Withycombe Raleigh bellringers show they know the ropes
PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 November 2013
IT was a case of ding dong verily on high as Withycombe Raleigh bellringers pulled out all the stops recently in the Interbranch Striking Competition.
Held at churches in Withycombe Raleigh, Lympstone and Clyst St George, seven “bands”– including two from Exeter, two from Plymouth, one from Tavistock and one from Withycombe Raleigh – competed for top honours in three contests.
In the advanced six-bell competition at Lympstone, Withycombe Raleigh showed they knew the ropes, taking first place.
The team came second in the novice eight-bell competition at Clyst St George and third in the interbranch eight-bell competition at Withycombe.
“We are all hugely delighted with our performance,” said Janet Coles, the Withycombe Raleigh Church Tower captain. “We’ve all worked very hard together in the last year, so it was good to see it all coming together.”
“They did very well,” said Daisy Atkin, a spokesperson for the Guild of Devonshire Ringers. “It was a tough competition. There was a lot of good ringing. The results were closely rung.”
What’s the aim of the competition?
“To bring together ringers from across Devon to compete for trophies and to compete in the competition,” said Daisy.
“It’s also a chance to showcase our ringing, to listen to other people ring, to bring ourselves up to standard and to practice ringing competitions as well as winning them.”
And what’s bellringing’s appeal?
“It looks easy, but it isn’t,” said Daisy. “It demands a lot of concentration, particularly in the competitions. You have to be focused full-on for 10-15 minutes.
“It’s all about getting the right rhythm and getting the exact striking right. You need excellent control over your bell, which demands many years of practice.”
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