Site last updated 16 August 2022
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.
July and August Practices
Thirteen ringers made the trip to Upton Magna. Ringing ranged from rounds and call changes to spliced surprise minor. The hundred club draw was made prior to the business meeting. First prize of £50 was won by Sue Ganley from Oswestry, £25 went to Jackie Rushall from Market Drayton, £15 to Peter Gordon from Beckbury and £10 to Frances Major from Oswestry. The raffle returned, and prizes of wine and chocolate were won by Gill Glover, Ann Williams and Gail Lawrence.
Nine ringers turned up at Moreton Corbet for the August monthly practice. They were joined by two passing visitors who were interested in finding out about ringing. The visitors were given several opportunities to have a go at ringing, under the guidance of Matt Lawrence. Other ringing included Grandsire Doubles, Stedman Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, St Clement’s College Bob Minor, Cambridge Surprise Minor, Beverly S Minor, and London S Minor.
The next Association practice will be held at Lilleshall on Saturday 3 September from 7pm to 9pm. This practice is particularly aimed at new ringers/members of the Association, but all members are welcome to participate.
Does Your Tower Need a Spider?
I made this 8 Bell Spider by request for the new bell installation at Kemberton, but I now learn that Taylors supplied a spider as part of the work, and so this spider is available free to any Tower.
HOWEVER please don't take the spider UNLESS you already have permission from the Church to install whatever ropes and pulleys you will need, and also that you have the necessary access, manpower and equipment to fit them.
Contact Rob Davis [ ] .
Ringing Roadshow 2022 - 4 September 2022
The Ringing Roadshow is fast approaching, have you booked your ticket for 4th September yet? You don't want to miss out on things to see, things to do, things to learn, things to try, things to buy, a mix of speakers covering students, teaching, using simulators, bell tuning and more. There'll be several mini rings to try out, including the new CCCBR Mobile Belfry 2.0.
Head on over to https://roadshow.cccbr.org.uk/ for more information and to book tickets for just £10 per adult, under 18's go free.
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Andrew Gordon's 2000th Tower Bell Peal
Association peals celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee have been rung at Beckbury and Kemberton. Congratulations to Andrew Gordon for ringing his 2000th tower bell peal.
Beckbury, Shropshire, at the Church of St Milburga
on Thursday, 28 July 2022 in 2 hours and 29 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Treble Bob Minor
One extent of Primrose Surprise, Beverley Surprise, Surfleet Surprise,
Kent Treble Bob, Oxford Treble Bob, and two extents of Cambridge Surprise
Tenor 4–2–18 in Db
|E Ann Williams||Treble||Adrian G Roberts||4|
|Nicola J Galton||2||Matthew Lawrence||5|
|Gail K Lawrence||3||Andrew W Gordon||Tenor|
Conducted by Andrew W Gordon.
50th peal this year - Tenor.
A Platinum Jubilee peal for Beckbury locals who love to hear the bells.
Kemberton, Shropshire, St Andrew
On Saturday, 30 July 2022, in 2 hours 40 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Grandsire Triples
Composed by J J Parker (12 part, 7th obs)
Tenor 5–2–19 in A#
|Matthew Lawrence||Treble||Stephen G Askew||5|
|Rachel D Page||2||Kevin M Price||6|
|Adrian G Roberts||3||Andrew W Gordon||7|
|Gail K Lawrence||4||E Ann Williams||Tenor|
Conducted by Kevin M Price.
First peal on the eight bells.
To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
and the completion of the major restoration of this ring
from four to eight bells.
1999th peal for Andrew W Gordon project manager and fund raiser of this project.
Kemberton - at the Church of St Andrew
On Saturday, 30 July 2022, in 2 hours and 26 minutes
A Peal of 5040 Treble Bob Minor
7 methods: One extent each of Primrose Surprise, Ipswich
Cambridge Surprise, Beverley Surprise, Surfleet Surprise,
Norwich Surprise, and Oxford Treble Bob
Tenor 5-2-19 in A#
|Gail K Lawrence||Treble||Adrian G Roberts||4|
|Matthew Lawrence||2||Kevin M Price||5|
|Stephen G Askew||3||Andrew W Gordon||Tenor|
Conducted by Andrew W Gordon.
The second in day. To celebrate Andrew W Gordon's 2000th tower bell peal.
E Ann Williams & Rachel D Page wish to be associated with this peal.
Funding a New Mobile Belfry
The Central Council has launched a Crowdfunding campaign to enable individual ringers to be part of the Mobile Belfry 2.0 project and contribute to it. Full details of the project, including an introductory video, can be found at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/mobile-belfry.
Funding for this project is coming from a number of sources, most notably the donation of the bells themselves by the Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust, funds from the Central Council, and donations pledged from Guilds and Associations. The Funding from individual ringers and other interested parties will complete the project, with plans for its first appearance at the Council’s Roadshow in Nottingham in September.
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.
Central Council COVID-19 Guidelines
The Central Council's guidance about ringing during the pandemic can be found at https://cccbr.org.uk/coronavirus/
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
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.
The next Association committee meeting will be held on Sunday, 11 September 2022.