Bundy's bell ringers join Maryborough workshop
THE bells were ringing at St Paul's Anglican Church's workshop led by Ian McCulloch from St John's Cathedral Brisbane.
"St Paul's ringing room was packed as seven ringers from Christ Church Anglican in Bundaberg joined St Paul's ringers for tuition for the first time," beginner bellringer Dave McLeod said.
"Of those seven only one has had past ringing experience so the time together was a great introduction to the art and camaraderie of bellringing."
Dave said excitement was running high for Christ Church ringers as they await the historic arrival of their peal of bells from England.
"Their tenor bell was hung in the 1930s, a second bell has been sourced through Australia and New Zealand Association of Bellringers and now four new bells have been cast in the Netherlands and are being tuned in England," he said.
"Whilst the tenor bell was hung for full circle ringing from the outset it has only ever been chimed, and once this work is completed hopefully before the end of this year history will be made as Bundaberg resounds to a peal of six bells for the first time ever."
For 100 years, Maryborough was the only town in Queensland with a peal of bells capable of full circle ringing.
St John's Cathedral Brisbane and St Andrew's Anglican South Brisbane joined the ranks of full circle ringing in 1988 and now 30 years later, Christ Church Anglican will join this group.
St Paul's ringers are looking forward keenly to an ongoing friendship with Bundaberg Christ Church ringers.
St Paul's bell tower in Maryborough was opened to the public for bell chiming over the last school holidays, with a good response from all age groups.
Funds raised will help St Paul's fit sound control to the tower to enable more practice time with less public impact.