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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: 24 February, 2021

St John's Cathedral, Brisbane

Brisbane 12 Bell Weekend Cancelled new

Unfortunately it will not be possible to hold the 12 bell weekend in Brisbane this year. News on the next 12 bell weekend will be posted here when available.

If you have any questions, please email or call Peter Harrison on +61 (0) 414 331 769.

Peter Harrison
24 February 2021

Women in Ringing Celebrations

Women at St Mary's Cathedral

NSW ringers, organised by Kathi Downs, marked the 125th anniversary of the first woman, Alice White, to ring a tower bell peal the weekend of 12-14 February.

Ten women met at St Mary's Cathedral Friday night for some fine Grandsire Caters and Stedman Triples, and sixteen women met for a general practice on the Saturday (see photo above). They achieved one all female quarter peal of Plain Bob Doubles and an extent of Plain Bob Minor.

Earlier in the week a Perrins family band rang a peal on handbells dedicated to the same anniversary.

Deryn Griffiths
February 2021

Bells for Eastwood, New South Wales

Exterior of St Philip's, Eastwood

St Philip's, Eastwood, New South Wales

The most recent project added to our Bell and Tower Projects page is a new ring of six at St Philip's, Eastwood, New South Wales.

Thomas Perrins has provided the following information about five bells being donated by the Keltek Trust.

  • 2 bells from an estate in Scotland which was owned by the Earl of Lovelace and Ada Lovelace (of computer science fame). These were cast by Gillett & Co in 1887.
  • 2 redundant bells from Lancashire, believed to have been cast by James Shaw c1880.
  • 1 redundant bell from Brockville, Canada. This is about 3.75 cwt, was cast in 1925 by Taylor's, and will become the tenor.

COVID-19 - Ringing Still Suspended at 15 Towers

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

Currently the 15 towers listed below continue to have ringing suspended as a precaution against COVID-19.

At towers where ringing is occuring visitors are encouraged to "check ahead". It is very likely that the towers 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

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: 1 January, 2021

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

Updated: 24 February, 2021

2021

27-28 February
Melbourne. Celebrating Women in Ringing.
Contact:

19 March
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch Workshop.
Heavy Bells for Women
Contact:

21 March
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch AGM.
Contact:

16 May
Sydney. NSW & ACT Branch Practice and Meeting.
Contact:

11-14 June
ANZAB 2021 Festival and AGM.
Bundaberg and Maryborough.

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2021

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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2021

2020

Latest issue:
vol.75, no. 1, Summer 2021

Ringing Towers cover

Find it on the Members' section.

Deadline for next issue:
29 March 2021.

New Zealand: Daylight Saving Time commenced on 27 September 2020 (UTC +13 hours) and will cease on 4 April 2021 (UTC +12 hours).

New South Wales, A.C.T., Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia: Daylight Saving Time commenced on 4 October 2020 (UTC +11 hours, South Australia UTC +10.5 hours) and will cease on 4 April 2021 (UTC +10 hours, South Australia UTC +9.5 hours).

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