Ringing in NZ, Oz and more… : David Smith

Hear about the differences between ringing in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, details of the inner workings of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, becoming an ART tutor and amusing and dramatic anecdotes in this interview with David Smith … Ringing in NZ, Oz and more… : David Smith

An interview with David Smith

St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane

What’s different about ringing in Australia to ringing in the UK? How is ringing on eight similar to rowing in an eight? How does it feel to be involved in the inner workings of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers?

David Smith’s amazingly diverse and wide-ranging ringing CV means he can give fantastic answers to all of these questions, and many more, put to him by podcast host Cathy Booth.

Ringers after a Ringing Remembers Quarter Peal at St Andrew’s Brisbane on Remembrance Day 2018

In this thoroughly entertaining episode, David also explains the benefits of ringing simulators, the fun of photo-bombing weddings at Brisbane Cathedral and how the Association of Ringing Teachers’ courses can transform able ringers into confident teachers. It’s heartening to hear that teachers can start off just as nervous as their learners!

Bell ringing is on the increase in Australia and New Zealand, and with such enthusiastic advocates as David one can understand why, so stay tuned to the very end – especially as the interview takes a dramatic and unexpected turn …

About David Smith

David Smith resumed ringing in 2006 after a very lengthy gap. He recently completed a three-year term as the President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Bellringers (ANZAB). He is an ART tutor, became a Central Council representative in 2016 and joined the then Education Committee, and was a member of the Central Council Review Action Group (CRAG) team. He writes ‘The Education Column’ series in The Ringing World. David was elected to the newly-formed Central Council Executive in 2018, and is the Executive Sponsor of the Volunteer and Leadership (V&L) Workgroup.

Links

Top five takeaways

  • Although you may be an intermediate ringer at your own tower you might be more advanced than beginners at other towers. All the more reason for getting out and about.
  • Why not try ringing on a simulator – it will help with your listening skills and is also a great way to get your head around new methods.
  • Find out more about the work of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers – the representative body for all who ring bells in the English tradition with rope and wheel. Founded in 1891, it now covers all parts of the British Isles as well as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the USA, South Africa and Italy
  • Interested in finding out more about ringing in Australia? The ANZAB website has all you need to know.
  • If you’re at a church wedding and get photobombed by the bell ringers don’t forget to compliment them on their striking!

Ask the Expert

Pip Penney answered the following question in this episode:

  • James: “Why, when I can ring plain hunt on 5, people at my tower won’t let me ring plain hunt on 6 yet.  I want to know how to persuade them to let me have a go at it?”

1 thought on “Ringing in NZ, Oz and more… : David Smith

  1. Mary Jones says:

    Thank you for a very interesting and informative podcast with David Smith – I found myself taking notes and immediately firing off an email to our association general. secretary., which is not what I usually do after listening to a podcast! The recommendation to display CPR posters in every tower and to encourage ringers to undertake some basic CPR taining is so sensible. I would also suggest that the location of the nearest defibrillator is displayed as well as the post code of the tower, in case the emergency services have to be called for any reason. Such simple measures could save a life.

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