Chawton entered the Winchester & Portsmouth Guild striking competition for the first time today, competing with some of the best bands in the county, ringing call changes in the 6-bell competition. It was a fairly nerve-wracking experience for a novice band but we all pulled together, got through it and triumphantly achieved fifth place.
Note the “competing with” above, not “competing against”. We were greatly assisted during the run up to the match by the Alton band who took fourth place and wouldn’t have done nearly so well without their help.
At last evening’s practice we enjoyed having visitors Nigel & Jennifer from Romsey, Mike & Jill from Alton, very handy as we were otherwise three down: two on holiday and one inhibited by flooding. Stella brutally worked us through Rounds and Call Changes, several courses of Plain Hunt Doubles as well as some Plain Bob Doubles. Some faults were picked up, some eliminated, some scheduled for elimination. Nigel explained to us how striking competitions work and what’s involved and generally encouraged us to enter the six-bell district inter-tower at All Saints, Alton on 17th May. We have five already, can we get a sixth by then?