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:
2nd Wimborne “Y”
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.
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.
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.