Hot on the heels of the waxing of the ropes comes the survival yet again of the old ropes. An eye splice in the fifth rope to enable the all but snapped tail to be replaced will allow a small indian summer for these old ropes. There is actually nothing really wrong with them its just that we have had new ropes sat waiting in the wings for ten years or so! However we would not have two half used sets if they had been fitted all that time ago!
The new ropes have finally been taken down from their long term "hanging to stretch" in the tower (well over ten years for those not in the know!) and today finally got a coat of wax waterproof sealer. Not the most pleasant of jobs to to with a brush and yoghurt pot of white waxy liquid but they are all done and dry now. The other treat is that another half decent tail end has been recovered from a practice evening at Shustoke so the old ropes might have an indian summer yet. However promises have been made to fit the new ropes soon......
St Giles Bellringers
The trials and tribulations of a small village bellringing band.