Striking Competition 2016

The Annual Striking Competition was held at Sproxton on Saturday 3rd December 2016.  Although we held the event in an 8 bell tower, we put in 3 teams of 6 ringers.  All teams rang 120 rows of rounds and call changes.  It was an opportunity for some of our newest members to take part in the competition for the first time.

Each team had a few minutes to practice before the judged piece.  It was difficult to predict the results as all teams rang to a high standard, so we had to wait for the judge to give us the scores.  While we were waiting, we tucked into mince pies and biscuits along with a deserving cup of tea – and another opportunity to chatter!

Still eating mince pies and talking, we noticed the time and suggested that we should really hear the scores and carry on ringing … so we had a few moments of quiet to listen to the comments made from our judge – what is he going to say?

The judge commented that none of the teams made use of the full 3 minutes of practice time … however, the rest of us were unaware of the 3 minute time limit so we all kept the practice sessions short and sweet.

The first team to ring were given 9 faults; the second team to ring, 19 faults; the third team, 15 faults.  The winning team members were presented with the “Frith Shield”.  The compulsory posed photograph followed.


The winning team 2016 presented with the Frith Shield

This is the last year that the “Frith Shield” will be presented as it is now full.  The member who had donated the shield, sadly passed away this year.  It is a fitting tribute that it is used up fully in the year of his death.  There will be a new shield in place for 2017 as another chapter opens.

Although teams were allocated at random, the winning team consisted of the ringing master, chairman and secretary.  It wasn’t a fix – we promise.

Our thanks go to Sproxton for hosting the competition and putting the heating on, our judge Barry, and to Ken who organised the teams on the night.

The Framland ringers will not meet again until 4th February 2017 at Asfordby.  In the meantime, we wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


When our backs were turned, we gained a new ringer!