Site last updated 18 November 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

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.

First Peal Congratulations

Congratulations to Karen Compton on ringing her first peal. This was also the first peal as conductor for Martin Scott.

Shropshire Association

Wem, Shropshire - at the Church of St Peter and St Paul

On Sunday, 11 November 2018, in 2 hours and 50 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Doubles

6 methods: 7 extents each Grandsire, St Osmund Bob, Eynesbury Bob,
St Martin's Bob, St Simon's Bob, Plain Bob

Tenor 13–2–24 in F

Karen A Compton Treble Elizabeth S Menhinick 4
E Ann Williams 2 Gareth B R Jones 5
Martin Scott 3 Nicola J Galton Tenor

Conducted by Martin Scott.

First peal - Treble.
First as conductor.

Rung half muffled to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice
and to honour the Fallen of Wem.


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First World War Centenary Peal

The fourteenth Association peal of the year has been rung at Ellesmere, to mark the centenary of the Armistice which ended World War 1.

It has been 45 years since a peal was rung at Ellesmere for the Shropshire Association.

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Ellesmere, Shropshire - at the Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary

On Saturday, 10 November 2018, in 3 hours 8 minutes

A Peal of 5024 Cambridge Surprise Major

Composed by Charles Middleton (arr. Donald F Morrison)

Tenor 18-0-18 in Eb

Maurice G Ingram Treble Penny J Salisbury 5
Gail K Lawrence 2 Neil Bennett 6
Alan M Glover 3 Nicholas J Green 7
Chloë A Darby 4 Matthew Lawrence Tenor

Conducted by Nicholas J Green.

Rung to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War and to remember the Fallen in that conflict,
in particular the ten members of the Salop Archidiaconal Guild (antecedent of the Shropshire Association)
listed in the Central Council Roll of Honour,
and the 69 individuals from Ellesmere, who made the supreme sacrifice.


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David Gough

It is with sadness that the death of David Gough is reported. David, and his wife Wendy, was active in the Oswestry area several years ago.

David's funeral will be held at St John’s church, Maesbrook, on Thursday 29th November at 2pm.

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Armistice Centenary Commemorative Certificate

Ringing Remembers and Big Ideas have produced a certificate to record the names of ringers who took part in commemorative ringing on 11th November 2018. Download the file here

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Wilfred Owen Centenary Peal

The thirteenth Association peal of the year has been rung at St Mary the Virgin, Shrewsbury, to mark the centenary of the death of Wilfred Owen.

This is Neil Bennett's 50th and Alan Glover's 60th peal for the Association. The last time a peal of Cambridge Surprise Royal was rung at St Mary's for the Shropshire Association was in September 1971, and the last time a peal of Cambridge Surprise Royal was rung for the Association was at Coalbrookdale on 1st January 1977, when Neil Bennett was the conductor.

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Shrewsbury, Shropshire - at the Church of St Mary the Virgin

On Sunday, 4 November 2018, in 3 hours and 16 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Cambridge Surprise Royal

Composed by Donald F Morrison (no. 6287)

Tenor 19-2-8 in Eb

Alan M Glover Treble Maurice G Ingram 6
Gareth B R Jones 2 Neil Bennett 7
Gail K Lawrence 3 Nicholas J Green 8
Chloë A Darby 4 Matthew Lawrence 9
Michael Wilshaw 5 Andrew C Ogden Tenor

Conducted by Nicholas J Green

First peal of Surprise Royal on an 'inside' bell - 2.

Rung to honour the poet, Wilfred Owen M.C.,
on the centenary of his death in action in France, during the battle to cross the
Sambre-Oise canal at Ors. Owen and his family lived in Shrewsbury from 1907,
where he completed his secondary education at the town’s Technical Institute
and took his first employment as a pupil teacher in a town centre school.


Wilfred Owen

"My subject is War and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity."
Wilfred Owen

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Ringing for the Centenary of the WW1 Armistice

An event has been set up on BellBoard for bands to list their planned ringing to mark the centenary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.

Please add any planned ringing to the official BellBoard event, to which you can also link your performances. You'll have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the Add Attempt link.

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October Surprise Major Practice

Edgmond was the venue for the October Surprise Major practice. The ten ringers (including one visitor) present attempted (mostly successfully) Glasgow, London, Pudsey, Rutland, and 8-spliced.

Thanks go to Mark Adams.

The next Surprise Major pratice is scheduled for Friday 30th November, from 7:30pm to pm, at Meole Brace.

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October Association Practice and Quarterly Meeting

These were held at Broseley. Although Broseley is not in the Shropshire Association its ringers are members of the Association.

Fifteen ringers took part in the ringing which included call changes, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Plain Bob Doubles, Cambridge Surprise Major.

Fourteen ringers stayed for the Quarterly Meeting which was held in the church hall.

Jane Holland was ratified as a member following election prior to a peal attempt. Geoff Harding, Bell Advisor, reported that BRF grants had been paid for: the refurbishment of the clappers at Hodnet; the purchase of a simulator at Lilleshall; the repair of a bearing on the 11th at St Chad’s, Shrewsbury.

Madeline Harris, Ringing Master, reminded those present that the Quiz Night is to be held at Shawbury Village Hall on Saturday 17th November. Tickets are now available.
The Carol Service is scheduled to be held at Market Drayton on Saturday 8th December.
The next Association Training Morning at Edgmond will be held on Saturday 24th November.

David Beckwith, Treasurer, reported on the state of the Association’s finances.

The next quarterly meeting will be held on Saturday 12th January 2019, prior to the AGM.

Peter Woollam raised £20 for the BRF from the sale of raffle tickets. Prizes of a sweet and alcoholic nature were won by Geoff Harding, Jad Bienek, David Beckwith, Ann Williams, Maurice Ingram. Peter thanked those who had donated prizes.

Brian Kear ran the draw for the 100+ Club The winners are: Paul Roberts (£50), Margaret Rowley (£25), Jan Snowball (£15), Pauline MacDonald (£15), and Mandy Oakley (£12).

Thanks to Ginette Pardoe for organising the use of the bells, and to Neil and Jan for providing delicious refreshments prior to the meeting.

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Two More Peals in a Day

Saturday 6th October 2018 was a busy day for Shropshire Association peals. In addition to the peal at Morville detailed below, peals were also rung at Cleobury Mortimer and Bridgnorth.

Shropshire Association

Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire - at the Church of St Mary the Virgin

On Saturday, 6 October 2018, in 2 hours and 54 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Minor

7 methods: One extent each of Cambridge Surprise, Oxford Treble Bob,
St Clement's College Bob, College Bob, Single Oxford Bob,
Grandsire and Plain Bob

Tenor 12–0–0 in F#

Jane Holland Treble Andrew W Gordon 4
E Ann Williams 2 Kevin M Price 5
Andrew J Holland 3 Gareth B R Jones Tenor

Conducted by Kevin M Price.

Rung on the Harvest Thanksgiving weekend.

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Bridgnorth, Shropshire - at the Church of St Mary Magdalene

On Saturday, 6 October 2018, in 2 hours 49 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Grandsire Triples

Composed by J J Parker (12 part, 7th observation)

Tenor 8–2–4 in G

E Ann Williams Treble Gareth B R Jones 5
Nicola J Galton 2 Kevin M Price 6
Cordelia Warr 3 Andrew W Gordon 7
Peter G Neil 4 Anthony J Freemont Tenor

Conducted by Kevin M Price.

Rung to mark the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Town of Telford -
in a Thomas Telford Church.
Also to mark the 300th Anniversary of the first peal of Grandsire Triples.

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Association Peal at Morville

The tenth Association peal of the year has been rung at Morville. This is Nick Green's 50th peal for the Association as conductor.

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Morville, Shropshire - at the Church of St Gregory

On Saturday, 6 October 2018, in 2 hours 46 minutes

A Peal of 5152 Spliced Surprise Major

16 methods: 448 Ashtead, Cambridge, Ipswich, Lincolnshire,
Rutland, Uxbridge, Yorkshire; 224 Bristol, Cassiobury, Cornwall,
Cray, Double Dublin, Lindum, London, Pudsey, Superlative;
153 com; all the work

Composed by Norman Smith

Tenor 8-0-3 in F#

Timothy M Davis Treble Matthew Lawrence 5
Neil Bennett 2 Michael Wilshaw 6
Gail K Lawrence 3 Nicholas J Green 7
Chloë A Darby 4 Andrew C Ogden Tenor

Conducted by Nicholas J Green.

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Morville peal band

(l - r) Andrew Ogden, Matthew Lawrence, Tim Davis,
Chloë Darby, Nick Green, Gail Lawrence,
Neil Bennett, Michael Wilshaw

photo: Ian Rowe

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October 8-bell Practice

Fourteen ringers travelled to Hodnet to practice Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, Single Oxford Bob Triples, Kent Treble Bob Major, Little Bob Major, and St Clement's College Bob Major.

The towers represented include Atcham, Codsall, Edgmond, Hodnet, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Shrewsbury, and Wem.

Thanks go to John Powell for allowing use of the bells.

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September Training Morning

The third Association training morning of the year took place at the Edgmond Ringing Centre. Lisa, Gaynor, Jane, and Helen were the students. The students worked on improving their call changes, Plain Hunt Doubles, Plain Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Grandsire Doubles, and Cambridge Surprise Minor.

Tony Freemont, the Association’s Training Officer was helped during the morning by Mark Adams, Jacqui Barden, Karen Compton, Rob Davis, Kathryn Greaves, Madeline Harris, Matt Lawrence, and Cordelia Warr.

Refreshments were available, as is usual on these occasions.

Thanks to Matt and Mark for preparing the bells and setting up the simulator.

The next Association training morning will be held at Edgmond on Saturday 24th November. If you would like to participate please contact Tony Freemont [ email ].

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September Surprise Major Practice

Just enough ringers turned up at Wem for the September Surprise Major practice. The ringing comprised 5-spliced, and a quarter peal attempt of 4-spliced.

Thanks to Gareth Jones for the use of the bells.

The next Surprise Major practice is scheduled for Friday 26 October, at Edgmond.

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Helen Marsh

It is with sadness that the death of Helen Marsh is reported. Helen was a ringer at Codsall and a member of the Shropshire Association.

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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.

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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 [ 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.

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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Safeguarding Update

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 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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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.

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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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:

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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 [ email ] 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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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, 9 December 2018.

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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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