We were ringing a quarter of Flamstead Surprise Minor, and it was going very well....when suddenly, Kates rope broke!!
Kate with the broken treble rope....
Although two of the ringers went up into the belfry and replaced the rope with an old one, we had to start again - on only five bells.
The broken rope will have to be repaired. Bell ropes have to be specially made and are rather expensive - and as there are only a very few companies that make them now, there are year-long waiting lists. Pettistree has been trying to gather money for a new set - several hundred pounds. Our ropes do get a lot of use, and there are rumbles that the quality is not as good these days.