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 upgraded the change ringing simulator on the 'dumb bell', which handles exactly as a real bell. A wall-mounted tablet runs the latest version of Virtual Belfry, and enables ringers to practise ringing by listening / rhythm as well as ring methods by ropesight. The simulator is available to all ringers by arrangement.
Ringing has resumed on Sundays 10.30-13.00, and Thursdays 12.00-13.00 by arrangement.
Please note that, due to government regulations, ringers must sign in at the Bell Tower on arrival using the SafeWA app.
May 10, 2021
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 Michael Collinson, who learnt to ring at the Bell Tower. Please contact Mike 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:
12.00 – 13.00 (General ringing. Please confirm your attendance.)
10.30 – 11.30 (Handling and simulator training)
12.00 – 13.00 (General ringing)
Please contact the tower captain for confirmation and more information, if you are not already on our email list.
There is ringing on other civic days and holidays by arrangement. Please see 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.
Education and training
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
- Irene Mackenzie, secretary, St Martin’s Society
- Heather Patman
- Richard Offen
Acknowledgement of Country
The St Martin’s Society of Change Ringers acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we ring, and their continuing connection to the land and river. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.