By Mark Heritage
On Saturday 9th May four teams from towers of the NE Branch commenced 'battle' competing for the coveted St Peter's Shield in the annual six bell striking competition. This year we were celebrating its 20th anniversary.
As the teams gathered in the church at Stoodleigh for the draw there was an increased sense of nervous tension building but great humour amongst the ringers ensued all adding to the atmosphere of the evening. The weather was kind to us, the thinning air carrying the music of the bells across the green pastures potentially making Ian and Wendy Campbell's unenviable task of scoring a little easier.
Three teams rang call changes with one ringing method. On completion of the ringing we all honed in on the local pub where we tucked into a buffet and supped much needed liquid refreshment as we eagerly awaited our scores. Ian and Wendy very kindly gave feedback on each team's performance, delivered in a very positive and encouraging manner, advice of which all teams could build upon.
Ian Campbell presenting the St Peter's Sheild to Matthew Weighell
with Les Boyce (left) and Wendy Campbell (right) looking on
A well-rounded evening was had by all and we would like to thank Ian & Wendy once again for taking time out of their busy schedule to score the competition; to Jennifer for organising and allowing us to ring the bells at Stoodleigh; and finally yet importantly to Glen, St Peter's Secretary, for co-ordinating the event with military precision.
Competition results as follows:
|Tiverton St Peter||Grandsire Doubles||1.75||1st|
|Cruwys Morchard||Call changes||44.75||3rd|
The anniversary cake; the winning St Peter's team