Essex Trophy 2012

This is an annual striking competition held between teams from various associations in the south east. This year it was hosted by SCACR at Southover on Saturday 8th September. Of a possible eight teams only four took part, ringing a specially composed touch of 315 Stedman Caters. The judge was Alan Ainsworth from Amersham who is ringing master at St Paul’s cathedral.

The weather was hot and sunny, ideal for those taking part to mingle whilst not ringing. This, however, seemed to result in traffic jams on the roads into Sussex resulting in a slightly delayed start. Southover ringers did us really proud with the arrangements for the afternoon.

Sussex came a creditable second behind winners Kent; this is the first time they had won the competition since 1985 having finished second for the previous two years. The full results are as follows: 1st Kent: 55 faults, 2nd Sussex: 71 faults, 3rd Essex: 103 faults, 4th Guildford: 111 faults

One extra to the afternoon was that Adrial Walton had arranged some ringers from the southern division to come along and have a go at attempting to judge the competition as part of a follow up to her listening session held earlier in the year.

Ringing for the 2012 Olympics


Love it or loath it, this project is getting a lot of publicity in the media. It would appear that even BBC Radio 2 is going to feature it live on the morning of Friday 27 July.

Is your tower taking part? If so, there is some information available that you might find useful. Firstly, there is the poster to say that your bells will be sounded as part of this project – perhaps you could display it on your church noticeboard? Secondly, there is a press release, issued from the The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, containing facts about the project and Martin Creed himself.

Please do consider getting involved with the project, and make the most of this national event to raise the profile of bellringing in Sussex. If you intend to take part, perhaps let your local newspaper know as they may be interested in writing an article.

Read more: Ringing for the 2012 Olympics

Congratulations Sussex Young Ringers

Sussex Young Ringers

Sussex Young Ringers are celebrating a fantastic win at the Ringing World National Youth Contest in Birmingham at the weekend. The band entered the call changes category and scored 70%, narrowly beating the Derby Tups and another 10 teams. I am sure you would want to join with me in congratulating the team on their success.

Also a big thank you to all the adults who ensured the team not only made it to The competition but also the various practice sessions. And we must not forget Anne Franklin, who was once again team trainer.

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