Swinging Bell Striking Competition 2010 Swinging Bell

Dartford - 6th March

Dartford was the venue for the 2010 Striking Competition. Most bands rang the back 6 which proved to be a fair challenge for a striking competition and overall the ringing was of a high standard all day. Jonathan Slack (Stepney) and Matthew Rayner (West Ham) had agreed to be the judges. Once they had had a trial ring and been ensconced in one of the rooms in the church hall the competiton began. Each band had 2 minutes practice and rang 240 changes of a method of their choice.

Once everyone had rung, the judges quickly agreed on the order and, after the 120 club draw, made the following comments about each band.

Band 1 - Positive piece of ringing. Slightly slow handstroke leads.

Band 2 - After trying bells surprised a band tried minor. Positive piece of ringing that got better as it went on.

Band 3 - Grandsire good idea to ring as sounds nice. Again leading caused the problems.

Band 4 - Surprised that they rang the front 6. First part of each course ok but couldn't keep it up.

Band 5 - Some leading was slow. Ringing got more confident. Slight trip in middle.

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

Position

Rung

Tower

Method

Peal Speed

Percentage

1st

2nd

Beckenham "George"

Cambridge S Minor

3h 4m

93%

2nd

3rd

Chelsfield

Grandsire Doubles

2h 53m

90%

3rd

1st

Crayford

Plain Bob Doubles

3h 12m

88%

4th

5th

Beckenham "Dragon"

Plain Bob Doubles

3h 4m

86%

5th

4th

Erith, Christ Church

Reverse Canterbury

2h 57m

46%

The trophy was presented to David and Beckenham now go forward to the County competition which is to be held in our District in September.

Beckenham Band

l-r 1. David Macey (C), 2. Rhiannon Meredith, 3. Dominic Meredith, 4. Jeremy Byers, 5. Jim Hardy, 6. Roddy Horton

Last updated: 7th March 2010