North West Twelve-Bell Striking Competition

for the Westminster Shield

2020 Competition

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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2 part.

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

Team 1

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.

1. Claire A Mitchell2. Lee Pinnington3. Sophie M Middleton4. B Haley Barnett5. Daniel R Jarvis6. David T G Jones7. Joanne L Wood8. Colin Woods (C)9. Luke D Marshall10. Stephen R Aldridge11. Matthew D Warburton12. Lenard J Mitchell

Team 2

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

1. Paul B Hunter2. Jack R Bendrey3. Carrie L Hyde4. Andrew J Rawlinson5. David J G Jones6. Joanne L Dowson7. Randle T J Tinkler8. Ben Kellet9. Steven Stoker10. Thomas D Miles11. Simon Christian12. Peter L Furniss

Team 3

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

1. Helen Foster2. Sarah Jacot3. Mel Curwen4. Jeff Brannan5. Andrew Tyler6. Charlie Seddon7. Kevin Rogers8. David Friend (C )9. Ben Curwen10. Mark Jacot11. Stephen Aldridge12. Trevor Marchbank

Team 4

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.

1. Anne Orme2. Kath Hinchliffe3. Carol Marchbank4. Christine Broadley5. David Friend6. Nina Brannan7. Mark Jacot8. Stephen Aldridge9. Mel Curwen10. Trevor Marchbank (C )11. Andrew Mayes12. Jeff Brannan

Team 5

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.

1. Fiona Harrison2. Carrie L Hyde3. Jennifer M Christian4. Paul B Hunter5. Simon Christian6. Malcolm H Joyce7. Helen S Mitchell8. Jack S Ninnes9. Ben Kellet10. Jack R Bendrey11. Peter W H Barker12. Andrew J Rawlinson