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.
Provisionally for next year: Saturday 13th June 2020 at Boston Stump on the invitation of the Lincoln Diocesan Guild, to ring Grandsire Caters.
Results and Judges comments (from ATW's notes)
Judges noted just a little odd-struckness around the middle bells, otherwise a good ten with a lovely sound.
Scoring: two points for a good row, one for a small clip, zero if a serious clash, marked “rather strictly”.
Date for next year’s diary:
In 2020 the Lincoln Diocesan Guild hope to arrange the competition at Boston, on June 13th, ringing Grandsire Caters.