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.
Graham M Bradshaw
Focus method: ORABS, Ariel, Zanussi, and Phobos.
The next business meeting will be held on 11th Jun at The Counting House, Cornhill.
ALEXANDER T TAFT, Washington DC
JOHN HITCHINGS, New York
TINA HITCHINGS, New York
JENNIFER S MACKLEY, New York
FREDERICK DuPUY, Washington DC
RICHARD H JOHNSTON, Plymtree
The Society held a country meeting in New York over the first weekend in May.
Brief details can be found here, with more to follow soon.
The Society's informal dinner took place at Davy's, Holborn, on Friday 8th March.
Photos can be found here.
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.
The 2012 dinner took place on 3rd November at the Guoman Tower Hotel. 340 members and guests enjoyed a splendid evening. A report and photographs are now available here.
Because of recent changes by HMRC, people making donations with gift aid must sign a gift aid form with a modified declaration. Members gift aiding donations to the Society from January 1st 2013, for example annual steeplage or as Friends of the Bell Restoration Fund, are asked to complete this form, and send it to the Treasurer at the address below.
The Society's Annual Report and Newsletter is sent to all Members for whom contact details are held. Rising costs in recent years, especially in postal charges, have increased the financial burden to the Society of sending paper copies. In 2012 the cost of each copy posted to the UK was over £1.50. Overseas mailings are significantly more expensive.
Many Members have now opted to receive the Newsletter electronically in PDF form, reducing the cost to nil.
For those who wish to continue paper copies, donations towards the cost are gratefully received. Donations may
be sent by cheque, payable to ASCY please, to the Treasurer:-
Phil Rogers, 193 Lennard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1QN
Or by bank transfer to the following account:-
Account No: 82104652
Please give your name and "Newsletter" as the payment reference.
At the November meeting Graham Bradshaw was elected Master. David Maynard becomes Immediate Past Master, a post vacated by Phil Goodyer. Simon Meyer was elected Senior Steward, and Katie Town joined the top table after her election as Junior Steward.
Peal weekend took place over the weekend of 15th and 16th September. The tally of successful peals currently stands at 32. The list of peals can be viewed as a BellBoard Event.
A successful Country Meeting weekend took place in York over the weekend of 20th and 21st July. Nine peal attempts, a business meeting, and general ringing were followed by a dinner in the De Grey Rooms.
At the meeting the Master thanked the York ringers for the excellent arrangements, while at the dinner John Hughes-D'Aeth was presented with an inscribed tankard from the seven masters who served during his time as Secretary.
The peals, with bands organised by the Junior Steward, included Spliced Surprise Minor at SS Philip & James, Clifton, the tower at which the Master learnt to ring.
A report is available here.
Nine members of the Society rang the Diamond Jubilee Bells on the Ursula Katherine on Sunday 3rd June. The Belfry Barge led 1,000 boats through London for the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant. Immaculate ringing could be heard from the banks of the river and on television coverage.
Eight of the ringers also rang the first peal on the bells on Saturday 25th May. The bells will be hung in St James Garlickhythe.
25th—27th May 2013
This is an open invitation event, with peals at various towers in the Birmingham area along with a healthy amount of socialising. Expressions of interest should be sent to the Master.
6th July 2013
This will be the first College Youth country meeting to be held in Chester, twenty-five miles from Brereton, home of the Society's first master. Further details will be available in due course.
A provisional programme is available here.
17th–30th August 2014
Simon Linford will again be organising a trip for overseas members.