Swinging Bell Farningham Trophy 2012 Swinging Bell

Farningham - 17th June

A pleasant afternoon greeted the 4 bands who had come to take part in the 2012 Farningham Trophy. Frank and Catherine Lewis had agreed to come along and judge. It was good to see the Farnborough band entering the competition only a few weeks after getting their own bells installed. In fact as they had extra people a scatch band was formed and made it a 5 team competition.

After each band had rung they had the chance to practice for the 'fun' part of the afternoon and the handbell tune ringing competition. This took place after the tower ringing while the judges were deliberating. A Farningham church band took part along with the 4 tower bands. Everyone completed the test piece of St Peter and St Paul and overall it was pretty good. Philippa was the judge and gave second to the Erith team and the win to the Crayford / Dartford (and Erith! - thanks Mark and Anthony) band.
It was then back to the main event and Frank and Catherine made the following comments on each band.

Band 1 - One of the front bells clipped a bit. Would be happy as a bit of Sunday service ringing.

Band 2 - Leading better. Front bells had bit of trouble. Couple of trips. Very respectable.

Band 3 - Rang faster which was good. Had one minor trip but otherwise good.

Band 4 - Obviously a new band. Well down for coming along.

Band 5 - Much same. Treble and tenor kept it together well.

The results were then given in the time honoured reverse order as follows:

Position

Rang

Tower

Faults

1st

3rd

Farningham

21

2nd

1st

Crayford / Dartford

74

3rd

2nd

Erith, Christ Church

107

4th

5th

Farnborough

192

5th

4th

Scratch band

194

The trophy was presented to David and thanks go to him for organising another good competition.

Last updated: 21st July 2012