The Essex Association of Change Ringers   President: The Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Chelmsford

Blustery Braintree hosts the Ridgman Trophy

Saturday 30th October was the revised date for the Ridgman Trophy which usually takes place in June. Braintree, who’s bells had been refurbished and returned in April were hosts on behalf of EACR this year. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t on our side. The days started off very damp and blustery but did eventually brighten up, just in time for the end of ringing!

The test piece was 179 Grandsire Caters. The judges were Kate and Paul Flavell (their 5th time judging this competition). The draw for this competition takes place a couple of weeks in advance so you don’t always get such good opportunity to meet with ringers from other Associations. Essex were drawn to ring first. A couple of teams had withdrawn late in the day which provided some opportunities for the locals to have a ring, so trying not to confuse the judges, we rang some Plain Bob Royal, Little Bob Royal and Stedman Caters.

[Photo of the EACR band] The judges said that they were looking forward to a high standard of ringing and were not disappointed. The comments on the Essex ringing were that our practice was quite fast but steadied and a good confident practice. Our test piece was described as having a quick start with generally good leading although a few faults picked up here, but good to listen to.

After comments about each team’s ringing the results were announced:
1st Suffolk 86%
2nd ESSEX ACR 84%
3rd Ely 79%
4th Cambridge University 78%
5th Hertford 76%
6th Lincoln 64%

The Essex band were Christina Brewster, Gill Sparling, David Sparling, Paul Cammiade, Vicki Chapman, John Taylor, Andrew Kelso, Brian Meads, Colin Chapman (c) and Stephen Nash.

Next year’s competition will be held at Kings Lynn at the test piece Erin Caters.

Vicki Chapman
Communications Officer

(Sunday 31 October 2021)

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