Striking Competition

Striking Competition 2016 – Hampreston Win Again!

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For the second time in three years, Hampreston were the proud winners of the East Dorset Branch Striking Competition, narrowly beating Wimborne into second place and the large wooden bell trophy is once again on display at the back of the church.

The competition was held on a very wet May afternoon at Canford Magna with five teams from around the branch taking part. It was ably judged by Guild Master Robert Wellen and the new Salisbury Guild President, Judith Williamson who offered helpful comments to the teams taking part. The Canford ringers kept us well supplied with drinks before the cake competition cakes were eaten. There were also the poem competition entries to read, a quiz to attempt and a simulator to play with in the church.

The judges obviously enjoyed listening to our team (photograph below) of Ross, Linda, Chris, Tom (C), Jack and Mike ringing Grandsire Doubles because the final results were:

1st      Hampreston

2nd     Wimborne “Y”

3rd      Blandford

4th      Wimborne “Y nots”

5th      Canford Magna / Bournemouth

Our Hampreston call change team consisting of Ellie, Pauline, David, Richard, Harry and Angie (C) also put in a very creditable performance to come third in the Novice Shield competition. After a few problems early on, the band settled down and we managed some excellent ringing although much of it was after the first 100 rows when the judging had stopped!

Both Hampreston and second-placed Wimborne will now go forward to take part in the 2016 SDGR 6 bell Striking Competition which will be held at Spetisbury in September.

The winning team, from left to right: Ross, Linda, Chris, Tom, Jack and Mike
The winning team, from left to right: Ross, Linda, Chris, Tom, Jack and Mike

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

Guild Striking Competition

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Front Row L-R: Tom Harris (2), Linda Japser (1, C) Back Row L-R: Jack Pease (3), Ross Bradley (4), Laurence Turner (5) and Mike Jasper (6)
Front Row L-R: Tom Harris (2), Linda Japser (1, C)
Back Row L-R: Jack Pease (3), Ross Bradley (4), Laurence Turner (5) and Mike Jasper (6)

Congratulations to the Hampreston team for coming joint 3rd in the finals of the Salisbury Guild 6 bell striking competition held at Silton on 26th October 2013.