Saturday 17 October 2015

This year's Guild striking competitions were hosted by the North/North West Branch, so for many of us this meant a rare excursion into the farthest flung corners of Devon, giving everyone a good opportunity to visit new towers and meet fellow ringers, often for the first time! The weather was fine and dry, the roads long and twisting, the ringing as challenging as ever, and an enjoyable day was had by all. 


6-Bell Novice at Combe Martin

combe martin

In the morning, the 6-Bell Novice competition was held on the back six at Combe Martin,where John Hill judged the two competing teams. It was disappointing not to see more entrants, but we were delighted to award the John Longridge Plate to new competitors, Exeter St Mark. And we hope to see more teams next year!


Position Team Faults
1 Exeter St Mark 42
2 Plymouth 56



6-Bell Inter-Tower at Shirwell

Simultaneously, the 6-Bell Inter-Tower competition was held at Shirwell and following tradition this was judged by our Guild Master, Geoff Hill. As in previous years, this contest was hotly fought between six teams, including a band entered by the local Shirwell ringers. In the end, the scores were close and we were delighted to see first time entrants, Black Torrington, taking home the J P Fidler Cup at the day's end.

Position Team Faults
1 Black Torrington 5
2 Exeter St Mark 5.75
3 Exeter Cathedral 6.5
4 Plymouth 7.75
5 Tavistock 16.25
6 Shirwell 25.25


black torrington exetersm cathedral plymouth tavistock shirwell



Braunton8-Bell Inter-Branch at Braunton

After a busy morning of ringing, we all headed to Braunton, where the results of the earlier competitions were announced, trophies presented, and then the draw for the 8-Bell Inter-Branch competition took place. Ringers then mingled between church and parish hall, chatting, ringing handbells, listening to rival teams tackling touches of Grandsire or St Clements College Bob Triples, and enjoying the refreshments provided. Finally, judges Christine & Peter Hill, from the Winchester & Portsmouth Diocesan Guild, presented the results of their scoring and discussions, and were pleased to announce the Exeter Branch had retained the Andrews Trophy for another year, in a closely fought contest between five Branches.

Position Team Faults
1 Exeter 18
2 South West 23
3 North East 42
4 North/North West 45
5 East 52

Our thanks went to the North/North West Branch for organising such a successful day, especially Bruce Hicks, Mike Rose and Ken Edwards, who made all the visiting ringers so welcome and we sent our best wishes to Joan and James Clarke who were much missed. And we look forward, as always, to next year!

Clare Griffiths,
Guild Secretary


And also many thanks to Clare for all her work in organising and running the competition. She truly deserves the bouquet of flowers!




Saturday 17 October - North/North West Branch


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6 Bell - Shirwell
Judge: Geoff Hill
240 changes of any Doubles or Minor method
Inter-tower competition for the J P Fidler Cup

6 Bell Novice - Combe Martin (back six)
Judges: John Hill
120 changes of Plain Hunt Doubles or Minor
Inter-tower novice competition for the John Longridge Plate
Please note, competition to finish at 12pm

Afternoon: (draw at 2pm)

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8 Bell - Braunton
Judges: Christine and Peter Hill
224 changes of St Clement's College Bob Triples or Grandsire Triples (touches below)
Inter-branch competition for the Andrews Trophy

224 St Clements CB Triples

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 B 276453
 B 652734
 S 326547
224 Grandsire Triples

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