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I’ve always liked the sound of bells but didn’t think I could learn to ring because I’m not a member of the Church of England*
So said one recent recruit in the Candover Valley, who is now a happy member of the band! If you come and learn to ring with us, you will benefit from an experienced, enthusiastic teacher and a variety of different bells which will help you to build your skills step by step.
*You can become a ringer at any of our towers across the Guild, we welcome those of all faiths or none.
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Report from Mark Esbester. The Guild 8 bell striking competition was held this morning at Hawley – possibly the first time it has been outside the Guild’s territory! Only 3 teams had entered, namely Bishopstoke, Catherington and Hursley – where are all the Guild’s other 8-bell (and above) bands? The judge, Vernon Bedford, commented that all 3 teams had rung well, but Hawley bells are difficult to get really consistent, accurate ringing on. Bishopstoke, ringing last were the winners, with 17 faults, Hursley second with 24 and Catherington 3rd with 31.
Report from Greg Jordan. The Guild 6 bell striking competition was also held this morning at Eversley. 5 teams entered, namely Eversley, Eling, Rotherwick & Odiham, Basingstoke St Michaels and Niton & Chale.The judges Julian Hemper and Julian Ferrar gave very fair and positive comments on all the ringing and were particularly pleased when one tower had a tricky section but continued ringing, pushed through and settled down to some good ringing again. The teams and their results are as follows;- Placed 1st St. Michael’s Basingstoke 3.5 faults, placed 2nd Eling 6.5 faults, placed 3rd Niton and Chale 8 faults, placed 4th Rotherwick and Odiham 28.5 faults, placed 5th Eversley 35 faults.
Guild Master Viv Nobbs noted that it was good to see some very local bands entering and thanked those that had travelled quite a way to compete including the band from the Isle of Wight.
Some folk went on to The Northbrook Arms, had a lovely lunch and enjoyed the skittle ally and then went on to ring at Brown Candover and Micheldever who kindly opened their towers for us. And then the rain came…. but it didn’t matter by then because everyone had had a lovely day. A special mention and thanks go to Basingstoke District officers, the towers and the tea, coffee and biscuit servers!
Thanks to David Forder, Mark Esbester,Deb Baker and Martin Barnes for photos.
Date: 21st May
6 bell: Eversley (10am start)
8 bell: Hawley (10:30am start)
Please Note that the time for Hawley has changed from the original 10 a.m. start to the slightly later time of 10:30 a.m.
Any tower wishing to enter a team needs to send the entry to me by the end of the 14th May. I will then make the draw on the 15th and email out ringing times, so teams can turn up at the right time! Of course everyone is more then welcome to listen to the competition!
Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Greg Jordan – Striking Competition Convenor
N.B. Click here for latest on lunch, Open Towers – Micheldever and BROWN Candover – and Skittles.
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