Site last updated 23 May 2017


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.

May Association Practice

Eleven ringers attended the Association practice held at Chetwynd. The methods rung, included Plain Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Grandsire Doubles, St Clement’s College Bob Minor, and spliced Cambridge/Primrose/Norfolk/Ipswich Surprise Minor.

The raffle run by Peter Woollam raised £17 for the BRF, and the prizes of wine, chocolates and tomato plants were won by Madeline Harris, Edric Broom and Geoff Harding.

Thanks go to Rob Herbert and Annette Bailey for hosting the practice.

The next Association practice will be held at Montford on Saturday 8th July, from 7pm to 8:30pm and will be followed by the Quarterly Meeting. All ringers are welcome.

The biennial Association outing will be held on Saturday 10th June and will visit towers in North Wales. For more information look here.

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May Training Morning at Edgmond

The second Association training morning of the year took place at the Edgmond Ringing Centre. Vicki Sivess (Meole Brace), Claire Unsworth (Stanton), Jenny Hodnett and Sam Lloyd (both Shifnal) were the students. The ringing included call changes on eight, Plain Hunt Doubles, Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, Stedman Doubles, and Cambridge Surprise Minor.

Tony Freemont, the Association’s Training Officer, was helped during the morning by Mark Adams, Edric Broom, Rob Davis, Alan Glover, Gill Glover, Chris Fraser, Madeline Harris, Peter Neil, Biff Patterson, and Cordelia Warr.

Thanks to Edric Broom for preparing the bells and the simulator.

Further learning opportunities are available at the 8-bell practice on 3rd June at Hodnet, from 10am to 12noon; and the next 6-bell practice on 1st July at Atcham, from 10am to 12noon. The next Saturday mroning training session at Edgmond is scheduled for 16th September. Contact Tony Freemont (email) if you would like to participate.

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BBC Music Day 2017

The third annual BBC Music Day will take place on Thursday 15 June. The theme this year is ' the power of music'. Ringers are invited to take part in the event, either on tower bells or on handbells, by ringing on 15th June, starting at 7pm.

You can read more about the event and how to participate here and here.

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Try The Ringing World For Free!

The 12th May issue of The Ringing World is being made available free online. This issue contains several articles on items of current interest to ringers including: the proposed reforms of the Central Council, the York Minster situation, recruitment in schools.

You can read the issue online at

You can subscribe to The Ringing World at

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The CRAG has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document, based on the queries submitted to them and some of the other queries they have seen raised online. The document can be found at:

The Association's representatives (Alan Glover [email] and Peter Woollam [email]) will be pleased to hear from any member who wishes to discuss the CRAG proposals prior to the Central Council meeting to be held in Edinburgh over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

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A Birthday Peal

The seventh Association peal of the year was rung at Edgmond to celebrate the birth of Enid Mae Darby on 30th April 2017.

Shropshire Association

Edgmond, Shropshire - at the Church of St Peter

On Saturday, 6 May 2017, in 2 hours and 55 minutes

A Peal of 5120 Bristol Surprise Major

Composed by Maurice G Ingram

Tenor 9-3-12 in G

Elizabeth (Biff) Patterson Treble Maurice G Ingram 5
Michael Wilshaw 2 Matthew Lawrence 6
Gail K Lawrence 3 Nicholas J Green 7
William S Deason 4 Alan M Glover Tenor

Conducted by Nicholas J Green.

Rung to celebrate the birth of Enid Mae on 30 April 2017,
daughter for Chloë and Ian Darby,
and first grandchild for Gail and Matthew Lawrence.

Composed by a member of the band 50 years ago (RW 67/548)
and believed not to have been rung before now.

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Enid Mae

Enid Mae

photo: Chloë Darby

Association Ringing Outing - 10th June 2017

The Association's Summer outing will be held on Saturday 10th June and will visit five towers in North Wales. The first tower of the day is at Hawarden and the last is at Abergele.

The itinerary for the day has been sent out by Peter Woollam to all towers with bands. You can also see and download the itinerary here.

If you would like to have lunch at Pen y Bont Farm Pub, please let Cordelia Warr (email) know no later than 26th May.

April 8-Bell practice

Seventeen ringers travelled to Hodnet for the April 8-bell practice. The ringing included call changes, plain hunt, plain courses of Plain Bob Triples, Grandsire Triples, and Stedman Triples, and several touches of Grandsire Triples, one of which nearly came round. The Ringing Master is grateful to the more experienced ringers who came along to help.

The towers represented included Albrighton, Baschurch , Bicton, Calverhall/Ightfield, Edgmond, Hodnet, Market Drayton, Meole Brace, Oswestry, Wrockwardine, and Wem.

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

The date and venue of the next 8-bell practice will be announced in due course.

Ringing Courses at Tulloch Ringing Centre

The Tulloch Ringing Centre ( in Scotland is the most northerly ring of 12 bells in the world. Two courses are being offered in September 2017.

  • Learn to Ring - 18th to 22nd September
  • Improve Your Ringing - 25th to 29th September

More details can be found here.

CRAG Final Report

The Council Review Action Group (CRAG) has released its final report and recommendations.

The summary and proposals can be found at This page also includes links to PDF versions of the summary and the full report.

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:

Missing From the Report/Handbook

The report of the Atcham ringers' actvities in 2016 was inadvertently omitted from the Report/Handbook which has been sent to all towers recently.

Steve Evans wrote:

It has been quite a successful year. We have had two recruitment days one on Magna Carta day and one on Heritage day which attracted four new members wishing to learn how to ring. We are grateful to John Upton for his enthusiasm in this recruitment and his commitment to providing one to one instruction.

We have rung for 6 weddings with an additional one over Christmas and had 7 bands of visiting ringers.

We have dedicated one practice evening and one Sunday service ring to two service men from Atcham who were killed in action or died from their wounds in WW1.

Lance Corporal Hughes who died in action on 18 August 1916 and Private John Benbow died of his wounds 17th October 1916. A minute's silence was held on each occasion.

Bill Price our steeple keeper maintains our ring of six bells with Elaine, Llynne, Marion and Emma ensuring that social events are arranged and suitable refreshments available when necessary.

We participated in the striking competition and will put our experiences from that day into next year's and hope that we can finish higher up the leader table.

We have also hosted two Saturday 6 bell practices and look forward to doing more in the New Year.

We very rarely miss a practice evening on a Thursday and plan to ring for Sunday services on the 2nd and 4th Sunday and any other special events.

We are as ever grateful to Nick Green and Adrian Roberts for helping us on practice nights.

We plan to ring midday on 1st January as we did last year and welcome members of the congregation to stay for sherry and mince pies and also have a ring if they wish.

April 6-Bell Practice

About fifteen ringers made the journey to Stanton for the April 6-bell practice, including several from the local band. Under the direction of Tony Freemont the ringers practised call changes, Plain Bob Doubles, Stedman Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, Cambridge Surprise Minor, Kent Treble Bob Minor. The towers represented at the practice included Meole Brace, Atcham, Oswestry, Edgmond, Market Drayton, Stanton and Wem.

Thanks go to Claire Unsworth for hosting this practice and providing chocolate brownies to sustain the ringers.

April Association Practice and Quarterly Meeting

These took place at Norton-in-Hales. Twenty two ringers attended and the ringing included call changes, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, 5-spliced Surprise Major. It was pleasing to see several members of the local band taking part.

After some discussion Pauline Davie, Alison Powell (both St Martins) and Louise Dunsford (Broseley) were elected as members of the Association, just in case they hadn’t been members in the past. Dawn Grundy and Elizabeth Hutchieson were ratified as members of the Association, following their election prior to a peal at Much Wenlock in March.

Tony Freemont (Training Officer) reported that there had been a Training Morning at Edgmond in February. Tony reported that the next 6-bell will be at Stanton on 22nd April and the next 8-bell practice will be on 29th April at Hodnet, both running from 10 am to 12 noon. There are still places available on the Training Morning to be held at Edgmond on Saturday 13th May, from 9:30am to 12:30pm; contact Tony if you would like to attend. Tony also said that he is hoping to get together all the young ringers in the Association.

In Cordelia Warr’s absence, the Ringing Master spoke about the outing to towers in North Wales, to be held on Saturday 10th June. A poster advertising this event will be circulated to all towers once the details have been finalised. Madeline also mentioned the Ceilidh to be held on 18th November at Shawbury Village Hall.

Biff Patterson (Report Editor) informed the meeting that the Report /Handbooks were available. Biff also reported that the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry had been purchased by the Trustees from Alan Hughes at Whitechapel. The Trustees now had to carry out some fundraising and would be allowing peals to be rung on the Mobile Belfry.

Andrew Gordon spoke about proposed plans at Wellington to install a 10-bell frame lower in the tower, add two trebles, sound control and to set up a training centre there.

Peter Woollam raised £41 for the BRF from the sale of raffle tickets. Prizes of confectionery, home-made marmalade, alcohol, and soft drinks were won by Tony Freemont, Biff Patterson, Nick Green, John Williamson and Andrew Gordon. Peter thanked those who had donated prizes

In the absence of Brian Kear, Tony Freemont carried out the draw for the 100+ Club. The winners of the first draw of the year are: Cordelia Warr (£50), Kathryn Greaves (£25), Brian Kear (£15), Peter Leigh (£15), Julie Allport (£12) and Nick Green (£10).

Thanks go to Jim Vallings for organising the use of the bells, and to Rob and Rachel Luckett for providing tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes.

The next Monthly Practice will be held at Chetwynd on 13th May, from 7pm to 9pm. The special methods will be Stedman Doubles and St Clement's College Bob Minor.
The next Quarterly Meeting will be held at Montford on Saturday 8th July.

Two Peals in One Day

The fifth and sixth peals of the year for the Association were rung at Clungunford and Lydbury North.

Shropshire Association

Clungunford, Shropshire - at the Church of St Cuthbert

On Saturday, 1 April 2017, in 2 hours and 40 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Minor

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

Tenor 7½ cwt in A#

Madeline J Harris Treble Adrian G Roberts 4
E Ann Williams 2 Kevin M Price 5
Gareth B R Jones 3 Andrew W Gordon Tenor

Conducted by Kevin M Price.

Rung as a get-well compliment to L Martin Daniels.

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Shropshire Association

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

On Saturday, 1 April 2017, in 2 hours and 38 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Minor

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

Tenor 8-0-26 in G

E Ann Williams Treble Gareth B R Jones 4
Paul J Lewis 2 Kevin M Price 5
Adrian G Roberts 3 Andrew W Gordon Tenor

Conducted by Kevin M Price.

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Two First Quarter Peals in One Week

Congratulations to Annette Bailey who rang her first quarter peal at Edgmond on Wednesday 29th March, and John Pepiatt who rang his first quarter peal at Meole Brace on Saturday 1st April.

March Surprise Major Practice

This was held at High Ercall with ten ringers attending. The ringing included Norwich Surprise Minor (rung while waiting for a couple more ringers to arrive for Major), Cambridge, Lincolnshire, London and 3-spliced.

Thanks to Chris Yates for allowing the use of the bells.

The next Surprise Major practice is scheduled to be held at Meole Brace on Friday 28th April, from 7:30pm to 9pm.

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. 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.

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.

The final list of these firsts can be seen here.

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, 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

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 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, 11th June 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.