North West Twelve-Bell Striking Competition
for the Westminster Shield
The 2020 competition was held on Saturday 25th January 2020 at St Michaels & All Angels Church, Macclesfield.
Five bands took part ringing 240 Original Maximus
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The competition was won by Liverpool.
1st - 78% Liverpool (rung 1st)
2nd - 77% Deva (rung 2nd)
3rd - 74% Chester (rung 5th)
4th - 69% Macclesfield B (rung 3rd)
5th - (no score) Macclesfield A (rung 4th)
Congratulations Liverpool and everyone else who took part.
Chief judge: Stuart Hutchieson
Assistant judges: Elizabeth Hutchieson & Kit Bardsley
This team made a purposeful start having made good use of the practice. There was a tendency for small bells to spread out when they came together at the front and back of the change. This resulted in the back bells spreading out the back of the change. Peal speed 3hr 37m.
This team seemed to have the tactic of rushing the ringing along, which resulted in several clips in the early leads until it gradually improved after halfway. What faults there were, were always single faults, which unfortunately accrued consistently through the test piece, despite a good overall impression. Peal speed 3hr 21m
This piece had a slightly shaky start, which took a little while to settle down. As the band approached the 2nd course end they seemed to hit their ideal rhythm and there were several clean rows together. A method mistake in the 4th course destabilised the ringing, although it was recovered from, the ringing didn’t return to its previous standard until close to the end. Peal speed 3hr 32m
The back bells set a good framework, which was increasingly accepted by the rest of the team. This was another team whose 2nd course end coincided with their best ringing. However, a mistake occurred near the halfway point, which initially seemed to be getting sorted, but sadly didn’t prove to be the case.
We felt that the tenor was very well rung and provided a clear direction to the ringing. The leading was inconsistent at times, with wide backstrokes upsetting the rhythm. There were clear patches of ringing but faults were accrued fairly consistently throughout.