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Induction of New Rector of Bow

Photo courtesy the Pearl King and Queen

On 4th December, the new Rector of St Mary le Bow was inducted. The event was attended by all sorts of city dignitaries, including of course, some Pearly Kings and Queens (the traditional dress of the Cockneys, i.e. those born within the sound of Bow Bells). Here the Master was photographed with them and another livery gentleman.

Record Length of London S Royal No. 3

Long HB Peal Band

An amazing achievement: a succesful handbell peal of 25,560 London S. Royal No. 3. This is the longest peal in the method and the longest peal on more than 8 bells yet rung in hand. The peal took place on 23rd Nov. Pictured here (l-r) are the ringers John Hughes-D'Aeth, David Pipe, David Brown, Alex Byrne, Mark Regan and the composer, Jim Clatworthy. The full story from Mark Regan will appear here shortly.

St Mary Woolnoth

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The Society were asked to provide ringing for the Annual Thanksgiving Service at St Mary Woolnoth in the City of London on 28th Nov. This was quite unusual as there are only 3 bells in the tower! After experiencing some plain hunt (which you can hear here), the ringers elected to swing chime for the rest of the session. The ringers were David Baverstock, Paul Carless and Dickon Love, picture here. You can read more about these bells and see more pictures on the Church Bells of London Woolnoth page.  

Dinner for Chris Pickford, Immediate Past Master

Dinner for Chris Pickford

A dinner was held to honour the Immediate Past Master, Chris Pickford, attended by the Officers and all others in office during Chris' 3 years in office. A gallery of photos and short report may be read here.

Anniversary Dinner

Anniversary Dinner

The 365th Anniversary Dinner took place on Saturday 2rd November. See a gallery of photos. Shortly a report by Stef Warboys will also appear here.

Essex Dinner

Photo Colin Chapman kindly supplied by Steve Waters

Pictured here at the Essex Dinner on 12th October is one of the Society's most recent members (Jon Waters) and one of the longest serving members (Jim Bullock, a member for over 60 years). With them is the Master, Chris Pickford.

Tour to the Deep South in the USA

Deep South

A party of College Youths visited the Deep South of the United States of America. Read Steve Waters full report of the tour and view the photographs here.

Peal Weekend

Peal weekend

Peal weekend was held on 20th - 22nd September. Details of the peals can be viewed here.

Practice at St Marys Platt

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The ASCY were invited to hold a practice on the mini ring of 12 bells at Piltdown Campanile, St Mary's Platt, by Phil and Liz Barnes. Here are some pictures of the event sent in by Phil Barnes.

Country Meeting

Country Meeting in Worcester

The Country Meeting was held in the City of Worcester on 27th July. Members gathered as early as the previous Thursday for peals in the area. Photographs of the event may be viewed here.

The Master's 50th Birthday

Photo Mark Regan

The Master, Chris Pickford, celebrated his 50th birthday at the beginning of June with a peal on the 6-bells at St Swithin's, Worcester (although he had to share the footnote with Her Majesty!). This was followed by a party. Two weeks later, there was a party in London after the practice at Cornhill. See the photos here.

Tour to Washington DC

Washington National Cathedral

Nine London members flew over to join College Youths from North America in Washington DC, to ring peals and attend a dinner over the weekend of 26-28th May. A report of the weekend with photographs may be read here.

Informal Dinner

Informal Dinner

The Informal Dinner took place at Davy's Wine Bar in Creed Lane on 19th April. See the pictures here.

National 12-bell Striking Contest

12 bell band

The ASCY team that entered the National 12-bell Striking Competition were victorious at the eliminator at Sheffield. More pictures here.

Dinner for Paul Carless, Immediate Past Master

Immediate Past Master dinner

A dinner was held by the Officers in honour of the Immediate Past Master, Paul Carless, on 14th March in Soho. A gallery of pictures is available here.

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