Swinging Bell Striking Competition 2014 Swinging Bell

Eynsford - 1st March

Eynsford were the hosts for the 2014 striking competition. A bright sunny day greeted the teams although the recent rains could all too easily be seen in the height of the river at the ford. Hopefully last years two teams was a blip as 5 towers had managed to get a band together this year.

Chelsfield were having their new vicar inducted later in the afternoon so the draw was fixed so they rang first. All the bands completed their test pieces with a generally high standard of ringing. Ben Kipling and Chris Rimmer had come to judge and they came up with the following comments and result.

Band 1 (Peal speed: 2hr 49m) - Good consistent piece of ringing.

Band 2 (2hr 50m) - A few trips and seemed to be a nervous piece of ringing. Treble and tenor held it together well.

Band 3 (2hr 44m) - Bit faster but not rushed. Nice ringing.

Band 4 (2hr 49m) - Had a tendency to cartwheel so needed some more consistent leading.

Band 5 (3hr 02m) - Nice consistent ringing and were starting to quicken by the end. Minor smash in the third lead which was recovered well from.

Position

Rang

Tower

Faults

1st

1st

Chelsfield

12¼

2nd

3rd

Beckenham

13¼

3rd

5th

Crayford

26¼

4th

4th

Eltham & Chislehurst

29

5th

2nd

Erith, CC

50

So Chelsfield narrowly retained the trophy and they now go on to represent Lewisham district in the county competition in September. Thanks to Ben and Chris for coming out to judge it and to Eynsford for hosting.

Chelsfield Band

The winning Chelsfield band.

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

Church and Ford

Eynsford Ford

Inside Eynsford

Last updated: 1st March 2014