The Boat Race Saturday Tower Cleanup was a tremendous success. Judy, Marguerite, Pamela, and Thomas made the tower cleaner than it has been in years. The windows were washed (though it was not possible to get the outsides completely clean due to restricted access), the ringing chamber was dusted, the chairs were wiped, the shelves cleared, cleaned and reorganized, etc. Upstairs the intermediate and bell chambers were swept, the ledge in the bell chamber was swept possibly for the first time since the ring was installed, the grease around the bearings was wiped up, and all the nuts and bolts were checked and tightened as needed. Marguerite found that one of the nuts holding the 6’s wheel to the headstock was missing, and Judy found one of the frame nuts loose on the floor under the tenor; it appeared to come from a frame bolt between the 7 and tenor. We need to do a thorough check of all the frame bolts, looking up at the underside of each frame using work lights.
(The plan to watch the Boat Race beforehand fell through, because the BBC did not do a live webcast this year. Cambridge won, after the race was halted due to a swimmer blocking the course, then restarted half an hour later; Oxford broke an oar shortly after the restart, and one of the Oxford rowers collapsed in the boat after crossing the finish and was taken to a hospital.)
Thanks to all that participated!