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 2020 and 2021

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

Biggleswade has been suggested informally for 2021.

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