Church rings the changes

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Bell ringers in Ashover are ringing the changes after agreeing to buy new ropes for all ten bells at All Saints Church.

Tower Captain Barry Watts said: “Many of our existing ropes are showing signs of wear and tear. We cannot take the risk of a rope breaking during ringing.”

Each of the new ropes will be 55ft but because there are now only two bell-rope manufacturers in existence, delivery will be some twelve months away.

Barry said: “With a total cost in excess of £1,700, the long delivery period is a blessing in one respect. It gives us lots of time to organise the very necessary fund-raising activities!”