Penwortham Saint Mary's Striking Competition Record

Penwortham Saint Mary's regularly try to enter a band into the LACR Preston Branch Striking Competitions. Find out more about:
Preston Branch 2005
Preston Branch 2004
LACR 6-Bell 2002      Preston Branch 2002     
Preston Branch Jubilee      Preston Branch Millennium


2005 Preston Branch Striking Competition, Leyland Moss Side: Penwortham Saint Mary's - Champions!

Penwortham's band finally managed to do what they've been threatening to do for years: win the Olive Tester Memorial Trophy at the 2005 branch striking competition held at Leyland Saint James' on Saturday 11th June. Brownedge, having retired from the competition after ten straight wins, are now no longer the 'team to beat'! Although the Penwortham team rang their extent of Plain Bob doubles faster than any other band taking part, they were awarded the lowest score of 20 faults by the judges. Congratulations to all involved, especially seeing as two-thirds of the team were aged between 15 and 18!
A fantastic achievement by:
Phillip Bond
John Ascroft
Robert Criddle (C)
Simon Bond
Victor Criddle
Jacob Vart
The Olive Tester Memorial Trophy. Photo © Simon Bond.


2004 Preston Branch 6-Bell Striking Competition, Hoghton

Penwortham entered a band in the Preston Branch 6-bell striking competition held at Hoghton Holy Trinity Church. The team again came second, ringing 120 changes of Plain Bob Doubles, to Brownedge St Mary, in a competition rung in by six bands.

Penwortham's team included:
Phillip Bond
Philip Wilson
Robert Criddle
Victor Criddle
Ashley Wilson (C)
Simon Bond

Penwortham also entered a band in the Preston Branch call-change competition held at Hoghton on the same day. The overall(!) young band managed to come first ringing 120 rows of call changes.

Congratulations to all those involved:
Philip Wilson
Phillip Bond
Robert Criddle
Jacob Vart
Ashley Wilson
Simon Bond (C)


2002 LACR 6-Bell Striking Competition, Northenden, Manchester

After coming second in the Preston Branch 2002 competition, Penwortham Saint Mary's entered a team into the Association six-bell striking competition held on Saturday 5th October 2002.

Although the band came eighth out of eight teams, the ringers were very happy with their performance. The final marks were extremely close, with Penwortham gaining 26 faults, only one behind the seventh place team.

The band rang an extent of Plain Bob Doubles on the 14 cwt six. Special thanks must go to Colin Tester, who stepped in at the last minute after John failed to find the church following over two hours of searching around Manchester!

Penwortham's team included:
Simon Bond
Robert Criddle
Victor Criddle
Philip Wilson
Ashley Wilson
Colin Tester


2002 Preston Branch Striking Competition, Chipping

Penwortham's band came second out of the five teams that took part in the Preston Branch 2002 Striking Competition held at Chipping on Saturday 8th June 2002. The team picked up 43 faults, and were deservedly pleased with their performance.

Penwortham's team consisted of:
Simon Bond (aged 15)
Robert Criddle (aged 15)
Victor Criddle
Philip Wilson
Ashley Wilson (aged 16)
John Ascroft


2002 Branch Jubilee Striking Competition, Brindle

Penwortham's band came ninth in the Preston Branch Jubilee Striking Competition (call changes only) held at Brindle on Saturday 11th May 2002. The team picked up 45 faults, and although came ninth of nine entrants, were pleased to at least have been able to enter a team.

Penwortham's team consisted of:
Robert Criddle (aged 15)
Simon Bond (aged 15)
Victor Criddle
Jacqueline Bond
Philip Wilson
Ashley Wilson (aged 16)

Simon, only having been learning to ring for ten months, and Jacqueline, after ringing for around eight months performed admirably.


Winners of the LACR Preston Branch Millennium Striking Competition

Penwortham Saint Mary's band won the Preston Branch Millennium Striking Competition held at Bilsborrow on Saturday 2nd December 2000.

Of the six teams, the judges ruled Penwortham with the least faults.

The rules were similar to a normal striking competition, but call changes had to be rung, getting to "queens" (135246) and back. There had to be a minimum of three Millennium ringers (who had learned to ring in the last three years) in each band.

Penwortham's team consisted of:
Helen Wilson (age 10)
Robert Criddle (age 13)
John Ascroft
Philip Wilson
Ashley Wilson (age 14)
Victor Criddle