Spring Festival                                 Summer Festival                          Ridgman Trophy

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


Richard Allton (centre) receives the Weaver Shield from judges Jenny and John Thorne.




The winning team (left to right): Brett Masters, Robin Hickmott, John Stanworth, Chris Bulleid, Richard Allton and Jennie Paul.

The next competition will take place at Cold Higham on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

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


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 and in 2016 will be Erin Caters.

 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

Peterborough

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


The Ridgman Trophy Competition 2016

Holy Cross Church, Daventry on Saturday, June 4

After months of planning and endless emails the day finally arrived for Holy Cross Church, Daventry to host the 29th Ridgman Trophy Competition. The draw had taken place at Holy Cross Church two weeks earlier during the Tuesday night practice and all we knew was that Peterborough Guild would be ringing their test piece third and must be ringing their changes within the method by 2.15pm.

A gazebo was carefully erected in the adjoining car park to ensure that there would no disturbance for the judges and to ensure that they could hear in full all ten bells with ease.

Now to signs!  Careful placement of directional signs for visitors was essential in order to find the church hall and the ringing room so with help from our Guild President and with a great sigh of relief all was ready by 12 noon. Even the weather was kind and in perfect order with no rain, breeze or even burning sunshine. (We didn’t feel it would be appropriate to boil the judges in the gazebo – not at the beginning of the afternoon at least!)

The band from Bedfordshire started to arrive, followed by Essex who duly went to find a pub for lunch and then other bands began to congregate, many sampling the sumptuous teas, sandwiches and cakes supplied by the fantastic team of ladies from Holy Cross Church.

Bells were now rung up in readiness - if only they knew what was in store for them!

The first team to ring the test piece of 210 Erin Caters was from Bedfordshire, they entered the ringing room and began, oh their ringing was magnificent, I had never heard the bells here at Daventry rung so loudly, with great gusto and with such a lovely sound. It was amazing – yes, I know I’m a learner but wow, what a shock to hear such ringing! Bands were outside listening too, doing their very own judging and then our own Peterborough band began to arrive

Suffolk rang second, team photos were duly taken and then it was our turn. My nerves were going now too and I couldn’t even read the method! Up they all went to the tower, recorder standing by to tape the whole thing. With the bells, being still loud and majestic the Peterborough band began. They rang the practice piece then the method. Once done, they all came out, some strained faces, but a big smile on mine – how proud I was, these were my people, I knew them all – how brilliant! but the competition was still on and the bells, oh how they worked, never tiring, never losing their power or sound, absolutely fantastic.

Essex went next after coming back from the pub but they were brilliant, then Ely, oh I’m afraid they were rather good and they all had smiles at the end of their ringing, then magnificently followed by Lincolnshire. Finally Hertfordshire rang in full hearing of all the bands as by now everyone had re-grouped outside the church, all anxiously waiting for the forthcoming results.  Hertfordshire though really did end the competition ringing on a fantastic level.

After running around interviewing as many bands as I could, recording the ringing for BBC Radio Northampton and checking the church hall, the day was drawing to its final leg. The committee sat then returned after discussing next year’s date, location and method to be rung and as a great treat, anyone who hadn’t rung were invited to ring the bells and ‘grab’ the tower!

With everyone gathered we all entered the church to hear the results. Peterborough Guild Ringing Master - Andy Timms duly thanked with absolute sincerity Canon Michael Webber for the use of Holy Cross Church which was a very kind gesture, Richard Waddy, Tower Captain for the use of the bells, the magnificent ladies who laid on the splendid teas (Essex band commented on just how plentiful and lovely the teas were ) to Alan Winter for bringing the competition to Daventry, oh and I even got a mention which was a little embarrassing as I was still scribbling away with my report writing. The judges, Jeremy and Anne Pratt were thanked enormously by Alan Winter with presentations given.

Jeremy then took to the floor and described the careful positioning of the gazebo as superb, the bells as glorious and thoroughly enjoyed listening to them and stated that the standard of the ringing was much better than 5 years ago when he had last judged this competition. He finally said that all teams had done very well and concluded that there are 3 golden rules to competition ringing:

1.       Know the rules

2.       Learn the method

3.       Get your leading right

This said Jeremy carefully summed up all the teams individually. His fellow judge – wife Anne Pratt then announced the results:

1st place                Ely Diocesan Association of Church Bellringers      21 faults click here to hear

2nd place               Hertford County Association of Change-Ringers              32 faults

3rd place               Essex Association of Church Bellringers                          40 faults

4th place               Lincoln District Guild of Church Bellringers                     44 faults

5th place               Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers          62 faults

6th place               Suffolk Guild of Ringers                                                64 faults

7th place               Bedfordshire Association of Church Bellringers                 68 faults

 

Ely retained the trophy, well done! A good job some said as they hadn’t polished it!!

But what excellent ringing; absolute music.

Oh, but what about the comments from the bands about the day?

Hertfordshire Ringing Master – Do not really enjoy competition ringing as you only just get going when you have to stop, prefer to ring peals but was very keen to return to Daventry after 10 years, bells can be challenging for a striking competition but a lovely sound and enjoyed the day.

Essex Ringing Master - Bells were nice and it was lovely to have the church hall so we could sit and listen to others ringing; lovely teas too.

Peterborough Branch Ringing Master (but ringing for Lincolnshire) – a fantastic opportunity to visit and ring the 10 bells; If you can’t enjoy ringing like this then ringing is not for you!

Barry Johnson Captain of Ely Band – most of us were here to defend our position and to win back the trophy, glad to be taking it home, great bells and enjoyed the day.


Well, what a day, the bells now hanging silent and resting – they really were magnificent and with Ely clutching the trophy all the bands made their weary way home

Next year it will be over to Great St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge with the chosen method of Yorkshire Royal

For me, I would certainly advocate that all learners should come and listen to striking competitions, you hear and learn so much, you can find the drive to keep going through the dark days of clipping bells, leading wrongly, being shouted at as too close, too wide! etc etc and at the same time trying to understand methods, but you can meet so many lovely people, bellringers from all over, it really is worth the effort to get out there and join in.

Only one thing I need to do – find a collective name for Ringing Masters as I counted over 16 in one place  at any one time – way too many !!

Report and Photos by Odette Dawkins



Presentation made by Judges  Jeremy and Anne Pratt to Barry Johnson Captain of the Ely band, retaining the Trophy for the second year running.









The Peterborough Guild band:

Geoff Pullin, Chris Pearson, Alan Marks, Alistair Donaldson, Nick Churchman, Jim White, Simon Dixon, Ian Willgress (conductor), Brenda Dixon and Derek Jones.







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