Archive for the ‘Striking Competition’ Category

Striking Competition 2017

December 8, 2017

The 2017 Striking Competition was held at Hose on Saturday 2nd December.  There were three teams of five, where ringers were randomly selected by drawing team numbers out of a hat.  Each team had a few minutes of practice time followed by the judged piece of 120 call changes.

Our judge, Mary, was sat outside the church in the porch where she had good lighting to help her see her scoring sheets … or so she thought!  Part way through the judged piece for the first team, she discovered that the porch light went out causing her to leap up and wave her arms about to trigger the motion detector to switch the light back on.  Fortunately, the team ringing at the time had kept a lovely even rhythm so it was easy for the judge to continue with the marking.

Once all three teams had taken part, there was an opportunity to exchange Christmas cards, eat mince pies and drink hot chocolate.  It was very cold in the church so a hot drink was very welcome.  After much chatter, we realised that time was against us, so we assembled for the results from our judge.

Mary presented her comments and results for each time.  She commented on the steady rhythm from the first team (and the mishap with the outside light).  It was a good effort from the second team to ring and it was suspected that the less experienced members were ringing.  They showed promise for future competitions and they were congratulated for taking part.  The third team to ring also rang with minimal faults so it was between them and the first team ringing as to who takes home the trophy.  It was revealed that the team who rang last had won and the ringers were presented with the “Frith Shield”.  The hardest part of the evening was getting the ringers to pose for the compulsory photograph.

The Winning Team presented with the Frith Shield

Our thanks go to Mary for judging this fun competition for us and thank you to all those who took part.  The ringers taking part were proud that the junior members were able to join in this year.  It shows how much progress they have made and shows promise for next year.

The Framland will meet again on Saturday 3rd February at Plumtree.  Until then, the Society of Framland Ringers wishes you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Advertisements

Striking Competition 2016

December 19, 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.

20161203_195605_resized_1

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.

20161203_204625_resized

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

2015 Striking Competition

December 7, 2015

It was that time of year – the annual striking competition (5th December 2015). This year we met at Waltham on the Wolds (one of the original founding towers for the Society). Last year it was a chilly night. This year it was surprisingly mild for December, although we did battle the gale force winds of Storm Desmond that have been hitting the country this weekend.

The winning team 2015 plus judge

The winning team 2015 plus judge

This year we welcomed a few new faces to the competition. They were local ringers from our hosting tower, entering for the first time. The usual format was applied, where ringers were selected on the night by drawing teams at random out of the hat. However, to make up the numbers, three of our members had the opportunity to ring in two teams.
All three teams had a practice session before the scored piece of 120 rows. The first team to ring rang Plain Bob Doubles, the second team rang Rounds and Call Changes and the third team finished with Grandsire Doubles. Those of us listening in the church to the ringing could not predict the results. All of the teams rang to a very high standard, each with their own merits.
The final team descended from the tower so we could all tuck into the mince pies and other festive nibbles along with a hot mug of coffee. Plenty of opportunity to chat and hand out Christmas cards – is it really that time of year already? The judge re-appeared having collated the scores. No amount of bribery of mince pies tempted our judge to give away any clues as to how we did until the big announcement.
We gathered together as our judge read out his comments about each scored piece. The winning team had 13.25 faults ringing Plain Bob Doubles. The team ringing Grandsire Doubles came second with 16.25 faults and a close third place with 17.25 faults went to the team ringing Rounds and Call Changes. Positive comments were made about all three teams. The scoring was so close that any team could have won.
The shield was presented to the winning team followed by the compulsory group photograph.
Our thanks go to Waltham on the Wolds Church for hosting the competition, our judge David, and to Ken who organised the ringers on the night. The Framland ringers will not meet again until February 2016. In the meantime, we wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Striking competition and social 2014

December 8, 2014

We met at Branston on a chilly December evening for the annual striking competition. Members and non-members attended allowing three teams to enter. Teams were selected at random on the night by drawing teams out of the hat.

The winning team 2014 - Becky, Marion, Nick, Philip, Wendy and John.

The winning team 2014 – Becky, Marion, Nick, Philip, Wendy and John.

The first team to ring rang Grandsire doubles, the second team rang Rounds and Call Changes, the third team finishing with Plain Bob Doubles. While the judge collated the scores, the ringers warmed up with a cup of tea and a mince pie. We waited with anticipation for the scores. The winning team had 9½ faults ringing Grandsire. The teams ringing call changes and Plain Bob came joint second with 15½ faults. Once the shield was presented, we remembered a former Framland member, Norman Cooke of Waltham on the Wolds, who is sadly no longer with us. The evening continued with more mince pies and ringing. Our thanks go to Branston Church for hosting the competition, our judge David, and to those who organised the ringers on the night.

Striking Competition 2013

December 7, 2013

The Society of Framland Ringers held their 2013 striking competition on the 5 bells at Hose. Our thanks to the hospitality of the PCC who provided a heated church. The fifteen ringers present had their names draw from a hat and made three scratch teams, each was allowed a short familiarisation practice. One team rang a method while the other two stuck to call changes.

Framland striking competition winners 2013

Framland striking competition winners 2013

Our thanks also to Mary who this year acted as Judge and to Wendy who organised tea or coffee to wash down the bring and share mince pies and other festive nibbles.

Striking Competition 2012

January 8, 2013
The judge presents the shield for 2012

The judge presents the shield for 2012

The Society’s annual striking competition was this year held at Twyford. Unfortunately local ringers were away so the visitors made themselves as comfortable as they could on a cold evening.

Thanks to all who attended and just allowed the creation of three teams, as usual, drawn from the hat. This year we did have to press gang a few into tow teams which had the benefit of increasing the chances for some participants of being ‘in the winning team’.

Our special thanks to our judge, David Broughton who perhaps had the right idea because he sat outside in the car with the heater on. The scores were close and all teams were congratulated on their effort but there has to be a winning team and this year its members were:- William S (Captain), Wendy S, Elizabeth C, Mary F, Philip S and  Sue D. Well done to them.

There followed open ringing interspersed with mince pies and other festive morsels but eventually the cold beat us and we moved across the village street to The Saddle Inn to thaw out.

Striking Competition 2011

December 6, 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.

2010 Striking Competition

December 12, 2010

On Saturday 4th December 2010 the Society of Framland Ringers held their annual Striking Competition at Asfordby church. The competition allows the ringers (campanologists to the wider public) to demonstrate their skill especially with regard to speed and spacing of the bells. With 20 participants it was decided to have four teams of five and these were drawn from a hat on the night. The groups then had only a short practice ring as a team before the competition commenced.

2010 winning team

2010 winning team

The judge from Kirby Muxloe congratulated all bands on the standard of ringing and after reporting an 11% difference between 1st & 4th place he announced the places in reverse order. One quick minded participant was able to pre-empt the winning teams score at 72%.  The winning band was Neville of (Barrowby) Brenda (Loughborough), Ken (Croxton Kerrial), Mary (Bottesford) and Nicholas (Loughborough). The evening concluded with coffee and mince pies along with more ringing of the church bells. The winning team is shown with the shield at Asfordby.

2009 Striking Competition

December 12, 2009

On Saturday 5th December 2009 the Society of Framland Ringers held their annual Striking Competition at Eaton church on the delightful ring of six bells. The competition allows the ringers (campanologists to the wider public) to demonstrate their skill especially with regard to speed and spacing of the bells. With 18 participants the three teams were drawn from a hat on the night. The groups then had only a short practice ring as a team before the competition commenced. The judge from Kirby Muxloe congratulated all bands on the standard of ringing with fault numbers similar and a very close call between the first two.

2009 Striking Competition Winners

2009 Striking Competition Winners

The winning band included Nicole of (Stathern) who had been ringing for less than two years. Other members of the winning team were Wendy (Melton Mowbray), Ken (Croxton Kerrial), Colin (Stathern) and Barry & Tony (Thorpe Arnold). The evening concluded with coffee and mince pies along with more ringing of the church bells. The winning team is shown with the shield at Eaton.