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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 500 members who ring at more than 65 bell towers throughout Australia and New Zealand.

If you are not yet a ringer, we suggest you start with this short introduction to bellringing and our Association.

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

Updated: 23 June, 2021

ANZAB Festival Quarter Peals

Anna Bosman and Thomas Perrins Keeping an eye on the ringing Victorians are missing, I noticed the following two news items from quarter peal footnotes.

Matching footnotes from Singleton and Armidale quarter peals en-route to the ANZAB festival congratulate Thomas Perrins and Anna Bosman on their engagement.

Jim Waddell The Grandsire Doubles quarter-peal in Bundaberg congratulates Jim Waddell for his OAM.

Other performances linked to the festival are available here.

Deryn Griffiths

ANZAB 2021 AGM - an unofficial report

ANZAB 2021 logo

The 2021 ANZAB AGM was held in Bundaberg on Sunday, 13 June. Apart from those present in person, another ten members Zoomed in and they were rewarded by being able to vote following the constitutional changes being passed.

The meeting began with the presentation of the Bob Ferris Shield to the NSW band that had won the striking competition the previous day. The following deceased members were remembered by the meeting - Bob Bennett, Reg Toze, Peter Osborne, Margaret Goodyer, Colin Gilbert and John Fryer.

The Treasurer, Kevin Stracey, presented his report and described the way in which the presentation of the accounts had changed for the year ending 31 December 2020. The Treasurer's report, and those of other officers were accepted by the meeting.

The 2022 Festival is to be held in Sydney. Perth has a turn in 2023. Hosts for the 2024 Festival are still being sought.

A number of proposals regarding the future of the ANZAB Library were presented by Enid Roberts and seconded by Bill Perrins. These were passed by the meeting and request the Executive and the Librarian to take various planning actions in preparation for decision at the 2022 AGM. Details will appear in the formal report of the meeting.

The meeting approved the Treasurer's recommendation that Membership fees remain unchanged.

Following the motion to amend the Constitution being passed, subsequent motions regarding the future structure of ANZAB, as detailed in the agenda, were also passed.

A motion to continue to ANZAB's support for the First Aid/CPR training of members was passed.

Election of Officers:

  • President - Thomas Perrins
  • Treasurer - Murray-Luke Peard
  • Secretary - Kellie Hajek
  • Vice-Presidents (6) - Jenny Davies, Peter Harrison, Ian McCulloch, Mary Sluter, Kevin Stracey, Derek Williams. So elected in order to facilitate the proposed change to ANZAB's structure.
  • all other officers were re-elected, with the following exceptions:
  • Ringing Towers Editor - vacant (Mike Toze to fill temporarily until the Executive makes an appointment)
  • Advisory Panel Coordinator - Richard Offen
  • CCCBR representatives (3) - David Smith, Peter Harrison, one other to be nominated by the Executive

Votes of thanks were proposed to retiring officers and the ANZAB 2021 Festival Committee.

Simon McMillan

Sydney Ringing School, October 2021 - applications are open

Applications are now open for the NSW-ACT Branch's Sydney Ringing School to be held on the October long weekend (in NSW), Friday 1st to Monday 4th October 2021.

Anna Bosman
School Organiser

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: 23 June, 2021

Visitors are advised to check ahead at all towers due to lingering COVID-19 based restrictions and related changes to ringing times.

Perth. The Bell Tower
Ringing cancelled: 24 June

Updated: 20 June, 2021


6 July
Randwick. NSW & ACT Branch Practice.

15 July
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch Practice.

7 August
Bunbury, Mandurah, Rockingham. WA Branch Outing.

15 August
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch Meeting.

19 August
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch Practice.

Facebook - follow ANZAB on Facebook

email - looktoanzab


26 June - 200th anniversary of the invention of the Ellacombe Chimes

1 July - 90th anniversary of the first Quarter Peal rung by an Australian woman

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.75, no. 2a, May 2021

Ringing Towers cover

Find it on the Members' section.

Previous issue:
vol.75, no. 2, Autumn 2021

Ringing Towers cover

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Deadline for next issue:
1 July 2021.