Updated: 2 August, 2020

Ringing following Earthquake Strengthening new

Ringers at Old St Paul's
From left: Ruth Lightbourne, Dylan Thomas, Christopher Jarman, Colin Saxelby, Derek Williams
Photo courtesy Simon Hoyle, Southlight Gallery

Wellington Ringers had the pleasure of welcoming back our Old St Paul’s bells at the formal opening of the historic building following earthquake strengthening on Tuesday 28th July 2020.

More information and photos available here.

Philippa Bowron, 30 July 2020

Stedman Cinques Handbell Peal, 24 July 2020 new

The first ANZAB handbell peal on 12 was rung at the Perrins' household in Eastwood. Details are below and on BellBoard.

Christopher O'Mahony said it was "an honour and privilege to be part of this ANZAB milestone", and that he is looking forward to a replay "just to prove it wasn't a fluke."

Murray-Luke Peard says he is looking forward to more attempts on 12, but will "have to learn to grip the handbells less firmly before the next attempt!"

The only other peal on 12 handbells so far in ANZAB territory was rung in Perth in 2005 by visiting members of the Ancient Society of College Youths.

bellboard peal report

Peal Band

The band clockwise from front right.

Tower Photos - Challenge - Result

St Clement's, Yass

St Clement's, Yass

Thanks to Andrew Reynolds who, prompted by the Tower Challenge, sent several images courtesy of Taylor's.

The images provided by Andrew Reynolds may be seen at St Saviour's, Goulburn, St Clement's, Yass, and St Saviour's, Manuka. The old and new photos for Yass are shown on the left.

Updated photos for other towers are welcome. Browse through the Tower Directory and find ones on which you can improve.

Deryn Griffiths

Returning to Ringing

Lithgow announcement boad
  Notice at Hoskins Memorial Church

The following towers have provided information about their experience going into, and coming out of, COVID-19 restrictions, which you will find detailed in their tower page.

COVID-19 - Ringing Still Suspended at 36 Towers

At the peak, 64 ANZAB towers suspended ringing, as a precaution against COVID-19.

Currently the 36 towers listed below continue to have ringing suspended as a precaution against COVID-19.

For the moment, visitors are encouraged to "check ahead" at any towers where ringing is occuring. It is very likely that they have restrictions on numbers and visitors may not be welcome. Furthermore, they may be ringing for services but not practicing, or vice-versa.

ANZAB branches have also suspended various activities. Contact them for further information.

Safeguarding Guidelines

Would you like to learn to ring? Or at least find out what's involved?

Bellringing in action

An article in Melbourne's The Age newspaper in December 2017 highlighted the dwindling number of ringers at Melbourne's cathedrals.

If you are interested in learning about bell ringing, not only in Melbourne, then the best thing to do is to contact the ringers at a tower near you. You can find a directory of Australian and New Zealand bell towers at this link.

Meanwhile, have a look at this short introduction to bellringing and our Association.

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: 30 March, 2020

COVID-19 Suspensions
See news item here for COVID-19 related suspensions.

Updated: 26 May, 2020


16 August
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch Committee Meeting.

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14 August - 150th anniversary of the birth of William Pye - the second ringer to ring 1000 peals

15 August - 75th anniversary of VP Day - more info


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

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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Latest issue:
vol.74, no. 3, Winter 2020

Ringing Towers cover

Find it on the Members' section.

Deadline for next issue:
28 September 2020.