A sunny day in the charming village of Weaverham was the background for the Mid-Branch’s 6-bell competition, which was a little different to normal this year.

Two competitions were run simultaneously: the usual 6-bell competition (referred to as the Experienced competition) and a new Novice competition. The Novice competition was 4 minutes of “anything” which could be rounds, call changes or a method, however a handicap was applied if ringers who had rung a quarter peal inside were in the band. Five teams entered the Experienced Competition, and four entered the Novice competition.

Ably judged by Len and Claire Mitchell from Liverpool, general comments included the fact that test pieces were for the most part better than the practice pieces, and they were both very impressed with the standard of ringing they listened to.

This was followed by the traditional tea and meeting, and the Branch thanked Len and Claire for their expert judging, and the Weaverham team and incumbent for their excellent hospitality.

The results were as follows:

PlaceFaultsBandNovice/Experienced
13 3/4GrappenhallExperienced
24 3/4WeaverhamExperienced
314 1/4Stockton HeathExperienced
415 1/2Daresbury/RuncornNovice
519Stockton HeathNovice
619 1/4Weaverham LadiesNovice
723 1/4FrodshamExperienced
829 3/4WittonExperienced
932 1/2MiddlewichNovice

Grappenhall win the competition, and go forward to the Guild 6-bell final on AGM day. The combined Daresbury/Runcorn band win the Novice category. Congratulations to all who entered!