Derek and Mary's Family Web Site

Our Ringing Activities

The Ringing Chamber, Wellington Cathedral


Old St Paul's, Wellington


Mary learnt to ring at Llandaff Cathedral and with the University of Bristol Society in the 1960's. Derek learnt to ring at Oswestry, Shropshire in the early 1960's. We met while ringing with the University of Bristol Society and continued ringing sporadically when we lived in Gloucester and in Gnosall. On emigrating to Palmerston North, New Zealand, in 1976 we found there were no rings within reasonable distance so our ringing was confined to occasional tower visits on a less than annual basis.

Recently we have moved to Wellington where there are two rings, a lovely twelve at the Cathedral and very light five at Old St Paul's. The same band of ringers ring at both places. Old St Paul's is a popular venue for weddings and during the wedding season (November to April) we general spend part of each Saturday ringing there. Other ringing at Old St Paul's is mostly by arrangement to allow visitors to have a ring. Practices are normally once a month.

At the Cathedral there are regular practices on a Tuesday night. The official times are 7.30-9.00pm, but we generally arrive a little earlier, being enthusiastic. As always, attendance varies, but we can generally ring ten bells for practices. We are ringing a variety of surprise minor methods and some surprise major. Bristol is our latest venture. On Sundays, official ringing times are 9.15-10.00am and 4.00-5pm; again the more enthusiastic ones get there early. In 2010 we were the leading tower for quarter peal ringing in New Zealand.

For the last few years we have held a ringing weekend to which we have invited ringers form other towers. These have proved successful in giving us all the opportunity to develop our ringing. We will be holding the weekend each year and anyone who is in Wellington at the time is welcome. Details are shown here.