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 2017-18
Henry D Coggill

Practices & Meeting

May 1
May 8
May 15
St Magnus
May 22

Practices are held at 6:30pm except at St Sepulchre (6:10pm).

The next business meeting will be held on 8th May at The Counting House, Cornhill.

New Members


In Memoriam

JAMES R TAYLOR, Backwell, Bristol

Graham John Peal Day

On 6th January a series of peals composed by Graham John was organised. More details are available here.

The longest peal rung on 12 bells

On October 25th a Society band set a record for the longest peal yet rung on twelve bells, at St Anne, Alderney. 25056 Bristol Surprise Maximus was completed in 16 hours and 7 minutes.

Details of the peal are available on BellBoard.

The Coffee Pot

Some Former HQ Pubs

The 2017 newsletter includes an excerpt from an article on meeting places used by the Society from the late 18th century to the present day, written by our former Librarian, Chris Ridley.

The full version of the article is available here.

Election of Officers

At the November meeting Henry Coggill was elected as Master. Rob Lee becomes Immediate Past Master, a position vacated by Tessa Simpson. Leigh Simpson was elected Senior Steward, and Swaz Apter joined the top table after her election as Junior Steward. Simon Meyer was elected as Secretary, with David House standing down after six years.

Forthcoming Events

Newcastle Peal Weekend

26th-28th May 2018

A peal weekend will take place in and around Newcastle over the late May bank holiday weekend. Please contact the Master for details.

Country Meeting

14th July 2018

This year's Country Meeting will be held in Cardiff, with peals arranged in the previous days.

Master's Challenge

1st September 2018

The next instalment of this competition will be taking place in Guildford.

Peal Weekend

15th–16th September 2018

This year's peal weekend will include activities focused on South Devon.

Recent Society Peals

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5088 Zanussi Surprise Maximus
Rung on Saturday, 21 April 2018
at Evesham (The Bell Tower), Worcestershire.

5001 Stedman Cinques
Rung on Saturday, 14 April 2018
at Dublin (National Cathedral Church of St Patrick), Dublin.

5152 Spliced Surprise Major

Rung on Friday, 13 April 2018
at Taney (Christ Church), Dublin.

5080 Spliced Surprise Royal

Rung on Tuesday, 10 April 2018
at Limehouse (St Anne), Greater London.

5024 Spliced Surprise Major
(7 Methods)

Rung on Sunday, 8 April 2018
at City of London (St James Garlickhythe, Garlick Hill).

See more.