Saturday 22nd Oct – Striking Competition and Autumn Meeting at Buriton from 3.00pm
RULES FOR THE ALTON AND PETERSFIELD
DISTRICT STRIKING COMPETITION
1. TROPHIES AND CERTIFICATES.
The ‘Alton and Petersfield District Shield’ and the ‘A + P Call Change Award’ shall be competed for annually by
teams drawn from the Alton and Petersfield District of the Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of
Church Bell Ringers on a date decided by the Annual District Meeting.
a. The ‘Alton and Petersfield District Shield’ shall be presented to the team judged to have produced the best
striking of the competition.
b. The ‘A + P Call Change Award’ shall be presented to the team judged to have produced the best call changes
and the ‘A + P Change Ringing Trophy’ shall be presented to the team judged to have produced the best change
Certificates for all places will be presented.
The object of the Competition shall be to stimulate interest in good striking by the District’s Sunday Service
bands. All expenses of the Competition are to be met from District funds.
Each team competing is to comprise ringers who are bona fide members of the Sunday Service band within the
Alton and Petersfield District. There will be no entry fee. Each tower in the District may enter any number of
teams for the Competition, but each ringer may ring with only one team and there shall be only one conductor
in each team.
If a tower cannot field a complete team, then they can join forces with one other tower and enter a combined
The main consideration in the Competition shall be correct and good striking, and it shall be judged by two
competent Judges, preferably from outside the District, whose decision shall be final. During the Competition
the Judges shall not see the competing teams, nor know the order in which the teams are drawn to ring.
Each team will be allowed a maximum of 5 minutes to adjust ropes and familiarise themselves with the bells.
The test piece shall be:
Either (a) 120 changes of any method(s) of the team’s own choice. All of the changes
(but not the rounds before and after) will be judged.
or (b) Call changes. The team may choose the changes to be rung, but all bells except
the tenor must take a turn at leading. The opening rounds and stand will not be
judged. Teams must ring for at least 4 minutes after the first change is called.
Immediately before the Competition, the Judges shall withdraw, and the order of ringing shall be decided by
drawing lots. A tower marshal shall be appointed whose duties will be to receive details of each team’s test
piece, introduce the teams to the tower and supervise their performance.
7. CUSTODY OF THE TROPHIES.
The successful team(s) shall hold the Trophies for the ensuing year. The person entering the successful team(s)
for the Competition shall be responsible for the safe custody of the Trophies, and their return to the District
Committee by the time of the next Competition.