All Saints Church in Oakham hosts bell ringing competition

The host team from the Rutland Branch: From left, Louis Totaro, Peggy Jennings, Araminta Mathias, David Couldwell, Monica Spence, Jack Atkinson, Richard Beadman and Alan Wordie
The host team from the Rutland Branch: From left, Louis Totaro, Peggy Jennings, Araminta Mathias, David Couldwell, Monica Spence, Jack Atkinson, Richard Beadman and Alan Wordie
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BELL RINGERS from across the region met at Oakham on Saturday as Rutland hosted this year’s bell ringing competition.

The competition was held at All Saints Church, in Church Street, to see which team could ring the eight majestic bells at the church with the most accurate rhythm.

The annual contest ran by the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, which covers Northamptonshire, Rutland and Peterborough, with each of the ten branches taking it in turn to host this annual contest.

The competition comprised of six teams, with team taking it in turn to ring the All Saints Church Bells.

Experienced judges Matthew Jones and Emma Chapman listened to a test piece of 160 changes rung by each team and counted any blemishes from the regular rhythm.

The results were announced after tea in the parish hall by the judges. The winner was the Daventry Branch, who received the Harry Wooding trophy after incurring only 27 faults. The runner-up was the Kettering branch team.