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Notices Posted on Tue, December 19, 2017 11:10:56

Another busy year passes! The bells have been rung on nearly every Sunday plus most Monday evenings. A lot of weddings have also required bells, and we have serviced these mainly from within our own band, only having had to call on neighbouring ringers once or twice. Our rounds and call-changes are rung to a good standard, and plain courses of Plain Bob Doubles are included in our repertoire. The transition to touches is proving more challenging.

The Simulator Practices on alternate Thursdays continue to thrive. Spliced Treble Bob Minor can involve some tricky stuff and forces participants to view method learning in a completely new light. During 2018 the intention is to alternate sessions with Oxenhope which reduces travel for some attendees.

The year has seen welcome improvements to the fabric of the tower. These include new carpets, enhanced staircase lighting, lockable ringing-room door and new skirting boards to exclude draughts. Our CCTV link to the church interior to monitor weddings is now complemented by a new audio/visual signal. Our thanks to all volunteers who made these possible, especially Roger. Jean plays an important unsung role in keeping the ringing-room clean and tidy (along with Stuart who’s not even a ringer), so thanks are in order there as well.

2018 beckons with quite a few weddings requesting bells, and no doubt more on the way. Will our Sunday Service band be ringing Spliced Minor this year? Who knows?

Bellwheels & Flooring

Notices Posted on Sat, May 27, 2017 16:50:30

Many thanks to Roger & Tony for their efforts in applying teak oil to all the bellwheels this week. And the small matter of taking up the old carpet in preparation for the new floorcovering.


Notices Posted on Sun, January 15, 2017 15:02:30

Wedding Bells are certainly popular at Saltaire. Of the fourteen weddings booked so far for 2017, at least ten have requested bells. Even more interestingly, seven weddings already signed up for 2018 and all have requested ringing. From past experience we know it’s likely that there’ll be more requests for both years still to come. H’mm, I wonder when the first dates for 2019 will be notified?

Fixing the Clapper

Notices Posted on Tue, January 10, 2017 10:11:59

On Friday 6th January 2017 it was the day to tackle the dreaded loose clapper on the 5th bell. Its castellated nut had already defied WD40 and small spanners. A bellhanger had been called upon, and the intrepid tower captain was there to assist. More WD40 was applied before the mighty jaws of Stillson wrenches were applied to the nut on the outside and the clapper shaft on the inside. Those of a delicate disposition should stop reading now, as language was also expended! At last, the nut yielded and the clapper removed in triumph. New leather washers were fitted and copper grease applied before re-attaching the nut and tightening. All’s well again and the clapper has ceased to turn in its mounting. Thanks to Malcolm for his expertise.

Carol Service Ringing

Notices Posted on Mon, December 19, 2016 09:57:02

The bells did indeed ring out for the Annual Candlelight Carol Service yesterday thanks to valued assistance from Simon and Helen Kemp (along with a culminating chime from Finlay)!