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!
Coronavirus – Latest update Sunday 22 March 2020
All ringing at the Bell Tower has been suspended due to the Federal Government regulations on indoor gatherings and social distancing.
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 called 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, particularly from overseas. The 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 at work below.
St Martin’s members range in age from thirteen to eighty, 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:
Sundays 11.00 – 13.00 (or until 13.30 on the last Sunday of the month)
Mondays 12.00 – 13.00 (general ringing)
Thursdays 12.00 – 13.00 (usually a quarter peal attempt with a pre-arranged band)
In addition there is a Surprise Major practice at 13.00 on the third Saturday of each month, and ringing on other civic days and holidays by arrangement.
Please see the calendar for the current ringing schedule.
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