Egremont bell ringers take the trophy

By Jane Holland

Jane with trophy at Great Salkeld   - photo submitted

Jane with trophy at Great Salkeld – photo submitted

SEVEN of the regular Sunday Service ringers from Egremont made the trip over to Great Salkeld, near Penrith on Saturday June 4.

They formed two teams, each with a different conductor and combination of six people, to enter a six bell ringing competition organised by the Carlisle Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.

Altogether there were eleven teams, from Crosslacon, Workington, Carlisle Cathedral, Great Salkeld and Penrith, competing to produce the best ringing with least clips, clashes or gaps.

Following an opportunity to try out the bells and the draw, the teams rang their test pieces, each of about five minutes duration.

One of the Penrith teams had won in the last six years, but was their standard higher than the others this year?

After the last team rang, we socialised over a buffet tea in the Village Hall whilst the judge from the adjoining Lancashire Association branch organised his notes and put together his results.

The announcement was then made, in reverse order.

One of the Egremont teams was rewarded with joint fifth, Crosslacon, second and the other Egremont team, to our surprise, won.

So we now have the Bell-shaped trophy in the photo until the next competition which will be in 2017.

The winning group included Colin Gates, Eleanor Perrott, Andrew Holland, Ed Perrott, Jane Holland and Ed Matthews. Jane Holland conducted the call changes from Rounds (123456) to Queens (135246) and back.

Hilary Chadwick was in Jane’s place in the other group, which was conducted by Ed Matthews.