THE MASTER'S CHALLENGE
Saturday 20th May, 2006 in the City of Bristol
The Master set up 4 challenges:
The 12 bell challenge - 4 leads of maximus (anything you want to ring) or a course and a half of cinques, 192 changes of which were be judged. This was judged by John Warboys.
6 bell challenge - 15 minutes minimum ringing - to be judged from first to last "bong". Teams rang up, rang 60 on 3rds and rang down again. This was marked entirely on artistic impression, provided the call change pattern was properly executed. This was judged by David House.
8 bell challenge - each band was presented with sufficient copies of the place notation, grid and blue line for a DIFFERENT treble-dodging symmetrical major method as they entered the ringing chamber. Each band had 25 minutes in order to ring a plain course of the given method. The challenge was marked according to the excellence of execution but additional bonus points will be available for teams that successfully complete their piece more quickly than other teams. This was judged by David Dearnley.
A Quiz - was collated by and marked by The Librarian, Chris Ridley.
Six teams rose to these challenges and rang as follows:
12 bell Results
(out of 20)
(out of 10)
|3rd||Wilby's Wonderful Ringers||17||4||21|
|6th||Finest Universal Campanologists KIT||12||5||17|
8 bell Results
|1st||Wilby's Wonderful Ringers||26|
|=5th||Finest Universal Campanologists KIT||16|
6 bell Results
|=1st||Wilby's Wonderful Ringers||7||8||8||23|
|4th||Finest Universal Campanologists KIT||6||7||7||20|
|=3rd||Wilby's Wonderful Ringers||8|
|6th||Finest Universal Campanologists KIT||1|
|2nd||Wilby's Wonderful Ringers||78|
|6th||Finest Universal Campanologists KIT||53|
(with thanks to Roy LeMarechal who provided some of them)
|Jim Clatworthy - is that a quiz answer received?||Whilst
the members competed,
the Master went shopping.
|The 6 bell
|The quiz results
|The 8 bell
|The Master with Derek Carr.||The Paternoster Squares working on the quiz.|
|The Finest Universal Campanologists Known In Town (happily not living up to their name)||One sheepish looking team captain, Roy LeMarechal.|
Report that appeared in the Ringing World.
The ASCY Master issued four challenges to members of the Society. Six teams of ringers agreed to meet these challenges and met in the City of Bristol on Saturday, 20th May to battle them out. The teams met at a coffee reception at St Stephens church where the Society was welcomed by Ian Hill and the new Rector, and the Master gave out the instructions. The six teams came from all over the country, each bearing their own name and identity. Notable amongst them was Simon Linfords team, the Linford Builders, each of whom wore fluorescent yellow jackets with their team name on it.
Rather than conducting an ordinary striking competition, the Master wanted to assess a number of different skills in ringing.
The first challenge was a 12 bell challenge where the teams had to ring 192 changes of maximus or cinques on the bells of St Stephens. Judged by John Warboys, marks were not only awarded for excellence in striking, they were given for the complexity of the method(s) chosen. The best striking was achieved by Wilbys Wonderful Ringers during their course of Stedman Cinques. However the Spliced S Maximus from the Paternoster Squares and Eastern Promise meant both overtook Michael Wilbys team, with the Paternosters coming out on top.
The second challenge was on 8 bells and held at the cathedral. On entering the ringing chamber, each team was given a different treble-dodging symmetrical major method, instructed to ring a plain course of it and was given 25 minutes to learn, ring and leave. David Dearnley judged the quality of the striking, giving bonus marks to those who completed their pieces more quickly. In announcing the results (I had better be brief, he said as I know that Dickon Love needs to get away to watch Eurovision), he awarded first place to Michael Wilbys team.
The third challenge was on 6 bells at the Lord Mayors Chapel. This tested ringers skills in raising and lowering bells, as well as ring call changes (the set piece was 60 on Thirds). The judge for this challenge was David House. (I have enjoyed my day today and even listened to some of the ringing, he announced.) David gave separate marks for the raise, the call changes and the lower, with each team instructed to take no less than 15 minutes over the whole exercise. The best raise of the day was from Linfords Builders, however so keen were they to complete the raise and the changes, they found themselves having to chime the bells for a long time at the end in order to complete their 15 minute slot. In the event, joint first place was awarded to the Paternoster Squares and Wilbys Wonderful Ringers.
The fourth and final challenge was a quiz devised by the Societys Librarian, Chris Ridley. Teams completed this during the day as they travelled between towers or sat in the pub, and given the relaxed rules for the quiz, members happily looked for answers in the new edition of the History of the Society. Simon Linford was spotted arriving at the competition with his laptop, so Dickon (the ASCY Webmaster who was ringing for a rival team) managed to slip away from the group and take the ASCY Website off-line to foil any attempt to access it! Alas this was not entirely successful as Simons team eventually managed to find an archive version of the site with the relevant answers on it. Nonetheless, the Paternosters managed to secure victory in the Quiz with 10 out of 10, beating the Linford team into second place. True to their name, Roy LeMarechals team, the Finest Universal Campanologists Known In Town didnt bother too much with the quiz and scored just the one point.
The bands returned to St Stephens at the end of the day to hear the judges deliberations and the results. The Paternoster Squares (led by Andrew Graham) were judged to be the overall winners, closely followed by Michael Wilbys Wilbys Wonderful Ringers. David Pipes Eastern Promise came joint third with Linfords Builders, followed by the Teachers Pets led by Dinah Reed. The Finest Universal Campanologists Known In Town came a magnificent last and had the biggest smiles of everyone. The Master awarded each member of the Paternoster Squares with a silver medal cast as facsimiles of the Senior Stewards 1837 badge and engraved with the title of the challenge.
The day was a splendid occasion where good company mixed merrily with sheer fun and humour. One of the most amusing moments occurred when Philip Goodyer, wearing his fluorescent Linford yellow jacket, realised that the other fluorescent yellow jacket he was following round Bristol City Centre was actually a council worker on the streets rather than a member of his team (at least, that was his story). It then took him some time to work out where he was and find the rest of his teammates.
The Master, Stephanie Warboys, must be congratulated on a marvellous innovation and a thoroughly good day out, as well as the generous provision of the medals to the winning team. Likewise, thanks go to the Bristol ringers, who as expected were efficient and excellent hosts. At the end of the day the bands made their merry ways back home, some in the company of the rugby supporters also travelling home from Cardiff, and the website was soon operating as usual again
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