Bands from the Guild’s four Districts gathered at St Peter’s, Old Woking, on Saturday 11 May to take part in the 8-bell striking competition, ringing a touch of three courses of Middlesex Bob Triples. In his summing up, the judge, Michael Uphill, commented that the ringing was of a good standard and was pleasing to listen to, with all of the bands having a few minor trips in places and most of the tenors lagging slightly throughout, particularly at handstroke.
In relation to individual bands, he commented as follows:
Chertsey – a few minor trips, fairly regular, tenor dragged, a few leads were a bit quick, 7th and 5th had problems at backstroke;
Farnham – measured and steady pace, a few scattered minor errors, really nice to listen to;
Guildford – quicker pace than Chertsey and Farnham, a few trips, best tenor ringing;
Leatherhead – similar comments to Chertsey, quite a few trips.
Michael went on to award joint second place to Chertsey and Leatherhead Districts with a score of 73%. In declaring Farnham and Guildford Districts the joint winners with a score of 94%, he praised in particular the measured and steady pace of ringing by Farnham and the even tenor ringing by Guildford.
Well done to all who took part, and especially to Farnham and Guildford.
(on behalf of Lynn Boniface)