Sussex WIN the Essex Trophy 10-Bell Striking Competition Again!

Sussex have won the Essex Trophy South Eastern Counties 10-Bell striking competition for the second year in a row.  The competition was held in Horsham, and our team was made up with ringers from across the county. 

winning team

The judges commented:

"This was an excellent piece of ringing which we really enjoyed listening to.  There was a super rhythm and the band achieved sustained periods of, effectively approaching, faultless ringing with only minor inconsistencies throughout the whole piece."

The trophy was presented to the Sussex team by local MP Jeremy Quin.


The Essex Trophy was founded in 1979 and Sussex won the first competition.  We've since won it a further 8 times and we are now tying with Guildford Diocesan Guild for the most wins in the series with 9 wins for each association.

In 2019 the competion will be hosted by Middlesex at Southgate.  Can we maintain our winning streak and take the lead in 2019 to become the first association to win the trophy 10 times? 

Horsham hosts 'Essex Trophy' south-east striking competition

Seven teams from across the South East will converge at St Mary's, Horsham this coming Saturday morning (8th September 2018) for the annual Essex Trophy Striking Competition. The test piece will be a course of Yorkshire S Royal with Hannah Taylor and Tom Hinks as the two judges.

The Essex Trophy is a prestigious striking competition between Essex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex with invitations to neighbouring associations (Middlesex, Guildford, 
Winchester & Petersfield).

Thanks to the local ringers who will be providing refreshments throughout the morning.

Do come along and support your Sussex team (competition ringing starts at 10.00am). This is a wonderful opportunity to listen to some excellent ringing and to enjoy sunny Horsham. We wish the Sussex band well and hope the Trophy gets to stay with us for another year!

NEWSFLASH! Sussex Young Ringers to star in Blue Peter

Sussex Young Ringers will feature on the BBC’s Blue Peter programme on Thursday 22nd November* (17.30, CBBC channel). Filming took place during the Ringing World National Youth Contest in July, which the Sussex team won. Presenter Lindsey Russell was also filmed having a “learn the ropes” session the week before, with the SCACR and KCACR youth striking competition teams. The programme may contain a few surprises…!

The programme airs a few times in the week and is available for replay for a month afterwards. If the date changes for any reason we will be informed in advance and will let you know. Do encourage everyone you know to watch it! This is great publicity for ringing, and we hope it will inspire new young (and old!) ringers.

* Note, the broacast date was changed from 20 September to 22 November (informed by BBC on 18 September).

Blue Peter

WATCH ONLINE: ITV News features Ringing Remembers at St George's, Brede

We are very excited to have ITV News Meridian featuring St George's Brede at 6pm tonight (18 July 2018)! They are covering the campaign to support the "Ringing Remembers" initiative to commemorate the 1400 bell ringers who bravely lost their lives in WW1 by recruiting 1400 new ringers in time to ring on Armistice Day 2018.

On 11th November 2018, on the centenary of the end of WW1, bell ringers across the world will ring out for the fallen and most poignantly for the 1400 bell ringers that were lost. Heather Smith, one of our new ringing recruits is training hard to be able to ring "Called Changes" on Amistice Day.  She and the St George's band will be filmed by ITV.

[NEW] Watch the ITV broadcast online

Julie says: "Fabulous afternoon with presenter Sarah Saunders from. ITV Meridian and crew at St George's Brede to talk about #RingingRemembers. Sarah even had a go herself. A Drone was also sent up for ariel photos. It will be aired next week... "

ITV filming at St George's, BredeSarah Saunders (ITV Meridian) trying the ropes at St George's, BredeRinging Remembers

Visit our Ringing Remembers page for more information and to download the posters, leaflets etc. or download the CC Bellringing leaflet to print.

This news was also republished by the Central Council here:

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