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

Nov 21
Nov 28
St Sepulchre - note change of venue
Dec 5
St Paul's Cathedral
Dec 12

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

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

New Members


In Memoriam

FRANCES W (Bill) SLOCOMBE, Wellington, Somerset
JOHN B SANSOM, Berkhamstead

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 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.

Forthcoming Events

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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5040 Bristol Surprise Maximus
Rung on Friday, 17 November 2017
at Liverpool (Cathedral Church of Christ), Merseyside.

5056 Spliced Surprise Major
(10 Methods)

Rung on Saturday, 11 November 2017
at City of London (St Lawrence Jewry, Gresham Street).

5042 Glenkeen Delight Maximus
Rung on Saturday, 4 November 2017
at Bromley (34 Hammelton Road), Kent.

5061 Stedman Caters
Rung on Saturday, 4 November 2017
at City of London (St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street).

5152 Bristol Surprise Major
Rung on Saturday, 4 November 2017
at City of London (St James Garlickhythe, Garlick Hill).

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