Wellington Combined Society of Bellringers

Wellington Cathedral Bells

We ring before services on Sundays between 9am and 10am, and between 3pm and 4pm (oftern a quarter peal attempt). Our practice is on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm.

We have a 12 with a 27.75 cwt tenor in D. A sharp treble and flat 6th allow us to ring two light sixes (5 and 8 cwts) and a light eight and ten (10 cwts).

The bell tower was completed and bells were installed by Taylors of Loughborough in 1984. Seven of the current bells were already 100 years old at that stage, being recycled from the demolished St Edmund's Church in Northampton, England. One bell from St Edmund's was of poor quality and was melted down and the metal included in the seven new bells. An article in the Ringing World, No. 5627 March 1, 2019, describes some of the history surrounding the removal of the bells from St Edmund's.

There is a lift from the Ground Floor to the Ringing Chamber. The Ringing Chamber is spacious enough to have ample seating and house the John David Mini Ring.

There are magnetic sensors on twelve of the bells, connected through a Bagley box to a computer in the Ringing Chamber. These allow us to have simulator ringing up to twelve bells and avoid annoying the neighbours with open ringing.

Each year we hold the Wellington Ringing Festival at New Zealand Labour weekend. We regularly welcome ringers from Australia and New Zealand, and occasionally from England and USA. As well as plenty of general ringing for all levels of expertise, we have a dinner and several quarter peal attempts. All ringers are welcome. For more details see Ringing Festival.