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Welcome

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.

Next Association events:

7 November - 6-bell Practice, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, using Zoom and Ringing Room,
14 November - 8-bell Practice, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, using Zoom and Ringing Room,

September Quarterly Newsletter

The Newsletter can be read and downloaded here.

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Central Council COVID-19 Guidance Update - 23 October 2020

The Central Council has issued an update regarding ringing in Tier 2 and Tier 3 in England. This update can be found here
https://cccbr.org.uk/2020/10/23/tiers-2-and-3-in-england-update/.

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YouTube Competition - September Winner, October Theme

The September competition was for the best showcase of school or university ringing. It appears that there is no winner.

The October competition is for the most effective instructional video (could be handling, maintenance, rope splicing, etc).

The Central Council's competition for YouTube videos of ringing will run until Christmas 2020. Details can be found here https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-competition/, where there is also a link to a YouTube video on how to make a YouTube ringing video. The monthly winners will also be listed on that page.

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Central Council COVID-19 Guidance Update - 2 October 2020

Although the Central Council's guidance ( https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/ ) for ringers has not changed recently, the update for 2 October comments on the increased lockdowns in some parts of the UK and how this will affect ringing in those areas.

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October 6-Bell Practice

Nine ringers took part in the October Association 6-bell practice. Such was the level of experience of those attending that a mixture of 6-bell and 8-bell ringing was possible. The ringing included Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles, St Clement's College Bob Minor, Cambridge Surprise Minor, Plain Bob Triples, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, and Treble Bob Hunting on 8.

Thanks to Matt Lawrence for organising the practice and to all the ringers who took part.

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YouTube Competition - August Winner, September Theme

The August competition was for the best video demonstrating change ringing not on tower bells, and the August winner is The Pillaton and St Mellion Handbell Ringers ringing a plain course of Plain Bob Triples by the lapping method.

The September competition is for the best showcase of school or university ringing.

The Central Council's competition for YouTube videos of ringing will run until Christmas 2020. Details can be found here https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-competition/, where there is also a link to a YouTube video on how to make a YouTube ringing video. The monthly winners will also be listed on that page.

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September 8-Bell Practice

Nine ringers took part in the 8-bell practice held using Zoom and Ringing Room. The ringing was directed by Matt Lawrence. Attempts, with more than one succesful finish, were made at Stedman Triples, Grandsire Triples, Plain Bob Major, Little Bob Major, and Treble Bob Hunt Major.

Thanks to Matt Lawrence for organising the practice and to all the ringers who participated.

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September 6-Bell Practice

Eight ringers, took part in the 6-bell practice held using Zoom and Ringing Room. The ringing was directed by Madeline Harris, and included Call Changes, Plain Hunt Doubles and Minor, Plain Bob Doubles, Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles, Grandsire Doubles and St Simon's Bob Doubles.

Thanks to Matt Lawrence for organising the practice

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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.

Those documents can be read and downloaded here:
What's the point of the Central Council.pdf,
Volunteering with the Central Council.pdf,
What does being a Central Council Rep mean?

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Central Council Guidance for Returning to Ringing

The Central Council's guidance on ringing and Covid-19 is being regularly reviewed and updated. The current guidance can be found here https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/.

This page also includes a link to a page for individual ringers to help them reduce the risk to themselves and others while ringing.
https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/can-i-go-ringing-safely/

The Central Council has created a page of Frequently Asked Questions, such as why the guidance is still 2m rather than 1m, whether face coverings must be worn, and why only 15 minutes ringing.
https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions-on-covid-19-guidance/

Ringing must only start again with the permission of the incumbent, and after safety and maintenance checks have been carried out.

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August 8-bell Practice

Fifteen ringers, once again including Edric from Somerset, took part in the 8-bell Practice held using Zoom and RingingRoom. The ringing was directed by Matt Lawrence, and included Plain Hunt Triples, Plain Bob Triples, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Little Bob Major, and Plain Hunt Cinques.

Thanks to Matt for organising the practice.

The next Association practice will be a 6-bell 'novice' practice on Saturday 5th September, from 7pm to 8:30pm. Please contact Matt [ ] if you would like to participate.

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June Quarterly Newsletter

The Newsletter can be read and downloaded here.

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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.

https://cccbr.org.uk/youtube-index/

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Zooming With SACBR

The Shropshire Association has taken out a subscription to the Zoom video conferencing app.
If your tower would like to use the app for a get-together please contact Matt Lawrence [] who will email you the necessary login details.

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Some Notes on Using Zoom

Shaun Greenfield, the Association's PRO, has put together some useful information about how to use Zoom video calling.
Click here to view and download the PDF.

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Practising At Home

One of the more recent innovations in ringing is the ability to learn and practise from home using computer software. Practise and learning at home is known to accelerate progress.

There are some great computer programmes that can be purchased and downloaded on-line (such as Abel, Virtual Belfry or Beltower), with which we can practise some of the methods we learn and develop our listening skills– all with a perfect band around us! Wouldn’t it be great if, when the time comes, we were able to get back to ringing better trained and informed than before?

There is a handy page of resources on the Association of Ringing Teachers website about practising on a simulator at home. This can be found by following this link.

There is also a number of Apps available for mobile phones and tablets. A couple of the most popular examples are:
Mobel - a ringing simulator for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, is available from Apple's App Store. If you choose the tower bells option, Mobel displays pictures of sallies and tail ends, uses tower bell sound, and rings at tower bell speed.
Methodology - a simulator that works on Android phones and is free to download. In the ‘interactive mode’ your selected bell appears at the bottom of the screen. To ring the bell, tap the dark blue rectangle. This doesn’t do anything until you start to ring – then you will see feedback on your timing, the little bars indicating how early/late you are on each stroke. Of course, you will hear if your timing is out as well.

Matt Lawrence
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100+ Club Pause

I have decided to suspend the SACBR 100+ Club for the time being. I know many towers have not yet received this year’s application forms, together with their Annual Reports. However, even if you do have these, would you please NOT send any cheques and application forms until we are able to get back to our normal Association activities.

With best wishes to you all at this difficult time.

Gill Glover
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SACBR and Facebook

The Shropshire Association now has a Facebook page! Click on the Facebook icon at the top of this page, you don't need a Facebook account to read the page. To add items to the Facebook page, please email them to Shaun Greenfield [ ], SACBR's publicity officer.

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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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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.

COLOUR
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.

PRICES
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.

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, https://cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/stairways.pdf

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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 Shaun Greenfield [ ] 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.

Shaun would welcome any comments on the future format of the Newsletter and any items for inclusion in it.

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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, 13 December 2020.

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