When it was announced at the AGM at Basingstoke last year that the 1980 competition would be held at Brading, I.O.W., audible groans could be heard. "Too far away" -"Why go overseas?" - On May 17th, however, at Brading, the churchyard was covered by recumbent bodies - sunbathing!
There were five entries for the tower 8-bell competition for the Alec Gray Cup, and keen rivalry produced some good ringing which resulted in Eling being placed first. Winchester Cathedral was second and Portsmouth Cathedral third.
The Inter-District 8-bell Competition for the Arthur and Gilian Davis Shield followed, six teams competing. The (first time) winners were Basingstoke District.
The judge was Rev. Roger Keeley (Salisbury D.G.), who complimented those who took part upon their consistency. Fast ringing was, it seemed, an over-riding criticism, not that it made for bad striking but that it made fault recording more difficult.
After tea, provided by local ladies, Ken Croft (Master), in thanking all concerned for the organisation, said he was sure it had not been a mistake to hold the event on the Isle of Wight.
A competition for a bottle or two raised £8.50 for Guild funds.
The Ringing World No. 3607, June 13, 1980, page 520