The Ancient
Society of
Est. 1637

The Ancient Society of College Youths

Established in 1637, the Society is the premier change ringing society in the City of London, with a national and international membership that promotes excellence in ringing around the world.

Master 2014-15
Katherine L Town

Practices & Meeting

Oct 6
St Magnus
Oct 13
Oct 20
St Sepulchre - drinking afterwards at the Butchers Hook & Cleaver, West Smithfield
Oct 27

Practices are held at 6:30pm.

Focus methods will be Ariel, Zanussi, & Phobos. Spliced will be rung from ORABS, Ariel, Zanussi, Phobos, & Deimos.

The next business meeting will be held on 13th Oct at The Counting House, Cornhill.

New Members

ANDY MEAD, Shepton Mallet
HILDA C RIDLEY, Charlton Kings

In Memoriam

PETER D TAYLOR, Darley Dale,

Peal Weekend

The 2015 peal weekend took place over 18th–20th September.

The peals rung can be viewed as a BellBoard Event.

Dining in the Wellington Suite

Country Meeting

The Society's Country Meeting took place in Leeds over the weekend of 18th July. Peals were rung over the weekend and in the days leading up to it, and can be seen here on BellBoard.

After general ringing and a business meeting in Leeds Minster, a dinner was held in the Wellington Suite at the Royal Armouries.

A report and photographs are available here.

The Master and Rob Lee collect the trophy

National 12 Bell Striking Contest 2015

At the contest held at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, on June 27th, the band representing the Society was placed first. The Master and Rob Lee, Junior Steward and the band's conductor, collected the Taylor Trophy.

Election of Officers

At the November meeting Katie Town was elected Master. Simon Meyer becomes Immediate Past Master, a post vacated by Graham Bradshaw. Tessa Beadman was elected Senior Steward, and Rob Lee joined the top table after his election as Junior Steward.

377th Anniversary Dinner

377th Anniversary Dinner

A successful Anniversary Dinner was held at the Tower Hotel on 1st November. A report, photographs, and a recording of the handbell touch are available here.

The winning band

London 12 Bell Striking Competition

The Society entered two bands for the 2014 London 12 Bell competition. The band pictured, led by the Senior Steward, won to bring the Whitechapel Trophy to the Society for a third time in the competition's six years.

The band led by the Master came a very close third. Full results are available on the London 12 Bell website.

The tour group at Guildford

UK14 Tour

26 members from around the world gathered in the UK in August for UK14 — nearly 60 hours of focused practice on 8, 10 and 12. Here the group is pictured at Guildford Cathedral.

Dining on HMS Warrior

Portsmouth Country Meeting

149 members and guests enjoyed a dinner aboard HMS Warrior on the 16th August, following the Society's Country Meeting.

Peals rung in the days preceding the meeting can be seen here, and a report with photos is available here.

Wreath at the Menin Gate

Visit to WWI War Graves

On the 26th and 27th of July a party visited the graves of members who fell in the Great War, guided by Alan Regin, Steward of the Rolls of Honour.

The itinerary included the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, during which the Master laid a wreath on behalf of the Society. A report and photographs are available here.

Society polo shirts

Society Polo Shirts

The Society is embarking on a new venture which makes Society polo shirts available for members to order, at a price of £18 each. For each shirt sold a donation of £2.50 will be made to the Society's Bell Restoration Fund.

Further details and an order form can be found on the merchandise page.

Forthcoming Events

Master's Challenge day

10th October 2015

A Challenge day will take place in Worcester on Saturday 10th October. The format will depend on the number of bands. If you are keen to lead or organise a band please contact the Master.

378th Anniversary Dinner

7th November 2015

This will be held at the Grange St Paul's Hotel. Details, including booking forms for accommodation and wine, are available here.

Recent Society Peals

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5000 Bristol Surprise Royal
Rung on Sunday, 4 October 2015
at Sheffield (St John the Evangelist, Ranmoor), South Yorkshire.

5038 Spliced Maximus

Rung on Saturday, 3 October 2015
at City of London (St Sepulchre).

5016 Spliced Maximus
(6 Methods)

Rung on Saturday, 3 October 2015
at Leeds (Minster Church of St Peter), West Yorkshire.

5007 Stedman Caters
Rung on Saturday, 3 October 2015
at Writtle (All Saints), Essex.

5042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
Rung on Monday, 28 September 2015
at City of London (St Sepulchre without Newgate).

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