Guild 6 and 8 Bell Competitions

Revised 29 October 2016

1.

Aim and entry qualification

The aim of the 6-bell and 8-bell Competitions is to promote and improve the standard of Sunday Service ringing and those participating in each competition must be members of the Guild.

2.

Number of teams

6 bell. Each branch may enter up to two teams.
8 bell. Each branch may enter up to two teams.

At the joint discretion of the President and the Master in advance of the competition, a team may be entered into either the 6 bell or 8 bell competitions that are comprised of members from two or more branches.

3.

Draw

The draws for the order of ringing will take place in accordance with the instructions issued with the Competition notice.

4.

Length of practice

Practice time is 5 minutes, the time to run from the start of practice ringing to the treble striking its two blows. This includes time to adjust ropes. Exceeding this time may incur penalties.

A Guild Steward to be at the ringing chamber to record the time from when the band starts its practice ringing to when the treble strikes its two blows and to give that information to the judges.

5.

Test piece

6 bell. The competition test piece will consist of 120 changes of a Doubles or Minor method, or at least 5 minutes of call-changes with at least 5 bells leading during the test piece. The complete length will be judged.

8 bell. The competition test piece will consist of not less than 168 changes of a Triples or Major method, or at least 7 minutes of call-changes with at least 7 bells leading during the test piece. The complete length will be judged.

Note: (not part of the rules) for an experiment in 2017 a ‘set test piece’, being a composition of 168 changes of Grandsire Triples, will be set by the President and Master in advance of the eight bell competition for those teams planning to ring changes in this competition.

6.

Rounds before and after the test piece

Competing bands are to ring at least:

6 bell. 6 rounds (3 whole pulls)
8 bell. 10 rounds (5 whole pulls)

before and after the test piece, all rounds will be subject to marking. Additional penalties, as determined by the judge, will be given for failure to ring the set number of rounds.

7.

Alert the judges

Before starting the test piece the treble will strike two blows to warn the judge that the test piece is about to begin.

8.

Closed handstroke leads

Bands ringing with closed handstroke leads must notify this intention with their entry.

 

Guild Novice Rounds Competition

For purpose of this competition a ‘novice ringer’ is a ringer who has not rung a quarter peal on the treble or an inside bell and an ‘experienced ringer’ has.

1.Aim
The aim of the Guild Novice Competition is to encourage and support novice ringers to improve their striking and to gain in confidence.
2.The Team
Each team shall be made up of six ringers. Ringers need to be Guild members (includes probationary members). Each team can be drawn from one branch or more than one branch. A ringer may be a member of more than one team.
3.Experienced ringers
IT IS HOPED THAT TEAMS OF ALL NOVICE RINGERS WILL ENTER, if not at least three of the ringers in each team must be novice ringers and if experienced ringers are included in a team these must be notified to the judges and a handicap system (details below) will be applied.

If a team includes one experienced ringer then the team’s ringing faults will be increased by one-third.
If a team includes two experienced ringers then the team’s ringing faults will be increased by two-thirds.
If a team includes three experienced ringers then the team’s ringing faults will be doubled.

4.Draw
The draws for the order of ringing will take place in accordance with the instructions issued with the Competition notice.
5.Length of practice
Practice time is 5 minutes, the time to run from the start of practice ringing to the treble striking its two blows. This includes time to adjust ropes. Exceeding this time may incur penalties.

A Guild Steward to be at the ringing chamber to record the time from when the band starts its practice ringing to when the treble strikes its two blows and to give that information to the judges. If requested, the Guild Steward may also assist the band with timing the test piece.

6.Test piece
The test piece will consist of at least 4 minutes continuous ringing of rounds, all the ringing to be judged.
7.Alert the judges
Before starting the test piece the treble will strike two blows to warn the judge that the test piece is about to begin.
8.Closed handstroke leads
Bands ringing with closed handstroke leads must notify this intention with their entry.