Ringers’ spider

LONG HAUL: Peter Jenkinson, Barry Watts, Shaun Jones and David Limb, prepare to pull the spider up to the ceiling
LONG HAUL: Peter Jenkinson, Barry Watts, Shaun Jones and David Limb, prepare to pull the spider up to the ceiling

A GIANT spider has taken up residence in the ringing chamber at Ashover’s church.

The ten-legged creature spends its days in the ceiling of the room – but comes down whenever the ringers appear and returns to its home whenever they leave.

Barry Watts, tower captain at All Saints Church, said: “The spider is a device used to hold the ropes out of harm’s way when the ringers are absent. Hooks attached to the hardwood body of the spider also keep the ropes apart.”

Volunteers installed the spider under the watchful eye of Shaun Jones of St Lawrence’s Church, North Wingfield.

Barry said: “This exercise was another example of how local ringers are now happy to work together. We could not have done this on our own.”