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2014 National 12 Bell Final at Oxford

SRCY come second at National 12 Bell Final

Following on from our success in the eliminators in March, the SRCY along with 9 other bands took part in the final at Christ Church, Oxford.

In this spectacularly beautiful setting around 770 ringers and friends took part in a resoundingly successful day thanks to the Oxford Society and the 12 bell committee. The challenging bells were a true test but each team rose to the occasion. It was impossible to tell from the judges' comments in what order the teams would be placed.

When the results were delivered in the very fine Hall (setting of some of the Harry Potter scenes) we were very happy to hear 8 teams' points read out before ours, but alas Birmingham again was better on the day, continuing their 5 year winning streak.

Congratulations to the master and the twelve bell band on a very creditable performance, second place with 81 percent. Full results can be seen at

Roll on next year and look out Birmingham!



Team Rang Speed Mark
1 Birmingham 3rd 3h24 87%
2 Society of Royal Cumberland Youths 8th 3h26 81%
3 Bristol 10th 3h30 79%
4 Ancient Society of College Youths 6th 3h30 78%
5 Oxford 5th 3h33 77%
6 Melbourne 4th 3h18 73%
7 Cambridge 1st 3h12 72%
8 York 2nd 3h29 69%
9 St Paul's Cathedral 7th 3h21 66%
10 Leeds 9th 3h21 65%

Our test piece recording can be found on the National 12 bell website. View the complete results here.


The band representing the Society, ringing 273 Stedman Cinques:

12 Bell band
Front row, left to right 1-4, middle row, left to right 5-8, back row, left to right 9-12
  1. Lee Pinnington
  2. Shirley E McGill
  3. Heather M Forster
  4. Geraldine R Forster
  5. Mary E Holden
  6. Benjamin D Constant
  7. Ian G Mills
  8. Doug J Beaumont
  9. Alan Regin
  10. Stephen J Bailey
  11. Oliver D Cross (C)
  12. Thomas B Mack