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  • Soundboard falls during ringing practice

    We had quite an incident last Monday (10th October). During ringing one of the soundboards (used to manage the noise level of the bells around the church) fell onto the bells, forcing half the band to stop ringing immediately. While we were all a touch shaken by this I'm glad to say that nobody was harmed. However, an initial inspection confirmed our fears that there had been damage to the bells: two stays were broken (treble and 5th) and a part of the wheel on the tenor was also broken. I have uploaded some images showing the extent of the damage. In some respects the damage might have been worse; the 6th and 7th were right next to the falling soundboard and seem to have escaped unscathed.

    Clearly it is not safe to ring the bells at the moment and we are thankful that Sandra has agreed to let us ring for Sunday service and to practice at Leyton until ringing at Leytonstone is restored. Apparently the church builders have already re-fixed the soundboards to the walls. The next step is for the bells to be inspected, once this is done we will know what work is required on the bells and will have some idea when we can return to ring at Leytonstone.

    We will keep you posted with developments.

    Nathan

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    • 1. Nov 6 2011 5:40PM by Nathan

      Good news - as of this Sunday (6th November) we are back in the tower and (baring a small issue with the stay on the 5th) ringing again. We hope to get the problem with the 5th's stay fixed in time to ring all eight at practice on Monday.

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