Wingfield was a perfect setting on such a beautiful sunny day, and the de la Pole Arms, the pub opposite the church, played its part in a most successful occasion by providing car-parking, toilet facilities, and liquid refreshments throughout the afternoon and evening. The afternoon provided teams with the opportunity to practice their test piece before a short but very relevant service. Local arrangements by Roy and Celia Clement-Smith were perfect.
The bring and share tea was enjoyed in the sunshine before the draw for the ringing took place. Seven teams entered, three ringing call changes and four method. The standard of ringing was high, and all seven teams acquitted themselves well. The judge, Neil Thomas from Norwich explained that the teams that did best were those that had overcome the problem of a quick treble. The results were:
|1st||Halesworth (rang 6th)||57 faults|
|2nd||Sweffling (1st)||68 faults|
|3rd||Southwold (4th)||70 faults|
|4th||Aldeburgh (2nd)||71 faults|
|5th||Reydon (7th)||86 faults||(winners of the call-change trophy)|
|6th||Wingfield (5th)||93 faults|
|7th||Fressingfield (3rd)||99 faults|
Wingfield and Fressingfield had entered for the first time and should be very proud of their achievements given that some of the teams had only started learning to ring less than a year ago.
The meeting, which took place in the churchyard between the competition ringing and results, elected Maggie Wolverson as the new District Chairman, replacing Philip Gorrod who was standing down on his election to the post of Guild Chairman. Veronica Downing was elected to replace Maggie on the R&T Committee.