following provides some clarification.
"Ringing Remembers" is the campaign officially endorsed and sponsored by HM Government for (a) recruiting new ringers and (b) ringing open at 12:30 pm on Sunday 11th November - aligning with the published agenda for processions and marches in celebration of peace. CCCBR has been working hard with government officials to finalise and announce plans for ringing on the centenary of the Armistice, but we were under strict embargo until Friday 13th July, which is when the media release was published.
"Battle's Over" is the private initiative of Bruno Peek, MBE. Bruno has demonstrated energy, drive and passion to put together a compelling programme of events on the evening of 11th November, inviting ringing at 7:05 pm. Although his initiative gained early support from various military organisations and CCCBR, it is not backed by central government or Buckingham Palace.
Over the past year CCCBR representatives have been trying to align the varying requests for ringing on 11th November (we have also had approaches from the British Legion and other bodies), but this has not proved possible. Nevertheless, knowing the national mood to acknowledge this centenary, CCCBR encourages all ringers to respond as they see fit, taking into account the wide variety of local circumstances. Ringing open at or around 12:30 pm is the ideal and recommended option, but any time that afternoon / evening is also supported. General ringing, quarter peals, peals - let's do it!
To quote Tennyson – .. “Ring out old shapes of foul disease; Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace”.
Vicki Chapman & Christopher O’Mahony.
CCCBR Ringing Remembers Project Co-ordinator & CCCBR President.'
Meole Brace Summer Outing
On Thursday, July 19th, eleven ringers travelled to Bridgnorth, where we rang on the eight bells of St. Mary Magdalene before catching the first train to Bewdley. We had been warned that, because of the long spell of hot, dry weather, the steam engines would probably not be running and so were delighted to hear the whistle of a steam locomotive as we approached the station. At Bewdley, we rang the eight bells of St. Anne's and then walked down to the river where we enjoyed lunch, sitting out in the sunshine at the Cock and Magpie.
On the way back, we alighted at Arley where, after walking up a steep road, we rang at St. Peter's, Upper Arley. The large ringing chamber has a door straight on to the roof, providing a pleasant breeze and allowing us to appreciate the lovely views of the Severn Valley. We caught the train back to Bridgnorth, pulled by the diesel engine the 'Ark Royal', and rang at St. Leonard's. We ended the day with dinner at The Old Castle Inn, Bridgnorth.
Our thanks are due to Michael Carding who was in charge of the ringing.
|Meole Brace ringers at Bridgnorth||Lunch time|
Photos by Karen Hampton
July Association Practice and Quarterly Meeting
The Webmaster is very grateful to Jad Bienek (Association Secretary) for providing the following notes about the July Association practice and Quarterly Meeting, held at Atcham.
The Ringing Master is very grateful to Biff Patterson (Report Editor) for running the practice and chairing the meeting.
- Number of ringers attending: 18; number staying for the meeting: 15.
- Methods rung: Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, Stedman Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, St Clement's College Bob Minor, Cambridge Surprise Minor.
- Towers represented: Atcham, Baschurch, Codsall, Edgmond, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Shrewsbury.
- New members elected: Peter Henderson, Mark Bushby - both from Tibberton.
- Non-Resident Life Members whose election prior to a peal at Sibbertoft was ratified - Alistair M Donaldson, Anne P Cook.
- 100+ Club draw winners: Geoff Harding (£50), Carol Edwards (£25), Chris Ayres (£15), Gail and Matt Lawrence (£15), Biff Patterson (£12).
- Raffle prizes of biscuits and homemade damson jam were won by Steve Evans and Karen Compton.
- Refreshments of tea, coffee, and cake were provided to the grateful gathering (and one passing cyclist) by the Atcham ringers.
The next Quarterly meeting will be held on Saturday 13 October at Broseley.
The next Association practice will be held on Saturday 11 August, from 7pm to 9pm, at St Mary's church in Shrewsbury, and will be a joint practice with ringers from the Church Stretton District of the Hereford Guild.
Two Peals in a Day (1)
The Webmaster has been taken to task by the Ringing Master for not highlighting the following two peals.
Leaton, Shropshire - at the Church of the Holy Trinity
On Saturday, 16 June 2018, in 2 hours and 53 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Doubles
11 methods: Four extents each Plain Bob, Reverse Canterbury Pleasure
St Osmund, St Remigius, Huntley, Eynesbury, St Simon's Bob,
St Martin's Bob, St Nicholas, Winchendon Place, and a 240 Grandsire.
Tenor 14-2-0 in G
|Adrian G Roberts||Treble|
|E Ann Williams||2|
|Gareth B R Jones||3|
|Kevin M Price||4|
|Andrew W Gordon||Tenor|
Conducted by Kevin M Price.
Upton Magna, Shropshire - at the Church of St Lucia
On Saturday, 16 June 2018, in 2 hours and 47 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Minor
7 methods: One extent each of Cambridge Surprise, Kent Treble Bob,
Oxford Treble Bob, St Clement's College Bob, College Bob,
Grandsire, Plain Bob
Tenor 8-0-12 in Ab
|E Ann Williams||Treble||Gareth B R Jones||4|
|Elizabeth S Menhinick||2||Kevin M Price||5|
|Adrian G Roberts||3||Andrew W Gordon||Tenor|
Conducted by Kevin M Price.
Rung in memory of Faye Smith,
a ringer at this tower, who died on 27th April 2018.
Two Peals in a Day (2)
Two peals were rung, at Norton in Hales and Prees, on one of the hottest days this year.
Norton in Hales - at the Church of St Chad
On Saturday, 7 July 2018, in 2 hours and 43 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Grandsire Triples
Composed by J J Parker (12 part, 7th obs)
Tenor 11–0–17 in F#
|Cordelia Warr||Treble||Adrian G Roberts||5|
|E Ann Williams||2||Kevin M Price||6|
|Nicola J Galton||3||Andrew W Gordon||7|
|Maurice G Ingram||4||Anthony J Freemont||Tenor|
Conducted by Kevin M Price.
70th Shropshire tower for a peal - 2.
Rung in memory of Michael Robinson of Bewdley, who died recently.
Prees, Shropshire - at the Church of St Chad
On Saturday, 7 July 2018, in 2 hours and 48 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Minor
7 methods: One extent each Cambridge Surprise, Oxford Treble Bob,
St Clement's College Bob, College Bob, Grandsire,
Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place, Plain Bob
Tenor 11-2-18 in F#
|Nicola J Galton||Treble||Adrian G Roberts||4|
|Cordelia Warr||2||Kevin M Price||5|
|E Ann Williams||3||Andrew W Gordon||Tenor|
Conducted by Kevin M Price.
40th Shropshire tower for a peal - 5.
Remembering Norman Ford, former captain of this tower.
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 email@example.com
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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.