The Guild Striking Competitions for 2017 were held on Saturday 9 September at Zeals and Mere.
The Novice and 6 bell competitions were judged by Mike and Lucy Hopkins Till from Basingstoke and the 8 bell competition was judged by Donald Carter from Devon.
Magnificent refreshments were provided throughout the afternoon at the Zeals village hall by a team of local helpers led by Len Roberts. Thanks also to Sheila Porter for helping as a steward and to the local towers for opening up.
It was particularly good to see some younger faces this year with two teams of young ringers taking part (thanks to Hilary Child and Jack Pease for their help and support) – they did well – the average age of the 6 bell team being 16.3 years. Also a special mention and congratulations to Corsley, the second winners of the Pat Cotton Trophy, for ringing so well to win the Novice Competition.
Novice Rounds Competition:
1st Corsley – 45 faults
2nd East Dorset Branch Young Ringers – 57 faults
6 Bell Competition:
1st Wimborne, Grandsire Doubles – 17 faults
2nd Melksham, Grandsire Doubles – 24 faults
3rd Dorchester Branch, Plain Bob Doubles – 26 faults
4th Shaftesbury St Peter, Reverse Canterbury Doubles – 37 faults
5th Wool, Grandsire Doubles – 38 faults
6th SDGR Young Ringers, Call Changes – 44 faults
8 Bell Competition. All teams rang the set piece touch of Grandsire Triples:
1st Wimborne – 49 faults
2nd Dorchester Branch A – 70 faults
3rd Melksham – 75 faults
4th Mere Branch – 79 faults
5th Dorchester Branch B – 99 faults
Robert Wellen, Guild Publicity Officer