THE YEAR 2006
The Anniversary Dinner took place on 4th November at the Guo Tower hotel. A report and photographs may be found here.
A Sharp 2nd for St Giles, Cripplegate
A sharp second has been cast for St Giles, Cripplegate. It was delivered on Friday 15th September, dedicated on Sunday 17th and hung the week commencing 2nd October. See some pictures of it here.
Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York
A new ring of bells has been cast at Taylor, Eayre & Smith for Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York. They were donated to the church by Past Master, Dill Faulkes "to thank Manhattan for introducing him to capitalism and philanthropy". The are to be installed in the tower and the first peal is to be rung in October. The opening peals will be rung by the Society, and each bell bears the ASCY mace head symbol on it. Full details of the bells and their inscriptions may be found here.
Having done such a good job last year, the Senior Steward (Chris Kippin) co-ordinated the peals attempted over this weekend. This year the target was to ring a peal in each ANGLICAN DIOCESE in England, with peals in Wales, Scotland and the rest of the world noted in addition. (This seemed a good target to go for with clearer boundaries than last year's theme of counties, and set a bigger challenge than Roman Catholic or other dioceses.) Details of the attempts, wins and losses may be found here.
Peal at Higham Ferrers
A peal was rung at Higham Ferrers on 4th August. The band of distinguished members is shown here. Front row l-r: Geoff Randall, Tudor Edwards, Peter Randall, Giles Galley. Back row: Stephanie Warboys (Master), John Fielden, Alan Ainsworth (C), Derek Thomas.
John Ketteringham Returns to Active Ringing
Lincolnshire member John Ketteringham celebrated his return to active ringing with a quarter peal at Potterhanworth on 20th July (despite parting company with his shorts in the 3rd course). This was his first quarter of surprise for 15 years. With him were 5 other Society members. Pictured here (l-r) are Phil Mason, John Underwood, John Ketteringham, William Dawson, Les Townsend and Chris Woodcock. William was elected a month earlier, and Chris was elected last year.
Country Meeting in Birmingham
The Country Meeting this year was held in the City of Birmingham on 15th July. Peals were rung, general ringing took place, the meeting itself took place in the Council Chamber and a dinner was held. It was also an occasion where Andrew Stubbs was honoured for his 25 years service as Treasurer. Andrew has announced that he will not be standing for office next year. A report and gallery of photographs by John Warboys may be read here.
12 Bell Striking Contest
The National 12-bell Contest Final took place in Worcester. The ASCY band came 2nd. (St Paul's Cathedral were the winners.) The band above is Back Row (l-r): Andrew Graham, David House, John Hughes-D'Aeth, John Warboys, Philip Rogers, Chris Kippin. Front row: Joanna Ainsworth, Stephanie Warboys (Master), Dickon Love, Tony Kench, Simon Linford, Mark Humphreys.
The Master's Challenge
The Master's Challenge took place on 20th May in the City of Bristol, and was won by the Paternoster Squares captained by Andrew Graham (pictured). Full results, report and photographs may be viewed here.
The Informal Dinner
The Informal Dinner was held on Friday 5th May at Bangers, Wilson St near Moorgate. Congratulations and thanks go to Martin Cansdale and Beck Sugden on organising this excellent evening. Photos may be viewed here.
Competition against the Cumberlands
The ASCY and the SRCY held a striking competition on 8 and 10 bells and 12 bells (at Southwark) and 12 bells (at St Martin in the Fields). This year the ASCY beat the SRCY in all three categories. Read the results here.
Springtime in Georgia
ASCY members from all over North America gathered in Georgia for a highly successful weekend. See here for a report from John Owen and a gallery of photographs.
Weekend in South Wales
Over the weekend of 17-19th February, members in South Wales hosted a gathering of Society members for a weekend of peals and a dinner. Here are some pictures from the dinner.
Dinner for the Immediate Past Master
On 10th February, a dinner was arranged at the Gay Hussar, Greek St to congratulate Simon Linford on his recent year as Master. It was attended by officers who had served with him during his period on top table. Pictures may be viewed here.
250th Anniversary of the Death of Benjamin Annable
On Wednesday 1st February, the Society marked the 250th anniversary of the death of Benjamin Annable. Read more here.
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