The annual Guild Inter-Shire Championship ringing competition took place at Harvington, Worcs, on 16th November. The Oxfordshire team was Drayton St Leonard and they nominated Alan Marchbank as their judge. Bilton rang for Warwickshire, their nominated judge being Mark Sayers. Eckington represented Worcestershire, with Paul Marshall being the nominated judge. Mickleton represented Gloucestershire (last year's winners, Tewkesbury Abbey, being unable to attend) with their judge Chris Povey. (It surprised some that I actually live in Glos. Only my postcode is Worcs! CMP). The fifth judge, representing the Four Shires Guild, was Bill Nash.
After the judges went into the Vestry, turned on the heater and ascertained that they could hear a trial ring adequately, the ringing order was drawn.
Throughout the afternoon the rising, ringing and lowering, all marked as the Guild's Newing Shield competitions, was very competent. The result, announced by Bill Nash, was:-
Second place: Drayton St Leonard (Oxon)
As is our custom, the order of the remaining teams was not given. The Inter-Shire Championship Trophy was presented to Tony Cocks, the captain of the winning team (see above).
The Guild's thanks extend to the four competing teams for coming to make this a successful day. We hope you enjoyed it.
Additionally many thanks are due to the Harvington ringers, particularly Anthony Wheeler and Chris Haynes, for their part in the arrangements. Thanks also to the food and drink providers, particularly Jackie Hands, Stuart Cummings, Andrew Gunn and others. Thanks are also due to those who did the washing up, while the rest of us were enjoying a ring.
Finally the afternoon would not have progressed so smoothly without the help of our Ringing Master, Sophia Lewis-Skeath.
(Thanks to you, John , for making the arrangements. Ed)
Sadly I can't show a photo of the Glos (Mickleton) team, as whomsoever took the photo shook the camera and it's blurred! I suspect most members will know the persons in this team regardless of lacking a photo: John Kinchin, David Clarke, Chris Righton, Mike Fairfax, Andrew Gunn and Jackie Hands.