Site last updated 25 April 2017


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.

April 6-Bell Practice

About fifteen ringers made the journey to Stanton for the April 6-bell practice, including several from the local band. Under the direction of Tony Freemont the ringers practised call changes, Plain Bob Doubles, Stedman Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, Cambridge Surprise Minor, Kent Treble Bob Minor. The towers represented at the practice included Meole Brace, Atcham, Oswestry, Edgmond, Market Drayton, Stanton and Wem.

Thanks go to Claire Unsworth for hosting this practice and providing chocolate brownies to sustain the ringers.

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Edgmond Practice 3 May 2017 - Change of Venue

Because of a meeting being held in the church, the Edgmond practice on Wednesday 3 May will be held at Forton, from 7:30pm to 9pm.

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April Association Practice and Quarterly Meeting

These took place at Norton-in-Hales. Twenty two ringers attended and the ringing included call changes, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, 5-spliced Surprise Major. It was pleasing to see several members of the local band taking part.

After some discussion Pauline Davie, Alison Powell (both St Martins) and Louise Dunsford (Broseley) were elected as members of the Association, just in case they hadn’t been members in the past. Dawn Grundy and Elizabeth Hutchieson were ratified as members of the Association, following their election prior to a peal at Much Wenlock in March.

Tony Freemont (Training Officer) reported that there had been a Training Morning at Edgmond in February. Tony reported that the next 6-bell will be at Stanton on 22nd April and the next 8-bell practice will be on 29th April at Hodnet, both running from 10 am to 12 noon. There are still places available on the Training Morning to be held at Edgmond on Saturday 13th May, from 9:30am to 12:30pm; contact Tony if you would like to attend. Tony also said that he is hoping to get together all the young ringers in the Association.

In Cordelia Warr’s absence, the Ringing Master spoke about the outing to towers in North Wales, to be held on Saturday 10th June. A poster advertising this event will be circulated to all towers once the details have been finalised. Madeline also mentioned the Ceilidh to be held on 18th November at Shawbury Village Hall.

Biff Patterson (Report Editor) informed the meeting that the Report /Handbooks were available. Biff also reported that the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry had been purchased by the Trustees from Alan Hughes at Whitechapel. The Trustees now had to carry out some fundraising and would be allowing peals to be rung on the Mobile Belfry.

Andrew Gordon spoke about proposed plans at Wellington to install a 10-bell frame lower in the tower, add two trebles, sound control and to set up a training centre there.

Peter Woollam raised £41 for the BRF from the sale of raffle tickets. Prizes of confectionery, home-made marmalade, alcohol, and soft drinks were won by Tony Freemont, Biff Patterson, Nick Green, John Williamson and Andrew Gordon. Peter thanked those who had donated prizes

In the absence of Brian Kear, Tony Freemont carried out the draw for the 100+ Club. The winners of the first draw of the year are: Cordelia Warr (£50), Kathryn Greaves (£25), Brian Kear (£15), Peter Leigh (£15), Julie Allport (£12) and Nick Green (£10).

Thanks go to Jim Vallings for organising the use of the bells, and to Rob and Rachel Luckett for providing tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes.

The next Monthly Practice will be held at Chetwynd on 13th May, from 7pm to 9pm. The special methods will be Stedman Doubles and St Clement's College Bob Minor.
The next Quarterly Meeting will be held at Montford on Saturday 8th July.

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Two Peals in One Day

The fifth and sixth peals of the year for the Association were rung at Clungunford and Lydbury North.

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Clungunford, Shropshire - at the Church of St Cuthbert

On Saturday, 1 April 2017, in 2 hours and 40 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,
Single Oxford Bob and Plain Bob.

Tenor 7½ cwt in A#

Madeline J Harris Treble Adrian G Roberts 4
E Ann Williams 2 Kevin M Price 5
Gareth B R Jones 3 Andrew W Gordon Tenor

Conducted by Kevin M Price.

Rung as a get-well compliment to L Martin Daniels.


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Lydbury North, Shropshire - at the Church of St Michael and All Angels

On Saturday, 1 April 2017, in 2 hours and 38 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,
Single Oxford Bob and Plain Bob.

Tenor 8-0-26 in G

E Ann Williams Treble Gareth B R Jones 4
Paul J Lewis 2 Kevin M Price 5
Adrian G Roberts 3 Andrew W Gordon Tenor

Conducted by Kevin M Price.


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Two First Quarter Peals in One Week

Congratulations to Annette Bailey who rang her first quarter peal at Edgmond on Wednesday 29th March, and John Pepiatt who rang his first quarter peal at Meole Brace on Saturday 1st April.

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March Surprise Major Practice

This was held at High Ercall with ten ringers attending. The ringing included Norwich Surprise Minor (rung while waiting for a couple more ringers to arrive for Major), Cambridge, Lincolnshire, London and 3-spliced.

Thanks to Chris Yates for allowing the use of the bells.

The next Surprise Major practice is scheduled to be held at Meole Brace on Friday 28th April, from 7:30pm to 9pm.

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8-Bell Practices

The next 8-bell practice will be held at Hodnet on Saturday 29th April, from 10am to noon.

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March Association Practice

Fourteen ringers attended the Association practice held at Whittington. A wide variety of methods was rung, including Plain Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Plain & Little Bob Minor, Grandsire Doubles, Grandsire Minor, variable hunt Cambridge Surprise Minor, Beverley Surprise Minor, Norwich Surprise Minor, St Clement’s College Bob Minor, Single Oxford Bob Minor, Double Oxford Bob Minor, and Dixon’s Bob Minor.

The raffle run by Peter Woollam raised £19 for the BRF, and the prizes of wine and chocolate were won by Geoff Harding, Andrew Gordon and Jan Snowball.

Thanks go to Jan Snowball and Peter Woollam for hosting the practice.

The next Association practice will be held at Norton-in-Hales on Saturday 8th April, from 7pm to 8:30pm and will be followed by the Quarterly Meeting. The special methods will be Grandsire Triples and Single Oxford Bob Triples; other methods will be rung, depending on the ringers who attend. All ringers are welcome.

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Another 23-Spliced Peal for the Association

The fourth 23-Spliced Surprise Major peal for the Association has been rung at Much Wenlock.

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Much Wenlock, Shropshire - at the Church of The Holy Trinity

On Saturday, 11 March 2017, in 3 hours and 18 minutes

A Peal of 5152 Spliced Surprise Major

23 methods: 224 each Bristol, Rutland, Jersey, Lincolnshire, Superlative,
Preston, Lindum, Cray, Whalley, Pudsey, Ipswich, Cambridge,
Cassiobury, London, Uxbridge, Glasgow, Tavistock, Watford,
Yorkshire, Ashtead, Wembley, Cornwall and Double Dublin;
160 changes of method; all the work

Composed by Donald F Morrison (#6)

Tenor 16-0-8 in E

Dawn Grundy Treble Nicholas J Green 5
Elizabeth Hutchieson 2 Matthew Lawrence 6
Gail K Lawrence 3 Stuart C W Hutchieson 7
Neil Bennett 4 Michael Wilshaw Tenor

Conducted by Stuart C W Hutchieson.

Birthday compliment to Dawn.

1040.RW5526.277 24.iii.2017

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March 6-Bell Practice

There was a good turnout of ringers at Wem for the March 6-bell practice. Unfortunately, the practice had to be shortened becauseof a funeral in the church, but eighteen ringers, under the direction of Tony Freemont, had a go at call changes on 8, Plain Bob Doubles, Stedman Doubles, and Grandsire Doubles. The towers represented at the practice included Meole Brace, Atcham, Oswestry, Ellesmere, Edgmond, Market Drayton and Wem.

Thanks go to Karen Compton for hosting this practice and providing refreshments afterwards.

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A Variable Hunt Peal

The first variable hunt peal for the Association has been rung at Upton Magna.

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Upton Magna, Shropshire - at the Church of St Lucia

On Saturday, 4 March 2017, in 2 hours and 42 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Cambridge Surprise Minor

Composed by A J Cox (variable hunt)

Tenor 8–0–12 in Ab

Raymond J Ballard Treble Timothy M Davis 4
Gail K Lawrence 2 Nicholas J Green 5
Alan M Glover 3 Matthew Lawrence Tenor

Conducted by Matthew Lawrence.

1039.RW5525.252 17.iii.2017

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100+ Club

In 2016 the Shropshire Association’s 100+ Club continued the trend of recent years with more than 100 members. There were twenty two winners with two members winning twice. The total prize money awarded was £508, and £878.38 was raised for the Bell Restoration Fund.

Brian Kear, the organiser of the 100+ Club, has recently sent out application forms for 2017 to all tower correspondents. To be a member of the Club you must be over the age of 16 years. More members means more and/or better prizes.

To be in with a chance to be a winner, please return your completed application form and cheque to Brian by 1st April 2017. Cheques should be made payable to Shropshire Association of Church Bellringers Bell Restoration Fund.

The total of grants awarded from the Bell Restoration Fund in 2016 was £351. Your support of the 100+ Club will help the Bell Restoration Fund grow and ultimately increase the size of the grants awarded for bell restoration projects within the Shropshire Association.

The first draw of the year will take place at the Quarterly Meeting at Norton-in-Hales on 8th April.

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SACBR 90th Anniversary Challenge - The Final List

To mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Shropshire Association, members were challenged to collectively complete 90 significant firsts during 2016.

The final list of these firsts can be seen here.

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Safeguarding Update

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, 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.

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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

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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 email Peter Woollam at 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 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.

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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.

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Committee Meeting

The next Association committee meeting will be held on Sunday, 11th June 2017.

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Newsletter Editor

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.


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