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Ted Fairbrother


We regret to announce the death of Ted Fairbrother of Stafford on Wednesday 20th February at the age of 80. Ted learnt to ring on the five bells at High Offley in the 1950's along with his life-long friend Frank Beech. To advance their ringing they both went to the ringing practices at St Mary's, Stafford, where they could learn change ringing. Ted later moved to Stafford and became a stalwart of the band at St Mary's for many years.

The photograph is of the band at Stafford a few years ago. Ted is on the right hand side.

The funeral will take place at Stafford Crematorium at 11am on Thursday 21st March. No flowers and no black clothing has been requested.    

Training - Sat 23rd March


Our Education Officer, Phil Gay, is running a basic maintenance morning at Dilhorne on Saturday 23rd March starting at 10am. This will cover how your bells work and what you need to do to keep them working.

If you would like to take part, take a look at our events section and book a place with the course tutor, Phil Gay.

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Next Meeting - Sat 6th April


Next month's meeting is just north of Stoke on the eight bells at Norton in the Moors. It is an afternoon event starting at 2pm and running until 4pm. Be sure to take a look at the views from the church. It is perched on a hill and has extensive views from the front towards the Peak District and to the rear over the potteries.

Back in the 1930's Norton had six bells and was one of a group of North Staffordshire towers that rang closed handstroke minor. Several minor methods are named after local towers including Norton Le Moors Treble Bob.

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Last Meeting - Tutbury


Our last meeting was at Tutbury on Saturday 2nd March. After a short business meeting we enjoyed the 10½cwt ring of eight bells in two sessions with a coffee, tea and biscuits break in the middle. Our thanks to the Tutbury church and ringers for making the bells avaiable and providing the tea & biscuits.

As this was a quarterly meeting we also had a 100 club draw. For a list of prize winners, see our 100 club page.

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Forthcoming Events


Tues 19th Mar - Tuesday Daytime Band: Penkridge & Bushbury

Wed 20th March - Surprise Minor Practice: Horton

Sat 23rd March - Training Morning: Basic Bell Maintenance

Tues 26th Mar - Call Change Practice: Rocester

Sat 6th April - Afternoon Meeting: Norton in the Moors

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100 Club


The Association runs a '100 Club' to raise funds for the Bell Restoration Fund. The way it works is that members pay a subsciption of £12 and are entered in 5 draws in the year. There will be four prize draws, usually at business meetings, and one Superdraw at the Association's AGM. If fully subscribed the first prize will be £50 at the prize draws and £100 at the super draw.

So if you would like a flutter in aid of a good cause, please contact our 100 Club organiser, Chris Adams.  

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Learning to Ring


Have you ever considered learning to ring? Not sure where to start?

Take a look at our towers page to find somewhere close to you and just call in on a Sunday or practice night. Or go to the officers page and drop an email to our secretary for further information.

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Safeguarding of children and young people is an important issue both at a tower and an association level. The Association has therefore appointed a Safeguarding Co-ordinator, produced guidelines for tower captains, and policies and procedures for association events.

Copies of the documents can be found on our Publications page. They can also be obtained from our Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Ray Daw.

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