Site last updated 24 February 2017

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.

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.

Changes to Clive and Wem Practice Times

Starting from March 2017 practices at Wem will be held on the first and third Fridays of the month, from 7:30pm to 9pm. Practices at Clive will be held on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, from 7:30pm to 9pm.

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100+ Club

In 2016 the Shropshire Association’s 100+ Club continued the trend of recent years with more than 100 members. There were twenty two winners with two members winning twice. The total prize money awarded was £508 and £878.38 was raised for the Bell Restoration Fund.

Brian Kear, the organiser of the 100+ Club, has recently sent out application forms for 2017 to all tower correspondents. To be a member of the Club you must be over the age of 16 years, but you don't have to be 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 to Brian by 1st April 2017. Cheques should be made payable to Shropshire Association of Church Bellringers Bell Restoration Fund.

The total of grants awarded from the Bell Restoration Fund in 2016 was £351. 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.

The first draw of the year will take place at the Quarterly Meeting at Norton-in-Hales on 8th April.

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February Association Practice

A select band of ringers attended the Association practice held at Bicton. Eight ringers, including three from the local band, had varying degrees of success with Stedman Doubles, Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Cambridge Surprise Minor, Little Bob Minor, St Clement's College Bob Minor, and Dixon's Bob Minor.

Thanks to Sue & Derek Dancey and Paul Roberts for their hospitality.

The next Association practice will be held at Whittington on Saturday 12th March, from 7pm to 9pm. The special methods will be Stedman Doubles and Single Oxford Bob Minor; other methods will be rung, depending on the ringers who attend. All ringers are welcome.

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February Training Morning at Edgmond

The first Association training morning of the year took place at the Edgmond Ringing Centre. Fin Shelley (High Ercall), Vicki Sivess (Meole Brace), and Alice Turner (Hodnet) were the students. The ringing included call changes, Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, Stedman Doubles, and Plain Bob Major.

Tony Freemont, the Association’s Training Officer was helped during the morning by Mark Adams, Jad Bienek, John Burton, Karen Compton, Rob Davis, Alan Glover, Gill Glover, Nick Green, Madeline Harris, Peter Neil, Biff Patterson, Cordelia Warr and Luke Wilson.

Thanks to Edric Broom and Mark Adams for readying the bells and the simulator.

Further learning opportunities are available at the next Third Wednesday morning practice at Edgmond on 15th February, from 10am to 12:30pm; the 8-bell practice on 24th February at Market Drayton, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm; and the next 6-bell practice on 4th March at Wem, from 10am to 12noon.

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February 8-Bell Practice

There will be an 8-bell practice on Friday 24th February from 7:30pm to 9pm at Market Drayton. The focus will be on Plain Bob (Triples, Major) and Grandsire Triples but other methods will be rung, depending on those who attend. If there is a particular method you would like to practise please let the Ringing Master know (master @sacbr.org.uk).

If you would like to make progress with your 8-bell ringing then come along.

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A Centenary Peal

The second Association peal of 2017 was rung at Beckbury to celebrate the 100th birthday of David Tildesley. David's son, Richard, built the frame for the augmented peal at Beckbury.

Shropshire Association

Beckbury, Shropshire - at the Church of St Milburga

On Thursday, 19 January 2017, in 2 hours and 18 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Grandsire Doubles

12x240 1x360 15x120 340 calls

Tenor 4-2-18 in Db

E Ann Williams Treble
David E Coleman 2
Madeline J Harris 3
Andrew W Gordon 4
Adrian G Roberts Tenor

Conducted by Andrew W Gordon.

First peal of Grandsire Doubles - 2.
First peal of Doubles - 3.

100th Birthday compliment to David Tildesley,
father of Richard Tildesley who gave and built the bell frame.

Also in memory of Barry J Lewis who helped with the
restoration and augmentation of these bells.

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Association Monthly Practice and AGM

These was held at St Andrew's church, Shifnal. Prior to the Service of Thanksgiving there was the opportunity for about thirty members to ring call changes, Plain Hunt Triples, Cambridge Surprise Major, Stedman Triples, Grandsire Triples and three leads of Bristol Surprise Major. The Ringing Master and Mark Adams shared organising duties. Jim Lilley came by train all the way from Shoreham by Sea to ring with us at Shifnal.

More ringers turned up in time for the Service, which was led by Rev. Preb. Chris Thorpe. The address was given by the Archdeacon of Salop, the Venerable Paul Thomas; and the organist, Sue Blake, a former ringer at Codsall, kept the hymns going at a good pace. The Archdeacon spoke about the need to make both the Church of England and ringing more accessible to more people and spoke about flexibilty, friendship and forthrightness. This prompted the vicar to call the Archdeacon the effing Archdeacon!

The Shifnal ringers' catering team provided a delicious meal of butternut squash soup and a dazzling array of sandwiches and sausage rolls and pork pies. These were followed by a large variety of cakes plus tea and coffee.

Archdeacon Paul got the meetings under way. At the Quarterly Meeting, which preceded the AGM, the following were elected as members of the Association: Lisa Basden, Glenville Davies, Alistair Mitchell, Kate Mitchell (all Atcham); Peter Gordon (Beckbury), Christina Perkin (Clive); Tom Gough, Jane Thompson (Codsall); Christopher Parker (Llangollen); Derick Hood, Julia Howard, Josh Oakley (Meole Brace); Katie Buckley, Steve Buckley (Shifnal); Rev Tim Carter (Wellington); Tony Bryant, Mike King, Jacob Sims (Whitchurch). Paul Bennett and Arthur Reeves were ratified as a Non-Resident Life Members following their election prior to a peal.

Cordelia Warr mentioned that the social events for 2017 would be an outing in June and a ceilidh in November. Tony Freemont talked about getting together the youth ringers of the Association with the aim of entering a band in the Lichfield Diocesan Striking Competition. Tony also suggested that the Surprise Major practices might occasionally be replaced with 8-bell practices, in order to provide opportunities for progress for those who would like to move on from 6-bell ringing. There was also mention of the CRAG online survey which had opened that day and would be available for all ringers to take part in until 3rd February.

After the usual business of apologies, Minutes of the last AGM, and matter arising from the Minutes, Madeline Harris gave her Ringing Master's report. Madeline touched briefly on a few of the highlights of the year, including: the 90th anniversary of the Association and the need to look forward to the centenary in 2026; the sixteen peals that had been rung including five to mark the 90th birthday of the Queen and two to mark the 90th anniversary of the Association; the five members who rang their first quarter peals during the year: Vicki Sivess, Brânn Himlin, Sue Bower, Rob Herbert and Andy Digby. Madeline also remembered Richard Blagrove and Barry Lewis who had died during the year. Madeline thanked the Committee for their hard work; all those members who had supported the Association by buying raffle tickets or joining the 100+ Club; and all the bands that had hosted meetings and events. The support given to the Association by its President and Vice-President, Bishop Mark Rylands and Archdeacon Paul Thomas, was also appreciated.

In the absence of the Treasurer, Madeline Harris presented the accounts of the Association and they were approved by the meeting. The Independent Examiners, Brian Kear and Karen Compton, had inspected and approved the accounts and Brian reported that he and Karen were happy with how the accounts had been presented. Brian asked that when money is given to the Treasurer it should be accompanied by a note of what the money is for. This will make the life of the Treasurer much easier.

Geoff Harding (Bell Adviser) reported that he had carried out two inspections in 2016, at Wroxeter and at Childs Ercall. A BRF grant had been made to St Martins, and grants had been approved for work at St Chad's, Shrewsbury and at Wem. Geoff thanked Association members for their support of the Bell Restoration Fund. Geoff also reported that the bells at Selattyn, which had been listed as unringable for more than twenty years, would now be available for ringing at special services and at weddings, following much work on the installation.

Peter Woollam (Librarian) reported that he had acquired two new titles for the library. Tony Freemont (Training Officer) reported on the success of the Training mornings held during the year. Tony thanked, especially, Edric Broom Mark Adams for their help at Edgmond, and all those who came along and helped with the training sessions. Tony also mentioned the success of the 6-bell practices held in alternate months. Madeline Harris (PRO) reported that four quarterly Newsletters had been produced and sent to towers either electronically or by post.

Chris Fraser (Safeguarding Officer) said that she had received no reports requiring investigation. Chris also described the current situation regarding Safeguarding. She mentioned that tower contacts should ensure that visiting bands with young people include someone who is DBS checked.

Biff Patterson (LDMB Trustee) reported on the activities of the Mobile Belfry, and mentioned that there had been no Shropshire visits by the Mobile Belfry in 2016. Biff also said that the Mobile Belfry's financial position had improved and that it had been used at a BBC Countryfile Live event held at Blenheim Palace. Peter Woollam (Central Council Rep.) mentioned the Council Review Action Group (CRAG) online survey.

Elections for the Committee for 2017 were held. Peter Woollam was elected as Publicty and Public Relations Officer; Jan Snowball was elected as Safeguarding Officer; and Annette Bailey was elected as an ordinary Committee member. All the other Committee positions remained as they had been at the end of 2016.

John Crum (Shrewsbury) was presented with a certificate to mark his 50 years of membership of the Association. Certificates were also presented to several members to mark their 25 years membership of the Association.

Edric Broom was elected as Honorary Life Members of the Association and Peter Woollam read out the citation for his nomination. In reply Edric spoke about T John Frodsham who had been instrumental in revitalising the Association in the 1980s.

Under Any Other Business Mark Adams suggested that an hour's ringing prior to the AGM was not enough; Andrew Gordon suggested that following Whitechapel Foundry's ceasing bell casting it might be necessary to require only two quotes for work rather than three.

Madeline thanked the Rev Chris Thorpe for taking the Service, and Archdeacon Paul for chairing the meeting, and Tricia Mitchell, John Burton and all the Shifnal ringers for their hospitality and for providing a delicious tea. Archdeacon Paul said that he would be very happy to be involved in helping to spread the word about bellringing.

Peter Woollam sold raffle tickets raising £82 for the Bell Restoration Fund. The glittering array of prizes was won by Cordelia Warr, Mark Adams, Andrew Gordon, Tina Perkin, Edric Broom, Emma Bentley, John Williamson, Jacqui Barden and Chris Fraser.

The final draw of the year for the 100+ Club was made by Brian Kear who thanked all those who participated in the 100+ Club and said that about £800 had been raised for the BRF. Brian said that forms for 2017 would be going out to towers in February. The winners were: £50 - Adrian Roberts (Unattached), £25 - David Coleman (Wrockwardine), £15 - Jan Snowball (Oswestry), £15 - Gordon Menhinick (Baschurch), £12 - Mary Ann Oakley (Ruyton XI Towns), £10 - Keith Swinnerton (Hinstock).

The next AGM will be held at Meole Brace on Saturday 13th January 2018. The next Quarterly meeting will be held at Norton in Hales on Saturday 8th April. The next monthly practice will be held at Bicton on Saturday 11th February.

Edric receiving HLM

Archdeacon Paul presenting Honorary Life Membership to Edric Broom

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PR Matters Open Day at Wellesbourne

The Central Council PR Committee is holding an open day at St Peter's Church Centre, Wellesbourne on Saturday 25th February. There are still places available. The cost, which includes buffet lunch and refreshments, is £18.

This is not just for PR Officers - it is for anyone who is interested in getting local or even national publicity for their ringing activities. Most publicity is local and is often about just one tower. There has recently been excellent coverage of restoration projects, public open days (such as the recent Heritage Open Days), recruitment events, ringing for First World War anniversaries and so on. It is not difficult to get publicity for your events, as many ringers already know. Come and hear about how to do it, or to share your own experiences and find out how to do even better!

More details and an application form can be found at https://www.cccbr.org.uk/services/pr/pr-matters-day/.

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Have Your Say on the Future of the Central Council - Part 4

The latest article from CRAG (Council Review Action Group) was published in The Ringing World of 13th January 2017. An online copy of the article is available to read at cc-crag.weebly.com/uploads/9/1/3/4/91345646/rw130117_prjb_-_web.pdf.

Phillip Barnes, Chairman of CRAG, has written the following message to ringers.

The article gives feedback on what ringers told us they feel about the Central Council of Church Bellringers - our current central body for ringing - and some of their suggestions for improvements. We have also given some of our early thoughts on what is needed in the future.

Many say the Central Council (CC) is irrelevant to them and their ringing. We on the independent review group, however, feel that ringing does need an effective central body and that everyone already gets some benefit from the CC even if they don't realise it. However, it could be so much more and it is likely that our proposals will recommend the most radical overhaul of the CC in more than 125 years.

It is all the more important that we hear the view of as many ringers as possible no matter where they live or what they ring. We have a short online survey, which should take no more than a few minutes to complete, and we very much hope that you will take part and thus influence the future of ringing.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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A Golden Wedding Anniversary Peal

The first Association peal of 2017 was rung at Lapley, Staffordshire, to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Barbara and Bill Deason.

Shropshire Association

Lapley, Staffordshire - at the Church of All Saints

On Saturday, 7 January 2017, in 2 hours and 51 minutes

A Peal of 5088 Lincolnshire Surprise Major

Composed by W Barton (rotated)

Tenor 9-3-20 in F#

Kathryn R Greaves Treble Edric W Broom 5
William S Deason 2 Paul J Lewis 6
Maurice G Ingram 3 Mark Adams 7
Gail K Lawrence 4 Matthew Lawrence Tenor

Conducted by Matthew Lawrence.

Rung to celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary today of Bill and Barbara Deason.

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January 6-Bell Practice

This was held at Dawley with 15 ringers attending. Tony Freemont directed the ringing which included call changes, plain hunt on 5, Plain Bob Doubles, Steadman Doubles, Gradsire Doubles, St Simons, St Clements Minor and a plain course of Norwich Surprise. The towers represented at the practice included Meole Brace, Atcham, Oswestry, Dawley, Coalbrookdale and Wem.

Thanks to the Dawley ringers for hosting this practice and providing refreshments.

The next 6-bell practice will be held on Saturday 4th March from 10am to 12 noon, at Wem.

Gareth Jones
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A Peal for Barry

The last Association peal of 2016 was rung at Chetwynd in memory of Barry Lewis who was tower captain there.

Shropshire Association

Chetwynd, Shropshire - at the Church of St Michael and All Angels

On Saturday, 31 December 2016, in 2 hours and 36 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Cambridge Surprise Minor

2x1440's, 3x720's

Tenor 6-3-22 in A

Paul J Lewis Treble Edric W Broom 4
Gail K Lawrence 2 Mark Adams 5
Biff Patterson 3 Matthew Lawrence Tenor

Conducted by Matthew Lawrence.

Rung to celebrate the life of Barry J Lewis,
tower captain of Chetwynd,
whose funeral took place yesterday.

John Harrold wishes to be associated with this peal.

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The Fifteenth Association Peal of 2016

The fifteenth Association peal of 2016 was rung at Morville.

Shropshire Association

Morville, Shropshire - at the Church of St Gregory the Great

On Thursday, 29 December 2016, in 2 hours and 46 minutes

A Peal of 5088 London Surprise Major

Composed by James W Washbrook

Tenor 8-0-3 in F#

Neil Bennett Treble Maurice G Ingram 5
Gail K Lawrence 2 Paul D Bennett 6
Mark R Eccleston 3 Nicholas J Green 7
Arthur J Reeves 4 Matthew Lawrence Tenor

Conducted by Nicholas J Green.

Circled the tower to peals - Treble.

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Have Your Say on the Future of the Central Council - Part 2

The role of a central body: CRAG wish now to present outline suggestions for what needs to be done centrally to support and develop ringing. These are described as an outline Mission Statement for a central body.

Click here cccbr.org.uk/review/part2/ to read the article published in The Ringing World of 7th October and on the Central Council website.

Have Your Say on the Future of the Central Council

At its annual meeting in May 2016, the Central Council set up a working group to carry out a review of the rules and activities of the Central Council. This group is called the Council Review Action Group, or CRAG for short. The group will report its recommendations to the Central Council annual meeting in 2017.

CRAG has now had its first meeting and has developed a proposed Vision statement for ringing:
"A vibrant community of ringers; with bell-ringing valued as an enjoyable performing art that is open to all, a beneficial mental & physical exercise, and a unique musical and cultural pursuit which provides service to both community and church."

This would mean that the aim of the Central Council should be:
"To foster a vibrant community of ringers; with bell-ringing valued as an enjoyable performing art that is open to all, a beneficial mental & physical exercise, and a unique musical and cultural pursuit which provides service to both community and church."

CRAG is very keen to have feedback on the Vision statement from as wide a range of ringers as possible. You can read more details of the CRAG's work at cccbr.org.uk/review/part1/.

SACBR 90th Anniversary Challenge - The Final List

To mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Shropshire Association, members were challenged to collectively complete 90 significant firsts during 2016.

No. When? Who? What?
97 9 Dec Graham Parker (Ightfield) First quarter peal on eight bells View
96 7 Dec Rob Davis (Edgmond) First 'inside' unaided to Cambridge Surprise Major
95 30 Nov Jan Snowball (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Minor 'inside' and first on handbells View
94 15 Nov Jan Snowball (Oswestry) First 720 of Plain Bob Minor on handbells View
93 13 Nov Anna Rothera (Oswestry) First conducting of a touch of call changes for Sunday service
92 11 Nov David Cartwright (St Martins) First quarter peal View
91 10 Nov Cheswardine practice night band First course of Stedman Doubles in the tower in living memory
90 10 Nov Peter Tavernor (Cheswardine) First treble to Plain Bob Doubles and Plain Hunt Minor
89 10 Nov Andy Digby (Meole Brace) First quarter peal View
88 10 Nov Vicki Sivess (Meole Brace) First quarter peal on an 'inside' bell View
87 6 Nov Amanda Craig (Shrewsbury) First quarter peal of 6-Spliced Surprise Major View
86 21 Oct David Coleman (Wrockwardine) First quarter peal of Plain Bob Caters View
85 21 Oct Peter Neil (Oswestry) First quarter peal on ten bells as conductor View
84 14 Oct Liz Menhinick (Unattached) First quarter peal of Single Oxford Bob Triples View
83 7 Oct Karen Compton (Wem) First quarter peal of Minor View
82 3 Oct Rob Herbert (Edgmond) First quarter peal at first attempt View
81 28 Sep Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First time to call touches of Grandsire Doubles and Plain Bob Doubles.
80 17 Sep Vicki Sivess (Meole Brace) First time to call a plain course.
79 17 Sep Alice Turner (Hodnet) First plain hunt to Plain Bob Doubles.
78 7 Sep Judith Byne (High Ercall) First tenor to Plain Bob Doubles.
77 7 Sep Lois Crooks (High Ercall) First treble to plain course of Plain Bob Doubles.
76 31 Aug Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First quarter peal of Grandsire View
75 29 Aug Claire Unsworth (Stanton) First touch of Grandsire Doubles unaided.
74 29 Aug Geoff Harding (Baschurch) First quarter peal 'inside'on eight bells View
73 26 Aug John Clark (Chirk) First quarter peal away from cover View
72 24 Aug Rob Davis (Edgmond) First 'clean' touch inside to Stedman Triples
71 22 Aug Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury) First quarter peal of Stedman Cinques View
70 15 Aug Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury) First quarter peal of 8-spliced View
69 14 Aug Chloë Darby (Edgmond) First quarter peal of Maximus View
68 13 Aug Karen Compton (Wem) First touch of Stedman Doubles unaided
67 13 Aug Karen Compton (Wem) First treble bob hunt on eight bells
66 13 Aug Colin Jones (Wellington) First plain hunt on seven bells
65 6 Aug Steve Evans (Atcham) First treble bob hunt
64 29 Jul Rob Davis (Edgmond) First touch of Stedman Doubles
63 27 Jul Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First touch of Plain Bob Minor
62 23 Jul Chloë Darby (Edgmond) First peal of Caters View
61 23 Jul Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury) First peal on ten bells View
60 23 Jul Stanton peal band First all ladies peal for the Association. View
59 23 Jul Madeline Harris (Market Drayton) First peal of Minor and in more than one method. View
58 23 Jul Cordelia Warr (Oswestry) First peal as conductor. View
57 22 Jul Madeline Harris (Market Drayton) First quarter peal of 7-Spliced Surprise Major View
56 22 Jul Susan Capey (Oswestry) First quarter peal of 7-Spliced Surprise Major View
55 17 Jul David Read (Meole Brace) First quarter peal on ten bells View
54 13 Jul Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First quarter peal on an 'inside' bell View
53 9 Jul Annette Bailey (Edgmond) First plain hunt on seven bells
52 9 Jul Rob Herbert (Edgmond) First plain hunt on seven bells
51 6 Jul Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First Stedman Doubles
50 3 Jul Sue Dancey (Bicton) First quarter peal of Stedman Doubles View
49 19 Jun Sue Dancey (Bicton) First quarter peal of Grandsire Caters on an 'inside' bell View
48 17 Jun Claire Unsworth (Stanton) First plain hunt on seven bells
47 15 Jun Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First Plain Bob Minor on an 'inside' bell
46 11 Jun Annette Bailey (Edgmond) First 60 on 3rds, and longest ring of anything View
45 11 Jun Rob Herbert (Edgmond) First 60 on 3rds, and longest ring of anything View
44 11 Jun Paul Dutton (Calverhall) First quarter peal as conductor View
43 11 Jun Sue Bower (Calverhall) First quarter peal at first attempt View
42 5 Jun Rob Herbert (Edgmond) First method for Sunday service
41 3 Jun Matthew Wren (Codsall) First quarter peal at first attempt View
40 23 May Glenda Kay (Shawbury) First plain hunt on six bells
39 22 May Madeline Harris (Market Drayton) First quarter peal on ten bells as conductor View
38 21 May Alice Stanley (Shrewsbury) First ringers' outing
37 20 May Liz Menhinick (Unattached) First quarter peal of Rutland Surprise Major View
36 18 May Edgmond practice night band First plain course of Belfast Surprise Major on practice night
35 18 May Kathryn Greaves (Newport) First plain course of Belfast Surprise Major
34 18 May Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First extent of a Doubles Variation on an inside bell
33 18 May Dave Read (Meole Brace) First touch of Grandsire Doubles on an inside bell
32 15 May Cordelia Warr (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Plain Bob Triples as conductor View
31 9 May Chloë A Darby (Edgmond) First quarter peal of Pudsey Surprise Royal View
30 9 May Jad Bienek (Unattached) First quarter peal of Pudsey Surprise Royal View
29 8 May Liz Menhinick (Unattached) First quarter peal of Lincolnshire Surprise Major View
28 8 May John Burton (Shifnal) First quarter peal of Lincolnshire Surprise Major View
27 2 May Cordelia Warr (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major as conductor View
26 2 May Sue Perry (Calverhall) First quarter peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major View
25 2 May Susan Capey (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major View
24 27 Apr Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First quarter peal at first attempt. View
23 20 Apr Anna Rothera (Oswestry) First Plain Hunt for Sunday Service.
22 12 Apr Madeline Harris (Market Drayton) First peal of Major. View
21 10 Apr Geoff Harding (Baschurch) First quarter peal on 10 bells. View
20 28 Mar Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury) First quarter peal of Bristol Surprise Major,
completing the Standard 8.
View
19 21 Mar Sue Turnbull (Wellington) First quarter peal of Plain Hunt on the Treble. View
18 17 Mar Chloë Darby (Edgmond) First quarter peal of >13 Spliced Surprise Major methods. View
17 12 Mar Colin Jones (Wellington) First quarter peal of Plain Hunt on the Treble. View
16 6 Mar Chris Cawood (Oswestry) First quarter peal 'inside' on 8 bells View
15 19 Feb Peter Woollam (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Royal View
14 19 Feb Liz Menhinick (Unattached) First quarter peal of Royal View
13 5 Feb Peter Woollam (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major View
12 5 Feb Cordelia Warr (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major View
11 5 Feb Madeline Harris (Market Drayton) First quarter peal of Double Norwich Court Bob Major View
10 3 Feb Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First attempt at ringing down in peal
9 30 Jan Tony Freemont (Oswestry) First quarter peal of Wembley Surprise Major View
8 30 Jan Jad Bienek (Unattached) First quarter peal of Wembley Surprise Major View
7 22 Jan Geoff Smith (Hodnet) First quarter peal of Spliced Surprise Major View
6 20 Jan Dave Read (Meole Brace) First plain hunt to a method on 7 bells
5 18 Jan Biff Patterson (Shrewsbury) First quarter peal of London Surprise View
4 16 Jan Vicki Sivess (Meole Brace) First quarter peal View
3 15 Jan Liz Menhinick (Unattached) First quarter peal on 10 bells View
2 2 Jan Mike Carding (Meole Brace) First quarter peal as conductor for the Association View
1 2 Jan David Read (Meole Brace) First quarter peal away from cover View

Safeguarding Update

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) and the Church of England have agreed an update to the Safeguarding procedures for ringers.Guidance Note 3 (GN3), which an be found at www.cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/GN3v9.pdf, gives advice regarding child protection in towers. The Appendix to the Guidance Note describes in more detail the ringing activities which require a ringer to be DBS checked.

VAT and Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

The Central Council's Bell Restoration Committee has recently updated its Guidance Note on this subject.

The Guidance Note (GN1) can be found at
www.cccbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/GN1-vat-and-listed-places-of-worship-grant-scheme-rev1.pdf

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.

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 email Peter Woollam at pro@sacbr.org.uk 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 Belfast or Glasgow. 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.

The practices are reasonably well attended and have attracted some positive feedback.  There is always room for improvement, and the ringing master is prepared to take constructive criticism and suggestions over the running and scope of these practices.

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.

Committee Meeting

The next Association committee meeting will be held on Sunday, 12th March 2017.

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.

Email pro@sacbr.org.uk