Swinging Bell Striking Competition 2013 Swinging Bell

Chelsfield - 2nd March

The 2013 striking competition was held at Chelsfield. Home advantage is often important but in this case Chelsfield really didn't need any extra help as only one other tower managed to get a band together. 5 other people were not ringing for either team and along with Karen who 'won' the draw to be the twice ringing sixth ringer they made up a scratch band. Peter Harrison from Kensington had come along to judge and once he was ensconced beneath the tower the competition began.<\br>
All three teams completed a test piece with varying degrees of excitement. After a short deliberation Peter gave the following comments and result.

Band 1 (12m 40s) - Tenor was slow covering and treble turned away from the front too quickly. Recovered well from a bad start. Some parts very good in the second part.

Band 2 (8m 15s) - Rang the least opening rounds. Tenor slow at back throughout. Back bells slowing up in change.

Band 3 (8m 55s) - Rows quite good when clean. Leading was slow which caused the tenor to crunch on the row because of this. When trip free very good. Recovered quickly from crunches.

Position

Rang

Tower

Faults

1st

2nd

Chelsfield

22

2nd

3rd

Crayford

66

3rd

1st

Scratch

86

Congratulations to Chelsfield for retaining the trophy and they now go on to represent Lewisham district in the county competition in September. It may not have been his most difficult decision ever but thanks to Peter for coming out to judge it and to Chelsfield for hosting and providing the tea and cakes. Let's hope that next year more towers will be able to enter a band.

Last updated: 3rd March 2013