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 2016-17
Robert W Lee

Practices & Meeting

Aug 22
Aug 29
Sep 5
St Paul's Cathedral
Sep 12

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

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

New Members

PAT BROWN, Whittlesford

In Memoriam

Rev JOHN D NIXON, Bingley

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 Rob Lee was elected as Master. Tessa Beadman becomes Immediate Past Master, a position vacated by Katie Town. Henry Coggill was elected Senior Steward, and Leigh Simpson joined the top table after his election as Junior Steward. Graham Firman was elected as Treasurer, with Phil Rogers standing down after ten years. Chris Kippin becomes a Trustee, replacing Chris Rogers.

379th Anniversary Dinner

The annual dinner took place at the Grange St Paul's hotel on 5th November. A report and photographs will be available soon.

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.

Forthcoming Events

Country Meeting

19th August 2017

This will be taking place in Lincoln a week later than previously advertised. Details are available here.

380th Anniversary Dinner

4th November 2017

We return to the Grange St Paul's Hotel for this year's Anniversary Dinner. Booking details, are available here.

Recent Society Peals

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5002 London No.3 Surprise Royal
Rung on Thursday, 17 August 2017
at East Retford (St Swithun), Nottinghamshire.

5042 Bristol Surprise Maximus
Rung on Thursday, 17 August 2017
at Grantham (St Wulfram), Lincolnshire.

5040 Cambridge Surprise Royal
Rung on Thursday, 17 August 2017
at York (St Wilfrid), Yorkshire.

5056 Yorkshire Surprise Major
Rung on Sunday, 13 August 2017
at Huddersfield (65 Broomfield Road, Marsh), West Yorkshire.

5082 Sgurr A'Chaorachain Surprise Royal
Rung on Tuesday, 8 August 2017
at City of London (St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street).

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Upcoming Peal Attempts

18th August, Worksop (St Anne)

18th August, Stow

18th August, Harmston

18th August, Southwell Minster

18th August, Washingborough

18th August, Caythorpe

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