Winners: Yorkshire Association Striking Competition

The Cathedral bellringers are delighted to have had a recent significant success.  Each year, like the other eight branches, the Cleveland and North Yorkshire Branch of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers holds a ringing competition between the churches in the branch.  In April this year, the Cathedral ringers won the branch competition and, therefore, went forward to represent the branch at the Association competition where we were up against the best teams from the other branches.

The Association competition was held on Saturday 16th September at North Cave, between Howden and Hull.  We rang first which is not considered to be a good draw as there is no opportunity to hear what speed the other teams are ringing at and what speed might sound best.

The Cathedral was represented by the following band ringing 240 changes of Grandsire Doubles

  1. Anne Wood
  2. Robert Wood
  3. Janet Wadsworth
  4. Andrew Aspland
  5. Martin Davies (conductor)
  6. Charlie Brown

All the teams rang before lunch and there was then general ringing at several other local towers followed by a service and then tea.  A business meeting followed tea and it was during the meeting that the competition results were announced.  In general comments, the judges said that our piece of ringing was very stately compared to the other teams.  The results were announced in reverse order with the tension building until there were just two teams left, Ripon Cathedral and St. Martin le Grand, York.  To our delight, the York team was placed second leaving us as the winners.  We hold the trophy until next year when we will aim to defend it.

Full results as follows:
1st Ripon Cathedral  (C&NY) 35 faults
2nd. St. Martin le Grand (York) 36 faults
3rd. Sheffield Cathedral (Sheffield) 47 faults
4th. Pickering (Scarborough) 49 faults
5th. Selby Abbey (Selby) 79 faults
6th. Keighley (Western) 95 faults