Site last updated 16 January 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.

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.

The survey will be open from January 14th to February 3rd and can be accessed by following this link cc-crag.weebly.com/2017-survey, or else via the CRAG pages on cc-crag.weebly.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Third Wednesday Morning Training at Edgmond - January

The next Third Wednesday of the Month morning practice will be held at Edgmond Ringing Centre on Wednesday 18th January, from 10:00am to about 12:30pm. Donations of £2 per person are requested, for a tower and heating donation and for refreshments.

If you are an inexperienced ringer who would like to make some progress, or if you are a more experienced ringer who would like to help, you will be very welcome. As far as possible we try to ring something for everyone.

It would be helpful, but not essential, to let Edric know if you are planning to attend.

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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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A Peal of 23-Spliced Surprise Major

A peal of 23-spliced, all the work, Surprise Major has been rung for the Association in the 50th anniversary year of the first such peal. This is only the third peal of 23-spliced for the Association; and Gill Glover and Nick Green have rung in all three.

Shropshire Association

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

On Saturday, 17 December 2016, in 2 hours and 55 minutes

A Peal of 5152 Spliced Surprise Major

23 methods: 224 each Ashtead, Bristol, Cambridge, Cassiobury, Cray, Cornwall,
Double Dublin, Glasgow, Ipswich, Jersey, Lincolnshire, Lindum,
London, Preston, Pudsey, Rutland, Superlative, Tavistock,
Uxbridge, Watford, Wembley, Whalley, Yorkshire;
160 changes of method; all the work

Composed by Norman Smith

Tenor 8-0-3 in F#

Maurice G Ingram Treble Alan M Glover 5
Gillian R Glover 2 Matthew Lawrence 6
Gail K Lawrence 3 Nicholas J Green 7
Mark R Eccleston 4 Michael Wilshaw Tenor

Conducted by Nicholas J Green.

Most methods of Surprise Major - 3.

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2016 Association Report - a Reminder

Biff Patterson, Association Report Editor, has already received reports of 2016 activities from a few towers. She would love to recive more. If your band hasn't yet sent in a report please do so before the AGM on 14th January 2017.

Barry Lewis

It is with great sadness that the death of Barry Lewis is reported. Barry, who was a ringer at Chetwynd, Newport and Edgmond, died peacefully on 13th December.

Association December Practice and Carol Service

About thirty Shropshire Association ringers and three ringers from the Church Stretton District took part in the Association's December practice held at St Luke's church, Hodnet. The ringing was directed by the Ringing Master and included call changes, Grandsire Triples, Stedman Triples, and 5-Spliced Surprise Major.

The ringers were joined by several non-ringers for the Carol Service which was led by the vicar of Hodnet, Rev Edith Quirey, assisted by the Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Rt Rev Mark Rylands. The service, which had been re-designed by Gill Glover in 2015, included biblical, non-biblical readings and carols. Various members of the ringing fraternity read the lessons, and the congregation enthusiastically sang the carols. Bishop Mark gave the address and asked the question 'What happened to the shepherds after Christmas?'

Following the service tea and coffee were served, together with delicious mince-pies and cakes made by Karen Powell of the local band.

Thanks go to the Hodnet ringers and all who helped to make this an enjoyable evening.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?
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/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.

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

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 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.

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, 18th December 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 pro@sacbr.org.uk