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Striking Competition Results
|Guild 6 Bell Striking Competition Results|
The Guild 6 bell striking competition was this year hosted by the Banbury Branch and attracted entries from 9 Branches, each being represented by a Tower from within the Branch. As usual the test piece was one minute of rounds followed by 240 changes.
The weather was exceptionally fair for an enjoyable afternoon listening to really excellent ringing on an eclectic mix of founders offerings which have been improved by Whitechapel's tuning machine and White's re-hanging. They are not difficult to ring or to hear either inside or outside so a good choice for a striking competition.
The weather being kind meant the judges, James Marchbank and Ben Hockenhull, from Macclesfield, were able to sit in a secluded spot in the churchyard and determine the quality and accuracy of each band's test piece.
In his opening comments James explained how he had marked the ringing and how the scores were calculated. He commented that the ringing was of a very high standard throughout.
The teams were placed in the following order
Thanks to the Banbury Branch for making the event possible and especially Heather Bletchly and Barry Davis who managed the teams in and out of the tower efficiently throughout the afternoon
|Guild 8 Bell Striking Competition Results 2012|
Nine teams entered the competition, which was hosted by South Oxon Branch at St Helens, Benson, Oxon. The weather was kind to us and the sun shone for a good part of the afternoon which was really rather important as our judge, Mike Chester from Coventry, was housed in a gazebo in the corner of the church yard.
In his general comments Mike said that he had not heard any bad ringing during the afternoon, and that it had been a very close contest. The teams who had maintained a consistent pace produced better ringing. There was a tendency to slow down during the test piece and this did not improve the ringing. The results reflected just how well many teams had rung.
Robert Newton representing High Wycombe, was presented with the Cup by Mike Chester. Mike was thanked by Alan Marchbank for judging the contest and was presented with a token of our appreciation for his efforts.
The organisers of the event were thanked, as were the providers of the teas and refreshment.
Teams in ringing order (with thanks to Bobbie May for the photographs):
Team 1. North Bucks
Ringers Treble front row R.anticlockwise. Treble Nick Read 2. John Marchbank 3. Roy Keeves 4. Charles Knight 5. Jonathan Griggs 6. Doug Hird 7. Alan Marchbank 8. David Phillipson (C)
Team 2. EBSB
Treble Katharine Friman 2. Angela Darvill 3. Valerie Simmons 4. Alison Bayley 5. John Davidge 6. Martin Whitaker 7. Graham Friman (C) 8. Kenneth Darvill
Team 3. Reading
Treble June Saint 2. June Wells 3. Jack Page 4. Jenny Page 5. Jo Druce 6. James Champion 7. Giles Winter 8. John Wells (C)
Team 4. South Oxon
Treble Kay Bartholomew 2. Cathy Hughes D'Aeth 3. Sue Dyke 4. Christopher Rogers 5. John Tchighianoff 6. Hilarie Rogers (C) 7. John Hughes-D'Aeth 8. John White
Team 5. Banbury
Treble Keith Abbott 2. Alan Griffin 3. Charlotte Holmes 4. Heather Bletchly 5. Chris Holmes 6. Robin Green 7. Graham Clifton 8. Colin Lee (C)
Team 6. High Wycombe
Treble Sheila Bruce 2. Ann Davies 3. Josie Martin 4. Patricia Newton 5. Alan Bain 6. George Whiteside 7. Charles Botting 8. Robert Newton (C)
Team 7. Newbury
Treble Rosemary Evans 2. Eleanor Rice 3. Imogen Sculthorp 4. Bill Butler 5.Andrew Clark-Maxwell 6. Michael Hurst (C) 7. Mark Robins 8. Martin Rice
Team 8. Oxford City
Treble Dorothy Hall 2. Catherine Lane 3. Richard Youdale 4. Paul Lucas 5. David Barrington 6. John Pusey 7. Jonathan Cresshull (C) 8. Robin Hall
Team 9. Witney & Woodstock
Treble Michael Probert 2. Lindsey Thornton 3. Alison Merryweather-Clarke 4. Roger Barnes 5. David Floyd 6. Lorna Curtis (C) 7. Richard White 8. Brian Curtis
|Four Shires Striking Contest 2011|
This event took place on Saturday 19th November, after an absence of about seven years from the ringing calendar. It was held at Cherington, Warks: a handy, light, ground-floor ring of six.
With Wantage (the highest placed Oxfordshire band in the Guild contest) being unavailable, Drayton St Leonard were invited to be our representatives. The format of the competition, which comprises raising in peal, 120 changes of a method and lowering in peal, dictated some specialised practice. Some sessions in advance, including one at Shabbington, and another at Cowley on the morning of the competition, focused heavily on raising and lowering and to a lesser degree on the touch of Grandsire.
The first team to ring (Warwick, ringing Grandsire) had a good rise and fall but their 120 did have a couple of one-blow errors and was described by the judges as having ‘quite a few gaps’. They were followed by the representatives of Worcestershire (Eckington – Stedman) with an even better rise and fall but some very unfortunate clashes, apparently in the vicinity of singles. The third band, representing Gloucestershire (Dursley – Cambridge) had a superb rise and their Minor seemed to have no blemishes at all until the treble slipped wheel after 90 changes, resulting in disqualification and making their slick lower rather immaterial.
Drayton St Leonard rang last. The rise was described as ‘not the best’ by the judges, which members of the band felt was quite charitable of them. However, the 120 of Grandsire was rung in fine style, without even a hint of a method mistake. The lower was better than the rise but still not on a par with some of what had been heard earlier.
The five judges: Bill Nash (Four Shires), David Leafe (Warks), Ian Unsworth (Gloucs), Alan Hartley (Worcs) and our own Ken Davenport, did not take long to reach a decision. In this competition, it is traditional to announce only the top two bands and not to give any ‘scores’ whatever. Drayton St Leonard were rather stunned, and delighted, to be placed first ahead of Warwick in second place, their steady 120 having clinched it. It was generally felt that Dursley's bad luck cost them first place.
The Drayton St Leonard band was: Charlotte Rogers, Robert Newton (borrowed!), Christopher Rogers, Hilarie Rogers (C), John White and Amy Herlihy. It is to be hoped that there will be enthusiasm for running this event again in future years.
|ODG 10-bell competition 2011|
The 10-bell competition this year was held on the recently restored and augmented 10 at Shrivenham, on Saturday November 26th. Eight teams entered, which was a record entry and most encouraging.
The judges were Kate and Paul Flavell from New Malden. Their comments were that Shrivenham was a nice 10, easy to hear and with no obvious odd-struckness. Marking was 2 for a good row, 1 with a clip and 0 for a crunch or two clips. The judges awarded percentages with higher scores for the better teams. Their tips included: all ring at the same speed; don't rush the leads or leave holes; exude confidence, not arrogance.
The test piece, 287 Grandsire Caters was a mixture of tittums and handstroke home: the piece was marked fairly severely because of the high quality nature of the competition. The judges would have preferred to hear more runs in the touch.
At Shrivenham the bells are all but inaudible inside the church: had a Rave been taking place inside the church during the competition, neither the ravers nor the ringers would have been any the wiser but for the audience which, in any case, would have had to have gone outside in the biting wind to listen and there were very few takers for this!
Many thanks must go to the Shrivenham ringers for supplying coffee, tea and ploughman's lunches. The day was very tight for time as some ringers had to go further north in the afternoon to the Guild Autumn Meeting. Thanks must also go to Alan Marchbank, Deputy Master, for helping to produce a seamless arrangement of ringing and for keeping, in the main to schedule. How did you manage to get hold of the President of the Central Council when she is so busy! And her equally busy husband, Paul?
As it can be seen, there were only 12 percentage points between 1st and 6th place with very little difference in the positions in the middle.
The teams in order of ringing:
The intention was to have the team in the order of ringing, starting with the treble on the left behind the seat and working round clockwise, finishing with the tenor. However, in the event, only three ringers managed to squash together on the seat and, in many cases, not all that convincingly, so the tenor ringer ended up on the left hand side, sometimes to the left of the treble and sometimes in front! Now I appreciate the rather strange arrangement of ringers in the 12-bell competition: it's not as easy to organize as it seems!
Old North Berks
The photo will indicate that there are 11 ringers in the team, possibly with one strapping the enormous tenor. However, the reality is that Gill Loyd had psyched herself up so much and even ascended to the belfry before the start, awaiting the arrival of the late Mr Pinnington, that I thought she had suffered too much already and deserved to be in the photograph!
L-R Clockwise: Gill Loyd (reserve), Lee Pinnington – Treble, Stuart Gibson 2, Josie Irving 3, Mark Vincent 4, Dave Endacott 5, John Napper 6, Tim Pett (C) 7, Chris Tuckett 8, Nick Clarke 9, Richard Loyd – Tenor.
Vale of the White Horse
Kay Chamberlain – Treble, Teresa Sugden – Tenor, Cheryl Watson 2, Erica Crabtree 3, Lucy Laird 4, Jenny Crabtree 5, Jon Chamberlain 6, Steve Munday 7, Julian Watson 8, Tony Crabtree (C) 9.
Alan Ainsworth – Tenor, Sheila Bruce – Treble, Katharine Firman 2, Angela Darvill 3, Patricia Newton 4, Graham Firman 5, George Whiteside 6, Ken Darvill 7, Charles Botting 8, Robert Newton (C) 9
James Haseldine – Tenor, Alan Frost – Treble, Julie Haseldine 2, Ann Pratt 3, Caroline Stonham 4, Marika Haseldine 5, Hal Drysdale 6, Chris Mundy 7, Jeremy Pratt 8, Andrew Haseldine (C) 9.
Stephen R Smith – Tenor, John Manley (C) – Treble , Graham Slade 2, Simon Farrar 3, Geoffrey Cook 4, Chris Cole 5, Nigel Mellor 6, Ken Davenport 7, Jon Tutcher 8, John Harrison 9.
Prof. Stephen R Smith – Tenor, June Saint – Treble, June Wells 2, Jo Druce 3, Ian Judd 4, Robert Partridge 5, Giles Winter 6, Doug Beaumont 7, John Wells 8, Stephen Rossiter (C) 9.
Andrew Clark-Maxwell – Tenor, Rosemary Evans – Treble, Angela Brown 2, Bill Butler 3, Ros Durham 4, Adrian Moon 5, John Durham 6, Michael Hurst (C) 7, Martin Rice 8, Mark Robins 9.
John Temple – Tenor, Heather Bletchly – Treble, Colin Lee (C) 2, Charlotte Holmes 3, Keith Abbott 4, Alan Griffin 6, Robin Green 5, Malcolm Hensher 7, Chris Holmes 8, Graham Clifton 9.
The last photo is of Robert Newton, Guild Master and conductor of the E.B.S.B. team, receiving the 10-bell trophy, donated by the late Ted Peett, from Paul Flavell.
|ODG 6 Bell Contest 2011|
The annual Guild 6 bell striking competition was this year hosted by the Reading Branch and the recently refurbished bells at Streatley were chosen to test the skill of the teams taking part.
The day and the venue were perfect for an afternoon of sitting in the sunshine and enjoying some of the best 6 bell ringing the Guild can produce, as 9 teams, each representing their Branch tried hard to impress the Judges.
Richard and Claire Yates from Towcester, had agreed, to be our judges and were able to sit in the dappled shade of a tree to listen to the teams ringing a test piece of 1 minutes rounds followed by 240 changes of their choice. In practice all the teams except 1 chose Grandsire Doubles as the method, most relying on 2 extends, but 1 team rang Morris's 240, which made listening more interesting.
An excellent tea of sandwiches, cakes other savoury delights accompanied by excellent freshly brewed tea was provided throughout the afternoon by the Goring and Streatley ringers.
Announcing the results Richard thanked the Guild for asking them to Judge the contest and reflected on his early ringing career in the Buckingham area. He went on to commented that with such a high standard of ringing as the competition demonstrated, the Guild was clearly in good shape. The ringing had generally been to a very high standard and was a great credit to all who had taken part. He was pleased to hear bands making full and effective use of the practice time by getting into changes and testing the odd struckness of the bells in changes not just in rounds. He proceeded to give his comments and score for each team in the order in whih they rang.
So the 6 Bell trophy returns to Reading.
Stephen Rossiter collected the Cup From Richard Yates and congratulations were given to Thatcham, High Wycombe and Wantage in coming 2nd and 3rd equal respectively.
Alan Marchbank, Deputy Master thanked Richard and Claire for playing their part diligently and providing good encouraging feedback. He also thanked the catering team who had provided the teas and all the towers for entering and making it a very enjoyable afternoon.
|8-BELL Striking Competition 2011|
The Old North Berks Branch hosted this years 8 bell striking competition. With no heats to ring, we moved straight to a final which was rung at the delightful 12 cwt ground floor 8 of St Marys, Childrey. One of the 6 churches in the Ridgeway Benefice, St Mary’s boasts many treasures, not least of which are stunning views to the north and west across the Oxfordshire countryside. Blue sky and constant sunshine combined to make this a brilliant day for standing around listening to good ringing.
A straightforward touch of Grandsire Triples was chosen and 8 tower and branch teams did battle. They were joined this year by our Youth Team – the Band who represented the Guild in the Ringing World National Youth Competition in Pimlico and who were placed 1st in the change ringing section of that competition.
It was good to see many familiar faces and renew acquaintances. It was also encouraging to have a few new entries and to see new people getting involved with Guild events. It is especially encouraging to have had entries from Caversham and a Branch band from Witney and Woodstock.
Tea and refreshments were provided throughout the afternoon by the Childrey ringers. Expertly organised, a proper ringer’s tea of sandwiches, cakes and freshly brewed tea was enjoyed and appreciated by all who partook. Well done.
Our Judge Hugh Evans, Chairman of the Gloucester and Bristol DA was settled in the fine gardens of the Manor House just across from the church and listened to the teams ringing a test piece of 1 minute of rounds followed by 233 Grandsire Triples. The ringing concluded, we moved into the village hall for the results.
So it is that the Trophy returns to the Reading Branch, well done to Stephen and his team.
Congratulations also to High Wycombe and to South Oxon, placed second and third respectively.
Alan Marchbank proposed the vote of thanks to all those who had made the event a success by taking part, to our Hosts especially Gill and Richard Loyd for making the arrangements for today, to the incumbent Rev Alan Wadge for the use of the bells and to Hugh our Judge. The company showed its appreciation in hearty applause.
~ Alan Marchbank
ODG 6 Bell striking competition results for 2010
Headline news for the striking Competition held on Saturday 2nd of October at Cowley:
ODG 8 Bell striking competition results for 2010
Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May was thankfully bright and dry - even if the wind was a bit blustery and chilly, it afforded good conditions for standing outside the ancient and picturesque Church of St Mary, Wendover, to listen to the 7 teams that battled over the 8 bell trophy.
The bells were just right - easy going and not difficult to hear, but just tricky enough to strike to keep the ringers full attention. They have recently been augmented from 6 to 8 by the addition of trebles and the ringing room moved down the tower to a balcony in the upper half of the tower arch. Whites are to be congratulated on delivering another quality augmentation and re-hang.
The competition was organised and hosted by the Chiltern Branch and as we had 7 entries, a single "final" was judged by Robin and Jill Leale from Kingston upon Thames. Delicious sandwiches, cakes and mugs of tea were provided to a continuous stream of ringers, throughout the contest, by a team of ladies and served from tables at the chancel steps. It was somewhat daunting to be on the ringers gallery ready to perform and realise that there was an "audience" looking up from the tea tables, mugs and plates in hand............no pressure at all really!!
The ringing was of a high standard throughout the contest, with probably only 1 method mistake being made throughout the entire contest.
In presenting the results Robin and Jill commented that:
Ringing was of a good standard throughout and it is impressive that there were 7 entries ringing to this standard and other than for 1 team there were no method mistakes.
Generally the ringing was thought to be a bit slow for the bells, most of the teams were ringing at an equivalent peal speed of 3hrs 12. Only Team 6 pushed the bells along somewhat more.
They provided constructive feedback on each team's performance in the order in which they rang as follows
Congratulation to High Wycombe, who just "pipped" Reading to first place.
Pat Newton representing the High Wycombe Band was presented with the Trophy by the Judges.
Our thanks go to Barry Cowper for making the necessary arrangements for the contest, Stuart Lawrence and Ruth Grove who were our Marshalls and also to the providers of the tea, Liza Hutchins, Elizabeth Sorrell and Jean Weston.
I very much look forward to seeing you all at the 6 bell contest in Oxford Branch in October. I would like to see a band from each Branch - let's have some heats to manage!!
ODG 6 Bell striking competition results for 2008.
Saturday October 4th at All Saints, Milton Keynes
A good afternoon was spent with 9 bands competing for the ODG 6 bell trophy at All Saints Milton Keynes Village. The church with its ground floor ringing room afforded excellent facilities for the judges to sit in the north vestry just alongside the tower, which was so much better for them than huddling in a car in failing daylight and deteriorating weather.
Richard and Helen Stanworth were the stewards, checking bands in, collecting information and assisting with timings of practices and rounds etc.
During the early part of the competition there was almost a crisis when the Churchwarden (who was unaware of the competition), brought a party of people in for a look around the church! They were somewhat miffed to be asked to keep very quiet and hastily guided away from the chancel and out of the south door!
The bells were certainly enough of a challenge to make this an interesting competition. Alan Shephard from Dunstable, the chief judge said the bells sorted the competitors into 2 distinct groups, the top 3 and the following 6. Liz Middleton from Radbourne assisted Alan in the task of judging the 9 teams.
Tine Marchbank and her hospitality team comprising ringers, past ringers and non-ringers provided an abundance of tea which was consumed throughout the afternoon in the warmth and comfort of the Village Hall just opposite the church.
From the results you will see that Reading were victorious and the Judges presented Stephen Rossiter with the Trophy.
I would like to thank all the ringers who took part in the competition, our judges Alan and Liz, Richard and Helen Stanworth, the Incumbent and ringers at Milton Keynes Village and Tine and her band of helpers.
You all contributed to make this my first ODG organisation a success.
8 Bell Striking Competition, Monday 5th May 2008 - at St Michaels, Tilehurst
After a very energetic afternoon ringing the results are in......
Old North Berks had to withdraw at short notice so seven teams took part.
The competition was judged this year by Ian Fielding and Cath Merlane.
Whilst Double Norwich was not everyones cup of tea, on the whole the ringing from all teams was pretty good. However the judges took some time deliberating their decision and gave their comments on each bands performance.
The results were;
|1st||32.5||St Mary and St Laurence Reading|
|2nd||36.75||Reading Branch Team|
|4th||42.00||East Berks and South Bucks Branch|
Steve Rossiter receives the Cup from the Judges
|Guild 10 Striking Competition, Saturday 22nd November 2008 at Wallingford
Judges: Mike and Jill Wigney from Chiswick - Method: Grandsire Caters
Andrew Haseldine (right) receiving the 10-bell Striking Competition cup on behalf of the victorious Central Bucks Branch team from judge Mike Wigney
|Here are the team photos which were taken by Bobbie May. If you click on any picture you will be able to see a larger version within your web browser|
Central Bucks team - Left to right are Kaye Mundy, Marika Haseldine, Julie Haseldine, Anne Pratt, Jeremy Pratt, Alan Frost, James Haseldine, Ed Houghton, Chris Mundy, Andrew Haseldine
Reading team - Left to right are Jim Disrens, Nigel Herriott, Doug Beaumont, June Wells, John Wells, Helen Disrens, Alex Byrne, Jenny Herriott, Steve Rossiter, John Manley
EBSB team - Left to right are Patricia Newton, George Whiteside, Graham Firman, Ann Davies, Peter Mackie, Sheila Bruce, Charles Botting, Katherine Firman, Robert Newton, Cliff Davies
ONB team - Left to right are Keith Anderson, Brian Read, Nick Clarke, Josie Irving, Tim Pett, Stuart Gibson, Lee Pinnington, Gill Loyd, Richard Loyd, John Napper
VOWH team - Left to right are Julian Watson, Cheryl Watson, Lucy Laird, Hugh Baxter, Tony Crabtree, Kay Chamberlain, Paul Coad, Darran Ricks, Jon Chamberlain, Erica Crabtree
|Guild 10 Striking Competition, Saturday 24th November 2007 at Aston Clinton, Bucks
Judges: Stephen Stanford and Sarah-Louise Ward
John Davidge (right) receiving the 10-bell Striking Competition cup on behalf of the victorious East Berks & South Bucks Branch team from chief judge Stephen Stanford
Guild 10-bell Striking Competition, Saturday, November 25th 2006 at Banbury
This year’s competition was judged by Peter Tombs of the Swindon branch of the Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association and Michael Dew From the Coventry D G. They were introduced to the ringers by Robert Newton, Deputy Master, who thanked Barry Davis and the Banbury ringers for the arrangements and anticipated a delicious tea.
Six teams took part in the competition on the fine 10 at Banbury.
Mike Dew had looked up some statistics on previous peals on the bells at Banbury and estimated a working average for the speed of the bells. The judges commented on the teams in the order in which they had rung:
North Bucks. They found the ringing a little slow with faults in the rounds and inconsistencies in the changes. Peal speed 3 hrs 33.
Vale of the White Horse. The ringing settled down well and got even better as they went along. Peal speed 3 hrs 12.
EBSB. The rounds were good and the opening changes, very good. Technically the whole piece was very good. Peal speed 3 hrs 07.
Old North Berks. The rounds were good but the changes and the leading inconsistent. There were also gaps in the middle. Peal speed 3 hrs 07.
Reading. The opening rounds were excellent as were most of the changes. The faults, such as they were, came in clusters. Peal speed 3 hrs 07.
Banbury. This team rang far too quickly. The opening rounds had faults. They would have done better if they had taken the piece more slowly. Peal speed 2 hrs 49.
The judges declared that it had been a good morning’s work and the ringing had been of a high standard.
June Wells, Reading Branch Ringing Master, receiving the trophy from the judges, Barry Davis and Mike Dew.