December 24th, 2008 David
It was a great to hear the bells ringing briefly on Monday night – for the first time since the earthquake back in February. Bell-ringer Roy Rayson tells me it was a test to make sure they’re okay for a full peal on New Year’s Eve. Which is really good news.
It was the bell-ringers that first discovered the damage to the spire. A large block of masonry dislodged by the quake had smashed into the main wooden wheel. It was only this Monday that Roy and his friends were finally given the go-ahead to refit the repaired wheel and test the bells. Thankfully, all went well.
Roy says they will start ringing the six bells with muffles on at 20 past 11 on New Year’s Eve. At 10 to 12 they’ll take the muffles off. And at the stroke of midnight they will give them a series of full ‘all-out’ peals to celebrate the New Year.
He added that they’re expecting a strong team of bell-ringers for this very special occasion. It’s a long tradition that villagers and revellers from the two pubs join hands for a giant (and sometimes risky ) ‘ring-a-ring-a-roses’ on the cross-roads. It promises to be a real night to remember.
PS. BBC East Midlands has asked me to email any photos of the celebration for them to feature on local news. I’m no photographer, so if anyone can help with this, please get in touch.