Finally an event which some of our number thought they would not live to see. Tonight all six new ropes have been fitted to the bells. With the third rope being broken beyond repair and no spare tail end available we have splashed out and fitted new ropes to all the bells. This is the fourth set of completely new ropes to be fitted to the bells since they were hung at Nether Whitacre in 1976. However these ropes have had the longest lead in time being bought when the rope makers were offering any length up to 80ft for £80. So we have plenty of spare top end wrapped at the moment about the wheel spokes. We now just have to let the ropes settle in but we hope they are not too springy after such a long time being hung up, treated and stretched.
Sunday morning nearly ground to a halt when the tail end on the third rope started to fray. Much to the relief of the ringers this was taped up and the rope lasted till the end of the ringing without issue. Does this mean that our new ropes will finally be fitted after over 15 years of "stretching" in the tower.
Once again we rang all six for the morning service with the bells half muffled. Service was lovely with a live bugle player to make the two minutes silence even more special.
St Giles Bellringers
The trials and tribulations of a small village bellringing band.