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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 350 members who ring at more than 70 bell towers throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Non-ringers might like this introduction to bellringing.

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


Updated: 23 July, 2024

vale Lewis Prince

Lewis Prince

Sadly I must report the recent death of Lewis Prince, a loyal and much-loved member of the Hobart band since he and his family moved to Hobart in the early 1980s. More details will follow in the next Ringing Towers.

Doug Nichols
22 July 2024

ANZAB Peal of Kent Treble Bob 16 new

Peal Band in Tower

Congratulations to those involved in organising and ringing the first ANZAB peal of a treble-dodging method on 16. This is only the second ANZAB peal on 16, with the first being Little Bob in 2016.

James Perrins sent the following information. (See a fuller write up here.)

The idea to ring a 16-bell peal in Perth by an Aussie band was discussed time and time again. I needed to know if it could be done. I sent emails out to various ringers across Australia. The response was strong. We settled on the winter school holidays for the best availability and organised other peals around Perth to create a "long-weekend" out of it.

We had two whole days to practice on 16 bells to give us the best scoring chance. It took a fair bit of getting used to ringing on that many bells. We began by ringing some plain hunt on 16 followed by treble bob hunt on 16. We went for a Quarter-Peal of Yorkshire Sixteen which was a very good effort but didn’t feel all that pleasing. After Lunch we decided to go for a Quarter-Peal of Kent which felt a lot more comfortable. It was clear that Kent would be the method for a peal attempt.

The next morning we went for our peal of Kent. Starting with a plain course was really lovely. The best ringing was in this first hour. We did have a few wobbles but we kept on going strong. As it came round there was quite a relief. There were smiles all round for the rest of the day. This peal wouldn’t have been achieved if we didn’t all work together and it's this team cohesiveness which makes the reward all the sweeter.

20 July 2024

Intermediate Ringing Weekends

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We've had rather a rush of Intermediate Weekends recently. The Melbourne one reported in Ringing Towers was immediately followed by the Maryborough Intermediate weekend with a dozen attendees. We mostly covered practice at plain hunting, plus touches of Plain Bob and Grandsire Doubles with a local conductor. At the more advanced level we tried Stedman Quick Sixes and touches of Stedman Doubles, with service ringing on all eight.

Congratulations to all for a lot of hard work and some really excellent striking. Thanks particularly to Ruth Andersen, for food and lodging, to helpers Matt Shaw and Rachel Aland from Brisbane, and Ian McCulloch (fresh off the plane from Taiwan), who also found time for repairs to the simulator system.

David Smith
12 July 2024

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.

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Updated: 22 July 2024

Sydney. Christ Church St Laurence
No practice 23 July.

Sydney. St James' Queen's Square
Service ringing 28 July, 9:30-10:00am only.

Updated: 7 July, 2024

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Randwick. NSW-ACT Branch Practice.
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17 September
Sydney. NSW-ACT Branch Practice.
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