Striking Competition 2011

Framland Society Striking Competition winners with the judges and shield

Framland Society Striking Competition winners with the judges and shield

The annual Striking Competition was this year held at St. Guthlac in Stathern on the edge of the Vale of Belvoir. The five bells are a delight to ring and the hospitality of the tower was very welcoming with church heating supplied. Besides the ringing, members and friends were encouraged to attend with bring and share mince pies which turned into a rather grand spread laid out attractively alongside the urn for tea or coffee. With so much on offer who needs a competition?

We managed to field three teams, as usual drawn from the hat on the night so a short practice session was allowed. It was fairly apparent to all concerned which team had won but the judges announcement was awaited, as much for it’s entertainment value as for technical content.

The judge had a problem marking the team in third place because he wasn’t sure if they were ringing open hand strokes or cartwheeling, names will be withheld to avoid further recriminations, even light hearted ones. One team didn’t come last but neither did they win, so not much to say about them. The winners were Matthew B, William S, Philip S, Christine G and Mary F. To be honest we could have awarded them the shield immediately the draw had been made.

Open ringing followed interspersed with eating, everyone took sufficient to feed an army. St Guthlac was obligatory with something for everyone who wanted to and occasionally those who preferred to talk being called to a rope. Thanks to our hosts at Stathern, our judges Mark and Molly and everyone who made this a good evening to end a varied programme in 2011 which attracted an average attendance of fifteen.


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