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

May 31
St Sepulchre - (6:10pm start, drinking afterwards at the Butchers Hook & Cleaver)
Jun 7
St Paul's Cathedral
Jun 14
Jun 21

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 14th Jun at The Counting House, Cornhill.

New Members

PAUL R SMITH, Worcester

In Memoriam

JAMES W YATES, South Lopham, Norfolk

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

Manchester Peal Weekend

30th April - 2nd May 2016

The Master is organising a Manchester Peal Weekend over the bank holiday weekend. Peal attempts will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and members are invited to let the Master know about their availability and preferences.

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. Please save the date!

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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5088 London Surprise Major
Rung on Thursday, 26 May 2016
at Llanfeugan (St Meugan), Powys.

5040 Spliced Surprise Royal
Rung on Monday, 23 May 2016
at Chilcompton (St John the Baptist), Somerset.

5152 Spliced Surprise Major
(4 Methods)

Rung on Sunday, 15 May 2016
at Alexandria (Virginia Theological Seminary, Immanuel Chapel), Virginia.

5000 Bristol Surprise Royal
Rung on Saturday, 14 May 2016
at Birkenhead (St Saviour, Oxton), Merseyside.

5040 Yorkshire Surprise Maximus
Rung on Saturday, 14 May 2016
at Liverpool (Our Lady and St Nicholas, Pier Head), Merseyside.

See more.