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Competitions

Spring Festival
The Spring Festival is hosted by each Branch in turn on the fourth Saturday of April.

6-BELL STRIKING COMPETITION  RULES 2017

1. The competition shall be open to any tower, benefice or group of towers from within the Guild where the bells are rung regularly and all members of the team shall normally ring at the tower(s) involved.

2. No team shall have more than 2 ringers who are in any other team, and no ringer shall ring in more than 2 teams.

3. The order in which bands ring shall be determined by a draw, held prior to the competition, except that the order may be altered at the discretion of the Ringing Master to accommodate teams with time constraints.

4. Each team shall have time to adjust the ropes before having 4 minutes of practice, the end of which shall be indicated by a steward if required by the team. The length of practice time may be altered prior to the start of the competition depending on the overall time available/number of bands taking part and this shall NOT include the rounds immediately prior to the test piece starting.

5. Bands may ring Call Changes, or any Doubles or Minor method. If call changes are rung, there shall be at lest one change of lead bell.

6. The test piece shall be a minimum of 120 changes long (if call changes, at least 120 rows following the first change), with the 120 rows immediately following the first change being judged.

7. The start of the test piece shall be signalled by 2 whole pulls on the tenor prior to pulling off in rounds.

8. The method of judging shall be determined by the Judge(s), whose decision shall be final.


The Weaver Shield

presented to the Guild by John and Brenda Weaver in 1986

Year

Winner

No. of Teams

Competition held at

1986

Towcester

 

Weldon

1987

Towcester

 

 

1988

Rothwell (Gentlemen)

9

Cottesbrooke

1989

Rothwell (Gentlemen)

17

Flore

1990

Rothwell

 

 

1991

Towcester

15

Weldon

1992

Towcester

15

Wadenhoe

1993

Rothwell

 

North Luffenham

1994

Towcester

14

Yelvertoft

1995

Towcester

12

Wadenhoe

1996

Rothwell A

11

Eydon

1997

Rothwell A

14

Pattishall

1998

Rothwell Trinity

11

Brafield on the Green

1999

Rothwell

12

Staverton

2000

Rothwell

 

Stoke Albany

2001

Nether Heyford

8

Glinton

2002

Rushden

8

Wadenhoe

2003

Rothwell

5

Preston

2004

Nether Heyford

6

Spratton

2005

Nether Heyford

9

Bozeat

2006

Rushden

5

Greatworth

2007

Pattishall

8

Blisworth

2008

Rushden

8

Braunston (Northants)

2009

Rushden

8

Bulwick

2010

Rushden

6

Lois Weedon

2011

Nether Heyford

5

Dallington

2012

Rushden

8

Isham

2013

Rushden

8

Ecton

2014

Rothwell

5

Crick (back 6)

2015

Rothwell A

7

Stanion

2016

Towcester

8

Seaton

2017

Northampton

9

Cold Higham

The next competition took place at Cold Higham on Saturday, April 29, 2017 - report to follow.

Guild Spring Festival - April 23, 2016 - Seaton

Despite the rather concerning weather forecast of snow the sun shone throughout a glorious day in the Rutland area of the Guild. Our first church for the open practice, a lovely set of 6 bells at Caldecott (7.1.22) was slowly but surely commenced with ringers arriving throughout the practice time culminating in 28 ringers, all getting a chance to ring a mixture of Plain Bob Minor to Cambridge Surprise Minor.

With time running slightly over it was a dash to the second open tower where more ringers arrived; this time for a chance to see an absolutely beautiful church at Glaston, again with ground floor ringing but within the central nave. Bells somewhat lighter (10.2.21) caught a less experienced ringer out but the ringing was enjoyed by all under the careful organisation of Alan Ellis as Andy Timms had to leave somewhat speedily to greet the judges over at Seaton.

Judges - John and Jenny Thorne from Southam in Warwickshire were duly met at All Hallows’ church, Seaton and the bells ‘rung up’ in readiness for the competition. The teams began to arrive; the church hall ready and set up with a sumptuous buffet in the care of the Rutland Branch Secretary Helen Pollard and her many helpers was all in place and the competition all set to go.

A last minute entry was requested from the home team and with judges in agreement the competition began with now 8 teams in for the battle.

All the teams from Orlingbury, Northampton Town Centre, Rushden, Rothwell Antiques, Pattishall, Rothwell Nearly New, Towcester and Braunston rang with enthusiasm and enjoyment – plenty of smiles from all as they emerged from the church doorway to pose for their team pictures!

The ringing ranged from call changes to Cambridge Surprise Minor. For me, it was glorious, lovely and on very loud bells, all very English and perfect. The sun was shining, the breeze was gentle – perfect, even the tractor – well not so perfect as the driver decided to stop just by the judges car and keep his engine running whilst the Rothwell Antiques Team were ringing – typical but a lovely British view of tradition you could say!

So following 2 ½ hours of ringing and being interrupted by the guild business meeting where 2 grants for bell repairs were agreed, the results were announced. With only 1 point splitting the 1st and 2nd placings and a tied 4th place the Judges gave their personal summing up to each team and the winners were presented with the John Weaver Shield.

Results were:
1st           Towcester         18 faults              
2nd          Rushden       19 faults              
3rd           Rothwell Nearly New       26 faults              
4th=        Orlingbury         29 faults              
4th=        Northampton Town Centre     29 Faults
6th           Pattishall         32 faults
7th           Braunston, Rutland     42 Faults
8th             Rothwell Antiques       44 Faults

The day was not yet finished, over 20 ringers drove over to the magnificent church at Uppingham with its 8 bells (14.2.2) for the open evening ringing. Upstairs ringing chamber so many had to interchange for all to be able to ring. Here we were treated to vast range of ringing from Plain Bob Triples, Cambridge Surprise Major, Bristol Surprise Major and on into what was certainly my highlight of the day being able to witness and hear an eight Spliced Surprise Major.

A fantastic array of ringing and a fitting end to a marvellous day to celebrate the ‘Art of Change Ringing’.

Well done to all, the organisers, the ladies who made the delicious teas, the judges with their knowledge and powers of concentration, the towers that allowed us all to descend and especially to the bell ringers that give up their Saturday and help keep this wonderful tradition alive.

Odette Dawkins

The winning team





Richard Allton receives the shield from Jenny and John Thorne


Summer Festival

The Summer Festival is hosted by each Branch in turn on the third Saturday of September.

8-BELL STRIKING COMPETITION RULES 2016

1  There shall be one team from each branch, the selection of which shall be the responsibility of the Ringing Master of that branch.

2  All band members shall be members of that branch, or regularly ring for Sunday services within that branch. If possible no person shall ring for more than one branch.


3  Each branch Ringing Master shall inform the Guild Master, of their intention to compete by Saturday of the week previous to the competition.  The order in which bands ring shall be determined by a draw.  The Guild Ringing Master will inform all Branch Ringing Masters of the outcome thereafter.

4  Bands may ring Call Changes, or any Triples or Major method. If Call Changes are rung, there shall be at least one change of lead bell.

5  The test piece shall be a minimum of 160 changes and a maximum of 224 rows long.  If Call Changes are rung there must be at least 160 rows following the first called change.  If a method is rung only the first 160 rows will be marked.  If Call Changes are rung the 160 rows following the first called change will be marked.

6 Each band shall signal the start of the test piece by first ringing 2 whole pulls on the tenor alone.

7  A maximum of 5 minutes practice ringing shall be allowed by each band prior to the test piece (* this may be reduced prior to the start of the competition depending on the time available/number of bands) - this shall NOT include rounds before the test piece.  A steward shall be available (if required by the band) to keep time within the ringing chamber for the practice.

8  The method of judging shall be decided upon by the judge(s) whose decision will be final.


The Harry Wooding Memorial Trophy
is awarded to the winning team at the Summer Festival to hold for a year.

The trophy consists of a fine scale model of a bell hanging in a timber frame and was made by Owen Warren of Stoke Goldington. It was given to the Guild by Timothy Wooding in memory of his father, a well-known bellringer. The carrying case was made by Ivor J Dickin of Irchester. 

 

Date

held at

Winning Branch

Runner up

3rd place

Teams

1

Nov 1 1986

Irthlingborough

Wellingborough

Daventry

Towcester

8

2

Nov 14 1987

Northampton (H Sep)

Towcester

Wellingborough

Peterborough

 

3

Sep 10 1988

Rothwell

Towcester

Daventry

 

10

4

Sep 9 1989

Thrapston

Kettering

Guilsborough

Peterborough

9

5

Sep 8 1990

Haselbech

Kettering

Guilsborough

Towcester

 

6

Sep 14 1991

Higham Ferrers

Towcester

Kettering

Wellingborough

8

7

Sep 12 1992

Brackley

Wellingborough

Guilsborough

Towcester

 

8

Sep 11 1993

Wicken

Kettering

Towcester

Wellingborough

7

9

Sep 10 1994

Northampton (H Sep)

Kettering

Towcester

Daventry

8

10

Sep 9 1995

Whilton

Kettering

Wellingborough

Towcester

 

11

Sep 14 1996

Desborough

Kettering

Towcester

Daventry

6

12

Sep 20 1997

Cottesbrooke

Wellingborough

Peterborough

Kettering

6

13

Sep 19 1998

Thrapston

Peterborough

Wellingborough

Kettering

6

14

Sep 18 1999

Oakham

Towcester

Wellingborough

Peterborough

 

15

Sep 16 2000

Welford

Towcester

Kettering

Wellingborough

6

16

Sep 15 2001

Earls Barton

Wellingborough

Kettering

Daventry

6

17

Sep 21 2002

Aynho

Daventry

Guilsborough

Kettering

6

18

Sep 20 2003

Wicken

Wellingborough

Towcester

Guilsborough

6

19

Sep 18 2004

Northampton (H Sep)

Kettering

Towcester

Wellingborough

5

20

Sep 17 2005

Byfield

Daventry

Guilsborough

Wellingborough

3

21

Sep 18 2006

Desborough

Kettering

Towcester

Wellingborough

6

22

Sep 15 2007

Northampton (H Sep)

Daventry

Towcester

Wellingborough

6

23

Sep 20 2008

Rushden

Kettering

Daventry

Guilsborough

7

24

Sep 19 2009

Rothwell

Kettering

Daventry

Guilsborough

6

25

Sep 18 2010

Long Buckby

Kettering

Daventry

Wellingborough

7

26

Sep 17 2011

Thrapston

Wellingborough

Kettering

Daventry

5

27

Sep 15 2012

Oakham

Daventry

Kettering

Wellingborough

6

28

Sep 21 2013

Towcester

Towcester

Kettering

Peterborough

5

29

Sep 20 2014

Weedon

Daventry

Kettering

Towcester

5

30

Sep 19 2015

Castor

Daventry

Towcester

Peterborough

6

31

Sep 17 2016

Brackley

Daventry

Kettering  &  Wellingborough equal

6


2016 Competition   > see Latest Guild News page

2015 Competition

The fine bells of St Kyneburgha’s Church at Castor were very busy on Saturday, September 19.  After the weekly morning simulator training session, the bells were made ready to celebrate a wedding in the afternoon. With a case of late-bride syndrome, the start of the inter-branch eight-bell striking competition was delayed by a few minutes but we were soon back on the schedule directed by Guild Master Andrew Timms as his first big venture. 

A pause in ringing for the daily evening prayer at 6pm, allowed a brief Guild meeting to transact necessary business. Deborah Wallis from the Kettering Branch comprehensively thanked the local Peterborough Branch and Castor ringers.  These included special parking places, a traditional running buffet and the availability of afternoon ringing at the light rings of Thornhaugh and Wansford. We agreed grants from the Bell Fund of £6,150 to Nassington for a major restoration and augmentation to six and of £300 to Woodford for repairs to frame and clappers. The Summer Draw allocated 21 prizes and raised a goodly sum for the Bell Fund thanks to Murray and Mary Coleman’s organisation. Derek Jones followed with the monthly 100-Club draw.  The Secretary advised members that 10% of them could expect to be asked to complete a questionnaire for the CCCBR Coordinated Bellringers Survey.

The two remaining teams then rang.  Our very patient judges, Alan Winter and Adrial Walton, despite having heard some very close performances, very swiftly gave us their comments and half-fault scores. Alan commented on the amount of use made by each team of the five minute practice allowance, urging full use of the opportunity.  He commended the winners on their maximum utilisation of a daring (but deliberate) 4 mins and 59 secs.

A.       Thrapston Branch                     60 half-faults        Placed 6th

B.       Kettering Branch                      42                                  5th              

C.      Towcester Branch                      32                                  2nd

D.      Peterborough Branch                 33                                  3rd

E.       Daventry Branch                      25                                  1st

F.       Wellingborough Branch             34                                  4th

 

Each team was presented with a certificate and Jim White, Daventry Branch ringing master received the Harry Wooding Trophy to hold for another year, the first time the branch has had consecutive wins!

Further general ringing took place until 8.30pm followed by a convivial drink or two at the Prince of Wales Feathers by a select gathering by now reduced to thirteen.

 


 
The winning team, clockwise from treble front right to tenor back right: Gwynneth White, Carole Pullin, Alison Willgress, Justin Baker, Geoff Pullin, Jim White, Ian Willgress (cond.) and Andy Timms.


Jim White receives the Harry Wooding Memorial Trophy from judges Adrial Walton and Alan Winter

The Ridgman Trophy

The idea of a ten-bell striking competition among the Anglian associations was floated by Owen Davis and Ian Davies, among others, during the mid-1980s. An offer by Bill Ridgman’s family to give a trophy provided the necessary focus to bring the idea to fruition and the first competition was held at Wisbech in 1988. The trophy features the shields of the Ely Diocesan Association and Cambridge University Guild, reflecting the enormous contribution that Bill has made to both over the years.

Since its inception the competition has waxed and waned in popularity. The venue rotates around the region and often involves much travelling because the geographic spread is now from Lincolnshire to Essex and Northamptonshire to Norfolk. The test piece is often Stedman Caters, but has included Grandsire Caters, Cambridge Royal: in 2016 it was Erin Caters; 2017 Yorkshire Surprise Royal and in 2018 Stedman Caters.  The current rules are available here.

 Recent results

Year

Held at

Winner

2nd

3rd

4th

No. of teams

2007

Rothwell

Bedfordshire

Hertfordshire

Suffolk

Essex

10

2008

Gressenhall

Bedfordshire

Lincoln

Norwich

Suffolk

5

2009

Rickmansworth

Bedfordshire

Essex

Peterborugh

Hertfordshire

6

2010

Gt St Mary, Cambridge

Hertfordshire

Suffolk

Norwich

Peterborough

9

2011

St Mary le Tower, Ipswich

Norwich

Bedfordshire

Essex

Peterborough

8

2012

Kempston

Bedfordshire

Ely

Norwich

Essex

8

2013

Surfleet

Bedfordshire

Lincoln

Ely

Norwich

8

2014

Coggeshall

Essex

Hertfordshire

Ely

Norwich

8

2015

Wisbech

Ely

Suffolk

Bedfordshire

Essex

8

2016

Daventry

Ely

Hertfordshire

Essex

Lincoln

7

2017

Gt St Mary, Cambridge

Ely

Bedfordshire

Lincoln

Suffolk

7


When the Ridgman Trophy competition last took place in Cambridge (2010) it was very cold.  This time it was around 30 deg C!  The first team started at 10am and the last finished before 2pm. There were crowds of people milling around Cambridge and resting in the small churchyard under the trees and the beer-tent. 

The Cambridge University Guild were the hosts and had provided four open towers in the city centre as well as beer and refreshments at Great St Mary’s Church.  There were seven teams competing and an eighth team (Essex) withdrew after the draw but before the day.  The stewards had to cope with getting the teams down and up the spiral stairs whilst the public still had access to the top of the tower.  All went to time and the committee meeting to arrange next year’s event was over in time for organiser Alan Winter to thank everyone and to introduce the judges David Hull and David Richards who interpreted the Strikeometer.  David said that the ‘absolute’ mode of the Strikeometer had agreed with the human results.

David gave comments and Richard provided the scores.  Eventually the results were calculated in last first format as:

 Team Score Peal speed Result Guild
 Team 8   53% 3:22 7th Cambridge University
Team 7 62% 3:34 6th Peterborough
Team 5 63% 3:18 5th Hertford
Team 6 64% 3:05 4th Suffolk
Team 3 67% 3:16 3rd Lincoln
Team 1 72% 3:25 2nd Bedford
Team 4 86% 3:35 1st Ely

Ely received the well polished Ridgman Trophy for the third year running and the youngest participant, Henry Pipe, carried it away.  GHP


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