RWNYC 2014-19

Ringing World National Youth Contest 2019

Saturday 6th July 2019, St Francis Xavier, Liverpool

The Fen Tigers had a successful day at the Ringing World National Youth Contest, held at St Francis Xavier, Liverpool. Grading this year followed the new GCSE 1–9 grade system, where 9 is the best grade possible. One of 24 teams ringing method or call changes, with grades ranging from 7 to 2, the Fen Tigers rang method and achieved a Grade 5. The ringing was judged by Chief Judge Julia Cater and Assistant Judges Anna Sherwood, Luke Groom and Alex Riley. Judging was assisted by the use of HawkEar, developed by Ian McCallion and operated on the day by David Richards.

Special thanks go to Cecilia and David Pipe for all the support and organisation of getting the team together and sorting out arrangements for the weekend.

Dee F Smith, RATO

Ringing World National Youth Contest 2018

Saturday 7th July 2018, various towers in London

The Fen Tigers, the Ely DA team for the Ringing World National Youth Contest 8-bell striking competition, went up to London on Saturday 7th July, for the 2018 competition. As in the last two years, with 22 teams taking part, there were eliminators in the morning. The Fen Tigers rang Plain Hunt Triples on the very light bells at St George in the East, then went on to grab the rather heavier bells at Southwark Cathedral. The results were released at lunchtime, via Twitter, which saw the team through to the final, for the third year in a row! At St James Garlickhythe, the Blue Peter team were just finishing off their filming of the day. Then the Fen Tigers were first of the six teams to ring and again put in a pleasing performance. They came joint 5th, with Sussex Young Ringers winning overall and Oxford DG the best in the method ringing category. Congratulations to all the team - Henry, John, Jimmy, Catherine, Dan, Alfie, Jason and Matthew - and thanks to Catriona and Jonathan for all their work with the team over the past year and on the day.

Posted by Peter Hinton on the Cambridge District website, and included here with his permission

RWNYC - Birmingham, Saturday 1st July 2017

Congratulations to the Fen Tigers of the Ely DA for coming 2nd in the Call Changes category of the Ringing World National Youth Contest at Birmingham on Saturday 1st July. The Fen Tigers rang at Harborne to qualify for the final, and were awarded a B in the final at St Pauls. Full results are here. In ringing order, the band was: Catherine Morley (reserve), Henry Pipe, Alfie Pipe, Dorothy Brooke, Matthew Stevens, Toby Johnson, John Hinton (C), Daniel Stevens and Jason Burnet.

RWNYC, London, 2nd July 2016

Congratulations to the Fen Tigers (Ely DA Young Ringers) who were placed joint second in the Call Changes Category of the Ringing World National Youth Contest in London on Saturday 2nd July.

They rang in the heat at St James, Garlickhythe, and were awarded an A grade; in the final at St Olave, Hart Street, they were awarded an A- which placed them joint second, together with Three Spires (Lichfield and Walsall).

The winners of the Call Changes Category were Young @ Herts Hot Buns, and the winners of the Method Ringing Category, and of the Whitechapel Trophy, were Bedfordshire Young Ringers.

The band was:

  • Treble Alfie Pipe, 2nd John Hinton, 3rd Toby Johnson, 4th Rachel Frost (C) , 5th Daniel Stevens. 6th Ben Edwards, 7th Henry Pipe, Tenor Jason Burnett

Full results on the RWNYC website

RWNYC 2015 - Congratulations to the Ely DA Young Ringers

Barbara Le Gallez writes:

Congratulations to the Ely DA Young Ringers for doing so well at the Ringing World National Youth Contest (RWNYC). Ringing call changes, they achieved a B grade and were placed equal 4th, two grades up from last year's grade of C+, when they were equal 7th. Full results are here.

The chief judge, David Pipe, described the bells at St Thomas' Church, Oxford, as "easy to ring, but hard to ring well". His comment on our piece was: "A steady piece of ringing. Very good treble and tenor. The band were well placed. The judges were slightly frustrated when listening to this band, who they felt could have rung better than they did. There was a very good piece of ringing trying to get out, but it didn't quite shine." Peal speed 3h14 (one of the slower ones).

The band, in ringing order, was:

Henry Pipe, John Hinton, Dorothy Brooke, Alfie Pipe. Benjamin Edwards Rachel Frost (C) Billy Brooke Adam Safford Jason Burnet (reserve and row counter)

The photo shows the band and supporters (click on the photo to see a larger version).

Thank you to the parents and other supporters who came to cheer us on. Thank you also to our team coach Alan Winter and also to David Pipe for his helpful comments during our practices.

Ringing World National Youth Contest 2014

Congratulations to the Ely DA Young Ringers who achieved a C+ grade in the Call Change section of the Ringing World National Youth Contest at Worcester on Saturday 7th July. This places them equal 7th out of 10 bands in the section. Bedfordshire were the winners, full results are here.

Barbara Le Gallez writes: For some of the band, this is their first time in a striking competition. We can only be proud of their hard work and team spirit, whatever placing they achieve. We are very grateful to all who have supported us, in particular to the parents who have driven their children many miles and to the ringers at Longstanton and Histon who kindly let us hold practices there. Special mention must be made of the two reserves, who were essential to our practice routine, as well as providing the row counter on competition day. We are all indebted to Alan Winter, our patient and supportive team coach.

The band in ringing order is: Henry Pipe (Great St Mary, Cambridge District), John Hinton (Meldreth, Cambridge District), Dorothy Brooke (GSM, Cambridge District), Bronwen Laugharne (Gamlingay, Huntingdon District), Chris Franks (Fordham, Ely District), Billy Brooke (GSM, Cambridge District) - conductor, Adam Safford (St Ives, Huntingdon District), Will Johnson (St Benets, Cambridge District). Reserves: Rachel Frost (Sutton, Ely District) - row counter in the competition, Alfie Pipe (GSM, Cambridge District)

The photo shows 9 of the 10 ringers, taken at Histon church when we did a dry run under competition conditions on Sun 29th. John Hinton is missing (their car was not working).