Swinging Bell County Striking Competition 2013 Swinging Bell

Cliffe-at-Hoo - 29th June

A lovely sunny day welcomed all 6 Districts for a change to take part in this years County 8 bell competition on 29th June at Cliffe in the Rochester District. As well as the weather the Cliffe ringers provided a lovely spread of tea. Richard Carter and Jon Spreadbury from Norwich had come to judge and once they had found a comfortable spot in the churchyard, Ashford kicked off the competition. A couple of hours later Maidstone were the final team to successfully complete the 240 Plain Bob Major test piece.

After a brief deliberation the judges were ready. A guided tour had taken over the church so everyone sat back out in the sun for the results. The County Chairman, Mike Little, introduced Richard and Jon. Jon started with the comments:

All the teams rang very well so it was hard to separate some of the teams. Some of the following comments are possibly a bit on the hard side.

Band 1 - Peal speed 3h 01. Slightly choppy start but settled down well. Front bells especially good. Generally the compass of the ringing was good. Even when faults, the change stayed the right length. Most faults were in the middle of the change.

Band 2 - 2h 58. The word that came to mind was purposeful. Rang well. The changes flowed nicely from one change to the next. No particular pattern to any errors.

Band 3 - 3h 19. Slightly hesitant start. The tenor tried to set a speed but the others didn't want to play. Faults were primarily around the lead end. Treble leading good. Took a long time to settle, second half much better.

Band 4 - 3h 02. Slightly inconsistent and again took a long time to agreed a speed and second half much better once the speed had been agreed. No great pattern to the faults.

Band 5 - 3h 03. Faults primarily were coming away from the lead. Most faults from hesitation rather than clipping. Again settle in the second part.

Band 6 - 3h 04. Started well but bells leaving lead incurred faults. Back bells kept good pace but didn't have support from the little bells.

Richard then announced the result;

Position

Rang

District

Peal Speed

Faults

1st

2nd

Lewisham

2h 58

22

2nd

4th

Canterbury

3h 02

42

3rd

1st

Ashford

3h 01

44

4th

5th

Tonbridge

3h 03

70

5th

6th

Maidstone

3h 04

71

6th

3rd

Rochester

3h 19

74

So we increased our winning streak to 3 after successfully defending the trophy for a second time.

The winning test piece

The Trophy

The District 8 bell trophy

Listening to the ringing

Listening to the ringing

Trophy Presentation

Ian being presented the trophy

Lewisham Band

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

Thanks to Frank for the first and last 2 photos.

Last updated: 7th December 2013