5 teams descended on Shoreham on Saturday 24th June to take part in the Association 8-bell striking competition. The weather was pleasant – luckily not as hot as it had been during the previous week!
The draw was taken at 9.45am once the judge, Tom Lawrance from London, had been settled in a good spot in the churchyard. The test piece was a plain course of Yorkshire Surprise Major, and the results are were as follows:
|1st||Lewisham||2nd||72%||Settled very quickly, good leading and very good 4-bell runs (8765s, 5678s). Peal speed: 3h 7m.|
|2nd||Maidstone||4th||67%||Had the makings of a good performance but didn’t quite achieve it. A mistake at the 5th lead end, but good finish. Peal speed: 3h 9m.|
|3rd||Tonbridge||5th||65%||A bit rushed, but consistent all the way through. Peal speed not noted by judge.|
|4th||Canterbury||3rd||63%||Very few rounds at the start which hadn’t settled, mixed performance overall. Notable trouble for 5th, but good finish. Peal speed: 2h 41m|
|5th||Rochester||1st||59%||Rushed handstroke leads, not bad ringing but never really settled. Peal speed: 3h 7m.|
Congratulations to the Lewisham District who took back the trophy from last year’s winners Canterbury. Also many thanks to Nick Wilkins & Philippa Rooke for organising the event on behalf of the Lewisham District, Shoreham for allowing the use of the bells & church, and Tom Lawrance for agreeing to judge for us. Photos of the teams and winners are below.