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News about local and national striking competitions. Will be posted beside the striking competitions page

Striking Competitions – Reminder

Just a reminder that CLOSING DATE for the Guild 6 and 8 bell INTER TOWER competitions is SATURDAY 11th MAY

So far we only have 2 entries for the 6 bell and NONE for the 8 bell so now is your opportunity to enter your tower whilst there might not be too much opposition perhaps? Don’t forget, call changes is all you need to ring if you are not confident to ring Changes.

The CLOSING DATE for the Guild INTER DISTRICT 8 bell competition is a couple of weeks later on the 25th MAY.  Please can districts confirm to me if they definitely know they are NOT able to field a band if they have not already done so. Its not too late with perhaps a little persuasion to find 8 ringers within a district to ring call changes as a minimum.

Rules and details are on the guild website. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks

Pete Jordan
Striking competition convener.
Vice Master  – Winchester & Portsmouth Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

 

Guild Striking Competition Rules for 2019

Attached through the links below are the Rules etc for the Inter-Tower and Inter-District striking competitions for 2019.

Dates for each event are:

Saturday 18th May
INTER-TOWER 6 and 8 BELL in the Portsmouth District.
6-Bell competition at Wickham from 10.30am
8-bell competition at Shedfield from 10.30am
Saturday 15th June
INTER-DISTRICT 8 BELL  at St Mary’s Brighstone, IoW
To be held before the GUILD AGM.

 

 

 

 

2019 Guild Striking Competitions

Greetings,
Just a quick reminder for the dates of the Guild Striking Competitions for 2019
INTER-DISTRICT 8 BELL – Saturday 15th June at St Mary’s Brighstone, IoW
To be held before the GUILD AGM.
INTER-TOWER 6 and 8 BELL – Saturday 18th May in the Portsmouth District.
Planned to be morning competitions – details to follow shortly.
If your tower has not entered the Tower competition before please don’t be shy. It’s great fun, a great opportunity to meet other Guild members and caters for a wide level of expertise – and you never know – you may come away with the cup!
Details for all competitions will be posted in the near future.
Thanks
W&P Vice Master
Convener – Striking Competition Committee.

C&S September District Practice with Hinton Trophy Striking Competition and Business Meeting, Sopley 8th September 2:30pm

Please see below for links to all the information for the forthcoming district practice and Hinton Trophy for striking.  This post supersedes any previous version.

Saturday 8th September 2018 at Sopley church.

Method of the month: Little Bob Minor

2:30pm – 3:30pm General Ringing

3:30pm – 4:30pm Striking Competition

4:30pm Business meeting

Please let David Lay know numbers for tea.

To enter a band into the Striking Competition, please contact Andy Ingram.

Contact David Lay

Contact Andy Ingram

 

 

September 2018 Agenda

Annual District Meeting  2018 Minutes

September Practice and Hinton Trophy

Rules for  Hinton Trophy

**Cancelled**Inter-District 10 bell Striking Competition – Saturday 15th September at East Meon

Greetings All
The closing date for team entries for the 10 bell competition has now passed with insufficient entries to hold the competition so I am regretfully CANCELLING the event for 2018.
To those districts who entered, or advised me that they were unable to enter, my thanks.
Best regards
Pete Jordan
Striking Competition Convenor

 

 

 

Just a reminder that the Guild 10-Bell Striking Competition is fast approaching and the closing date for entries is Sunday 26th August.

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Greetings.

Please find attached the rules etc for the Inter District 10 bell Striking Competition on the 15th September at East Meon, 10am start. I am asking for entries a little earlier than usual this time so we have good visibility well in advance that we have enough teams to hold the event. Closing date is the 19th August.

As usual, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Details on the form or use contact link below.

Regards

Pete Jordan
Striking Competition Convenor

Link to Competition Rules

Inter-District Striking Competition Results 2018

4 teams entered the W&P Guild Inter District 8 Bell Striking Competition held at St Micheals Basingstoke.
Grateful thanks to the judges,   Mary Gow and Stephen Mitchell.
The results were:
Team Position Clean Rows
Winchester District 1st 95%
Alton and Petersfield 2nd 84%
Basingstoke District 3rd
Isle of Wight 4th

Report from Roger Barber (A&P)

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A&P take 2nd place in the inter district 8 bell striking competition

Hi all,

Just to say that a team from the A&P District took part in the W&P Guild Inter District 8 Bell Striking Competition held at St Micheals Basingstoke. 4 teams entered and we came a very pleasing 2nd with 84% of clean rows from 224 changes of Plain Bob Triples. Well done to Mike Novell, Hugh Routh, Liz South, Mo Routh, Nick James, Jess Hornsby, Roger Barber and Simon Poyser. The team from Winchester District won with 95% and Basingstoke 3rd followed by The IOW 4th.
We intend to enter a team for the Guild inter district 10 bell competition in September to be held at East Meon.
Cheers
Roger

Isle of Wight District Gather for Competition

Isle of Wight District bell ringers gathered at Whitwell on Saturday last to honour the memory of Lester Bailey, a past ringer of Godshill, whose Memorial Shield is contested for every year in June.

Seven towers entered teams this year with a good mix of ringers, ageing from 7 to about, well, let’s just say oldish!

Steve Castle dusted off his passport to cross the Solent and judge the competition for us, and for that we are very grateful for the time and effort on his part in agreeing to our request.

The sun shone for us all so a running picnic tea outside in the grounds of the church was provided by Sue Day, with her team of willing Whitwell helpers laying on ample supplies of tea, coffee, cold drinks, and of course, our dietary need of cake and biscuits!

Photos: Mary Tester

Each team took their turn to ring five minutes of call changes and the final result was as follows: 1st: Ryde (31 faults, 76%); Joint 2nd:  Brighstone (41 faults, 62%) and Chale (46 faults, 62%); 3rd: Brading (70 faults, 47%); 4th: Shanklin (88 faults, 45%); 5th: Arreton (111 faults, 27%); 6th: Swanmore (115 faults, 17%).

John Stock, Ryde tower captain, receives the certificate and shield from judge Steve Castle.
In all a lovely social afternoon for all our Island ringers and we thank Jenny Brudenell, Margaret Downer and Mary Tester for all their work in organising the event.

Guild Inter Tower Striking competition report 2018

Congratulations to Romsey Abbey on winning the 2018 Inter Tower 6 bell striking Competition yesterday, the 19th May at Lockerley.

4 tower teams, plus one scratchband, entered the hotly contested competition which was judged by John Harrison from All Saints, Wokingham. The weather was wonderful and the setting idyllic for a pleasant evening sitting in the sunshine listening to some fine ringing. Tea and cakes were provided by the local band for which we were very grateful so our thanks go to them.

The results were

Place Tower Faults speed Ringing order
FIRST Romsey Abbey 21 3m, 47s 2nd
SECOND Basingstoke (St Michael) 23 4m, 0s 3rd
THIRD Eling & Southampton 28 4m, 15s 1st
FOURTH Brading 68 4m,12 4th
NO POSITION Scratchband 60 4m, 8s 5th

Unfortunately the 8 bell competition was cancelled due to insufficient team entries.

Pete Jordan

Striking Competition Convenor

W&P Guild Vice Master

6 Bell Competition Reminder Sat 19th May (8 Bell Competition CANCELLED)

Hi,

Just a reminder that the 6 Bell competition is taking place at Lockerley this Saturday with the draw at 6.30 for those who are taking part, supporters, cheerleaders etc.
Unfortunately there were insufficient entries for the 8 bell competition at East Tytherley so this has regretfully been cancelled.
Rules for all competitions can be found on the Guild website here.
Regards

Guild Inter-Tower 6 and 8-bell Striking Competitions – Saturday 19th May – Lockerley and East Tytherley

Hello All

** DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES 12th May **

Just a reminder that the Guild Inter tower 6 and 8 bell competitions are now 4 weeks away on 19th May in the evening at Lockerley and East Tytherley, and I hope you are busy practising at every opportunity.

If you are a tower that has not taken part before but fancy giving it a go please don’t be shy. There is the option of ringing Call Changes if you are not able to ring changes comfortably. It is a lot of fun and a good way to meet other ringers in the Guild.

Also a reminder that the Guild Inter district competition is on AGM day, 16th June, at Basingstoke. District ringing masters, or their nominees please take note and lets see if we can get a team from all of the districts.

Rules for all competitions can be found on the Guild website here.

Any questions please feel free to contact me.

Pete Jordan

WP Guild Inter-District Striking Competition 1pm Sat June 16th, Basingstoke

pdf version of document

2018 Inter-District 8 Bell Competition – Rules & information

Date: Saturday 16th June 2018
Location: St Michael, Basingstoke (8 bells, 14-1-10)
Start: 1 pm
Results: will be given in at the end of the competition.
For more info and to enter contact: Pete Jordan
Closing date
for entries:
Saturday 9th June 2018.
Draw: The draw will be held at the start of the competition. Bands with any legitimate time constraints please advise with your entry.
Rules:
1 The team to represent each District will be chosen by the District Ringing Master or some other person appointed by the District. If districts wish to enter another team, a maximum of 3 people from the first team are allowed to be in the second team
2 Each competing ringer must be a member of the District.
3 Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece.  The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to commence the test piece.
4 The competition ringing will comprise either:
  • 224 changes in any Triples or Major method(s) of the team’s own choice.  All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged.
  • Call changes.  The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading.  The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged.  Teams must ring for at least seven minutes after the first change is called.
5 The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

WP Guild Inter Tower 6 Bell Striking Competition Rules Sat 19th May 6.30pm Lockerley

pdf version of rules

Inter-Tower 6 Bell Competition – Rules & information

Date: Saturday 19th May 2018
Location: St John, Lockerley (6 bells, 12-1-15 cwt)
Starting time: 6.30 pm
Results: will be given in at the end of the competition.
For more info and to enter contact: Pete Jordan

 

Closing date
for entries:
Saturday 12th May 2018.
Draw: The draw will be held at the start of the competition. Bands with any legitimate time constraints please advise with your entry.
Rules:
1 All ringers in each team must be regular members of the band that is entering the team and must be Guild members.
2 Bands may enter more than one team provided that the total number of entries is not excessive. 
3 Two bands may enter a joint team.
4 The following rules of participation apply:

  1. Each participant may ring with one team only. 
  1. Each team may contain no more than 2 ringers that are taking part in the 8 bell competition.
5 Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece.  The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to start the test piece.
6 The competition ringing will comprise either:
a 120 changes in any Doubles or Minor method(s) of the team’s own choice.  All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged.
b Call changes.  The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading.  The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged.  Teams must ring for at least four minutes after the first change is called.
7 The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

**CANCELLED WP Guild Inter Tower 8 Bell Striking Competition Sat 19th May 6.30pm East Tytherley

pdf version of rules

Inter-Tower 8 Bell Competition – Rules & information

Date: Saturday 19th May 2018
Location: St Peter, East Tytherley (8 bells, 14-1-5 cwt)
Starting time: 6.30 pm
Results: will be given in at the end of the competition.
For more info and to enter contact: Pete Jordan 

 

Closing date
for entries:
Saturday 12th May 2018.
Draw: The draw will be held at the start of the competition. Bands with any legitimate time constraints please advise with your entry.
Rules:
1 All ringers in each team must be regular members of the band that is entering the team and must be Guild members.
2 Bands may enter more than one team provided that the total number of entries is not excessive. 
3 Two bands may enter a joint team.
4 The following rules of participation apply:

  1. Each participant may ring with one team only. 
  1. Each team may contain no more than 2 ringers that are taking part in the 6 bell competition.
5 Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece.  The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to start the test piece.
6 The competition ringing will comprise either:
a Not less than 224 changes in any Triples or Major method(s) of the team’s own choice.  All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged.
b Call changes.  The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading.  The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged.  Teams must ring for at least seven minutes after the first change is called.
7 The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

Volunteer required for Essex Trophy

Heather Frazer writes:
We have been advised that the Essex Trophy in 2018 will be held on 8th September at St Mary’s Horsham.
We have entered a team in the post, albeit not last year as it was too short notice.  Hopefully there is enough time now to get a team together for 2018.
Would someone be able to volunteer to organise a team please – the sooner the better to get into everyone’s diary.
Please contact me if you are able.
Many thanks!
Heather
Heather Frazer
Hon. Gen. Secretary
W & P Guild of Bellringers

Brading Rise to the Challenge

Saturday, 7th October, saw the annual competition take place on the Island for the Fred Green Memorial Change Ringing shield. Fred was a ringer of long standing at Freshwater and this year the competition took place at his home tower. Freshwater is a 6-bell tower with a 17cwt tenor.

Five towers entered the competition with a scratch team made up to give us something to aim for! 120 changes of any method of Doubles or Minor can be rung.

Julian Hemper from Devizes in Wiltshire, a former Ryde ringer, journeyed over to judge the afternoon’s efforts. His helpful comments after the ringing and before announcing the awarded points were all taken on board and appreciated by all the teams.

First to ring were the team from Ryde, who suffered a mishap with the treble during the 2-minute trial which unsettled the team a bit. Next to ring were Brading, followed by Shanklin, Freshwater, Brighstone and finally the scratch team, Team Isle of Wight (TIOW). The order of points awarded were as follows: 1st, Brading (12½ faults); 2nd, Brighstone ( 16½ faults); 3rd were the TIOW but were not challenging for the shield (17 faults); 3rd, Shanklin (19½ faults); 4th, Ryde (21 faults); 5th Freshwater (32½ faults). So with only 20 points between first and fifth a very credible afternoon of ringing.

The team from Brading were: 1, Robyn Downer; 2, Marghanita Allen; 3, Geoff Wilkins; 4, Margaret Downer; 5, Revd Barry Downer (conductor); 6, Kieran Downer.

Photo shows the winning team with (left to right): judge Julian Hemper, Revd Barry Downer, Marghanita Allen, Robyn Downer, Kieran Downer, Margaret Downer and Geoff Wilkins with mascot Mitchell holding the well deserved certificate.

Our thanks to District Master Jenny Brudenell and Secretary Mary Tester for organising the event, to Julian for making the supreme effort of battling our transport system and especially to the Freshwater team for the superb spread of sandwiches and cakes to go with the tea and coffee. In all a very sociable afternoon.

Put Swanmore on your Bucket List for Next Year!

Six teams from four Island towers enjoyed a fun morning’s ringing at the 2nd annual 3-bell striking contest – The Swanmore Cup. Swanmore’s team Jake won the contest with a very high score of 9.5 out of 10. Full results below. Each team judged each other and was enjoyed by all.

1st – Swanmore ‘Team Jake’ – 9.5 out of 10
2nd – Ryde – 9 out of 10
3rd – Shanklin – 8 out of 10
4th – Swanmore ‘Team Phoebe’ – 6 out of 10
Joint 5th – Brading/Swanmore ‘Team Sarah’ – 6 out of 10

Picture is of the winning team with the stunning Swanmore Cup! Jake has been ringing around five months and has progressed very well!

Next years contest will take place on Saturday 29th September!

 

A&P District Striking Competition and Autumn Meeting Sat 21st Oct at Alton, All Saints

The draw will take place at 3pm and the competition will start at 3.15pm

If you are entering a team please let Valerie Harris know beforehand.

 
Tea from around 4.30pm

The results will be announced and the trophies presented
during the meeting which will start at around 5.30pm

Please give names for tea to – Mike Novell

 

 

AandP striking competition rules

*postponed* Guild 10-Bell Striking Competition – Saturday 7th October – All Saints, Basingstoke

Hi everyone!

The Guild 10-bell competition is this year being held at All Saints, Basingstoke, on Saturday 7th October.

The draw is at 9:50am with the ringing starting promptly at 10am. The rules will follow shortly and any entries and queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the email link below.

Kind Regards

Greg Jordan

Reporting from the Youth Championships…

Nicola Penny Reports. Photos by Tim Martin

As many of you know, the Ringing World National Youth Contest was at the beginning of July in Birmingham. It was wonderful to see so many young ringers from all over the country taking part. There were 1 8 teams of 10. There were 4 of us from the Priory. The others making up the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild team came from as far as Winchester Cathedral, Basingstoke and Milford.  Our qualifier took place at St Peters in Harborne. The piece itself was good but we didn’t get through to the final. However, this was not necessarily a bad thing as it meant we could ring in more towers! Although navigating round the town to get to them was a challenge for the drivers.

There were towers open all over Birmingham including; St Giles (Sheldon), St Alphege (Solihull) and St Nicolas (Kings Norton), Then there was St Martin in the Bullring with a fantastic 16 bell tower. This being the favourite. It was really good to be able to ring in Birmingham, especially as the bells where so nice to ring and the views from the tower windows were impressive as well!

Nicola Penny

 

 

 

2017 Inter-District 8 Bell Competition – Rules & information

 

Date: Saturday 17th June 2017
Location: Ss Peter & Paul, Ringwood (8 bells, 17-2-18)
Start: 10am

Results: will be given at the end of the competition

For more info and to enter contact: Greg Jordan

Closing date
for entries: Thursday 15th June

Draw: The draw will be held on Friday 16th June and teams will then be informed of what time they need to be at the tower.

Rules:

1 The team to represent each District will be chosen by the District Ringing Master or some other person appointed by the District. If districts wish to enter another team, a maximum of 3 people from the first team are allowed to be in the second team

2 Each competing ringer must be a member of the District.

3 Each team may have four minutes ringing in which to prepare for the test piece. The treble bell shall then be rung several times to indicate that the team is about to commence the test piece.

4 The competition ringing will comprise either:

• 224 changes in any Triples or Major method(s) of the team’s own choice. All of the changes (but not the rounds before or after) will be judged.

• Call changes. The team may choose the changes to be rung but all the bells except the tenor are to take a turn at leading. The opening rounds and the stand will not be judged. Teams must ring for at least five minutes after the first change is called.

5 The decision of the Committee shall be final in any matter concerning the conduct of the competition and the interpretation of these rules.

 

Chale Take the Shield for first time

The Isle of Wight District held the annual competition for the Lester Bailey Memorial Shield for Call Changes at St Andrew’s Church, Chale, yesterday (Saturday).
This competition is held annually in June in memory of Godshill ringer Lester Bailey and is awarded to teams for 6-bell call changing on the Island.
Six teams entered the competition for a very enjoyable afternoon’s ringing.
Island Master Jenny Brudenell decided to judge the competition herself for the first time as there had been problems with finding a judge to do the honours.
Results were as follows: 1st Chale, 31 faults; 2nd Brighstone, 34.5 faults; 3rd Ryde, 57.5 faults; 4th Swanlin (a combined Swanmore and Shanklin team), 61 faults; 5th Newchurch, 64 faults; 6th Brading, 76 faults.
Chale band consisted of Paul Miller (caller), Sue Day, John Stock, Catherine Miller, Clarissia Turton and Mary Tester, in rope order.
The competition rules state that ringing of call changes should be of ‘a minimum of 5 minutes’, but Paul’s enthusiasm for the superb ringing got the better of him and we ended up doing 10!
Our thanks to Chale for organising the teas and hosting the afternoon and to Jenny on the superb job of judging – job for life now I feel!

6 bell competition Saturday 20th May CANCELLED

 

Good afternoon All

I have only received 2 entries for the 6 bell tomorrow, so Peter and I have discussed between us that we think it would be best to cancel the competition and turn it into open ringing instead. There is a problem with the church rooms at highclere, so refreshments and results will be at Burghclere instead.
I know this is a shame that we have to cancel it, but at least we can ring there and any ringers who might be around and weren’t originally supposed to ring, can come along and grab the tower/socialise with other members of the guild
The 8 bell is still going ahead
Greg Jordan

2017 WP GUILD REPORT – STRIKING COMPETITIONS COMMITTEE REPORT

In 2016, the Guild held three striking competitions. There were the Inter-tower 6 and 8 bell competitions, held on the 21st May  and the Inter district 8 bell competition, held on the 2nd July.

Inter-Tower 6 Bell Competition

This year, the Inter-Tower 6 bell was held at St. Mary’s Church Eversley, and was judged by Julian Ferrar and Julian Hemper, from Wiltshire. 5 teams entered and the whole morning was a success and a nice relaxed atmosphere and camaraderie between the teams and organisers. The results are as follows:

Placing Tower Method Time Faults Drawn
1st St. Michael, Basingstoke Plain Bob Doubles 4m7 3 ½ 3rd
2nd Eling Stedman Doubles 3m54 6 ½ 2nd
3rd Niton & Chale Grandsire Doubles 4m4 8 5th
4th Rotherwick & Odiham Grandsire Doubles 4m1 28 ½ 1st
5th Eversley Plain Bob Doubles 4m7 35 4th


Inter-Tower 8 Bell

The inter-tower 8 bell this year was held over the border in the Guildford Guild at Hawley. It was slightly disappointing to see only three teams entering, but a good contest was had nonetheless. The contest was judged by Vernon Bedford and the results are as follows:

Placing Tower Method Faults Drawn
1st Bishopstoke Grandsire Triples 17 ½ 3rd
2nd Hursley Grandsire Triples 24 ½ 2nd
3rd Catherington Grandsire Triples 31 1st


Inter-District 8 Bell Competition

This year, the Inter-Tower 8 bell was held at New Alresford, prior to the Guild AGM. Four districts entered, which was good, but much like the inter-tower competition, it would have been great to have more districts entering a team. The more the merrier! Paul and Kate Flavell were the judges and they did a professional and thorough job. Their results are as follows:

Placing District Method Score Peal Speed Drawn
1st Portsmouth Grandsire Triples 89% 3h2 3rd
2nd Winchester Cambridge Surprise Major 84% 3h8 1st
3rd Christchurch and Southampton Grandsire Triples 82% 3h7 4th
4th Andover Grandsire Triples 75% 3h2 2nd

Expenses amounted to £58 which was paid out of Central Funds

Greg Jordan