Wellington Bell Ringing

Fifteenth Annual Wellington Bell Ringing Festival

The main Wellington Ringing Festival takes place from Friday evening to Monday afternoon over New Zealand's Labour Weekend. Most of the ringing is on the Wellington Cathedral bells, but there are opportunities to ring on the five bells at Old St Paul's, the John David Mini Ring and on handbells as well. Ringers of all abilities are welcome to attend. The programme is designed to ensure there are adequate numbers of ringers for each type of activity. It is a suggested format that is open to change if those attending wish it.
For anyone arriving before or leaving after the main Festival, we can arrange ringing on hand bells and the mini ring. Please let us know via the Registration Form if you would like to take advantage of this.

In 2019, the Fifteenth Festival takes place from October 25th to October 28th. The programme is:

Friday October 25th
7.00pm - about 9.00pm General Ringing
The John David Mini Ring and hand bells will be available.

Saturday October 26th
8am - 9am Quarter Peals (tower bells, mini ring and hand bells)
9.00 - 10.15am, Basic ringing (Call changes, Standard plain and treble bob methods).
10.15.- 10.45am, Morning tea
10.45 - 12.15, Surprise major amd royal.
12.15 - 1.15pm, Lunch
1.15 - 2.45pm, Basic ringing (Call changes, Standard plain and treble bob methods).
2.45 - 3.15pm, Afternoon tea
3.15 - 5.00pm, Surprise major amd royal.

6.30pm Festival Dinner (Shepherd's Arms)

Sunday October 27th
9.00 - 10.00am Service Ringing
11.00 - Noon Ringing at Old St Paul's (5).
11.30 - 12.30pm Quarter Peal (tower bells); hand bells and mini ring available.
12.30 - 1.30pm Quarter Peal (tower bells); hand bells and mini ring available.
1.30 - 2.30pm Quarter Peal (tower bells); hand bells and mini ring available.
2.30 - 3.30pm Quarter Peal (tower bells); hand bells and mini ring available.
4.00 - 5.00pm Service Ringing

Monday October 28th
8am - 9am Quarter Peals (tower bells, mini ring and hand bells)
9.00 - 10.15am, Surprise major amd royal.
10.15.- 10.45am, Morning tea
10.45 - 12.15, Basic ringing (Call changes, Standard plain and treble bob methods).
12.15 - 1.15pm, Lunch
1.15 - 2.45pm, Surprise major amd royal.
2.45 - 3.15pm, Afternoon tea
3.15 - 5.00pm, Basic ringing (Call changes, Standard plain and treble bob methods).

All tower bell ringing, except service ringing at Wellington Cathedral and ringing at Old St Paul's, is on the simulator at Wellington Cathedral.

Morning and Afternoon tea and biscuits will be available free for ringers.

We have several sets of handbells that will be made available thoughout the Festival for those wishing to ring them.

Contact Derek Williams or Amanda Cunningham

Methods likely to be available (not an exhaustive list):-
Grandsire and Stedman - doubles to cinques
Plain and Little Bob - minor to maximus
Cambridge - minor to royal
Yorkshire - major and royal
London - minor and major
Bristol, Rutland, Pudsey, Lincolnshire, and Superlative - major
Kent - minor to maximus.