Bellringing at the Bell Tower, Perth
Welcome to the website of the St Martin’s Society of Change Ringers.
We are the band of ringers who practise and teach full-circle bellringing at the Bell Tower in Perth, Western Australia.
New members are welcome!
St.Martin's Society has recently installed a change ringing simulator on the 'dumb bell', which handles exactly as a proper bell. A wall-mounted tablet computer runs the latest version of Virtual Belfry, and enables ringers to practise ringing by listening / rhythm as well as ring methods by ropesight, and is available to all ringers by arrangement.
Although Western Australia has largely avoided cases of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and is currently isolated from other states and internationally, there are still restrictions in place to ensure a safe environment.
RINGING HAS RESUMED SUBJECT TO STATE GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES – UPDATED 29 September 2020
Ringing takes place on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 12.00-13.00, but there are restrictions on numbers, so all ringers who would like to attend are asked to email the Tower Captain in advance.
GUIDELINES FOR RINGING
- Please avoid physical contact such as handshaking, hugging, kissing.
- There is to be a maximum number of 10 ringers in the ringing room for each ringing session.
- Please enter through the ringing room if possible and not the level 1 office, the passcode to the door has been circulated.
- Please remain in the ringing room where possible, and do not congregate as a group in the kitchen or staff area.
- Please wash hands often and use the hand sanitiser before and after ringing.
- If you have a drink please ensure the kitchen is kept clean and all utensils washed properly.
- Please read the Tower’s safety plan.
St Martin’s Society: who we are
Our name comes from the origin of twelve of our bells – The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London. Now known as the Swan Bells, and with new bells added, they are one of only three peals of sixteen change-ringing bells in the world. This makes the Bell Tower a highly desirable destination for visiting ringers, especially from overseas. The Bell Tower is also one of the very few places where visitors may walk around and observe the bells while they are ringing, as well as the ringers below.
St.Martin’s members range in age from teenagers to people in their eighties, and are from all walks of life. Many learned to ring in England as youngsters, others were taught right here in Perth.
The society is an independent incorporated body under the leadership of an elected tower captain and committee.
Our current Tower Captain is Tony Murray-Feist (pictured at right), who has been ringing since he was twelve. Please contact Tony with any queries about the society and ringing with us at the Bell Tower.
Listen to the 16 bells being rung together:
We ring the bells in full-circle change ringing at the following times:
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 12.00 – 13.00 (General ringing)
Please note current limits on numbers. Contact the Tower Captain for more information.
There is ringing on other civic days and holidays by arrangement, please our calendar for more information.
Please see the Bell Tower website for opening times when it is possible to see the Swan Bells, many other exhibits, and the ringing chamber.
Visiting ringers from other towers are always warmly welcomed at ringing times, regardless of their proficiency, and are offered a St Martin’s polo-shirt once they have rung the bells (but, sorry, this will cost $40.00…) Please send us an email in advance so that we can confirm ringing is taking place, look out for you, and ensure that reception staff do not request the admission fee!
Please let us know if you are interested in ringing a quarter peal.
We look forward to welcoming you at the Bell Tower!
- David Nicolson, photographer
- Tony Murray-Feist, tower captain, St Martin’s Society
- Irene Mackenzie, secretary, St Martin’s Society
- Heather Patman
- Richard Offen