Site last updated 4 December 2016

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.

December 6-Bell Practice

This was held at Atcham with 18 ringers in attendance. Tony Freemont directed the ringing which included call changes, plain hunt on 5 and on 6, Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, Stedman Doubles, and Plain Bob Minor. The towers represented at the practice included Atcham, Edgmond, High Ercall, Meole Brace, Market Drayton, Oswestry and Shrewsbury.

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

The next 6-bell practice will be held on Saturday 7th January 2017 from 10am to 12 noon, at Dawley.

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Carol Service Parking

As there is limited parking on the road in front of Hodnet church, and in order to allow customers access to the village shop, which will be open until 7:30pm, please use the parking area which is about 100 yards along Drayton Road, on the right hand side.

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Wellington Ringers Go to Upton Magna

All Saints', Wellington, practice night on 5th December will be at Upton Magna 1900 - 2030.

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November Training Morning

The final Association training morning of the year took place at the Edgmond Ringing Centre. Fin Shelley and Lois Crooks (both from High Ercall), Karen Compton (Wem), Vicki Sivess and Dave Read (both Meole Brace), and Steve Buckley (Shifnal) were the students. The ringing included call changes, plain hunt, Plain Bob Doubles, Grandsire Doubles, Stedman Doubles, Cambridge Minor, and Stedman Triples.

Tony Freemont, the Association's Training Officer was helped during the morning by Mark Adams, Ian Baker, Jacqui Barden, Edric Broom, Rob Davis, Alan Glover, Gill Glover, Madeline Harris, Brian Kear, Peter Neil, Biff Patterson, Simon Rice, Cordelia Warr and Chris Yates. Refreshments were available, as is usual on these occasions.

Thanks to Edric for readying the bells and the simulator.

Further learning opportunities are available at the next 6-bell practice (3rd December at Atcham, from 10am to 12noon) and the next Third Wednesday morning practice at Edgmond (21st December, from 10am to 12:30pm).

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November Surprise Major Practice

There was a good turn-out for the Surprise Major practice held at High Ercall. Fourteen ringers rang Cambridge, Superlative, London, Bristol, Glasgow, 5-spliced and 6-spliced.

There will be no Surprise Major practice in December.

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Association Quiz Night

This was held at Shawbury Village Hall. Fifty seven tickets were sold. The quiz was devised by Tony Freemont and Cordelia Warr. Ten teams sat down to answer questions on composers, films, sports, literary pseudonyms, bones, monarchical consorts, songs about rain, great bells, children's programmes, 90, the Highway Code, and the Palace of Westminster. Tony was assisted with the scoring by Liz Menhinick. The second highest scorers were the Oswestry Idiots and the highest scoring team was the Miscreants. These two teams each received a container of chocolates.

Curry and Bolognese sauces, meaty and non-meaty, were served with either rice or baked potato. Naan bread was also available. Delicious puddings were provided by several members. Geoff Harding and Jad Bienek ran the bar. Peter Woollam sold raffle tickets, as is his wont on these occasions, raising £108 for the BRF. The winners of the prizes were Jo Schup, Chloë Darby, Tony Freemont, Karen Compton, Natasha Compton, Sue Dancey, John Powell, David Wilson, Barbara Howell Jones, Jan Snowball and Chris Fraser. Thanks to all who bought tickets and all who provided the prizes.

Madeline Harris, Ringing Master, thanked Tony for devising the quiz; Cordelia War for planning the menu and organising the food, even though she had to leave the country before the event; Claire Unsworth and Jan Snowball and all those who had helped with the catering, and washing up; Jad and Geoff for running the bar; Peter for running the raffle; and all those present who had helped to make the evening such an enjoyable occasion.

The profit from the bar and the ticket sales will be reported here when the final calculations have been made. Thanks to all who supported this Association event.

The Association's Carol Service will be held at Hodnet on Saturday 10th December, with ringing from 6pm and the service starting at 7:30pm. Refreshments will follow the service. All ringers and their families are welcome.

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Anniversary Peal at Edgmond

A peal celebrating the ministry of Rev Prebendary Edward Ward at Edgmond has been rung. This is the first peal of Delight for the Association.

Shropshire Association

Edgmond, Shropshire - at the Church of St Peter

On Saturday, 5 November 2016, in 2 hours and 53 minutes

A Peal of 5184 Anniversary Delight Major

Composed by Graham A C John

Tenor 9-3-12 in G

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

Conducted by Matthew Lawrence.

Rung to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Induction of
The Revd Prebendary Edward Ward to the parishes of
Edgmond, Kynnersley and Preston on the Weald Moors.

1033.RW5508.1169 18.xi.2016

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November 6-Bell Practice

This was held at Meole Brace with 12 ringers attending. Tony Freemont directed the ringing which included call changes, plain hunt on 5, Plain Bob Doubles, and Spliced Plain Bob, St Simon's Bob and St Martin's Bob. The towers represented at the practice included Meole Brace, Market Drayton, Oswestry and Shrewsbury.

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

The next 6-bell practice will be held on Saturday 3rd December from 10am to 12 noon, at Atcham.

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York Minster - CCCBR Involvement

You may have read the article from Christopher O'Mahony, Vice President of CCCBR regarding the York Minster events and the comments of the Editor, both published in The Ringing World issue October 28th (page 1091). I should like to amplify the current situation which is that I am due to meet with representatives of the Dean and Chapter in York on 17th November together with the President of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers. I am also subsequently due to meet with national safeguarding office in London.

Whilst I can give little detail at this stage in proceedings, I can say that I have been in touch with Peter Sanderson and safeguarding officers of the YACR, York Diocese, and Westminster and am seeking to get a comprehensive view of what has taken place. It is important not to make any statements or judgements which might prejudice a satisfactory resolution of this sad situation, further information has, however, been made public on the York Minster Ringers' website. I sincerely hope that the relationship between church and ringers can be healed and I will be working to this end.

Chris Mew,
President CCCBR
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From Wellington to Blackburn

The twelfth Association peal of the year was rung to welcome the Rev Mark Ireland (formerly of Wellington) as Archdeacon at Blackburn.

Shropshire Association

Blackburn, Lancashire - at the Church of St Jude

On Thursday, 27 October 2016, in 2 hours and 43 minutes

A Peal of 5058 Yorkshire Surprise Major

Composed by Dale Barton

Tenor 6-0-25 in Db

Gareth B R Jones Treble Rev L Martin Daniels 5
E Ann Williams 2 Raymond Hutchinson 6
Andrew J Holland 3 Rev Kevin M Price 7
Adrian G Roberts 4 Andrew W Gordon Tenor

Conducted by Andrew W Gordon.

Rung for the patronal festival.

To welcome The Rev Mark Ireland to the Diocese of Blackburn as Archdeacon
(previously Vicar of Wellington, Shropshire). Conducted by the Ringing Master of that parish.

To celebrate forty years since the conductor's first peal.

1032.RW5507.1147 11.xi.2016

October Surprise Major Practice

Eleven ringers made the journey to Edgmond for this practice. The ringing included Superlative, Pudsey, Glasgow, Bristol and 6-Spliced. The next Surprise Major practice is scheduled for Friday 25th November.

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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. Please send feedback about the proposed Mission Satement to mission@crag.cccbr.org.uk no later than Monday 31st October 2016.

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October Monthly Practice And Quarterly Meeting

These took place at High Ercall. Twenty one ringers attended and the ringing included call changes, Plain Bob Doubles, Single Oxford Bob Triples, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, 4-Spliced Surprise Major. It was pleasing to see many members of the local band taking part.

Tea, coffee and biscuits were kindly provided by Judy and Chris Yates, assisted by members of the High Ercall band.

Lois Crooks and Fin Shelley (both from High Ercall) were elected as members of the Association. Ben Kellet and Christopher Parker were ratified as members of the Association, following their election prior to peals at Clive and Wem.

Madeline Harris reported that:

Biff Patterson told the meeting that the 2017 Handbook would list members who had paid their subscription by the time of the AGM, rather than those who were members in 2016. Subscription reminders for 2017 and requests for tower reports for 2016 would be sent out shortly.

Peter Woollam advised the meeting that the Committee would be proposing the awarding of Honorary Life Membership to Edric Broom at the AGM. Peter spoke about Edric's long-term commitment to the Association.

Geoff Harding sent ahis Bell advisor's report which was read out by the Ringing Master. The clappers at St Martins have been refurbished and the bells are operational again. The Committee has approved a grant of £351, for half the cost of the work. Geoff, Peter Woollam and Tony Freemont have visited Wroxeter and carried out general maintenance tasks on the bells. Another visit is planned to apply wood treatment to the bell wheels.

Peter Woollam raised £30 for the BRF from the sale of raffle tickets. Prizes were won by Peter, Jacqui Barden and A N Other.

Brian Kear organised the quarterly draw for the 100+ Club. The winners are: Barry Hockley (Shifnal) (£50), Malcolm Monie (Whitchurch) - (£25), Naomi Jones (Lilleshall) - (£15), Derek Dancey (Bicton) - (£15), Jo Smythe (Tibberton) - (£12) and Mary Ann Oakley (Ruyton XI Towns) - (£10).

Thanks to Chris Yates and the High Ercall ringers for their hospitality.

The next Association monthly practice will be on Saturday 10th December at Hodnet, prior to the Carol Service. The next Quarterly Meeting will be held at Shifnal prior to the AGM on Saturday 14th January 2017.

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First Quarter Peal Congratulations

Congratulations to Rob Herbert of Edgmond who has rung his first quarter peal at the first attempt.

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Baschurch Bells Out of Action

There will be no ringing at Baschurch from Monday 26th September 2016 until Christmas, or thereabouts, while the tower roof is repaired.

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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/ where you will also find details about how to have your say on this issue. Feedback on the proposed Vision statement must be received by CRAG no later than Friday 30th September.

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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.

No. When? Who? What?
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
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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/towerstewardship/notes/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.

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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/bellrestoration/pubs

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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 email Madeline Harris 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.

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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

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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 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.

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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, 18th December 2016.

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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 pro@sacbr.org.uk

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