Site last updated 25 September 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.
September Training Morning
The next Saturday morning training session at Edgmond will be held on Saturday 29th September. There are still a few places for students available. Contact Tony Freemont [ email ] if you'd like to take part.
Change to Shawbury Practice Night
The practice night at Shawbury has changed to the FIRST Monday of the month. Practice nights at Moreton Corbet (summer) and Stanton (winter) have changed accordingly.
There will be no practice at Moreton Corbet on 24th September, and there will be no practice at Shawbury on 1st October. The next practice in the Moreton Corbet/Shawbury/Stanton triplet will be at Stanton on Monday 8th October.
Association Striking Competition 2018
Once again we were lucky with the weather when the Striking Competition this year was held at Lilleshall; a very rainy morning and early afternoon were followed by a reasonably dry late afternoon.
Nine bands representing 8 towers participated. Six bands rang call changes and three bands rang a method – two bands ringing Grandsire Doubles and one band ringing Plain Bob Doubles.
The draw for the order of ringing was held in the Memorial Hall and tea was served there throughout the afternoon. Bands are pictured below in the order in which they rang.
Phil Ramsbottom, from Birmingham, was the judge. Phil made some comments on the practices, but these were not marked. The first band to go settled into a constant tempo, and their middle 40 rows were respectable. The next band quickly settled into their test piece, they had no major faults and it was quite pleasant to listen to. The third band's test piece was consistent, with no major faults and was nice to listen to. The test piece by the fourth band rattled along and there was some good ringing. The fifth band had a good pull-off and good ringing too. The sixth band to ring had a much better pull-off in their test piece than in their practice although they never quite settled, they had 15 fault-free rows. The seventh band's test piece was confident and settled. The eighth band had a good pull-off and they rattled along producing excellent ringing. The final band's test piece was steady ringing with a good chunk in the middle.
The Ernest Willcox Cup for the fewest faults was presented to Alan Glover for the Shrewsbury 'A' team.
The Call Change Trophy was presented to David Beckwith for the Market Drayton team.
The Charles Allmand Memorial Shield, for the highest placed band which had not won a trophy in the preceding two competitions, was presented to Mark Adams for the Edgmond team.
A vote of thanks was offered to the Lilleshall ringers and helpers for the use of their bells and for providing a sumptuous tea. Thanks were also given to Phil and to all those who had taken part and had made the afternoon fun. Phil was presented with a gift of wine and chocolates.
The next Association practice will be held at Broseley on Saturday 13th October, from 6:30pm to 8pm. The ringing will be followed by the quarterly meeting.
(l-r) back row:
Peter, John, Andrew
(l-r) back row:
Tom, Mark, Chris
(l-r) Madeline, Maurice, Dawn, David, Brânn, Cynthia
(l-r) Nick, Madeline, Alan, Biff, Noj, Brian
(l-r) Tony, Peter, Jan, Cordelia, Chris, Frances
David, Andrew, Marion
(l-r) Edric, Bill, Matt, Biff, Mark Rob
(l-r) Dawn, Alan, Gill, Nick, Jad, Derek
(l-r) Gail, Matt, Annette, Rob, Bill, Naomi
Phil presenting ... Alan with the
... David with the
... Mark with the
|Shrewsbury 'A'||15||Method||Ernest Willcox Trophy|
|Edgmond||16||Method||Charles Allmand Shield|
|Market Drayton||22||Call Changes||Call Change Trophy|
Yet More First Quarter Peal Congratulations
Congratulations to Julie Hartridge of Lilleshall who has rung her first quarter peal, and to Annette Bailey for her first quarter peal on an inside bell.
September 6-Bell Practice
The September 6-bell practice was held at Shifnal and was led by Tony Freemont. Fifteen ringers participated, including Martin Mitchell, son the late Fred Mitchell, a Shifnal tower captain and Ringing Master of the Shropshire Association. Call changes, Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, Stedman Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Cambridge Surprise Minor, Norwich Surprise Minor were all attempted, with varying degrees of success.
Thanks to Shaun and Catherine Greenfield for their hospitality.
August Surprise Major Practice
High Ercall was the venue for the August Surprise Major practice, and fifteen ringers participated. The methods rung were Bristol, Glasgow, Lessness, London, 8-spliced, and 9-spliced.
Thanks to Chris Yates for allowing the use of the bells.
The next Surprise Major practice is scheduled for Friday 28 September, at Wem.
Listen & Strike Workshop at Edgmond
The first workshop of the newly-formed Round the Wrekin Teaching Hub (an ART initiative) has been held at Edgmond. The workshop was led by Matt Lawrence and Paul Lewis, and seven students took part.
The day started with refreshments followed by an introduction and discussion of the workshop’s objectives, and then some theory relating to listening and striking. The students learnt that good ringing requires rhythm, looking and listening.
Following the theory session, the action moved to the bells. Students rang the tenor to rounds on 6, listening all the time and placing the bell the best they could. The software being used with the simulator calculated a score for each ringer. The exercise was repeated and most of the ringers improved their score. The last exercise before lunch involved listening to some ringing on a CD and deciding what the errors were. For example, was the treble leading a little quickly (too close to the tenor); or was an inside bell ringing too slowly (causing the following bell to clash with it); was the error happening at hand stroke or back stroke?
After lunch much laughter was generated with the clapping exercises, which are intended to help develop rhythm. This was followed by more ringing, this time rounds facing out of the circle, whole pull and stand and moving round the circle ringing a different ball after each stand.
Tea and cakes were followed by the Mexican Wave and other Kaleidoscope ringing, before the final round up and discussion about the workshop, which all the students found useful.
Photo by Matt Lawrence
More First Quarter Peal Congratulations
Congratulations to Emma Bentley of Atcham who has rung her first quarter peal.
Photo by Steve Evans
August Association Practice
St Mary’s church, Shrewsbury, was the venue for this year’s practice held jointly with the Church Stretton District of the Hereford Diocesan Guild. Eighteen ringers participated in ringing that included call changes, Plain Bob Caters, Grandsire Caters, Stedman Caters and half a course of Yorkshire Surprise Royal.
The Association Striking Competition will be held at Lilleshall on Saturday 8 September, and the next Association practice will be held at Broseley on Saturday 13 October, from 6:30pm to 8pm, and will be followed by the October Quarterly Meeting.
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.
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.'
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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 9 December 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.