Condensed Report of Winchester and Portsmouth Guild AGM July 2nd 2016

This year the W&P AGM was hosted by the Winchester District, and held at New Alresford.

On a gloriously sunny morning the Inter-District Striking Competition organised by Greg Jordan was held, where judges Paul and Kate Flavell awarded first place to the team from the Portsmouth District.





Peal Speed




Grandsire Triples






Cambridge Surprise Major





Christchurch & Southampton

Grandsire Triples






Grandsire Triples




This was followed by an excellent Ploughman’s lunch, before the Guild service in St John’s Church and then the business meeting.

61 members attended the meeting, held at the John Pearson Hall, and were welcomed by Viv Nobbs the Master.

A minutes silence was observed to mark the loss by death of Guild members;

Len Barham (All Saints, Alton), Andrew Barnsdale (unattached), Roy Grayson (Purbrook), Roy Howard (Freshwater), Simon Lipscombe-Smith (Ecchinswell), Marjorie Mannering (Buriton), Tom Metcalfe (Blackmoor), Colin Nicholson (first Tower Captain at St Peter Port), Jeanette Palmer (Netley), Martin Routh (former Tower Captain at Amport), Ramon A Stone (LM) (West Meon), Bernard Tilyard (Whitwell), Keith Williamson (formerly of Liss), and David Yates (Arreton).

Barry Fry said a prayer.

This year four members, John Croft, Alan Hoar, Maureen Routh and Ronald Tipper, were presented with Life Membership Certificates by the Master, after each had completed 50 years of membership. The Master then proposed two members to Life Membership in recognition of their exceptional services to the Guild, adding her personal thanks to both Mike Bubb and Tony Smith for their support during her three years as Guild Master. The motion was overwhelmingly carried and there was much applause as both Mike and Tony were presented with their certificates.

Grants from the Bell Restoration Fund were approved to Baughurst, £200, Breamore, £400 and Sherborne St John, £300.

There followed reports about the Central Council meeting which had been held in the W&P Guild area at Southsea in May, and from the chair of the organising committee, Christine Hill, who reported that it had been a great organisational success with many compliments from those attending. She expressed her thanks to all those who had contributed to the success which reflected well on the Guild.

The updated Guild Action Plan was circulated and can be found on our website here at;

Elections of new officers for a triennial period followed and the principal roles were taken by Mike Winterbourne (Master), Pete Jordan (Vice Master), and Ros Brandwood (Treasurer). Unfortunately no-one was willing to be elected as General Secretary at the meeting, so the retiring Secretary, Mo Routh, agreed to continue as Acting Secretary until the next Executive Meeting, by which time it is hoped a new volunteer will have been found.

Future Dates of note;

24 August 2016

Young Ringers’ Day

with the Salisbury Diocesan Guild

24 September 2016

District Officers’ Forum

St. Barnabas’ Church Hall, Southampton

12 November 2016

Executive Committee Meeting

St. Barnabas’ Church Hall, Southampton

26 November 2016

Informal Social Event

To be arranged

11-12 March 2017

ART Annual Conference

Old Basing Hall, Basingstoke

AOB consisted of;                                                                                                                                            i, Robin Milford speaking of his plans for another W&P 200 Club similar to that run by Mark Esbester but to raise money for training and retention rather than bell restoration. Robin would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining or having questions.                                                                                            ii, A summary of quarter peals rung in Guild towers between 1960 and 2014 had been prepared by Alan Buswell and would be passed to the Hon. Librarian and Archivist.                                                               iii, Ian McCallion and Michael Church asked for clarification about the 200 Club with respect to it’s intentions and relationship with the Guild. The exec committee are to discuss and present a proposal to the Guild.

Mike Winterbourne thanked all the retiring officers for their hard work and closed the meeting at 4:17pm

Next year’s AGM will be on 17th June 2017 in the Christchurch and Southampton District.

More tea and lovely cake were offered after the meeting to sustain us for our journeys home and the sun was still shining.

Thankyou to Bruce Purvis, Viv Nobbs and Deb Baker for the photos.

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