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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 10th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 11, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Bells have appeal for captain of St Paul's church tower SHANNON ANDREUCCI Tower captain Pam Brock demonstrates the fine art of bell ringing in St Paul's Anglican Church tower in Burwood. Pictures: PHIL BLATCH ~PP285444, ~P0639320 IT'S Sunday morning and un- usual, melodious sounds are peal- ing from the pinnacle of St Paul's church, Burwood. Does this ring a bell? It is the work of the St Paul's bell ringers, a cluster of dedicated musicians ranging from ages 14 to 64 who climb the church's tower to toll the bells for church services and weddings. Among the 14 regular campanologists is Pam Brock, the tower captain who has been ring- ing St Paul's church bell for 44 years. ''Bell ringing is a team activity. We do not ring tunes but a permutation of numbers, which create what we call methods and have to be memorised by the bell ringer,'' she said. But don't be fooled by the seem- ingly easy nature of bell ringing, there's much more to it than recklessly swaying a rope back and forth. ''It can take anything up to three months before a person is com- pletely confident to ring alone,'' Mrs Brock said. ''Some people find it quite hard at first. The younger the person the easier it is as they do not have the same fears as an adult.'' While physical strength and a musical background are not a prerequisite for bell ringing, Mrs Brock said it did require ''co- ordination, memory, concen- tration, a sense of timing and an ability to work as a team''. She said these qualities were especially necessary when the tal- ented bell ringers ring for ex- tended periods of time in a quarter peal. ''Quarter peals go for about 45 minutes of non-stop ringing where there is no repetition,'' she said. ''They are rung to celebrate special occasions such as anniver- saries of the harbour bridge or the retirement of the parish priest.'' The tower houses eight bells of varying weights, which were do- nated and installed in 1960. ''The heaviest bell, which is called the tenor, is the gift of the St Paul's Women's Guild and weighs 11cwt,'' Mrs Brock said. Newcomers keen to learn the practice of bell ringing are wel- come to join rehearsals at the Burwood Rd church on Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8pm. 'Scripted' by caucus SHIREEN KHALIL Cr Keith Kwon STRATHFIELD Mayor Keith Kwon has been accused of reading from a script during a council meeting. Former Strathfield councillor Andrew Ho claims the Mayor was reading from a script at the coun- cil's meeting last week. Mr Ho also claimed it may have been written and rehearsed at Labor Party caucus meetings. ''I'm sure that's the purpose of Labor Party caucus meetings -- they sit and rehearse and go to council to put on a show,'' he said. ''I have served on the council with (Strathfield State Labor MP and former mayor) Virginia Judge over eight years myself and the script the Mayor is reading from sounds similar to what she said when she was on the council,'' Mr Ho said. ''It's legally wrong and morally wrong because council has to be open, trans- parent and ac- countable to its citizens and you can't have that until de- cisions are made in open at council meetings after a debate, and not in some back room of the Labor Party.'' When Mr Ho asked Cr Kwon at the meeting if he was reading from a script during a motion regarding ALP members on the Port Enfield community committee, Mr Kwon gave him two warnings. ''It was unusual the way he handled it -- he had to get through his script before responding to what I said,'' Mr Ho later said. Cr Kwon did not deny reading from a script and said he liked to be prepared. '' I like to prepare myself for the meeting for the benefit of other councillors and staff,'' Cr Kwon said. ''I prepared a little memo in respect of information regarding Port Enfield committee mem- bers.'' The mayor said he did not meet Ms Judge before meetings to dis- cuss motions. Cr Kwon questioned who helped prepare independent councillor Danny Lim's notices of motion. Strathfield Council's financial strength has again been recognised, after an independent report highlighted Council to be financially sustainable. Council is able to retain this financial sustainability through its ability to provide and maintain infrastructure without having to resort to substantial adjustments to existing revenue-raising and expenditure policy. The report by financial analyst Fiscal Star stated that Strathfield was one of 46 Councils in the State that was named financially sustainable, thanks to Council's responsible financial management. This is the third report released by Fiscal Star into the financial health of Councils in NSW, with Strathfield Council being identified as a financially sustainable Council in each report. As a result of its robust financial position, Council remains committed to delivering services and infrastructure for the community. Delivering for our Community 2132213i iww wk50 STRATHFIELD COUNCIL council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 e) email@example.com p) 9748 9999 f) 9764 1034 w) www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135
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