Despite the forecast of rain, five bands arrived at Tonbridge on 5 July for the County 8-Bell Striking Competiton 2014 — Ashford District unfortunately not being able to make it this year. For the first time (in a while at least) the competition was scheduled for the morning so as to prevent clashes with weddings and other afternoon events, and actually I think this worked very well.
The judges, Stephen Coaker and Phil Barnes, both of ASCY fame(!) were strategically placed in Tiffy’s car in the church car park having decided that the weather didn’t fare well enough for them to sit outside. As it happened, the rain never came.
The first band to ring was the Maidstone District, starting at just after 10am. All throughout the ringing tea, coffee and a grand selection of biscuits and cakes were being served by the Tonbridge Catering Committee. By the time all the bands had rung, it was about 11.30am with the Lewisham District rounding off the day.
It took the judges about 30 minutes to finalise the results. County Chairman Mike Little kicked off proceedings by thanking the ringers and helpers at Tonbridge both for hosting the event and for the wonderful refreshments. He then welcomed the judges and handed over to them to deliver the results as shown below:
Band 1 (Time: 8m 25s) – Plenty of rounds to begin with, and very good ringing considering they were the first band of the day. Consistently good with the odd clip and gap.
Band 2 (7m 42s) – Quite fast, felt rushed and inconsistent as a result. Big method mistake caused problems and never really recovered.
Band 3 (7m 59s)- Consistent mistakes throughout with clips, gaps etc. A method mistake was well recovered from.
Band 4 (8m 00s) – Tenor was slightly slow and some method mistakes in the first part. Inconsistencies meant the faults racked up.
Band 5 (7m 41s) – Plenty of rounds at the beginning which allowed them to settle. Overall a very good standard of ringing throughout.
Doug Davis (from KCACR website)
So we increased our winning streak to 4 after successfully defending the trophy for a third time.
Winning Test Piece