Bedfordshire District Striking Contest

The Bedfordshire District Striking Contest was held at Bletsoe on Saturday 6th June 2015 starting at 5pm. This was the first major activity to take place since the Bletsoe bells have been restored.

Eight teams took part, three ringing rounds and five ringing a method. The judges were Bob and Elizabeth Churchill of Husborne Crawley and the organiser was Andrew Dennison. Bletsoe were the hosts and the event was well attended with approx. 60 guests. I believe we managed to provide plenty of food including sandwiches, savouries and cakes along with countless cups of tea and coffee! Thank you to all who donated to our bell fund and also many thanks to all who helped with the refreshments.

After some lovely ringing on a beautiful sunny evening the results as follows:
Bands Ringing a Method:
Position 1)     Kempston with 13 faults.
Position 2)     Bromham with 18 faults.
Position 3)     St. Peter’s Bedford with 30 faults.
Position 4)     St. Andrew’s Bedford with 40 faults.
Position 5)     Sharnbrook with 45 faults.

Bands Ringing Rounds:
Position 1)     Oakley with 27 faults.
Position 2)     Goldington with 41 faults.
Position 3)     Felmersham with 75 faults.

Kempston and Bromham go through to the Association Striking Contest at Haynes on 19th September where they will be up against Biggleswade and Eaton Socon from the Biggleswade District Contest at Flitwick.

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Andrew Keech of Kempston and Bill Sellars of Oakley
receiving their cups from Andrew Dennison (on the right).