Swinging Bell County Striking Competition 2012 Swinging Bell

Marden - 30th June

The County 8 bell competition took place this year on 30th June at Marden in the Maidstone District. A lovely sunny day welcomed the 5 Districts taking part with only Rochester missing. After some discussion over what the rules should be, the competition got under way while the Marden ringers laid on a good spread in the church hall from which you could still clearly hear the bells. Once all the teams had completed the test piece of 210 Single Oxford Bob Triples everyone converged on the hall for the results.

The County Chairman, Mike Little, thanked the Marden ringers for being such good hosts and introduced Richard Smith from Cambridge as the judge. Richard thought that the ringing had been of a generally high standard on surprisingly good sounding bells. Hed got completely the wrong impression from looking them up on Dove! Hes now listened to more Single Oxford than he probably has in his life. He wasnt even sure if hed even rung the method before! The touch was straight forward but had plenty of big bell music. He then made comments about each band:

Band 1 - Peal speed 2h 55. Made a pleasant start to the day. The leading picked up most of the faults but relatively minor. Had a good rhythm with the tenor particular good.

Band 2 - 2h 49. Rang faster and consequently felt a bit breathless. Improved as went along but bit quick for a competition but would probably have turned into a god peal.

Band 3 - 3h 04. Slowest ringing of the day.Good if deliberate piece of ringing. Pleasant but never developed into the perfect bit of ringing they were aiming for..

Band 4 - 2h 58. The speed was spot on but the ringing elastic. The tenors worked well together.

Band 5 - 2h 58. The practice ended ignobly. Test piece much better. Faults were picked up in the middle of the change when the big and little bells were together.

He then announced the result;

Position

Rang

District

Peal Speed

Faults

1st

1st

Lewisham

2h 55

77%

2nd

3rd

Canterbury

3h 04

76%

3rd

2nd

Tonbridge

2h 49

63%

4th

5th

Ashford

2h 58

48%

5th

4th

Maidstone

2h 58

43%

Although the top 2 were very close he was happy that the overall better piece of ringing had been by Lewisham. So we broke the string of home wins at 4 and successfully defended the trophy won last year at Chelsfield.

The Trophy

The District 8 bell trophy

Marden

Marden Church

Trophy Presentation

Ian being presented the trophy by Richard

Lewisham Band

l-r (front) 1. Peter Swift, 2. Rachel Backhouse, 3. Rupert Cheeseman, 4. Dominic Meredith, (back) 5. Nick Wilkins, 6. Colin Wylde 7. Ian Mills (C) 8. David Macey

Thanks to Frank for the last 2 photos.

Last updated: 30th June 2012