Bulwell bellringers pull a winner at Southwell Diocese church contest

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BULWELL bellringers at St Mary’s Church have scored an unexpected success in a ‘fun’ competition aimed at encouraging new ringers.

Led by tower captain Robert Naylor, the St Mary’s team made a big impression on the judges and their skill and dexterity at being able to ring in the changes, amongst other skills, earned them the Teapot Trophy.

First inaugurated in 2010, when Aspley St Margaret’s carried off the prize the Teapot Trophy challenge is specifically for churches situated in the Southwell Diocese.

This year’s event brought together bellringers representing the host church of Bramcote St Michael’s; St Leonard’s at Wollaton; Beeston Parish Church and Daybrook Church.

St Mary’s Ringers, made up of Mr Naylor, Emma Varney, Rosie Cheer, Jessie Walker, Karen Varney and Andrew Wright, gave an impressive show of their skills.

There was much delight in the Bulwell Church’s camp following the win and although the Teapot Trophy is just a modest award “It was as good as winning the World Cup,” said Mr Naylor.

THE PHOTO shows Robert Naylor with the Teapot prize, with (left) Rosie Cheer and Valerie Butler.