Photo of bellringers in action

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Bellringers was formed in 1962 to promote the art of change ringing in our two countries. There are currently around 500 members who ring at more than 65 bell towers throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Non-ringers might like this introduction to bellringing and to follow the instagram page 'AUS/NZ Bellringing'.

Ringers and potential ringers can contact our association office bearers or local towers and ringers.

Updated: 5 February, 2023

Young Ringer Scholarship for October 12-bell weekendnew

Apply (or nominate someone) for a scholarship of up to $500 to attend the 12-Bell Weekend in Sydney in October 2023. To apply, email by 28 February 2023.

The funding is provided by ringers attending previous 12-Bell Weekends, and St Mary's Society (Sydney).


  • Travel and accommodation provided up to $500 in total.
  • Applications are invited from young ringers (30 and under)
  • Nomination of a young ringer may be made by any 12 bell ringer
  • Applicants/Nominees should have rung a quarter peal of Surprise Major on a working bell and have agreed to be nominated
  • Applicants/Nominees must be a resident of Australia or New Zealand.
  • Nominations/Applications should include name, details, past experience and evidence the scholarship will be accepted if offered
  • Where more than one valid nomination/application is received a selection will be made by drawing a name out of a hat.
  • The successful candidate will be advised in early March 2023

January 2023

Surprise Major Weekend in Victoria

Theory Lesson

Sunday Service Ringing

The Melbourne/Geelong weekend (20-22 January) ran very successfully. A report will be posted on the Victorian Training page and in Ringing Towers in due course. The photos above show one of the theory lessons at St Pius X, and an image from Sunday service ringing at St Paul's Cathedral, with the numbers swelled by the six ANZAB visitors and two coincidental UK visitors.

Associated quarter-peals were Cambridge Major (West Heidelberg), Yorkshire Major (Melbourne) and Cambridge Major (Geelong). We also took the opportunity to ring a QP at St James' Old Cathedral to celebrate the 170th anniversary of ringing there and in Victoria.

Update of ANZAB statistics classifed by gender

An update of the statistics continues much the same story as before.

heatmap showing key figures from tables
The stronger the red, the poorer the partipication figures for women.

Going through the QPs for 2022 there was much to celebrate. For example, 8-bell quarter-peals with female conductors tripled from 3 in 2021 to 9 in 2022. The following graph shows the gender split of ringers for ANZAB QPs with 6 ringers in 2022. The gender balance improved substantially in 2022 (compared to 2021), while still leaving lots of room for further improvement.

bar chart

This information was published in the recent Ringing Towers along with a "leader board" showing the top female ANZAB peal and QP ringers for 2022. In eRT you can see the 2021 graph next to the 2022 graph.

Deryn Griffiths

Safeguarding Guidelines

ANZAB CPR Training and First Aid Assistance

ANZAB offers funding to all towers for ringers to train in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid, to a maximum of two ANZAB members per tower. Each tower is also being offered a free poster providing details of CPR.

see other performance links on the
Peals & Quarters page

Updated: 5 February, 2023

Naremburn, St Leonard's
Evening Service ringing 5 February, cancelled.

Goulburn, St Saviour's
Service ringing 25 February, 10:00-11:00am.

Lismore, St Andrew's
Ringing suspended due to water damage.

Updated: 23 January, 2023


11 February
Rockingham. WA Branch Practice.

19 February
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch Meeting.

10-12 March
Adelaide. ANZAB Advanced Ringing Workshop.

19 March
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch. AGM & 8 bell Strking Competition.

7-10 April (Easter)
Wellington. ANZAB 12 Bell Weekend.
Venue: St Paul's Cathedral
More information

19-22 April
Oamaru. NZ Two Island Cluster Practice.

29 April
Bathurst Fesitval of the Bells.

Facebook - follow ANZAB on Facebook

email - looktoanzab


13 March - Commonwealth Day
10th Anniversary of the signing of the Commonwealth Charter (CCCBR guidance)
BellBoard event

6 May - Ring for the King
CCCBR guidance and resources
BellBoard event

This is a very selective list in an ANZAB context. See also the CCCBR's list for events and anniversaries, and's peal and quarter peal lengths for appropriate compositions.

about an event or anniversary to list here.

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Latest issue:
vol.77, no. 1, Summer 2022

Ringing Towers cover

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Deadline for next issue:
31 March 2023.

New Zealand: Daylight Saving Time will cease on 2 April 2023 (UTC +12 hours).

New South Wales, A.C.T., Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia: Daylight Saving Time will cease on 2 April 2023 (UTC +10 hours, South Australia UTC +9.5 hours).

Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory: No Daylight Saving Time.