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

Oct 25
Nov 1
St Paul's Cathedral
Nov 8
Nov 15

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 8th Nov at The Counting House, Cornhill.

New Members


In Memoriam

Rev JOHN HELLYER JONES, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire

Dinner in Christ's College

Country Meeting in Cambridge

The Society's Country Meeting took place in Cambridge on the 26th July. Eleven peals were rung (details are here), and a dinner took place in Christ's College. A full report is available here.

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

379th Anniversary Dinner

5th November 2016

This will again take place at the Grange St Paul's Hotel. Tickets are available for £60 each, with details on how to book and pre-order wine here.

Recent Society Peals

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5184 Spliced Surprise Major
(12 Methods)

Rung on Sunday, 23 October 2016
at Alexandria (Virginia Theological Seminary, Immanuel Chapel), Virginia.

5024 Bristol Surprise Major
Rung on Sunday, 23 October 2016
at Madron (St Maddern), Cornwall.

5080 Cambridge Surprise Royal
Rung on Saturday, 22 October 2016
at Gorran (St Goranus), Cornwall.

5040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
Rung on Saturday, 22 October 2016
at Washington (Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul), District of Columbia.

5152 Spliced Surprise Major

Rung on Sunday, 16 October 2016
at London (St James Garlickhythe, Garlick Hill), City of London.

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