Stayless trebles

Richard Offen richard.offen at o...
Thu May 13 00:22:31 BST 2004

--- In bellhistorians at, "Chris Povey" <cmpovey at 3...> 
> The 'flip' side to stayless trebles of very light rings and mini 
rings is bells of this weight with stays and sliders. The late Arthur 
Jopp's private ring of 12 at Stoulton have stays and sliders on all 
bells, as does the the new lightest ring in a church at St 
Christopher's, Warden Hill, Cheltenham (6, 63lbs, all Taylors). The 
recent G&BDA AGM at Warden Hill last month was a veritable riot, with 
even experienced ringers getting into a right old mess. It was 
reported at the subsequent meeting that the previous record for 
breaking a stay at a G&B meeting had been exceeded by 200%, ie three 
stays broken. The Tower Captain bore the pain very well, I thought, 
even as yet another stay was transformed into kindling wood. (I 
nearly said 'firewood', but that would have been OTT.) These stays 
were deal, not ash. Can anyone tell me why deal is preferred to ash 
in such cases?
> Chris Povey

It's a good deal cheaper!

When we had the Expo Belfry at Lympne (Kent), in the late 60s, the 
visitors got through all the stays provided by Whitechapel in about a 
day and a half. We then had to resort to the Lympne Castle firewood 
store for replacements. The owners of the Castle didn't seem to 
mind however, as they ended up with more wood than they started with 
and all neatly chopped a little smaller!


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