Christine Hill – Served as Guild Vice Master 2013-2016

This article introducing Christine appeared in the Guild Newsletter

I was born in Suffolk and learnt to ring at Bramford in Suffolk, at the age of 11. My parents had both learnt to ring there as part of the post WW2 band and they encouraged me and my sister to learn. Bramford is a six bell tower andI rang mainly on six bells, including a few peals, until going to Cambridge University when I was 18. There was a strong CUG band at that time and I made the most of the opportunities.

When I left I had a decent degree, and had rung lots of peals including surprise major, royal and maximus, and also a few as conductor. I was vice master, and subse- quently master of the CUG, and also joined the Cumber- lands during that time.

Not really knowing what I wanted to do after university, I found a job in Trading Standards with Hampshire County Council and moved down to Portsmouth in 1982. Peter moved to join me when we married and thirty years later we’re still here in Hampshire, and have two daughters who have both turned out to be pretty handy ringers.

I’ve found plenty of ringing opportunities in Hampshire
and have been a member of bands at Portsmouth Cathedral, Hambledon and Southampton City Centre at various times – nowadays we ring at Hursley. We’ve enjoyed Sunday service ringing over the years, also peals, quarters, outings and striking competitions, and are proud to have been part of the Liss Campanile Youth and Hursley bands which have taken part in the National 12 bell contest.

I’ve always believed in supporting the W&P and have held office in all three of the Districts we have lived in. However, apart from a brief stint on the striking competition committee in the 1980’s I’ve never got involved with the W&P

At a Guild level,  I’m looking forward to my time as vice master, supporting Viv as Master, and learning more about how the Guild operates. I’m still an enthusiastic ringer and believe ringing should be enjoyed, and people given the chances to learn and try new things, and I very much hope that I will be an asset to the management team over the next three years.

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