Site last updated 26 May 2016


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.

Bank Holiday Monday Practice at Wellington CANCELLED

Practice at Wellington on Bank Holiday Monday (30 May) has been cancelled.

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May Surprise Major Practice CANCELLED

The May Surprise Major practice, due to be held on Friday 27 May at High Ercall, has been cancelled as not enough ringers are available.

The next Surprise Major practice is scheduled for Friday 24 June at Oswestry.

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SACBR 90th Anniversary Challenge

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

This could be your first quarter peal or peal; the first time you call a quarter peal or peal; the first time you call a touch or call changes; the first time you ring Stedman or Surprise Major; the first time you ring for Sunday service. There is a multitude of possibilities that reflect what is significant for you.

Please let the webmaster or any committee member know of these Firsts so that they can be added to the list, which can be seen here.

The most recent additions to the list are shown here.

No. When? Who? What?
37 23 May Glenda Kay (Shawbury) First plain hunt on six bells
36 22 May Madeline Harris (Market Drayton) First quarter peal on ten bells as conductor View
35 21 May Alice Stanley (Shrewsbury) First ringers' outing
34 20 May Liz Menhinick (Unattached) First quarter peal of Rutland Surprise Major View
33 18 May Edgmond practice night band First plain course of Belfast Surprise Major on practice night
32 18 May Kathryn Greaves (Newport) First plain course of Belfast Surprise Major
31 18 May Brânn Himlin (Market Drayton) First extent of a Doubles Variation on an inside bell
30 18 May Dave Read (Meole Brace) First touch of Grandsire Doubles on an inside bell
29 9 May Chloë A Darby (Edgmond) First quarter peal of Pudsey Surprise Royal View
28 9 May Jad Bienek (Unattached) First quarter peal of Pudsey Surprise Royal View
27 8 May Liz Menhinick (Unattached) First quarter peal of Lincolnshire Surprise Major View
26 8 May John Burton (Shifnal) First quarter peal of Lincolnshire Surprise Major View
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May Association Practice

A select band of ringers turned up at Hinstock for the monthly Association practice. Twelve ringers, including three from the local band, turned their hands to call changes, Grandsire Doubles, May Day Doubles, Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place Doubles, Original Minor, Cambridge Surprise Minor, and St Clement's College Bob Minor.

A refreshment break was taken so that those present could enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some delicious cakes and scones provided by the local band. With practised ease, Peter Woollam ran a raffle, raising £28 for the Bell Restoration Fund. The winners of the confectionery and alcohol were Richard Major, Edric Broom and Geoff Harding.

Thanks go to Keith Swinnerton, Pat Swinnerton and Catherine Huyshe for their welcome and hospitality.

The Association's Treasure Hunt and Barbecue will be held on Saturday 11th June. Tickets cost £8 and are available from Cordelia Warr and Madeline Harris.

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May Training Morning

The second Association training morning of the year took place at the Edgmond Ringing Centre. Emma Bentley, Glenville Davies, Jo Penning, Vicki Sivess and Jan Snowball came along looking for help with one or more of: handling, call changes, plain hunting, Plain Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Triples.

Tony Freemont, the Association's Training Officer was helped during the morning by Mark Adams, Edric Broom, Susan Capey, Chris Fraser, Alan Glover, Nick Green, Madeline Harris, Brian Kear, Peter Neil, and Simon Rice.

The usual refreshments were available. Thanks to Edric for the use of the bells and the simulator.

Further learning opportunities are available at the next Third Wednesday morning practice at Edgmond (18th May, from 10am to 12:30pm) and at the next 6-bell practice (4th June at Stanton, from 10am to 12noon).

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Another Peal for the Queen

The fifthe Association peal of the year was rung at Ryton and was rung to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

Shropshire Association

Ryton, Shropshire - at the Church of St Andrew

On Sunday, 8 May 2016, in 2 hours and 21 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Doubles

4 methods/6 variations: 4 extents of Winchendon Place, 3 of St John, 3 of St Miles,
6 of Reverse Canterbury Pleasure Place, 3 of Clifford's Pleasure, 3 of Southrepps;
8 extents and 240 of Grandsire,4 extents of Plain Bob, 3 of April Day and 3 of Kennington

Tenor 4-2-23 in Bb

Sharon A Collins Treble
Andrew W Gordon 2
Nicola J Galton 3
Adrian G Roberts 4
Gareth B R Jones Tenor

Conducted by Andrew W Gordon.

First Doubles - 1 and 3.

1750th peal - 2.

Rung to celebrate the 90th birthday of H M Queen Elizabeth II.


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Ringing at Bicton

There will be no ringing at Bicton until Monday 13th June.

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First Quarter Peal Congratulations

Congratulations to Brânn Himlin who rang his first quarter peal at his first attempt at Market Drayton. Brânn started learning to ring about 18 months ago when he was 12 years old. Afterwards Brann said that his hands were fine but his feet hurt!

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Three Cheers for the Queen

Three Association peals were rung on St George's Day to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

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

On Saturday, 23 April 2016, in 2 hours and 38 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Surprise Minor

One extent each of London, York, Netherseale, Norwich, Bourne, Ipswich & Cambridge

Tenor 9 cwt in Ab

Chloë Darby Treble Alan M Glover 4
Gail K Lawrence 2 Matthew Lawrence 5
Nicholas J Green 3 Michael Wilshaw Tenor

Conducted by Matthew Lawrence.

On St George's Day to celebrate the 90th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

First Peal on the bells since 1979.


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Edgmond, Shropshire - at the Church of St Peter

On Saturday, 23 April 2016, in 2 hours and 45 minutes

A Peal of 5090 90th Birthday Surprise Major

Composed by Donald F Morrison

Tenor 9-3-12 in G

Kathryn R Greaves Treble William S Deason 5
Chloë A Darby 2 Matthew Lawrence 6
Gail K Lawrence 3 Mark Adams 7
Maurice G Ingram 4 Christopher M Wulkau Tenor

Conducted by Christopher M Wulkau.

Rung in celebration of HM Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday.

600th Peal - 6.

The band would like to associate this peal with Edric Broom
who organised it but was unable to ring.


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Clive, Shropshire - at the Church of All Saints

On Saturday, 23 April 2016, in 3 hours and 6 minutes

A Peal of 5040 Cambridge Surprise Minor

Tenor 25-0-9 in Eb

E Ann Williams Treble Ben Kellett 4
Nicola J Galton 2 Gareth B R Jones 5
Adrian G Roberts 3 Andrew W Gordon Tenor

Conducted by Andrew W Gordon.

First Surprise Minor - 2.
First Cambridge Surprise Minor - 4.

50th as Conductor for the Shropshire Association.

Rung for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday Celebrations.

First on the bells since rehanging by Taylor's.


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April Practice and Quarterly Meeting

These took place at Baschurch. Twenty two ringers attended and the ringing included call changes, Plain Bob Doubles, Stedman Doubles, St Simon's Bob Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Oxford Treble Bob Minor, St Clement's College Bob Minor, Kent Treble Bob Minor, Norwich Surprise Minor and Dixon's Bob Minor. It was pleasing to see so many members of the local band taking part.

Jan Baldwin, Gaynor Evans, Dylan Jones, Ena Plant (all from Broseley) were elected as members of the Association. Clare Coleman and Mark R Eccleston were ratified as members of the Association, following their election prior to a peal at Chetwynd in February.

Peter Woollam (Librarian) reported that he had had no takers for the copies of the pre-2000 The Ringing World held by the Association, and would now be recycling them. Peter also explained how the new SACBR logo had come about.

Tony Freemont (Training Officer) reported that there had been a Training Morning at Edgmond in February. Tony reported that the 6-bell practices were well attended and that the next one will be at Stanton on 4th June. The August 6-bell practice will be at Meole Brace. All are welcome at these practices. Tony remarked that he is hoping to get together all the young ringers in the Association.

Cordelia Warr (Social Secretary) spoke about the Treasure Hunt and Barbecue to be held on Saturday 11th June. A poster advertising this event has been circulated to all towers. Tickets cost £8 (£5 for under 12s) and will be available shortly from Cordelia Warr and Madeline Harris. Cordelia also mentioned the Quiz to be held on 12th November at Shawbury Village Hall. Once again, ticket prices will be £8 (£5 for under 12s).

Chris Fraser (Safeguarding Officer) spoke about the new Safeguarding guidelines for young ringers. Chris pointed out that individual churches are responsible for carrying out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on those in charge of ringing at towers where there are ringers under 18 years of age. The incumbent and the PCC also have a duty to check whether there are young people ringing. It is recommended that a register is kept and signed by every member whenever young ringers are present. A copy of the Guidelines written by Chris Mew, president of the Central Council, has been circulated to every tower.

Madeline Harris (Ringing Master) spoke about the 90th Anniversary of the Association, which was founded on 24th July 1926. It is hoped that members of the Association will accomplish 90 notable or significant firsts in 2016. A list of these accomplishments is here on the website . Please let the webmaster know of other firsts to be added to the list. It is also suggested that there is celebratory ringing over the weekend of 22nd - 24th July.

Geoff Harding (Bell Advisor) reported that the inspection of the bells at Wroxeter had been completed, and that he and Peter Woollam would be inspecting the installation at Child's Ercall, at the invitation of the local band.

Mention was made of the BBC Radio 3 Music Day (see below); the call from the Central Council PR Committee for photos of ringing; and Honorary Life Membership nominations.

Peter Woollam raised £50 for the BRF from the sale of raffle tickets. Prizes of wine, chocolate, cake, and a pin board were won by Nick Green, Paul Smart, Brian Kear, Madeline Harris and Peter Woollam. Peter thanked those who had donated prizes.

Brian Kear was pleased to announce that there were 113 members of the 100+ Club, at the time of the meeting, which means that he can offer six prizes every month. The winners of the first draw of the year are: Sue Perry (£50), Sue Dancey (£25), Peter Woollam (£15), Eric Pridding (£15), Brian Kear (£12) and Chris Evans (£10).

Thanks go to Edwina and Paul Smart for organising the use of the bells, and for providing welcome refreshments.

The next Monthly Practice will be held at Hinstock on 14th May, from 7pm to 9pm. The next Quarterly Meeting will be held at Newport on Saturday 9th July.

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BBC Radio3 Music Day - 3rd June

Ringers have been invited to take part in the BBC Radio 3 Music Day on Friday 3rd June. Read on to find out more.

' BBC Music Day takes place on Friday June 3rd and we'd like bell ringers across the UK to get involved.

The inaugural BBC Music Day in 2015 reached an audience of over 15 million. It united over 50 partners who delivered more than 20 live music events and over 17 hours of coverage. Events included a magical 73-mile musical relay along Hadrian's Wall, a special educational needs and disability youth concert with The British Paraorchestra in Bristol and a world record-breaking music initiative in Cardiff. This short film sums up the day (opens in a new tab)

The second BBC Music Day takes place on Friday June 3 2016. The theme is collaboration and coverage is planned from 6am to midnight with involvement from the majority of BBC services. Ideas in development include live music events right across the UK and a BBC TV concert at a beautiful location in the South West. There's a plan for pop up music events across the UK and an ambition to unite 100 communities across 50 iconic bridges around England.

BBC Music Day digital content will include a bespoke website, targeted social media and a rolling live page, pulling together all the special moments throughout the day.

Church bells are a wonderful symbol of community cohesion and since Music Day is all about uniting people through music, we'd love to find a way to make bell ringing a part of BBC Music Day this year. We're exploring the possibility of bells ringing around the UK, from our cities, from our towns and villages all at the same time at 7pm on Music Day

If you and your team are interested in taking part, we'd love to hear from you. Please email to find out more.'

Improving the Use of Photos in Ringing PR

The following is a message from Giles Blundell of the Central Council's Public Relations Committee.

The Central Council's PR Committee is looking to improve the use of pictures in ringing's public relations.

There are at least two legs to this (and probably other ones that we haven't thought of):

1) We want to put together a collection of pictures to use in material we produce to promote ringing. We'll be looking to see what we can find from existing resources (such as, for example, the 'Post Your Church Bell Pics' Facebook group) and we'd also like contributions. So I have today set up a new facebook group at for any other photos that people might want to share with facebook and potentially be used for publicity. Photos can also be emailed to me, and I will shortly be trying to set up a Dropbox account for anyone who wants to send photos that way - please let me know if this would be helpful to you. We won't be using any pictures from these sources without getting in touch with the people who post them: if nothing else, we may well want to make sure we've got the best quality picture, and we'll also want to make sure that everyone shown is happy for their picture to be used in publicity.

2) We want to do what we can to improve the quality of photos of ringing in stock libraries used by the media. One way to do this is by getting decent pictures of ringing into the libraries. Alamy ( seems to be widely used by the media and also seems particularly user-friendly for contributors (who might actually make some money if their professional quality pictures are used in the press). So we would encourage ringers with high quality pictures showing successful 21st century ringing to list their pictures on Alamy - and any other stock photo libraries they think are suitable.

Giles Blundell, CCCBR PR Committee

April 6-Bell Practice

This was held at Atcham with 19 ringers attending. The Association's Training Officer, Tony Freemont, was in charge. Ringing include call changes, Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, Plain Bob Minor, Stedman Doubles, and Ipswich Surprise Minor.

Among the towers represented were Atcham, Coalbrookdale, Market Drayton, Meole Brace, Oswestry, Shifnal, Shrewsbury, Wellington and Wem. Thanks to the Atcham band for hosting this practice and providing tea and coffee and biscuits.

The next 6-bell practice will be held on Saturday 4th June, at a venue still to be arranged. Check the website closer to the time.

Do You Have Any Photos of Ringers?

The Trustees of the Lichfield Diocesan Mobile Belfry are in process of updating some of the display boards for the Mobile Belfry and urgently need some new, good quality photos of ringers enjoying themselves, either ringing or eating or dancing...! If you can provide such photos, please email them to Edric Broom ( as soon as possible. Photographers will be acknowledged on the boards.

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.

Coming Events

May 2016
27 Surprise Major Practice - CANCELLED High Ercall 7.30 - 9.00pm
June 2016
11 Treasure Hunt and BBQ
12 Committee Meeting
July 2016
9 Monthly Practice and Quarterly Meeting Newport (8) 7.00 - 8.30pm - Ringing
8:30pm onwards - Meeting
August 2016
13 Joint Practice with Church Stretton District Wellington (8) 7.00pm - 9.00pm
September 2016
10 Striking Competition Beckbury 4.00pm - 6.30pm - Draw, Competition, Tea
6.30pm - Results and Further Ringing
October 2016
8 Monthly Practice and Quarterly Meeting High Ercall (8) 7.00 - 8.30pm - Ringing
8:30pm onwards - Meeting
November 2016
12 Social Event Shawbury Village Hall
January 2017
14 Monthly Practice and Quarterly meeting and AGM Shifnal (8) Ringing 4.00 - 5.00pm
Service 5.00 - 5.30pm
Tea and Meetings 5.30 - 8.00pm
February 2017
11 Monthly Practice Bicton (6) 7.00pm - 9.00pm
March 2017
11 Monthly Practice Whittington (6) 7.00pm - 9.00pm

Please note that it may be necessary to alter the above venues in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

All members and friends are welcome at all the meetings and events, regardless of ringing ability.


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 Madeline Harris 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.

Fourth Wednesday Quarter Peals

A group of members attempts to ring one or two day-time quarter peals on the fourth Wednesday of each month. The venues and methods to be rung are agreed by those taking part. Anyone interested in taking part in these attempts should contact Chris Fraser on 01939 250178 or email

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 June 2016.

Newsletter Editor

Madeline Harris is Editor of the printed Newsletter as part of her Publicity portfolio. She would welcome any comments on the future format of the Newsletter and any items for inclusion in it.

Tel 01948 880494, or email