Site last updated 27 February 2024
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.
It is with great sadness we must let you know of the death of Andy Harris on Thursday 15th February, a longstanding ringer at Oswestry. His father, mother and sister rang here too. Andy was just 57.
Seven of us rang a half-muffled QP of Plain Bob Triples with his sister on Sunday 18th February at Oswestry, and three of our ringers rang a handbell QP of Plain Bob Minor on Monday 19th in his memory. A quarter peal of 4 Spliced Surprise Major was also rung remembering Andy at St Chad’s, Shrewsbury, on the 18th February.
The February Newsletter can be read and downloaded here
New Members' Meeting - 9 March
All new members of the Association who have joined in 2023 or 2024 are warmly invited to attend the Association's New Members' meeting, to be held at Edgmond on Saturday 9 March, from 10am to 12noon. Come and meet some of the Committee, have tea or coffee and cake, and of course ring the bells!
The Committee would very much like to get to know you, and find out what sort of events you would like us to organise, so do come if you can on 9th March. If you are a newish ringer and haven’t yet visited other towers, you may like to bring a mentor or friend from your home tower. We will have new members’ packs to present, a small book stall for browsing and Association badges for sale.Please let Gill Glover [ ] know if you are coming, to help with catering.
ART Conference 2024 - 2nd and 3rd March
For more information: https://bellringing.org/art-conference-2024/
The direct link to book is https://events.bellringing.org/en/events/conference
For those who want to take advantage of the Sunday workshops, booking closes on 31 January.
An 80th Birthday Peal
The first Association peal of 2024 has been rung at Moreton Corbet, celebrating the 80th birthday of Ann Williams and the centenary of the recasting of the Moreton Corbet bells.
Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, at the Church of St Bartholomew
on Tuesday, 23 January 2024 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 9-1-3 in Bb
|E Ann Williams
|Adrian G Roberts
|Nicola J Galton
|Kevin M Price
|Trevor L Lock
|Andrew W Gordon
Conducted by Kevin M Price.
Rung as an 80th Birthday compliment to E Ann Williams (today);
also to mark the centenary of the recasting of these bells in 1924,
by John Taylor & Co
50th peal together - Treble and 2.
The Shropshire Association’s 2024 AGM was held at Hodnet. Prior to the meetings there was ringing, led by Nik Galton, followed by a service of thanksgiving. The service was led by Janice Parker, and the organist was Rodney Bellamy. The readings were read by Karen Powell and Ross Underwood, both from the Hodnet band. Forty seven ringers attended the meetings which were led by Matt Lawrence.
The following were elected as new members of the Association: Chris Adamson, Jane Beauchamp, Lauren Tait, Oisîn Tait, Karen Turner (Albrighton); Julie Bowen (Bicton); Roger Pugh (Edgmond); Marian Gardner, Hannah Gilman (Ellesmere); Hilary Critcher (Lilleshall); Janet Cheney (Market Drayton); Sarah Syrda (Newport); Julia Baldwin, Rob Hughes (St Martins); Ernest Matthews (Sheriffhales); Helen Kent, Mary Lucas, Josephine Wrin (Shrewsbury, Meole Brace); Lisa Collins, Sheryl Davis, Liz Holloway, Jet Pariera-Jenks, Paul Partridge (Shrewsbury, St Chad); Paulin Chadwick (Telford, Dawley); Ella Grainger, David Grivell, David Plimmer, Grace Price, Olivia Price (Telford, Wellington).
There was discussion of the proposed amendments to the Association Rules and the BRF Rules, which had been discussed at the October Quarterly meeting. It was proposed and seconded to add ‘or any other appropriate person nominated by the committee’ to Rule 5 of the Association Rules. The changes were passed by the meeting.David Beckwith gave the Treasurer’s report. The balance in the General Fund was £2,597.08, and the balance in the Bell Restoration Fund (BRF) was £51,448.01. Grants from the BRF had been made to Montford. Expenses from the General Fund had included attendance at the Central Council AGM, website subscription, Association badges, and insurance. The external examination of the accounts was still to be carried out. David thanked Biff Patterson for her work in handling the membership subscriptions.
Vicki Sivess thanked all those who had supported the ceilidh. Matt Lawrence reported that there had been four training sessions during the year and they had been well-received by the students. The Wednesday morning sessions at Lilleshall had continued. Matt thanked those who had those supported the trainings. Gill Glover reported (by email) that the library continues to be a lightly-used resource, but books had been loaned to four people in 2023.
Paul Lewis reported on the Central Council (CC) annual meeting. Paul reported that Tina Stoecklin had taken over from Simon Linford as President of the CC, with Vicki Chapman as Vice-President. The CC Library was expected to be taken over by the Loughborough Foundry Trust and that the library would move from Worthen, sometime during 2024. The 2024 CC meeting will be held in Exeter in September.
Elections for the Committee were held. Gareth Jones had resigned from the positions of Ringing Master and Bell Adviser. Matt decided not to continue as Training Officer, Madeline Harris decided not to continue as General Secretary, and Shaun Greenfield had decided not to continue as PRO. Andrew Gordon was elected as Bell Adviser and Madeline Harris was elected as Report Editor. The positions of Ringing Master, General Secretary, Training Officer, and PRO remained unfilled at the end of the meeting. There were no other changes to the members of the committee and the nominations were proposed and seconded.
The raffle raised £117 for the BRF, the winners being Hilary Critcher, Jad Bienek, Madeline Harris, Paul Lewis, Chris Hoare, Simon Rice, and Sue Dancey.
The final draw of the 2023 100+ Club was held and the winners are Geoff Harding (£50), John Peppiatt (£25), and Gareth Jones (£15).
Matt Lawrence led a round of applause for the Hodnet ringers who provided a delicious lunch.
The next quarterly meeting will be held on Saturday 13 April 2024, at Hinstock, and the next AGM will be held at Ellesmere on 11th January 2025.
The Stewardship & Management Workgroup of the Central Council are pleased to announce Belfry Upkeep, an online document aimed at the Steeple Keeper – the person responsible for keeping the bells in order.
The aims of the document are:
- To help you understand the installation in your tower.
- To describe the checks you should carry out to identify any problems.
- To advise you on the maintenance tasks that you should be able to carry out, possibly with expert advice or assistance.
- Most importantly, to help you recognise the tasks that require specialist knowledge from a Bell Hanger or other expert
The document can be found at https://belfryupkeep.cccbr.org.uk
The Church of England has been working on an updated framework for Safeguarding training within the church. Dave Bassford (CCCBR Safeguarding Officer) and The Ringing World have given the Shropshire Association permission to include on this website an article written by Dave and appearing in the 21 January 2022 issue of The Ringing World.
In this article Dave explains that all ringers must take the Basic Awareness training (formerly C0). This is free, done online, takes about an hour to complete, and must be renewed every three years.
The Lichfield Diocese requires Tower Captains and those ringers in a role which involves work with children, young people or adults at risk, to also take the Foundation training (formerly C1), but not the Leadership training.
The trainings can be accessed by going to https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/.
"Calling It Round"
The Central Council has issued a new publication focused on the first steps in
calling and conducting from any bell. The publication has been written by
Bryn Marie Reinstadler and is free and available at
Carbon Dioxide Monitors
We are now in receipt of 2 NDIR Carbon Dioxide monitors that are available for loan to Association members. CO2 monitoring is not about our current return to ringing (which is predicated on low virus levels in the community and high uptake of a good vaccine which protects against currently circulating variants) but it will help us make an informed choice on how we can continue to ring if/when coronavirus levels rise into autumn and winter.
Further information can be found at: https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/carbon-dioxide-monitoring-whilst-ringing/
Please contact Matt Lawrence if you would like to borrow a monitor. [ ].
Raising Funds for the Mobile Belfry
Because of the pandemic the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry has not been hired so no funds have been raised. The insurance of the Mobile Belfry still has to be paid and it is a significant amount of money. The three Associations which own the Mobile Belfry each donated £200 in 2020 to help fund the cost, but it would be helpful to have another source of income. To this end you can raise funds for the Mobile Belfry by making purchases through smile.amazon.
You must login to amazon via smile.amazon.co.uk, rather than directly through amazon.co.uk. You will then be able to choose the charity you want to benefit from your eligible purchases. Choose Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry. Then shop as usual. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible items to the charity of your choice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
The next Association committee meeting will be held on Sunday, 10 March 2024.