Thursday 23rd May 2024

Ridgman Trophy Ten Bell Striking Competition
Saturday 7th June 2014

The 27th Ridgman Trophy 10 bell striking competition was held on Saturday 7th June at St. Peter-ad-Vincula church Coggeshall. Some eight teams had been entered into the contest with the draw being made in the tower some three weeks previous, our band electing for an early position due to seven of the band being committed to the SE district meeting later in the afternoon.

The chief judge was Alan Ainsworth , a well respected ringer and member of St. Paulís Cathedral band and his son Mark. After a ring they were hidden in the top room of the vestry to judge each of the teams.

The format of the Ridgman is that teams draw a timed slot so are free to come and go to suit the schedules and two other teams used this as they went to ring for weddings at their own towers although some 70 people were in church to hear the judgement.


Place Band Marks Remarks
1st Essex Association 20 Good controlled ringing
2nd Hertford County Association 36 A jumbly end otherwise good
3rd Ely Diocesan Association 38 Lumpy in middle
4th Suffolk Guild 50 Some rushed leads, getting better
5th Lincoln Diocesan Guild 52 Brisk but rushed, tenor slow
6th Cambridge University Guild of Change Ringers 65 Jumbly with 18 double faults
7th= Bedfordshire Association DNF Fell off the line, miscalled
7th= Peterborough Diocesan Guild DNF The bobs did for them!

At the post ringing meeting it was agreed  that next years competition which will take place on Sat. 6th June will be held at St. Peter Mancroft Norwich using the light 10 or at Kings Lynn, possibly Stedman caters again. There was some discussion about holding the draw on the day, thankfully common sense prevailed and the present draw system was retained.

Jed Flatters