Site last updated 22 January 2020


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:

31 January, Surprise Major practice, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, at Wem
1 February, 8-bell practice, 10:00am to 12:00noon, at Hodnet

January 6-bell Practice

This was held at Stanton with eleven ringers attending. Under the guidance of the Ringing Master, Matt Lawrence, those present practised Plain Bob Minor, Grandsire Doubles, Stedman Doubles, Cambridge Surprise Minor, and Primrose Surprise Minor.

Thanks to Claire Unsworth for organising the use of the bells, and for providing delicious chocolate and orange brownies.

The next 6-bell practice is scheduled for Saturday 7th March, at Whittington.

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January Quarterly Newsletter, and AGM

The January 2020 quarterly Newsletter has been sent to towers and individuals via email and post.

The Newsletter can also be read and downloaded here, and the poster about the AGM can be read and downloaded here.

If you will be attending the AGM at Oswestry and you would like to partake of tea, please send your name to Jan Snowball [], no later than Saturday 4th January 2020.

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Eddie Davies

It is with great sadness that the death of Eddie Davies is reported. Eddie, who died on 19th December 2019 after a short illness, was an active ringer at Great Ness.

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Association December Practice and Carol Service

About twenty-two ringers took part in the Association’s December practice held at All Saints’ church, Baschurch. The ringing included Plain Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Grandsire Doubles, Stedman Doubles, St Clement’s College Bob Minor, and Cambridge Surprise Minor.

Another thirteen or so ringers arrived for the Carol Service which was led by the vicar of All Saints’, Rev. Linda Cox. Various members of the ringing fraternity read the lessons, and the congregation enthusiastically sang the carols, accompanied on the organ by Martin Scott.

Following the service, mulled wine (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and home-made mince pies were served by members of the local band, and the congregation had the opportunity to admire the Christmas trees that had been created by local groups (including the ringers) and displayed as part of the church’s Christmas Tree Festival.

Thanks go to Paul and Edwina Smart, and all who took part in the service.

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Another Weekend, Another Peal

The fifteenth Association peal of 2019 has been rung at Guilsfield.

Shropshire Association

Guilsfield, Powys - at the Church of St Aelhaiarn

On Saturday, 7 December 2019, in 2 hours and 33 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Minor

7 methods: One extent each of Oxford Treble Bob, Kent Treble Bob,
Cambridge Surprise, Beverley Surprise, Surfleet Surprise,
St Clement's College Bob, Plain Bob

Tenor 6–1–26 in Bb

William J Lander Treble Cordelia Warr 4
Nicola J Galton 2 Matthew Lawrence 5
Anthony J Freemont 3 Peter Neil Tenor

Conducted by Peter Neil.

1091.RW5669.1251 20.xii.2019

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December 8-Bell Practice

The December 8-bell practice was held at Hodnet and thirteen ringers took part, including two visiting ringers. The methods practised were Grandsire Triples, Plain Bob Triples, Plain Bob Major, Stedman Triples, and Erin Triples.

Thanks to John Powell for allowing the use of the bells, and to all who participated and made this a useful practice.

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One Weekend, Three Peals

Three peals were have been rung for the Association - at Guilsfield, St Martins, and Hodnet. The peal at Hodnet was to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the installation of bells in the tower.

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Hodnet - at the Church of St Luke

On Sunday, 1 December 2019, in 2 hours 57 minutes

A Peal of 5056 Plain Bob Major

Composed by J R Prichard

Tenor 12–0–24 in F

Gail K Lawrence Treble Maurice G Ingram 5
Madeline J Harris 2 Peter Neil 6
Nicola J Galton 3 Geoffrey A W Smith 7
Cordelia Warr 4 Matthew Lawrence Tenor

Conducted by Matthew Lawrence.

Rung to celebrate the 250th anniversary of bells in this tower.
The original six bells (cast by Thomas Rudhall of Gloucester)
were hung in 1769, with the two trebles added in 1947.

1090.RW5669.1251 20.xii.2019

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St Martins - at the Church of St Martin of Tours

On Saturday, 30 November 2019, in 2 hours and 41 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Minor

4 methods: Three extents of Cambridge Surprise; two of Double Oxford Bob;
and one each of Oxford Treble Bob and Single Oxford Bob

Tenor 7–2–22 in A

Nicola J Galton Treble William J Lander 4
E Ann Williams 2 Kevin M Price 5
Peter Neil 3 Andrew W Gordon Tenor

Conducted by Kevin M Price.

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Shropshire Association

Guilsfield, Powys - at the Church of St Aelhaiarn

On Saturday, 30 November 2019, in 2 hours and 36 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, and Plain Bob

Tenor 6–1–26 in Bb

Nicola J Galton Treble Cordelia Warr 4
E Ann Williams 2 Kevin M Price 5
Anthony J Freemont 3 Andrew W Gordon Tenor

Conducted by Kevin M Price.

Rung on St Andrew's Day.

1088.RW5668.1212 13.xii.2019

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Elaine Evans

It is with great sadness that the death of Elaine Evans is reported. Elaine learnt to ring at St Chad's in Shrewsbury, and was a ringer at Atcham, alongside her husband Steve.

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November Surprise Major Practice

Fourteen ringers participated in November's Surprise Major practice at Wem, attempting (mostly successfully) Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow, Yorkshire, 4-Spliced and 8-Spliced.

Thanks to Gareth Jones for organising the use of the bells.

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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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Loughborough Bellfoundry Appeal

An appeal has been launched to raise £1.1million to help repair and improve the site of the Loughborough Bellfoundry, where John Taylor & Co manufacture bells.

More information about the appeal and what the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust is planning to do, can be found at

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250 Years of Hodnet Bells

The eight bells in the tower of St Luke’s, Hodnet were cast at different times, the two trebles added in 1947. The original six bells, cast by Thomas Rudhall of Gloucester, were hung in the tower in 1769 and so this year marks their 250th anniversary.

John Powell
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100+ Club

In 2018 the Shropshire Association's 100+ Club continued the trend of recent years with more than 100 members. There were twenty winners and the total prize money awarded was £468, with £784.98 being raised for the Bell Restoration Fund.

Five grants totalling £1988.97 were awarded from the Bell Restoration Fund in 2018. 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.

Gill Glover, who has taken over from Brian Kear as the organiser of the 100+ Club, has distributed application forms for 2019 to tower correspondents. To be a member of the Club you must be over the age of 16 years and a member of the Association. 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 for £12 to Gill at the address given on the application form. Cheques should be made payable to SACBR Bell Restoration Fund.

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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.

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

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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,

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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 Peter Woollam [ ] 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 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, 15 September 2019.

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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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