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 2015-16
Tessa K Beadman

Practices & Meeting

Jun 28
Out of town practice at Guildford Cathedral - (7:00-8:30pm, drinking afterwards at the Britannia, GU2 4BE)
Jul 5
Jul 12
Jul 19
St Paul's Cathedral

Practices are held at 6:30pm.

Stedman, Cambridge, and Bristol are rung. Methods from Orion, Rigel, Avon, Strathclyde, Deimos, Phobos, Ariel, & Zanussi are also rung individually and spliced. Strange, Top, and Charm are also rung in spliced.

The next business meeting will be held on 12th Jul at The Counting House, Cornhill.

New Members


In Memoriam


Manchester Peal Weekend

Eight peals were rung in and around Manchester as part of a peal weekend over the early May bank holiday. Details can be found on BellBoard.

Cutting the (cheese)cake (photo Colin Parker)

A Society Wedding

On March 5th the Master, Tessa Beadman, married Leigh Simpson at St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall in the City of London. The service and subsequent reception were attended by many ringers and other friends and family from across the country.

Election of Officers

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

378th Anniversary Dinner Handbells

378th Anniversary Dinner

A successful Anniversary Dinner attended by 350 members and guests was held at the Tower Hotel on 7th November. A report and photographs are available here.

The winning band

London 12 Bell Striking Competition

At Cripplegate on October 24th the Society followed up the National 12 Bell Contest win with victory in the London 12 Bell Contest.

Full results can be seen here.

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.

Forthcoming Events

2016 Country Meeting

16th July 2016

This will take place in Cambridge, with peal attempts in the preceding days and a dinner at Christ's College. Tickets for the dinner are available from the Secretary, for £44.

Master's Challenge

3rd September 2016

This will take place in Oxford, with participation from members from all over the country. Members who are interested in getting involved should contact the Master.

379th Anniversary Dinner

5th November 2016

Details of the venue and tickets will be announced in due course.

Recent Society Peals

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5007 Stedman Cinques
Rung on Wednesday, 22 June 2016
at City of London (St Michael, Cornhill).

5088 Spliced Surprise Major

Rung on Saturday, 18 June 2016
at Claybrooke (St Peter), Leicestershire.

5136 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
Rung on Thursday, 16 June 2016
at Stourbridge (St Thomas), Worcestershire.

5042 Bristol Surprise Royal
Rung on Tuesday, 14 June 2016
at City of London (St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street).

5040 Spliced Major

Rung on Sunday, 12 June 2016
at City of London (St James Garlickhythe, Garlick Hill).

See more.