St Martin's Society
St Martin’s Society of Change Ringers was established in 2000 to provide regular ringing at the Bell Tower.
Since then we have trained many new ringers and welcomed visiting ringers from around the world.
What we do
Regular ringing takes place three times a week, with additional practices at various times each month.
We also provide ringing for weddings and other functions at the Bell Tower. The society also rings for important occasions such as Anzac Day; we rang for HM the Queen during her most recent visit to Perth; and we have rung several times with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
There are social events throughout the year including:
- The semi-formal annual dinner at which the St Martin’s Award is presented to a ringer who has substantially improved in his or her ringing, or has made another significant contribution to the life of the society, and the
- Informal summer party which is held on the roof-top level of the Bell Tower.
The society owns a sizeable library of ringing reference books which members may borrow and has the use of several sets of handbells.
The society is also the custodian of the Cygnet Ring, a mobile ring of mini bells, that was donated to the Swan Bells Foundation by Dr Alan Collings. Mini rings are fast and furious fun and, while similar to tower bells, require a different set of skills to ring.
The annual membership fee is $20 for ordinary members and $10 for full time students.
Ringing further afield in our region
There are many ringing opportunities throughout Australia and New Zealand.
In Western Australia there are eight peals of tower bells, plus two mini rings. All ringers are warmly welcomed to join the ringing at all towers.
Ringing in Australia is overseen by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Bellringers (ANZAB) which all ringers are encouraged to join. Each year ANZAB holds a national festival in a different Australian state or part of New Zealand. The festival schedule is full of ringing and social events and is always well attended. Western Australia will be hosting the festival in 2021 and the Bell Tower and St Martin’s Society will take a central role.
ANZAB members receive the quarterly newsletter Ringing Towers.
Please see the ANZAB website for more information about its activities.
The WA branch of ANZAB organises joint practices throughout the year at the various Western Australian towers (see photo). The branch practices are not only a great chance to catch up with friends from other towers, they provide a fantastic opportunity for ringers to strengthen their skills on unfamiliar bells. The branch produces a bi-monthly newsletter called Look To! which is packed with news and photos.