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 2017-18
Henry D Coggill

Practices & Meeting

Jun 26
Jul 3
St Sepulchre
Jul 10
Jul 17

Practices are held at 6:30pm except at St Sepulchre (6:10pm).

The next business meeting will be held on 10th Jul at The Counting House, Cornhill.

New Members


In Memoriam

DEREK BEAUFOY, South Petherton

Graham John Peal Day

On 6th January a series of peals composed by Graham John was organised. More details are available here.

The longest peal rung on 12 bells

On October 25th a Society band set a record for the longest peal yet rung on twelve bells, at St Anne, Alderney. 25056 Bristol Surprise Maximus was completed in 16 hours and 7 minutes.

Details of the peal are available on BellBoard.

The Coffee Pot

Some Former HQ Pubs

The 2017 newsletter includes an excerpt from an article on meeting places used by the Society from the late 18th century to the present day, written by our former Librarian, Chris Ridley.

The full version of the article is available here.

Election of Officers

At the November meeting Henry Coggill was elected as Master. Rob Lee becomes Immediate Past Master, a position vacated by Tessa Simpson. Leigh Simpson was elected Senior Steward, and Swaz Apter joined the top table after her election as Junior Steward. Simon Meyer was elected as Secretary, with David House standing down after six years.

Forthcoming Events

County Meeting

14th July 2018

The 2018 Country Meeting will take place in Cardiff.

Master's Challenge

1st September 2018

The next instalment of this competition will be taking place in Guildford.

Peal Weekend

15th–16th September 2018

This year's peal weekend will include activities focused on South Devon.

Recent Society Peals

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5074 Stedman Cinques
Rung on Monday, 18 June 2018
at Cripplegate (St Giles, Cripplegate), City of London.

5040 Spliced Treble Dodging Maximus

Rung on Saturday, 16 June 2018
at Portsmouth (Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury), Hampshire.

5040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
Rung on Saturday, 16 June 2018
at Southampton (St Michael Archangel), Hampshire.

5055 Stedman Caters
Rung on Tuesday, 12 June 2018
at West Ham (All Saints), Greater London.

5016 Spliced Maximus

Rung on Saturday, 2 June 2018
at City of London (St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge).

See more.

Upcoming Peal Attempts

30th June, Cornhill
6 Spliced Maximus

7th July, Dublin, St Patrick
Cambridge Surprise Maximus

8th July, Taney

8th July, Colliers Wood
41 Spliced Surprise Minor

10th July, St Dunstan-in-the-West
3 Treble Dodging Royal

See all.