Swinging Bell Striking Competition 2012 Swinging Bell

Shoreham - 3rd March

A pleasant afternoon greeted the 5 bands who had come to take part in the 2012 striking competition at Shoreham. Chris Giddins from Southwark and Gill Harris from Stepney had agreed to come along and judge and once they were ensconced in the church yard the competition began. Everyone completed the test piece of 240 changes of a method of their choosing and there was some general ringing while the judges deliberated.

Ian thanked the Shoreham band for providing the tea and biscuits and being excellent hosts. He then introduced the judges. Chris though that the bells were challenging but that everyone gave it a good go. He then gave the following comments on each band.

Band 1 - Started well with occasional minor faults.

Band 2 - Good consistent leading. First 120 better than the second.

Band 3 - Inconsistent hand stroke leading. Ringing felt a bit nervous.

Band 4 - Started shakily but grew in confidence. Second 120 was better than the first.

Band 5 - Very nervous piece of ringing but well done for a good go.

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

Position

Rang

Tower

Faults

1st

1st

Chelsfield

13

2nd

2nd

Beckenham

18

3rd

4th

Crayford

25

4th

3rd

Eltham & Chislehurst

42

5th

5th

Erith, Christ Church

75

The trophy was presented to Philippa and Chelsfield now go forward to represent the district in the County competition at Chalk in September.

Trophy Presentation

Chelsfield Band

l-r 1. Lesley Barclay, 2. Bob Pruden, 3. Philippa Rooke, 4. John Barnes, 5. Nick Wilkins (C), 6. Jim Rooke

Thanks to Richard for the photos.

Last updated: 5th March 2012