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 2014-15
Katherine L Town

Practices & Meeting

May 5
May 12
St Magnus
May 19
St Paul's Cathedral
May 26

Practices are held at 6:30pm.

Focus methods will be Ariel, Zanussi, & Phobos. Spliced will be rung from ORABS, Ariel, Zanussi, Phobos, & Deimos.

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

New Members


In Memoriam

PHILIP A F CHALK, Hurstbourne Priors

Election of Officers

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

377th Anniversary Dinner

377th Anniversary Dinner

A successful Anniversary Dinner was held at the Tower Hotel on 1st November. A report, photographs, and a recording of the handbell touch are available here.

The winning band

London 12 Bell Striking Competition

The Society entered two bands for the 2014 London 12 Bell competition. The band pictured, led by the Senior Steward, won to bring the Whitechapel Trophy to the Society for a third time in the competition's six years.

The band led by the Master came a very close third. Full results are available on the London 12 Bell website.

The tour group at Guildford

UK14 Tour

26 members from around the world gathered in the UK in August for UK14 — nearly 60 hours of focused practice on 8, 10 and 12. Here the group is pictured at Guildford Cathedral.

Dining on HMS Warrior

Portsmouth Country Meeting

149 members and guests enjoyed a dinner aboard HMS Warrior on the 16th August, following the Society's Country Meeting.

Peals rung in the days preceding the meeting can be seen here, and a report with photos is available here.

Wreath at the Menin Gate

Visit to WWI War Graves

On the 26th and 27th of July a party visited the graves of members who fell in the Great War, guided by Alan Regin, Steward of the Rolls of Honour.

The itinerary included the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, during which the Master laid a wreath on behalf of the Society. A report and photographs are available here.

Society polo shirts

Society Polo Shirts

The Society is embarking on a new venture which makes Society polo shirts available for members to order, at a price of £18 each. For each shirt sold a donation of £2.50 will be made to the Society's Bell Restoration Fund.

Further details and an order form can be found on the merchandise page.

Forthcoming Events

Informal Dinner

10th April 2015

This will be held at Bangers Bar and Grill, 2 Wilson Street, London EC2. Tickets are available from the Secretary for £35.

Peal weekend based in Birmingham

2nd–4th May 2015

Over the early May bank holiday the Society is holding a peal weekend, based in Birmingham with peals taking place across the midlands. The focus will mainly be ringing 12-bell peals. To express interest or for more information contact the Master.

Leeds Country Meeting

18th July 2015

The 2015 Country Meeting will be held in Leeds, by kind invitation of the Leeds Minster Society of Change Ringers.

The business meeting will be held at Leeds Minster on Saturday 18th July 2015, followed by a dinner held at the Royal Armouries. Peals will take place on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July in the local area and open ringing will take place in Leeds on the Saturday.

Master's Challenge day

10th October 2015

A Challenge day will take place in Worcester on Saturday 10th October. The format will depend on the number of bands. If you are keen to lead or organise a band please contact the Master.

Recent Society Peals

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5120 Bristol Surprise Sixteen
Rung on Sunday, 3 May 2015
at Birmingham (St Martin), West Midlands.

5120 Bristol Surprise Royal
Rung on Sunday, 3 May 2015
at Northfield (St Laurence), West Midlands.

5184 Spliced Surprise Major

Rung on Saturday, 2 May 2015
at Birmingham (St John the Evangelist, Perry Barr), West Midlands.

5040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
Rung on Saturday, 2 May 2015
at King's Norton (St Nicolas), West Midlands.

5042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
Rung on Saturday, 2 May 2015
at Macclesfield (St Michael and All Angels), Cheshire.

See more.