Branch Steward’s subjective appraisal.

Tower by tower – bells & ringing characteristics, comments as at March 2018.

Brixworth 6 – Heaviest ring of bells in the branch. Good tonal qualities. Good rope circle. Informed as in working order.
Clipston 5 – Partial inspection, mid 2017 but full inspection due during 2018. Historic bell installation.
Cold Ashby 6 – Lightest ring of bells in the branch. Tenor bell ringer stands on bottom step of organ loft stairway. Inspection due 2018.
Creaton 6 – Reasonable rope circle. Inspection due 2018.
Crick 8 – Regular usage. 5th. 7th. & tenor odd struck to varying degrees, to be investigated in 2018. Good tonal qualities. Fairly good rope circle. In working order.
Cottesbrooke 8 – Good rope circle. Inspection due 2018.
Draughton 4Ringing temporarily suspended pending repairs.
East Farndon 6 – Reasonable rope circle. Re-inspection due 2018.
East Haddon 6 – Ringing chamber now upstairs. Clapper position can be incorrect after raising tenor bell. Good electric lighting. Good rope circle although treble ringer has to stand on an extended platform step by exit door. Good tonal qualities.
Great Oxendon 5 – Some ropes may wander. Inspection due 2018. Good rope circle.
Guilsborough 6 – Awaiting major overhaul circa April 2018 but still ringable.
Haselbech 8 – Tenor sound, overwhelming in ringing chamber. Maintenance work in progress. Good rope circle.

Kelmarsh 6 – Treble bell deep set. Plain main bearings. Partial inspection, mid 2017 but full inspection due during 2018.
Lamport 4 – Un-ringable. Unlikely to return to ringing standard for the foreseeable future. 
Lilbourne 5 – Major overhaul & new ropes fitted, 2012. Good rope circle. Excellent tonal qualities. In working order.
Long Buckby 8 – Good rope circle. Informed as in working order.
Maidwell 6 – Good rope circle. New ropes fitted. Re-inspection due during 2018.

Marston Trussell 6 – Treble bell added, 2013Good rope circle. Proposed maintenance work due during 2018.
Naseby 5 – Historic bell installation. Good tonal qualities. Good rope circle. Maintenance work in progress.
Old 5  Historic bell installation. Un-ringable. Interesting diagonal frame & rural fittings. Major overhaul due when funding is available.
Ravensthorpe 5 – These bells receive hardly any usage. Inspection due 2018. Very dim electric lighting. Compact but good rope circle.
Scaldwell 5 – Compact but good rope circle. In working order.
Sibbertoft 5 – Excellent tonal qualities. Good electric lighting. Compact but good rope circle. Cracked stay replaced, mid 2017. In working order.
Spratton 6 –  Inspection due 2018. Good rope circle.

Thornby 5 – These light bells receive hardly any usage. Two stays replaced, mid 2016. Good rope circle.
Walgrave 5 – Heavy bells with good tonal qualities. Good rope circle.
Watford 6 – Historic bell installation. Generally un-ringable at present. Tenor note out of tune. New stays fitted. Re-furbished ropes but stretchy. Further inspection & maintenance work due 2018 onwards with a possible view to returning installation to very limited ringing. (tower captain to make final decision).
Welford 8 – Regular usage. Good tonal qualities. Stretchy No.5 rope. Hasting stay replaced, mid 2017. 7 out of 8 rope circle OK, except subjectively, not so good when ringing from 5th. rope position. In working order.
West Haddon 5 – Alfred Bowell installation. Good tonal qualities. Rope alignment issues. No.3 rope drops close to wall. Dim electric lighting. Inspection due 2018.

Winwick 3 – Long rope draught falling in a straight line, no rope guides. Suggest experienced ringers only. Historic bell installation.
Yelvertoft 6 – Regular usage. Excellent tonal qualities. Good electric lighting. Good rope circle. New ropes to be fitted early 2018. In working order.
The ringable bell installations are subject to an ongoing programme of inspection & light maintenance duties where requested and carried out by the Steward and team.