Ringing World National Youth Competition 7th July 2018
We had an early start for the competition this year. Our test piece was scheduled to be rung at Cubitt Town on the Isle of Dogs. We rendezvoused at Cornhill where we were one of the first teams to ring on this lovely 12. Then it was off to catch the DLR to Island Gardens and the 10 minute walk to the church. The team were a little nervous while we waited for the Salisbury Guild to ring their piece. Our test pieces were a little hesitant as the team adjusted their ropes. 15 minutes was the allotted time for adjusting the ropes, practicing and then ringing the test piece. Despite the nerves, they rang confidently and the Plain Hunt 168 changes were completed competently. The bells were more difficult to handle than Brinklow, where we had practiced, but the team got to grips with the bells and rang very well.
Then it was back to St Mary-le-Bow for the results. Coventry Spires were awarded B- for our test piece. The judges said we rang at a rapid speed which did lead to some errors. They were impressed with the great rounds which gave the test piece a good structure. This is the highest score we have ever achieved in the 4 years we have entered the competition.Just time to draw breath and then it was off to walk under the Thames to catch the boat ‘up west’ to Tower Pier. We then had a short break for ice cream before going to St Magnus the Martyr to ring on the new 12. We received news we had not reached the final and it was very busy at this tower, so we persuaded Chris Mew to take us back to the East End to grab 3 more towers. We rang at Lime house, Rotherhithe and Bermondsey. We rang Cambridge Major and 3 leads of Bristol along with Plain Hunt on 9 and rounds and call changes.
In good rugby style, it does not do to criticise the judges, but a few observations may be shared in person, not in print. However, the winner of the Method competition and the overall Competition winners where both in our heat proving the competition was tough. Coventry Spires rang a great test piece and were only pipped at the post by the Oxford Guild, a much more experienced band.
And then it was all over. We were all exhausted. Temperatures during the day had hovered at about 30 degrees and sometimes the tube felt about 40 degrees. Bermondsey was a great air conditioned tower so we enjoyed ringing there. This is the last time Simon Allan and Estella Haynes will be able to ring for the team as they become too old!! Thanks for all your hard work and commitment to the team. Albert, Immi, Molly Ruby Alec and Eddie, thanks for being great competitors and here is to next year’s competition in Liverpool.
Thanks to all our supporters and to Joy, Marie, Mark, Nick, Sammi, Natalie, Isobel, Keith, Andrea and Bill for coming with us and a special thanks to Chris for his organisation and for being a great tour Guide