The Gloucester & Bristol Diocesan Association of Church Bell Ringers

THE G & B at Liverpool for the 2019 RWNYC

The Ringing World National Youth Team contest took place in Liverpool on Saturday 6 July. The Association was represented as always by The G&B team, organised by Ian Bucknell with the assistance of many, many others, some being past members of the team who are now too old to participate.

This year there were no heats at other towers beforehand so the judges had an 8 hour session! The band rang first out of the 24 entries and were placed a very creditable 5th. They also took the opportunity to ring at several open towers in the area culminating in the mighty Liverpool Cathedral with its 82cwt tenor. The band were:

  1. Mary Pang - aged 16 - from Barnwood in the Gloucester Branch
  2. Zoe Bonnett - aged 14 - from Stone in the Wotton-under-Edge Branch
  3. Yuhan Jiang - aged 17 - from Stone in the Wotton-under-Edge Branch
  4. Isabel Beattie - aged 16 from Kempsford in the Cirencester Branch
  5. Florence Lazenby - aged 17 from Ampney Crucis in the Cirencester Branch
  6. Maddie Johnson - aged 16 from Gloucester Cathedral in the Gloucester Branch
  7. Alistair White-Horne - aged 17 from Stone in the Wotton-under-Edge Branch
  8. Mathew Bishop - aged 17 from Bisley in the Stroud Branch
The reserves were Ivan Barritt from Barnsley and Matthew Woods from Cirencester, both in the Cirencester Branch.

The following are Ian's impressions of the day.

We thought you all might to read the feedback given to our team by the judges:
"A confident start and good piece of ringing. the rounds and back-rounds came up well. You worked together as a team to keep the rhythm even when there was the odd error. Well done."

Things to work on:
"Keep going and try to be more consistent moving through the changes"

One of our party also received some informal feedback directly from one of the judges. Apparently when they listened to our practice they were expecting the test piece to be of a much lower standard than it actually was. They were impressed with how well we used the practice and the improvement from practice to test piece was the best of all the teams. The judges were also particularly impressed with the rhythm created by the ringers of 6,7 and 8.

The G & B Team Coaches (Ian, Roger, Alan, Mike & James) will be delighted with this feedback as ALL the points raised by these formal and informal remarks reflect what we have been talking about and working on all year. These remarks show that we are on the right track for a great performance (hopefully!!!) next year.

We had a great day with all our plans coming together without a hitch (Ian & Carole are very relieved!). The organisers of the RWNYC in Liverpool did brilliantly. We enjoyed some "Tower Grabbing" with Izzy and Florence leading the way with each grabbing seven new towers in the day including Pier Head and Liverpool Cathedral. Matthew Woods had the privilege of ringing the Tenor at the former and the 8th at the latter. Ringing at the Cathedral in the evening was frantic and exhilarating but it was fantastic to see so many young ringers with great big frowns of concentration when ringing there and equally big grins on their faces once they had done it! At Pier Head we were proud to have the 12 rung by 11 current G & B Youth Team members supported by Margaret Pang who is just a couple of years too old now - with Simon Edwards (past winner of the RWNYC of course!) giving moral support and calling the changes.

Thank you to all the youngsters who are impeccable ambassadors for the G & B and also to all the parents and adult support crew without whom none of this would have been possible. Thank you also to the G & B for the financial support to allow us to use a coach to travel around Liverpool and also to our anonymous benefactor who continues to support the Youth Team activities.

Also, we should all congratulate Rachel Bagley (Tewkesbury Abbey) and her friends in the Worcester Cathedral Team who came 8th. Rachel regularly joins in with G & B Youth Team activities so we were really pleased to see her and her team do so well.