Swinging Bell Call Change Competition 2005 Swinging Bell

Horton Kirby - 19th November

On a cold November day, six towers made the trip to Horton Kirby for this years Call Change Competiton. Jim Hardy and Dominic Meredith were the judges.

The draw was made with Eltham going first as one of their ringers was not feeling very well. Each band successfully completed two minutes of practice and then their 120 change test piece. The only unfortunate thing was that while enjoying the lovely tea it was almost impossible to hear the ringing from inside the church. Some general ringing took place while the judges were deliberating.

Jim congratulated everyone for entering and then made a few general comments about the ringing. The competition had been of a good standard but none of the bands had produced an outstanding piece of ringing. All the teams had problems with the tenor, it seemed to be slow at back, but they all improved as the test piece went on. The average speed of ringing was 3m 51s which is a peal speed of 2hr 42m which would be right for the bells .

He then made the following comments about each of the bands:

Team A – Started well and at a good speed. Improved throughout but with one choppy section.

Team B – Good and confidant start. Again one choppy section. Had trouble deciding on a speed and rhyme but when right it was very good

Team C – Sounded a bit nervous and did really well to rescue a particularly sticky patch.

Team D – Good start but the tenor had the usual problem with being slow at back at the beginning.

Team E – Finished the call changes early, which is fine if the rounds at the end are good.

Team F – This was getting better and then hit a nervous patch.

And then they gave out the result in the traditional reverse order:

Position

Rung

Tower

Faults

1st

4th

Crayford

13

2nd

5th

Chelsfield

17

3rd

1st

Eltham

27

4th=

6th

Erith, Christ Church

29

4th=

2nd

Horton Kirby

29

5th

3rd

Foots Cray

40

Presenting the trophy

Jim Hardy presents Matthew, Crayford’s lucky mascot, with the trophy

Congratulations to Crayford on successfully defending the trophy and thanks go to Lesley, Sue and their team for providing the excellent tea.

General view

Awaiting the results
Last updated: 10th February 2008