Belfry Upkeep #
Welcome to Belfry Upkeep. This online document, produced by the Central Council Stewardship & Management Workgroup, is aimed at the Steeple Keeper – the one responsible for keeping the bells in order. You may be an established Steeple Keeper, or one just new to the job, or someone wondering if you should take it on.
Our aims in this document are:
- To help you understand the installation in your tower (they are all different, in detail at least)
- To describe the checks you should carry out to identify any problems
- To advise you on the maintenance tasks that you should be able to carry out, possibly with expert advice or assistance
- Most importantly, to help you recognise the tasks that require specialist knowledge from a Bell Hanger or other expert
The Stewardship & Management Workgroup have produced two other documents:
Finding Your Way Round #
If you are working on a computer browser (or on a tablet in landscape orientation) you will see a navigation menu with links to all the chapters on the left, and a menu with links to sections in the current chapter on the right. On a narrower screen (a phone or a tablet in portrait orientation), you will need to click on the menu icons (three stacked horizontal lines) at the top of the page to see either menu. Another click takes you back to the full text. For those who want to read the document straight through, and to help those reading on small screens, there are links at the end of each chapter to the next and the previous chapter.
Within the text, links to sections within the current chapter, to other chapters, and to external web references are shown in blue. Links shown in bold italic blue refer to entries in the ‘Glossary’ chapter.
Image Credits #
Credits will be found at the end of each chapter. The picture on this page shows the six bells of St Thomas the Martyr, Up Holland, Lancashire, UK raised ready for ringing. This was the winner of the Bells and Installations round of the Central Council photographic competition. (Photo: Phil Hope)
Latest Changes #
|06/10/2023||Maintenance Schedule: Downloadable schedule improved|
|28/07/2023||Home Page: Search Box issue resolved - note removed|
|08/07/2023||Home Page: Note added on Search Box issue|
|24/06/2023||Home page: Added links for Belfry Projects and Running a Tower|
|05/06/2023||Ropes: Added appendix on Rope Driers|
|24/03/2023||Faculty Jurisdiction Rules: Further advice on application of Lists A and B|
|04/03/2023||Stays & Sliders: Warning added about Ash die back; Faculty Rules: Relevant items from Church Building section added|
|28/02/2023||H&S: Appendix on Avian Influenza added|
|13/02/2023||Faculty Jurisdiction Rules: Improved layout for Tables A and B|
|07/11/2022||Maintenance Schedule: Full version now available|
|14/10/2022||Ropes: weight of spider|
|06/10/2022||Bell frames: Bonding of metal frames to lightning conductor included|
|30/09/2022||Each chapter now has a link to the next and previous ones.|
|23/09/2022||Acknowledgements & Sources: Pickford document available online.|
|31/08/2022||First publication. All chapters at v1.0|
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, neither contributors nor the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers can accept responsibility for any inaccuracies or for any activities undertaken based on the information provided.
Version 1.0.11, July 2023
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