Monthly Archives: May 2014

Southern District Striking Competition

We don’t know the last time we entered the Essex Association 6 bell Striking Competition but this year, with a little gentle persuasion Darren Osborne, Development Officer wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Striking Competitions are important. They are important for networking, socialising and showing off your tower and it’s ringers at their best to the public.

There was six teams from six different towers. We were drawn to ring last. As Development Officer, I didn’t care if we finished in last position. It was about being there and completing the test piece to the best of our abilities.

We actually came second, narrowing beaten by the winners Prittlewell who by far rang the best on the day. No arguments there.

The top two teams go through to the Essex Association Finals in July, where the best two teams from each district battle it out for the title.

As we finished second, we are through to the finals!

Thanks to Ros Skipper, Jim Laken, David Belcham, Doug Bowles and Tony Lowe for keeping your place and ringing steady.

Roll on July!

Darren Osborne picking up the certificate on behalf of the Rayleigh Ringers.  Picture taken from the Southern District Facebook Group.

Darren Osborne picking up the certificate on behalf of the Rayleigh Ringers. Picture taken from the Southern District Facebook Group.

Tower Open Day

On Monday 5th May, Rayleigh had it’s annual Tower Open day, giving the public the opportunity to climb the tower and find out a little about the bell ringing and how it all works.

After being advertised very well, including the tower being part of the BBC Essex Quest the day before hundreds of people turned up to climb the tower in groups of between 10 and 20 people, and it was steady and consistent all day.

The first stop was the ringing room where they were able to grab a seat and have a little rest and were treated to a 10-15 minute talk on what bell ringing is, demonstration of how we ring and answering any questions they might have before continuing to the top of the tower to enjoy the views.

It was a great event for the tower, the church and more importantly the art of Bell Ringing as a whole in Essex.  We hope most visitors went away happy and more informed.