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
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!
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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.
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8-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.
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!
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
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)
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 234567 ------ 246375 S 642375 627453 B 276453 265734 B 652734 623547 S 326547 ------ Repeat
224 Grandsire Triples