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 2013-14
Simon S Meyer

Practices & Meeting

Oct 7
St Magnus
Oct 14
Oct 21
St Sepulchre - drinking afterwards at the Butchers Hook & Cleaver, West Smithfield
Oct 28

Practices are held at 6:30pm.

Focus method: ORABS, Ariel, Zanussi, and Phobos.

The next business meeting will be held on 14th Oct at The Counting House, Cornhill.

New Members

PATRICK W J DEAKIN, Tarvin, Cheshire


In Memoriam

THOMAS C ARKELL, Victoria, British Columbia
F GORDON FAULKS, Heanor, Derbyshire

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.

376th Anniversary Dinner

376th Anniversary Dinner

A successful Anniversary Dinner was held at the Tower Hotel on 2nd November, attended by 300 members and guests.

A report by Richard Carter, together with some photographs, is available here.

Election of Officers

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

Chester Country Meeting

Chester Country Meeting

The Society held a country meeting in Chester over the first weekend in July. A report is available here, with details of peals rung on BellBoard.

Birmingham peal weekend

Birmingham Peal Weekend

A number of Society members took part in peals in and around Birmingham over the late May bank holiday weekend, organised by the Master and Michael Wilby.

A report can be found here, with details of the peals on BellBoard.

New York Country Meeting

New York Country Meeting

The Society held a country meeting in New York over the first weekend in May.

A report can be found here, with details of peals and quarter peals rung on BellBoard.

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

Peal Weekend

19th–21st September 2014

Members are encouraged to organise and ring in Society peals on this weekend. The Senior Steward ( will be pleased to try to broker arrangements between organisers and those who would like to be placed in an attempt.

377th Anniversary Dinner

1st November 2014

This will be held at the Guoman Tower Hotel, and tickets are now available from the Secretary. Details are available here.

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.

Recent Society Peals

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5040 Spliced S Minor

Rung on Monday, 29 September 2014
at Adelaide (St Andrew, Walkerville), South Australia.

5042 Cambridge Surprise Maximus
Rung on Sunday, 28 September 2014
at Moulton (SS Peter and Paul), Northants.

5040 Surprise Minor

Rung on Sunday, 28 September 2014
at Radlett (Christ Church), Hertfordshire.

5024 Spliced Surprise Major

Rung on Saturday, 27 September 2014
at Adelaide (Cathedral Church of St Peter), South Australia.

5056 Plain Bob Major
Rung on Tuesday, 23 September 2014
at Poynton (2 Adlington Close), Cheshire.

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