Welcome to the website for the Ridgman Trophy Ten Bell Striking Competition

The Ridgman Trophy is awarded to the winner of a striking competition on ten bells, held annually in May or June. The territorial associations in East Anglia (including the Lincoln Guild) often enter teams, and others are welcome as space permits. Badges of participating Guilds and Associations are shown below; click a badge to go to the website for the organisation.

For more information about ringing church bells and learning to ring: the website of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers has information about bell ringing and learning to ring; Discover Bell Ringing is a website which includes country-wide contacts with local Associations and Guilds.

Ridgman 2022

In 2022, the Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers is hosting the competition on Saturday June 18th at St Margaret, King's Lynn. The method is Erin Caters.

The bells are booked from 10-00 so the first team can start at 10-30 and then half-hourly for as long as is needed: if all nine teams come we will be finished in good time for tea. The draw cannot be made until three weeks before the competition, but you can ask for a particular time and so long as it all fits together that request is granted: till now we've always been able to get within the first couple of slots for "early" and the last couple for "late".

Any queries to Alan Winter, alanwinter_at_cantab.net.

2021 Ridgman 10 bell striking competition

October 30th at St Michael, Braintree

Memory is selective, at least mine seems to be. Fact is there was heavy rain in Braintree, starting around 9-30 when I was finishing my Parkrun (lovely course, Notley Park) and peaking around 11-00 when the third team were ringing. My memory, however, is all of the brilliant sunshine from midday onwards and that must mean that the company was good, the local arrangements working well (thanks to Andrew Kelso and the Essex Association, and to the Braintree ringers led by Brad Hill) and the competition working in the way a ten-bell striking competition should (thanks to the stewards, to Kate and Paul Flavell our judges, and to all the participants).

Paul remarked that we must like his judging style since we’ve invited him five times and of course that works two ways; Kate and he must enjoy helping us. Certainly we appreciate their comments on our ringing and the fairness of their marking, on this occasion putting the Suffolk Guild in clear first place with Essex and Ely not so far behind. The test piece was 179 Grandsire Caters.

As the day closed I heard many compliments on the refurbishment of the ring at Braintree, making a bright, lively ten which are a pleasure to ring (and please can we come back soon?). And thanks too to the church authorities for allowing this event in these uncertain times.

Attention now shifts to Kings Lynn on June 18th 2022 where we hope to ring Erin Caters.

ATW 31/10/2021

Here are the results

1 Suffolk Guild 86% (rang 4th, peal speed 2h58
2 Essex Association 84% (ran
g 1st, peal speed 3h 03
3 Ely Diocesan Association
79% (rang 6th, peal speed 3h 04)
4 Cambridge University Guild 78% (rang 3rd, peal speed 3h 12)
5 Hertford County Association
76% (rang 2nd, peal speed 2h 58)
6 Lincoln Diocesan Guild
64% (rang 5th, peal speed 2h 56)

St Michael, Braintree

Kate & Paul Flavell with Katharine Salter of the Suffolk Guild

Suffolk Guild, treble (front right) to tenor (back right): Katharine Salter, Amanda Richmond, Colin Salter, Nigel Gale, Brian Whiting, Ruth Munnings, Thomas Scase, Rowan Wilson, David Potts, Richard Munnings.

Ridgman 2020

In 2020, the Lincoln Diocesan Guild were to host the competition at Boston, on June 13th, ringing Grandsire Caters, but this did not happen.

Contact Us

For more information about the Ridgman Trophy, contact Alan Winter (alanwinter_at_cantab.net). For queries, comments or suggestions on this website, contact webmaster_at_elyda.org.uk.

2019 Ridgman 10 bell striking competition:

June 15th at the Norman Tower, Bury St Edmunds

Hertford retain the Ridgman Trophy

"A rip-roaring practice" - judges.

The 32nd edition of the Ridgman ten-bell competition was held at the Norman Tower, Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday 15th June 2019 by invitation of the Suffolk Guild represented by their chairman Rowan Wilson. Kate and Paul Flavell as judges said how important it is to achieve good cooperation between the small and large bells in a test piece such as Cambridge Surprise Royal, also of the danger of falling into an elephant trap ... a major method mistake.

When not ringing we found a lovely city on a sunny day, though many preferred loitering on the cathedral green to renew acquaintance and to hear some fine test pieces. Hertford were judged clear winners with Suffolk and Ely showing strongly: all eight teams brought their test pieces home in good style.

Here are the results,

1 Hertford County Association 85%
2 Ely Diocesan Association 82%
3 Suffolk Guild 81%
4 Essex Association 77%
5 Norwich Diocesan Association 74%
6 Lincoln Diocesan Guild 73%
7= Cambridge University Guild 67%
7= Peterborough Diocesan Guild 67%

Full results and notes on Judges' comments are here, band photos are here.

The Norman Tower

Rowan Wilson (Suffolk), Richard Sales (Hertford), Paul and Kate Flavell (judges) with the Ridgman Trophy.

Guilds and Associations

Bedfordshire Association
Leicester Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers
Cambridge University Guild of Change Ringers
Lincoln Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers
Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers
Essex Association of Change Ringers
Peterborough Guild of Church Bellringers
Hertford Association of Change-Ringers
Suffolk Guild of Ringers