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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 74 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: 20 February, 2024

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Tom Goodyer

Well known Sydney bellringer Tom Goodyer died on 15 February 2024, aged 96 years.

Tom learnt to ring at St Jude's Randwick and had a long association with many towers, particularly the two Sydney cathedrals and St James Turramurra. He was elected a member of the NSW Association (the predecessor of ANZAB) in 1948 and awarded life membership of ANZAB in 2002, recently celebrating 75 years of continuous membership. He was the inaugural Secretary and second President of ANZAB and rang over 250 peals and numerous quarter peals for the association, including many "firsts".

Tom's funeral will be held on Thursday, 29 February, at 12:00pm in the Lotus Pavilion, Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Cnr Delhi and Plassey Roads, North Ryde, Sydney, with refreshments to follow.

Andy Goodyer

Quarter Peal and Ringing Weekend in Memory of Tom Goodyer new

Tom Goodyer died on Thursday, 15th February 2024, aged 96 years. He was a bell ringer in Sydney for over 70 years.

Tom's funeral will take place on 29th February and a weekend of quarter peal and other ringing is planned for the following days, Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd March, in celebration of his life and his many ringing achievements.

His family hope that many of the ringers who knew Tom plus other ANZAB ringers (he played a big part in the formation of ANZAB in 1962) will take part in the ringing over the weekend.

Phil Goodyer

Bellringing health & safety research project new

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A reminder of this notice from Scott Pilkington, originally posted in March 2023.

Do you want to contribute to the advancement of bellringing safety? Participate in our research study and share your insights on common injuries and ailments in belltowers. By doing so, you can help us plan and mitigate potential risks, and ensure the sustainability of ringing for years to come. Register now, here.

Our goal is to have health and safety data from each tower across the association to build a picture of the risks involved. This research is being led by Scott Pilkington, Deputy Captain at St Matthew's Society of Bellringers and an Honorary Research Fellow in Museums & Cultural Heritage at University of Auckland.

Scott Pilkington
30 March 2023

Advanced Ringing Weekend in Perth

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The weekend coincided with the annual Bell Tower pizza night.
Shown are weekend participants and other ringers and friends.


Over 20 WA Branch members took part in the Perth Surprise Major Weekend 19-21 January. ANZAB subsidised the airfares of 4 experienced interstate ringers to help lead seminars/workshops and the ringing sessions and to strengthen the local band.

Ringing ranged from first blows of treble bob hunting on 6 to two long touches of spliced Cambridge, Superlative, London and Bristol.

One of the locals said "it made a big difference having a few extra experienced people available to participate and share the load."

See the full report here.

4 instructors, Matthew Philip, Michelle and Charlotte

✞ Holy Week Ringing ✞

Many church towers don't practise or ring during Holy Week. Make sure to call ahead if you plan to visit an ANZAB church tower in Holy Week, 25-29 March 2024. Towers which have notified cancellations or variations are listed in the left hand column of this page.

Register for upcoming ANZAB events

Association of Ringing Teachers

Registration is currently open for:

See the ANZAB Diary for other events and who to contact for further information.

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: 20 February 2024

Naremburn. St Leonard's
No Practice 22 February.

Claremont. Christ Church
No Service ringing 24 March.

Practices have been confirmed as cancelled at the following towers during Holy Week (25-29 March)

Armidale
Claremont
Geelong
Manuka
Randwick
Sydney, Christ Church St Laurence

See in brief for other cancellations.

Updated: 21 January, 2024

2024

22-25 February
Oamaru. Two Island Cluster
Contact:

8-11 March
Adelaide. Advanced Ringing Weekend.
Contact:

15-17 March
Victoria. Advanced Ringing Weekend.
Contact:

16 March
Mandurah. WA Branch Practice
Contact:

17 March
NSW-ACT Branch AGM
Contact:

22-24 March
Hobart. ANZAB 12 Bell Weekend.
Contact:

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email - looktoanzab


2024

25 April - ANZAC Day

23 June - 100th anniversary of Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Goulburn)

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

about an event or anniversary to list here.

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2024

2023

Latest issue:
vol.78, no. 1, Summer 2024

Ringing Towers cover

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Deadline for next issue:
31 March 2024.
Early submissions appreciated,
and essential for longer articles.

New Zealand: DST commenced 24 September 2023 (UTC +13 hours) and will cease on 7 April 2024 (UTC +12 hours).

New South Wales, A.C.T., Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia: DST commenced 1 October 2023 (UTC +11 hours, South Australia UTC +10.5 hours) and will cease on 7 April 2024 (UTC +10 hours, South Australia UTC +9.5 hours).

Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory: No DST.