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Bellringing Competition

The Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers held its AGM on the afternoon of Saturday 1 April at Chedworth, in the Cirencester Branch. In the morning two competitions were held, the 6 bell competition for the Croome Trophy at Compton Abdale, and the 8 bell competition for the Penn Trophy at Coln St Aldwyn’s. We represented the Wotton Branch in the Croome Trophy, and were placed a rather disappointing 6th out of 8 teams. Our band, ringing Bob Doubles was:

1 Liz Byrne

2 Anne Pope

3 Philip Pope

4 Frank Byrne

5 Ian Unsworth (conductor)

6 Andy Binstead.

In the Judge’s comments, special mention was made of the ringing of the tenor (6), a good steady beat. We felt we could have rung better on these challenging bells, but thought we should have been placed higher. This competition was won by a band from Bisley, predominantly their young ringers who always do very well in the National Youth 8 bell Competition.

The 8 bell competition is for Branch bands, a maximum of 5 ringers from any one tower. We rang Plain Bob Major, were placed second, and were presented with the Chairman’s Baldrick. The winners were from the Swindon Branch. Our band was:

1 Liz Byrne (conductor) (Dursley)

2 Anne Pope (Dursley)

3 Alison Holiday (Chipping Sodbury)

4 Tim Soanes (Berkeley)

5 Frank Byrne (Dursley)

6 Andrew Ward (Wotton)

7 Ian Unsworth (Dursley)

8 Philip Pope (Dursley).

In the Judge’s comments, we were praised for setting a good pace and for good leading.

Elizabeth M Byrne

In the absence of an Evening Service at home, eight of St James’ ringers were given permission to ring a Quarter Peal at Mangotsfield on Sunday April 2. Details are below:

Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire, St James

Sunday, 2 April 2017 in 40 mins (7–1–16 in B)

1344 Yorkshire Surprise Major

1 Jane D Bull; 2 Anne E Pope; 3 Ian P Unsworth; 4 Elizabeth M Byrne

5 John H Taylor; 6 Francis M Byrne; 7 Philip F Pope; 8 Andrew M Bull (C)

800th recorded Quarter Peal: 4. Rung by members of the St James Dursley Sunday Service band as a wedding compliment to
Matthew and Helen Hall.

Quarter Peals rung at St James’

On Tuesday, 28 March 2017

1274 Plain Bob Triples

1 Jane Bull; 2 Elizabeth Byrne; 3 John Cornock;
4 Alistair White-Horne; 5 John Taylor; 6 Andrew Bull;7 Frank Byrne (Conductor); 8 Philip Pope    

First on 8 bells and a 15th birthday compliment today to
Alistair White-Horne from Stone.

On Sunday, 9 April 2017, in 44 minutes

1250 Yorkshire Surprise Major

1 Helen Binstead; 2 John Cornock; 3 Ian Unsworth;
4 Andrew Binstead; 5 Jane Bull; 6 Andrew Bull;
7 Matthew W. Thewsey (Conductor); 8 Jonathan Adkins    

Rung before come and sing Mozart's requiem.

First on 8 as conductor for Matthew Thewsey from Tetbury

21st birthday compliment to Matthew Thewsey.


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