Swinging Bell Striking Competition 2009 Swinging Bell

Crayford - 14th March

A bright Spring day welcomed the four towers that assembled at Crayford on Saturday 14th March for the District Striking competition. Ross Hartley was the judge and as he went to sit in the churchyard the draw was made. First time entrants Horton Kirby kicked off the competition and rang Grandsire Doubles. Next to go were the home band who rang Plain Bob Doubles. Reverse Canterbury was the choice of Erith and finally Chelsfield concluded the competition with Plain Bob.

Ross wasted no time in coming up with the result and was soon making the following comments about each band.

Band 1 - Struggled a bit with the rhythm at the beginning with a few crunchy bits but it did improve by the end. The tenor set a very good beat.

Band 2 - On the whole very consistent piece of ringing. Set off very purposefully. On the whole the errors were few and far between with just a couple of significant crunchy pieces which were recovered from quickly.

Band 3 - Started with some good solid rounds but the initial changes were unsteady. As touch progressed it improved and last 20 rows were very good.

Band 4 - Fell asleep in this one! A very positive piece of ringing. Striking metronomic and Tittums came up very well.

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

Position

Rung

Tower

Faults

1st

4th

Chelsfield

6.5

2nd

2nd

Crayford

21

3rd

3st

Erith, Christ Church

44.5

4th

1st

Horton Kirby

70

The trophy would have then been presented but Chelsfield were that confident about retaining it that they managed to leave it behind!

Chelsfield now go forward to the County competition to be held at Lynsted in the Canterbury District where they will be defending the trophy that they won last year.

Last updated: 14th March 2009