Wellington Bell Ringing

Fourteenth 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 2018, the Fourteenth Festival takes place from October 19th to October 22nd. The programme is:

Friday October 19th
7.00pm - about 9.00pm General Ringing
The John David Mini Ring and hand bells will be available.

Saturday October 20th
8am - 9am Quarter Peals (tower bells, mini ring and hand bells)
9.00 - 10.15am, 6-bell ringing (tower bells); 6/8-bell ringing (mini ring). No hand bells.
10.15.- 10.45am, Morning tea
10.45 - 12.15, 8-bell ringing (tower bells); hand bell ringing (one group at a time). No mini ringing.
12.15 - 1.15pm, Lunch
1.15 - 2.45pm, 10 and 12 bells ringing (tower). No hand bells or mini ring. Will include rounds and call changes, and simultaneous ringing of doubles and minor on 10/12, for those who do not ring 10/12 bell methods.
2.45 - 3.15pm, Afternoon tea
3.15 - 5.00pm, General ringing (tower). 6-bell ringing (mini ring), hand bell ringing (one group at a time).

6.30pm Festival Dinner (Shepherd's Arms)

Sunday October 21st
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 22nd
8am - 9am Quarter Peals (tower bells, mini ring and hand bells)
9.00 - 10.15am, 6-bell ringing (tower bells); 6/8-bell ringing (mini ring). No hand bells.
10.15.- 10.45am, Morning tea
10.45 - 12.15, 10 and 12 bells ringing (tower). No hand bells or mini ring. Will include rounds and call changes, and simultaneous ringing of doubles and minor on 10/12, for those who do not ring 10/12 bell methods.
12.15 - 1.15pm, Lunch
1.15 - 2.45pm, 8-bell ringing (tower bells); hand bell ringing (one group at a time). No mini ringing.
2.45 - 3.15pm, Afternoon tea
3.15 - 5.00pm, General ringing (tower). 6-bell ringing (mini ring), hand bell ringing (one group at a time).

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.