Swinging Bell Call Change Competition 2011 Swinging Bell

Sidcup - 19th November

On Saturday 19th November, only 4 bands met up at Sidcup for the annual call change competition. It would have been three if there hadn’t been a slight bending of the rules to allow Anne to ring for 2 teams. Peter Jasper and Nick Hartley from London had agreed to come along and judge. Once they’d had a ring and found a place to listen, the draw was made and the competition began. Each team completed their test piece while Yvonne kept those not ringing supplied with tea, coffee and biscuits.

Peter and Nick then gave their comments and the results. Peter started by saying how nice it was to be invited down to the wilds of Kent to judge the competition. He felt that all of the bands should have been proud to have rung like that for Sunday service. He felt that from their brief try out that the bells were tricky and loud so he sympathised with the conductors. Nick then gave comments on each of the bands.

Team 1: The practice was confident and this continued into the test piece. Most faults were picked up in the leading and after the call changes.

Team 2: The test was better than the practice. The rounds at the beginning and end were very good but there was a crunchy patch in the middle.

Team 3: The faults were not all picked up for the same thing. Not as good as felt it could have been.

Team 4: No serious faults but lots of little ones which added up.

Position

Team

Tower

Faults

1st

1

Chelsfield

39

2nd

2

Horton Kirby

57

3rd

3

Eltham

64

4th

4

Crayford / Dartford

68

Congratulations to Chelsfield for winning the call change competition for the first time in many years. Thanks again to Peter and Nick for giving up their time to come and judge it and to Yvonne for providing the refreshments and venue.

Philippa collecting the trophy

Philippa collecting the trophy from the judges Nick and Peter

Last updated: 19th November 2011