The Guild Inter-Tower 6-Bell competition was held this year on 18th May at Wickham with 4 tower teams and a scratchband hotly contesting the trophy.

Congratulations to Portsmouth Cathedral on winning the competition which was judged by Martin Rice from Newbury and Mark Robins from Hungerford.

The weather was kind to us, overcast but dry, and the setting idyllic for a pleasant morning sitting in the churchyard listening to some fine ringing.

My thanks go to the local band and clergy for the use of the bells, The Portsmouth District committee for their assistance with organisation, the Judges and to Lynne Jordan for providing much needed refreshments.

PositionTowerMethodFaultsPeal speedDrawn
1stPortsmouth CathedralGrandsire Doubles82h403rd
2ndBasingstoke (St Michael)Plain Bob Doubles252h481st
3rdBishopstokeGrandsire Doubles322h414th
4thHawkley & BramshottCall changes412nd
Scratch bandCambridge Surprise Minor302h535th

Unfortunately the Inter-Tower 8-bell competition was cancelled due to insufficient team entries.

The Inter-District 8-Bell Competition was held at Brighstone, IoW on the AGM day, 15th June. I can’t say it was glorious sunshine but the rain held off for the morning as 4 teams met to contest the Shield.

We had an excellent morning with some fine ringing, judged by Peter Niblett from Whitchurch. All teams rang 224 changes of Grandsire Triples.

PositionDistrictMethodFaultsPeal speedDrawn
1stIsle of Wight 2Grandsire Triples272h474th
2ndAlton & PetersfieldGrandsire Triples422h453rd
3rdBasingstokeGrandsire Triples442h492nd
4thIsle of Wight 1Grandsire Triples602h541st

Striking Competition Committee Accounts at 31/12/19
Balance b/f0.00Tower donations45.00
Income from General Fund84.98Judges’ gifts15.98
Certificate printing4.00
Hall hire20.00
Balance c/f0.00


Pete Jordan