The Last Church Of England Young Men’s Society

Photographer Ross Trevail documents the last remaining Church of England Young Men’s Society (C.E.Y.M.S) in the UK.

“At one time, every major town in England had a Church of England Young Men’s Society (C.E.Y.M.S) but Norwich is now the only one left. Founded 170 years ago, the aim of the society was “to promote the welfare of its members spiritually, socially, intellectually and physically; and to aid missions at home and abroad”. In its heyday from the 1950s to 70s, Norwich membership averaged at over 400. There are still a loyal group of active members, but membership is now around 90 and It is also not a young men’s society anymore, with many of the remaining members in their 60s, 70s and 80s. The facilities include table tennis, squash, snooker and a body building gym. There is no music and no bar and the society remains men only, other than the ladies who work in the cafe. These images document the members within the spaces they share, before and during activities.”