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

May 22
May 29
Jun 5
St Sepulchre
Jun 12
St Magnus

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

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

New Members


In Memoriam


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

Newcastle Peal Weekend

26th-28th May 2018

A peal weekend will take place in and around Newcastle over the late May bank holiday weekend. Please contact the Master for details.

Country Meeting

14th July 2018

This year's Country Meeting will be held in Cardiff, with peals arranged in the previous days.

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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5152 Superlative Surprise Major
Rung on Sunday, 13 May 2018
at Harrow on the Hill (3 The Foss, Grove Hill), Middlesex.

5002 Stedman Cinques
Rung on Saturday, 12 May 2018
at City of London (St Mary le Bow, Cheapside).

5040 Spliced Maximus

Rung on Saturday, 12 May 2018
at City of London (St Michael, Cornhill).

5000 Stedman Cinques
Rung on Saturday, 12 May 2018
at Southwark (Cathedral Church of St Saviour), Greater London.

5024 Lower Loxley Surprie Major
Rung on Tuesday, 8 May 2018
at Bromley (SS Peter and Paul), Greater London.

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Upcoming Peal Attempts

23rd May, Cornhill Vestry
Stedman Cinques (hb)

26th May, Leeds Minster
Bristol Surprise Maximus

27th May, Ossett
Yorkshire S Fourteen

28th May, Ripon Cathedral
Stedman Cinques

2nd June, St Magnus
6 Spliced Maximus

See all.