1.       Teams will be formed by selection on the day of the competition, as defined in Rule 11.

2.       Less experienced ringers are encouraged to participate, subject to being able to ring without manual supervision in their own tower.  Supervision will be available during the competition if required for safety purposes.

3.       No ringer shall ring in more than one team, except as nominated by the Branch Ringing Master for the purpose of making a complete team.

4.       The order of ringing shall be by draw held at 3pm on the day at the tower, except that the order may be altered at the discretion of the Branch Ringing Master to accommodate ringers with time constraints.

5.       Each team shall have five minutes, before their test piece, to become accustomed to ringing the bells.

6.       The test piece shall consist of 120 rows of rounds, call changes or method ringing struck as well as the team may manage. 

7.       The 120 changes after the first change will be judged. The intention to ring only rounds must be advised to the Branch Ringing Master before the test piece begins and the 120 judged rows will start after five whole pulls.

8.       Each team shall signal that they are ready to start the test piece by ringing the tenor for two whole pulls.

9.       The method of judging shall be determined by the judge(s), whose decision shall be final.

10.    If the number of entries is higher than expected, changes to the competition start time and the time allowed to get accustomed to ringing the bells may be changed for all teams by the Branch Ringing Master.

11.    This rule shall apply additional to, or if conflict exists in place of, the existing rules.

a) Teams will not be related to a tower or group of towers.
b) Team leaders will be nominated by the Branch Ringing Master to provide sufficient teams to accommodate all participating ringers.
c) Remaining participating ringers will record their preference for a ‘Lighter’ or ‘Heavier’ bell.
d) Team leaders will draw four team members from the ‘Lighter’ and ‘Heavier’ lists in the ratio of the Lighter/Heavier preferences recorded.
e) Team leaders will assume responsibility for deciding the method rung and the placing of the team.  Conducting may be delegated

2018 - there will be no competition this year.

2017 Competition at Litchborough

The October meeting convened at the village hall at Litchborough on Saturday and four teams were eventually assembled, flagrantly ignoring the published rules (!) and were successively sent off to the church to ring! Three people did not ring and one rang for two teams.


With the temperature around 19 deg C, the outside tables at the Old Red Lion were a very pleasant place for several to enjoy the ringing until the lowering of the bells summoned them into the brief service led by the new vicar of the Lambfold Parishes Fr Tim Fernyhough straight from the large wedding that had delayed our ringing.  A hymn with Devon Guild words to a known tune, which Michael coaxed out of the organ, started proceedings.


Back to the hall for a good hot tea and lots of cakes; the results and meeting. Simon Dixon, Guild Master, kindly came to judge the performances and noted that a vast loud tractor and muck-spreader had passed three times but luckily always during a practice piece!  Simon gave a run down on each team and perceptively noted that the first team rang briskly as if they were accustomed to the bells. The results announced in reverse order after tea were:


4th team 3       (Carole, Shirley, Dorothy, Brian, Peter)                      46 faults

3rd team 2       (Justin, Miles, Theresa, Helen, Geoff)                         31 faults

2nd team 4       (Jim, James, Michael, Ann M, Jane)                           29 faults

1st  team 1       (Richard H, Val, Christine, Ann M, Gwynneth)             26 faults.


The Ron Woodward Trophy was presented to four of team 1. (One had escaped by then)

The judge and Team 1


2016 Competition at Norton

The judges, John (Spike) and Jenny Thorne from Southam, who

 set up their office below a Adnams Beer ‘sun’-shade outside the

 north of the chancel, again gave their helpful comments and the

 announced the positions in reverse order, and presented each

 with a certificate. The winning team, who rang Plain Bob Minimus

 with a tenor cover were presented with the Ron Woodward

 Trophy to hold for the year:










Heyford with Stowe IX Churches and Flore with Brockhall Monday group




Bugbrooke & Newnham




Badby Practice Night








Braunston Monday Club




Heyford with Stowe IX Churches and Flore with Brockhall Friday group



Jenny Thorne (judge, right) presents the Ron Woodward Trophy to Geoff Pullin for the Badby Practice Night team to hold for the year.

The Badby Practice Night team: Geoff Pullin, Paul Richardson, Alison Buck, Barry Thompson and Carole Pullin

There was a tie, but no prize, for the team with the longest name!


2015 Competition at Hellidon

Waiting a turn or resting afterwards in Hellidon churchyard. 

The results of our first striking competition where the teams were selected on the day by lot was:

Team 1        Leader Brian F                  61 faults  placed   5th

Team 2        Leader Geoff                    44 faults                4th

Team 3        Leader Carole                  31 faults                1st

Team 4        Leader Gwynneth             42 faults                3rd

  Team 5        Leader Jim                      35 faults                2nd

The winning team comprising ringers from Badby, Everdon, Byfield, Farthingstone and Litchborough!

Judges Jenny and Spike Thorne present the Ron Woodward Trophy to Carole Pullin to share with her team!

Last updated 20/10/17