In 2016, the Guild held three striking competitions. There were the Inter-Tower 6 and 8-bell competitions, held on the 21st May and the Inter-District 8-bell competition, held on the 2nd July.

Inter-Tower 6-bell

This year, the Inter-Tower 6-bell was held at St. Mary’s Church Eversley, and was judged by Julian Ferrar and Julian Hemper, from Wiltshire. 5 teams entered and the whole morning was a success and a nice relaxed atmosphere and camaraderie between the teams and organisers. The results are as follows:

1stSt Michael’s, BasingstokePlain Bob Doubles4m73rd
2ndElingStedman Doubles3m542nd
3rdNiton and ChaleGrandsire Doubles4m485th
4thRotherwick and OdihamGrandsire Doubles4m128½1st
5thEversleyPlain Bob Doubles4m7354th

Inter-Tower 8-bell

The Inter-Tower 8-bell this year was held over the border in the Guildford Guild at Hawley. It was slightly disappointing to see only three teams entering, but a good contest was had nonetheless. The contest was judged by Vernon Bedford and the results are as follows:

1stBishopstokeGrandsire Triples17½3rd
2ndHursleyGrandsire Triples24½2nd
3rdCatheringtonGrandsire Triples311st

Inter-District 8-bell

This year, the Inter-Tower 8-bell was held at New Alresford, prior to the Guild AGM. Four Districts entered, which was good, but much like the Inter-Tower competition, it would have been great to have more Districts entering a team. The more the merrier! Paul and Kate Flavell were the judges and they did a professional and thorough job. Their results are as follows:

PositionDistrictMethodScorePeal SpeedDrawn
1stPortsmouthGrandsire Triples89%3h23rd
2ndWinchesterCambridge Surprise Major84%3h81st
3rdChristchurch & SouthamptonGrandsire Triples82%3h74th
4thAndoverGrandsire Triples75%3h22nd

Expenses amounted to £58 which was paid out of Central Funds.

Greg Jordan