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2016 8-bell competition (joint with Reading Branch) 

The competition was held at Twyford – judged by Ken Davenport & Jackie Roberts. The judges heard each bell clearly and detected no obvious odd struckness in the bells, though the Tenor seemed to need pushing.

Position Team Faults per 100 rows Method Comments [order of ringing]
1 Reading J 23 Triples Mostly good ringing with a few minor faults throughout. [Rang 4th]
2 Tilehurst 34 Triples Good even ringing especially in the middle. Two major patches of crunching but good between. [Rang 3rd]
3 Reading C 36 Major Good consistent Rounds. A few leads were a bit at. Got better, and recovered from a minor kerfuffle. [Rang 2nd]
4 Wokingham All Saints 58 Triples Speed varied, especially the middle stretch. Probably better ringing faster. Raced a bit towards the end with a few more errors. Good leading. [Rang 1st]

Winning team

The winning team (L-R): June Saint, James Champion, June Wells, Stephen Rossiter, Stephen Smith (2), John Wells, Martyn Jordan (Not in picture – Peter Ellis).

2016 Guild 6-bell striking competition

Only nine branches entered a team so there were no heats. On the day two withdrew leaving seven. The competition was at Penn, judged by Doug Hurd and David Phillipson. Sonning Deanery was represented by a team from Wokingham All Saints, with one ringer from Sonning (which would have represented the Branch but could not raise a team). The results were: Drayton St Leonard 17, High Wycombe 22, Tilehurst 31, Hungerford 41, Wokingham 85, Bloxham 98. Aylesbury only rang half of the test piece and was disqualified.

Sonning Deanery team


2015 8-bell competition (joint with Reading Branch) 

The competition was at Shiplake (hosted by Reading Branch) – judged by Tim Pett & Bobbie May. Two teams from each branch entered. The results were: 1st Reading Branch 6.9, 2nd Tilehurst tower 10.6, 3rd Sonning tower 18.4, 4th Wokingham All Saints tower 22.1. (Scores are faults per 100 rows.)

 
 

2015 Guild 6-bell striking competition

Only eight branches teams entered a team so there were no heats. The final was at Chalgrove, a non too easy 16½ cwt 6, judged by Nick & lindsey Brett from Linslade. Sonning Deanery was represented by Wokingham All Saints. All teams were close together except the first two and last. The results were:
 High Wycombe 93.8%, Thatcham 92.8%, Woughton on the Green 87.0%, Faringdon 86.2%, Wallingford 85.6%, Drayton St Leonard 83.8%, Wokingham 83.1%, Caversham 72.3%.

The Wokingham team: Kristin Fitch -6, John Harrison - 5, Jonathan Goodchild - 4, Nigel Mellor - 3, Jane Mellor - 2, Julie Goodchild - 1.


Mini-ring at Joyce Crockford's wedding

What does a ringer do when getting married at a church with no bells? Joyce Crockford hired the Charmborough Ring  for the wedding to David Goodwin and invited along plenty of ringers.

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The assembled ringers
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Posing ready to ring
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Joyce ringing after the wedding

See also: Pictures on the Charmborough website 


 2015 6-bell striking competition

 Five teams entered the 6-bell competition at Waltham St Lawrence, judged by Kath Firman and John Manley, on a sunny April afternoon.

The judges complimented the teams on some enjoyable ringing. They commented that entering a competition can be nerve wracking, but it is good if it helps us to improve our striking since members of the public that listens to our ringing may not be able to recognise a method but they can tell the difference between good and bad striking.

Position Team Faults Method Comments [order of ringing]
1 Wokingham All Saints 30 Grandsire Doubles Consistent. Did very well. One small method mistake didn't lose much because it was quickly recovered. The bells are challenging, especially 2 & 3 which seemed odd struck. [Rang 5th]
2 Easthampstad 34 Plain Bob Doubles The fastest ringing. Enjoyable. Back bells set a good stable speed. Very few big faults but quite a few minor ones, mostly leading. [Rang 2nd]
3 Sonning 36 Plain Bob Doubles Slower ringing. No method mistakes. Benefited from consistent leading. Most faults were in the middle, especially at backstroke. [Rang 3rd]
4 Waltham St Lawrence 40 Call changes A number of very good bits. Generally improved as it went on. Listen to the leading. Need to work hard to place the bells at the changes [Rang 4th]
5 Arborfield (60)* Plain Hunt Doubles Bad luck not completing the touch. Some excellent rows, especially Rounds and Back Rounds. Try to get a good hunting speed. [Rang 1st]
* Estimated score based in incomplete touch.

2014 8-bell competition (joint with Reading Branch) 

 The 8-bell competition was held at All Saints, Wokingham on 18th October and was the first joint contest. Three teams entered, two from Sonning Deanery Branch and one from Reading Branch. The judges were Robert Newton (High Wycombe & Aston Rowant) and Peter Mackie (Stoke Poges). They commented favourably on all three teams' ringing. They also felt that all three Tenor ringers had difficulty maintaining a steady, precision rhythm.

Position Team Faults per 100 rows Method Comments [order of ringing]
1 Sonning 11.44 Plain Bob Triples Rang at a measured pace. A shaky start but settled down well. Each course better than the previous one. [??] Nice to listen to. [Rang 3rd]
2 Wokingham All Saints 11.71 Grandsire Triples Brisk. Very confident but all the time a bit ragged. [Rang 2nd]
3 Caversham & Shiplake 20.15 Grandsire Triples Rang fairly steadily. [??] bells dropped a bit at the start. A serious trip in the 6th lead. Some problems turning round at the front / leading, and some bunching in the middle. [Rang 1st]
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The tower

2014 Guild 6-bell striking competition

Wokingham All Saints represented the Branch (after Arborfield, which won the Branch competition declined). Wokingham was drawn to ring first in the heat at Brightwell cum Sotwell, where the bells were easy and all teams rang well. Judges Doug Hird & Nikki King placed the bands: High Wycombe 8.5, Wokingham 11, Thatcham 13, Abingdon 15.5, Woodstock 16. The first three went on to the final at Aston Tirrold where the bells were much more challenging – all odd struck – not to mention the distraction of lots of flies.

The judge, Mike Wigney from Chiswick, commented that the bells were "clearly quite a challenge. No-one found them easy. The Treble was a problem for everyone and more than 50% of the Faults for all bands came from the Treble, but all the other bells were odd struck too". He placed the teams:

Place Faults Team Comments
1st 14 High Wycombe Really obvious when the Treble clipped. Settled down to become a very pleasant piece of ringing.
2nd 15 Thatcham Judge was disturbed by Ted the dog for a lead, but didn't think it impacted the score! Best Treble ringing. Quicker than other bands but Tenor got a little over eager.
3rd= 19 Wokingham First Band to ring a completely clean (faultless) Lead. Settled down as it went along - quite good by the end.
3rd= 19 Drayton St Leonard First 60 changes took a while to settle, but each successive 60 better than the previous.
5th 21 Hanslope First team to keep the 1st Treble Backstroke after pull-off away from the Tenor. Again, each successive 60 better than the previous.
6th 60 Caversham Less experienced band. Couple of fairly major incidents, but came through. Treble too close and other bells too wide over it.

 2014 6-bell striking competition

 Five teams entered the 6-bell competition at Arborfield, judged by Chris Griggs and Mike O'Hagan, on a typical April afternoon – bright sunshine and sharp showers

The judges commented on the good overall standard of the ringing.

Position Team Faults Method Comments
1 Arborfield & Barkham  44 Rounds Back bells good. Important to keep the leads right and prevent problems rippling back. Most faults were at backstroke.
2  Wokingham
All Saints 
46 Grandsire Doubles Confident start. Felt rushed at times. Method mistake was quickly recovered. Occasional quick handstrokes.
3 Sonning 49 Plain Bob Doubles Confident. Slower. Better control with a good framework. More perfect rows but more trips.
4 Twyford & Hurst 52 Plain Bob Doubles Quicker. Tended to run away a bit, not helped by quick handstrokes.
5 Easthampstead 56 Plain Bob Doubles Good general impression. Quite a few clips but no major faults.

Only the winning team was photographed.

The winning team


Rope splicing course – April 2014

Seven students attended the course, most of them with no prior experience of rope splicing. With the guidance course tutor John Harrison, they all produced at least one successful splice, and some more than one, which they took away with them as souvenirs.

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John Coombes - Domhnall Fallon - Alex Maberly - Ben King - Jennie King - Rob Needham - Kristin Fitch
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Jennie King - Rob Needham - Kristin Fitch - John Coombes - Domhnall Fallon
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Alex Maberly - Ben King
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Jennie King

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New Year's Day 2014 – Date Touch

 The Date Touch at All Saints Wokingham on New Year's Day 201 was again rung by a 'rainbow band' with ringers from six different towers. The touch was 2014 Cambridge Surprise Major, composed and conducted by Ander Holroyd). (See: published details  )

The band was:

1 - Sue Sargeant (Warfield)

2 - Barbara Wells (Easthampstead)

3 - Janet Menhinick (Sandhurst)

4 - Rebecca Woodgate (Seattle)

5 - Alan Barsby (Eversley) 

6 - Steve Wells (Easthampstead)

7 - Ander Holroyd (Seattle)

8 - John Harrison (Wokingham)

The band 
The Band in order of ringing (Clockwise from front right)

2013 6-bell striking competition

Five teams entered the 6-bell competition at Sandhurst St Michael, judged by Alan Barsby & Dave Pearce, on a sunny spring afternoon

The judges commented on the difficulty of the bells (odd struckness) and on the importance of regular leading – a clear handstroke gap and no gap at backstroke.

Position Team Faults Method Comments
1 Wokingham
All Saints B 
16 Plain Bob Minor Nice piece of ringing.
2 Easthampstead A 21 Grandsire Doubles Good leading & crisp backstrokes. Some mistakes but didn't upset the rhythm. Overall nice.
3 Sonning 27 Plain Bob Doubles Quick handstrokes & the Tenor pushing, but the rest managed to keep up. The second half settled.
4  Wokingham
All Saints A
50 Plain Bob Doubles Changes a bit uneven Treble fast going to lead & Tenor could have pushed it on a bit.
5 Easthampstead B 52 Rounds Some difficulty coping with the odd struck bells.

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Wokingham (All Saints) B

New Year's Day 2013 – Date Touch

The Date Touch at All Saints Wokingham on New Year's Day 2013 was rung by a 'rainbow band' with ringers from six different towers. The touch was 2013 Plain Bob & Gainsborough Little Bob Major, composed and conducted by John Harrison. (See:published details  )

The band was:

1 - Steve Smith 1 (Wokingham)

2 - Mhairi Miller (Wokingham)

3 - Rebecca Woodgate (Seattle)

4 - Alan Barsby (Eversley)

5 - Andrew Elliston (Sonning)

6 - Steve Smith 2 (Shiplake)

7 - Graham Slade (Hurst)

8 - John Harrison (Wokingham)

2013 Date Touch band 
The Band in order of ringing (Tenor left, Treble right)

2012 8-bell striking competition

The 8-bell competition was held at All Saints, Wokingham on 20th October, judged by Doug Beaumont & Ann Osborne of Caversham. Two towers entered a team, and the Chairman entered a combined team, selected from those present, to make three teams in all.

The judges commented that having three teams made judging easier. They felt the bells were a good choice, being not too easy. They gave a maximum of two faults per row: 1 for a minor disturbance and 2 for a bigger problem.

Position Team Faults per 100 rows Method Comments
1 Wokingham All Saints 7.5 Grandsire Triples Fairly fast. Good ringing with occasional clips. A couple of larger problems, possibly caused by lack of concentration.
2 Chairman's combined team 10 Stedman Triples Largely good. 678 had a problem in Rounds (7 holding up at backstroke?). Once into changes it was a nice piece with few large errors. One larger hesitation & clip when someone drifted off the path?
3 Sonning 15 Grandsire Triples Rather slow. Easing along the Tenor backstrokes would have helped, and made it a bit faster. A steady stream of small clips & hesitations, but few big trips.

Rope splicing course – December 2011

 Five students attended a course on rope splicing, a useful skill that looks deceptively easy, but as they all found out requires care and practice to get it right. Most of them made several false starts, but with guidance they all managed to complete reasonable test pieces, which several of them took home as a reminder of the course. Unfortunately we didn't take any pictures, so you can't see them at work.

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2011 Guild 10-bell competition

For the first time in many years, the Branch entered a team in the Guild 10-bell competition. A total of eight teams entered – itself a record. The Branch team was placed 7th out of 8, which was a creditable achievement given that most of the team are not regular 10-bell ringers.

Place Team Score
1st East Berks & South Bucks 89%
2nd Reading 84%
3rd Central Bucks 83%
4th Vale of the White Horse 82%
5th Newbury 79%
6th Old North Berks 77%
7th Sonning Deanery 69%
8th Banbury 67%
Sonning Deanery team

2011 8-bell striking competition

Three teams entered the 8-bell competition at Twyford on 15th October, judged by Tim Pett and Bobbie May.

The judges made some general comments that applied to all teams. Leading was good, and in all teams Treble and Tenor rang well. Most faults were in the middle of the row. All teams seemed to have problems with the 4th. The judges scored each row: 1/4 for a minor blemish, 1/2 for a major blemish and 1 for a clash.

Position Team Faults per 100 rows Method Comments
1 Wokingham & Sonning 22 Grandsire Triples A bit uneven. Front 4 bells tried to ring faster than back 4 bells. A bit choppy going into changes. A method trip towards the end caused a lot of faults, but it sorted out and came round.
2 Easthampsted 31 Rounds There was lots of 'syncopation', which generated many small faults, but there were few clashes. Initially the front 4 bells were ringing slower than the back 4, but after a while they were the other way round.
3 Twyford 39 Rounds The bells seemed to group 123, 456, 78. The ringing was too fast, and 78 were probably trying to slow it down. There were no complete clashes.

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The competition was followed by a good general practice.

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Wokingham & Sonning (2 missing)
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Twyford

2011 6-bell striking competition

 Six teams entered the 6-bell striking competition at Waltham St Lawrence on 16th April, judged by Ken Darvill and Peter Mackie.

The judges were impressed that all teams improved as they went on, and commented that all teams The bells sounded very nice outside.

Position Team Faults Method Comments
1 Sonning 38 Plain Bob Doubles Very pleasant. A bit 'trippy'
2 Wokingham
All Saints B
43 Cambridge Minor Suffered some quick leads and slow blows in 5ths place.
3 Arborfield 69 Rounds Improved as it went on.
4  Wokingham
All Saints A
96 Rounds Improved as it went on. Treble did well.
5 Easthampstead 102 Rounds Improved as it went on. Treble did well.
6 Sandhurst 145 Plain Hunt Doubles Bad start. If the had been happier they would have had fewer faults.

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Wokingham (All Saints) A
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Wokingham (All Saints) B

Raising & lowering in peal – October 2010

Three students made very good progress in this important practical skill on the course held at Finchampstead under the tutorship of John manley.


Ringing for England – St George's Day

Many bands celebrated St George's Day (23rd April) in response to a nationwide initiative appeal for special ringing , endorsed by the ODG . Two quarter peals were rung, at Hurst and Eversley (out of our area, but a mainly ODG band). Two quarter peal attempts were lost, at Sonning and Wokingham. There was general ringing at Arborfield, Easthampstead, Finchampstead, Sandhurst, Twyford and White Waltham.


Rope splicing course – April 2010

All four students had no prior experience of rope splicing, but under the watchful eye of course tutor John Harrison, they all ended the evening having produced a neat splice, which they took away with them as a reminder of having done the course.

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Four students + an onlooker
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Mhairi Miller
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Simon Graves
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Joyce Crockford & Simon Mabbott

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2010 6-bell striking competition

Five teams entered the 6-bell striking competition at Shottesbrooke on 17th April, judged by Jim and Helen Diserens.

Judges general comments – Very varied ringing. Congratulations to the bands that got together a team and entered. Bands that ring Doubles should put their strongest ringer on the Tenor if possible (though it might not always be possible). The Tenor can make or mar the piece. The bells sounded very nice outside.

Position Team Faults Method Comments
1 Wokingham
All Saints
18 Cambridge Minor A joy to listen to. Obviously an experienced band. The odd irregularity. Maybe marked more strictly than the less experienced teams.
2 Easthampstead 24 Grandsire Doubles A good rhythm with the occasional irregularity. Nice ringing
3 Sandhurst 44 Grandsire Doubles Erratic leads caused most faults. Cartwheeling or open leads are acceptable, providing it is consistent. A reasonable rhythm.
4 Sonning 58 Plain Bob Doubles Settled a bit, but then got scratchy. The knock-on effect [see below] led to many faults
5 Twyford 67 Rounds A valiant go. Some was quite good at the times when it settled.. It was a nice slow pace, and he was quite impressed. There was a knock-on effect if one bell held up or pulled in, a mark of an inexperienced band. It is vital to keep the rhythm. The Tenor rang very well.

Our congratulations to Twyford for entering a team with one member who has only been ringing 7 months, and two who had not rung outside their home tower before this week.

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Wokingham (All Saints)

 Branch competitions are open to teams from any Branch tower (or combined teams, see competition rules ). Dates of competitions are in the Branch diary .

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Bell Maintenance Course - May 2007

The course was led by John Davidge and Len Palfrey, of the ODG Towers & Belfries Committee. Initial instruction and demonstrations were at All Saints Wokingham. After an excellent lunch at the Duke of Wellington in Twyford, the students were 'let loose' on the bells at St Mary's Twyford, armed with check sheets of things to look for, to see how much of what they had learnt they could put into practice. The pictures below show both tutors and students hard at work.

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Tutors and students
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Checking a clapper
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Checking a rope
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All hard at work
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The tutor explains
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Checking a headstock
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The tutor explains
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Using checklists

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