Visit Chester on Saturday 28 March and hear seven teams from across the United Kingdom compete in the National Twelve-Bell Striking Contest in Chester Cathedral’s Addleshaw Tower.
For the first time ever, the event, described by our bell ringers as “every bit as important to ringers as an FA Semi-Final to football fans” will be taking place in Chester. Ringers who regularly ring on twelve bells, such as are housed in the free-standing Addleshaw Tower of Chester Cathedral, will be able to ring in the first stage of this very important competition. For years the tower was not taken seriously as a venue for this contest, so troublesome were the internal acoustics. However, over recent years much hard work has gone in to making the bells easier to hear in the ringing room, and national organisers of the competition finally judged them suitable for this most prestigious event.
Teams from Bristol, Oxford, Chilcompton, High Wycombe, Leeds and Exeter – currently the national champions at this level – will compete in this first stage.