Went to help out at Kingsbury church today - they were having a recruitment day. As part of this their training dumb bell was put into action. My two kids had a go it being the smallest first go proper at the grand old age of four. The approx four foot wheel sits in a steel frame with a weight to simulate the bell. The rope is a proper bell rope which comes down the treble rope guide. The comparison to my mini ring was made and considering the size of the simulator I was surprised to find the wheel being that small as it rang like a full sized bell but without the noise!
With the insulation and roofing work going on around the bells work has started to remove them. Only a temporary measure but a very necessary one as the mounting beams are being lowered two inches.
Looking at insulating and lining the building around the palace ring. This may mean that the ringing installation may need to be temporarily lowered to the ground whilst the work is carried out.
After a car placement manoeuvre we realised that we had enough ringers to actually give the bells a quick test ring. So the proper five were rung to see how all of them rang together for the very first time. This is less than a month since they were last rung in their old installation so the movement has been quite swift.
Ringers were :- Helen Howell, Quentin Howell, Roger Lewiston, Ian Thompson
A pleasant day without disturbance meant that more progress was made than expected and the Palace ring is now in its new situation and in working order. The installation went very smoothly and the bells look good. Rather strange to see them so high up compared to the Whitacre Campanile. Test ringing has taken place of the individual bells but no proper test yet. Had to join the acrylic ropes together to make them long enough to suit the new height but all now work reasonably. All the fixtures and fittings were tightened up and checked as assembly took place.