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

Aug 26
Sep 2
St Magnus
Sep 9
Sep 16
St Paul's Cathedral

Practices are held at 6:30pm.

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

The next business meeting will be held on 9th Sep 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

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 and more photos will be available soon.

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

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


17th–30th August 2014

Simon Linford will again be organising a trip for overseas members. Information, including how to sign up for the UK14 email list, is here.

Ringing Roadshow

6th September 2014

The Society will have a stand at the Ringing Roadshow at Newbury Racecourse.

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.

Recent Society Peals

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5120 Spliced Surprise Major

Rung on Sunday, 17 August 2014
at Twickenham (19 Court Way), Middlesex.

5056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Rung on Friday, 15 August 2014
at Alverstoke (St Mary), Hants.

5024 Spliced Surprise Major

Rung on Friday, 15 August 2014
at Portsmouth (St Mary, Portsea), Hants.

5120 Bristol Surprise Major
Rung on Friday, 15 August 2014
at Westbourne (St John Bapt), Sussex.

5042 Bristol Surprise Maximus
Rung on Friday, 15 August 2014
at Winchester (Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, St Peter, St Paul and St Swithun), Hampshire.

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