On Friday, 21 June, Silverton as usual were hosts of the John Hutchings Memorial Trophy. John was a Silverton Ringer who died at a young age of 31 years and was at the time a member of the Ancient Society Of College Youths and Ringing Master of the North East Branch. Five bands took part in the thirteenth competition for the prize awarded for the best striking over 240 changes of any Doubles or Minor method.

David Hird and Amy Gill were the judges, placing the contestants as follows:

1 Cullompton 47 faults
2 Tiverton St Peter 70.5
3 Tiverton St Paul 71
4 Silverton 84.5
5 Bampton 95.5

A fish and chip supper was held afterwards at the Lamb Inn and enjoyed by all.

Our thanks go to Martin Clough of Silverton for hosting the competition and to David Hird and Amy Gill for judging.

Richard Shere.