The bell tower in the corner of the church building was built to hold a peal of bells, but has never housed more than a single bell. Eventually a request came from the community to have a peal of bells installed.
Over the last couple of years we have been working towards installing a peal of six bells in the tower. Thanks to the great support in the wider community for the installation of bells, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Bell Ringers(ANZAB) have collected donations for all the bells.
A 100 year old bell which had been used at Bull Sands Fort, Humber River, England was donated to St. Hilda’s. The bell is a top quality bell, and needed others to match it.
The Australian and New Zealand Association of Bellringers (ANZAB) organised for the bells to be made by Taylor’s of England. The bells are poured into moulds in the ground, in the same way they have been made for centuries. This photo shows the pouring of our bells in December 2013.
Some months later the bells arrived in Sydney having travelled here by ship. Stocks, wheels and bell frame will be built in Australia.
The tower needs refurbishment to repair leaks, to install sound control measures and to install infrastructure for operational and maintenance access to the bells. A development application was submitted to council in November 2014 for the refurbishment of the tower and the installation of the bells.
Katoomba Bells Begin to Arrive
Three of the bells for St Hilda’s, Katoomba, arrived at the church on 8 April 2016, and the image below shows a gang of “mountain men” set to unload the trailer (provided by Shepherd International Transport).
The bells, which are numbers 2, 3 and 4 in the peal, were unloaded successfully.
The bells are now installed in the bell tower and have been used on a number of occasions. Most memorable events have been Easter – celebrating the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and Anzac Day – where they accompanied the marchers as they filed past St Hildas.
Bell Ringing training is already underway, but there are spots for interested enthusiasts to join at any time.
Becoming a Bell Ringer
Please see our Bell Ringing Ministry page for information about becoming a bell ringer.
We still need to raise funds for the tower and installation. If you would like to donate to the Bells project, please contact us on (02) 4782 1608 or [email protected]. Alternatively you may do a direct deposit into our building fund.
If you would like a memorial plaque placed in the bell tower, we will be happy to discuss your request.
Bank Name: Glebe Income Accounts
Account Name: St Hildas Anglican Church Katoomba
BSB Number: 704-998
Account Number: 100 009 967
Reference: BELL TOWER
Tax Deductible Donations
Tax deductible donations must be made directly to ANZAB. Click here to download the form to be submitted to ANZAB with your donation. To ensure that your donation is applied to this project, at point 6 on the form, please state “St Hilda’s Anglican Church, Katoomba”. Forms should be sent to ANZAB at [email protected]