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East Dorset Striking Competition

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 The Branch Striking Competition was held at Oakdale last Saturday. The whole event was organised by Matthew Pike, the branch ringing master and was very well supported with 13 teams in all taking part. The sun shone, the local band made everyone welcome and there was plenty to do whilst waiting to ring. There were cake decorating and limerick competitions, tune ringing and change ringing on handbells, a simulator to try, a quiz to complete and of course unlimited cups of tea.

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Hampreston Novice Team photo by Jack Pease
Hampreston Novice Team photo by Jack Pease

We were able to enter two teams from Hampreston, one ringing Grandsire doubles in the main competition and the other ringing call changes for the Novice event. Everyone stayed for the results and we were really delighted to hear that we had won the Novice Shield. Well done Richard, Gay and Phil and special congratulations to our newest member Harry who has only been ringing since August and also to Kaz who has barely touched a bell rope for several years.

The main competition judging was left until last and we held our breath as the results were announced in reverse order. For many years Swanage and Wimborne have been the two top teams in the branch with us often in third place. We were down to the last three once again. Third came Swanage – that meant we’d equalled our best ever result of second last year. Second place Wimborne ………. we’d done it!  For the first time ever, Hampreston were presented with with the large wooden bell as 2014 striking competition winners. Congratulations to Jack, Linda, Tom, Mike, Chris and Laurie(below). What a team!

Hampreston Striking Competition Team
Hampreston Striking Competition Team

Views from the Tower

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These images were taken in May 2014 by Jack Pease, from the roof of the tower of All Saints, Hampreston Church

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Quarter Peal of Stedman Triples – with Video

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 A chance remark from Kim Matthews that she loved ringing Stedman Triples was a good enough excuse to arrange a quarter peal for her. So on Saturday morning, some of our band duly assembled outside her local tower of St John’s Bournemouth along with Tim Martin from Christchurch and former Hampreston ringer John Riley. After a rather nervous couple of false starts, the ringing soon settled down to a good steady rythmn helped along by some fine tenor ringing by Jack in only his first quarter covering to triples. There were very few mistakes and an enjoyable quarter was scored, a fitting compliment to John and Jack who had both celebrated significant birthdays a few days earlier. Well done to Kim and we hope it won’t be another 30 years before her next quarter of Stedman Triples!
Salisbury Diocesan Guild
Bournemouth, Dorset
St John
Saturday 1 March 2014 in 42 min (16-1-18)
1260 Stedman Triples

1   Ross A Bradley
2   John Riley
3   Kim Matthews
4   Tim Martin
5   Laurence H Turner
6   Mike Jasper
7   Angie Jasper (C)
8   Jack R Pease
Birthday compliments for 24th February to John Riley (70) and Jack Pease (15)
Also remembering Mike’s mother on her birthday
1st of Stedman Triples for over 30 years: 3
For St David’s Day


Hampreston Quarter Peal Day (Friday Fun)

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Preparing to ring at Milton Abbey
Preparing to ring at Milton Abbey

Another sunny day and the rain stayed away.

Our first tower (Milton Abbey) involved a long climb up to the roof to enjoy the rolling countryside view that had been designed by “Capability” Brown. We have been here before but the view never ceases to inspire. When it came to ringing Middlesex Bob Triples the inspiration left us and we fell to pieces. The close proximity of the bells made it hard to hear instructions although Sally claimed she could hear her clapper squeaking, and she was right.
The Bob Minor Band – Paul Tyson on the left

Moving on, two excellent quarters were scored, with Chris and Mike scoring their firsts of Reverse Canterbury doubles and Paul scoring his first of Bob Minor. It was Gay’s first with us and she pulled out all the stops to help us through.

Lunch at The Cricketers in Shroton was it’s usual high standard but all too soon we had to be off, one band to attempt Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles,(didn’t go too well at the end!) and another to St Rumbold’s at Cann near Shaftesbury.
Here we have to thank Tim Jackson for arranging the seemingly impossible to get ring of four.We were joined by a couple of ‘Nabbers’ and after oiling ,checking ,lowering ropes and gently raising the steel bells individually we dared to try some change ringing.Helped along by Ross Robertson,  who was getting his last tower in Dorset , we rang a variety of methods to a reasonable standard.
Richard, Ross Bradley, Mike and Angie Jasper then went for their quarter. Plan discussed and agreed we jointly called a 1296 in three methods.With sweat pouring out of the men’s scalps and Richrd trying to ignore the fact that his glasses were perched precariously on the end of his nose we eventually scored after a gruelling thirty nine minutes.
Here’s to next month’s which will be on Friday 21st March. More Friday Fun.