Guild Festival and AGM – report of the day


We had a very enjoyable Guild Festival and AGM, the whole day ran smoothly with beautiful weather to allow us all to appreciate the wonderful scenery in the Clifford and Kington District.  Morning ringing started at Presteigne with ringing ranging from rounds to Surprise Major.  At smaller towers those in charge kept the ringing running at a brisk pace, whilst those not ringing took the opportunity to catch up with each other outside.  Some opted for a pub lunch whilst others enjoyed their own packed lunch or picnic.

At Eardisland, Rosie Roberts took the service, and reminded us that, whatever we might be able to ring, we were all working together to be part of one band or body, and that each of us was of equal importance to that body.  The hymns were sung with enthusiasm, and all seemed to enjoy the service.

Tea in the parish hall was followed by the meeting.

Attendance throughout the day was good, with some ringers joining only for the ringing, others joined just for the service, tea and meeting. 52 members attended the meeting. A happy flow of people enjoyed whichever part of the day suited them best.  We hope to see you all again soon.

Some of the main outcomes of the meeting are as follows:

Alan Reade of Claverley was elected as a Guild Freeman, in recognition of his long-standing work for the Guild and particularly as the Tower Stewardship Advisor, a post that Alan has held since its creation back in 2010.

The Guild Officers for 2024 are:

    • Guild Master – Sue Robinson
    • Guild Secretary – Fran Watkins
    • Guild Treasurer – Mark Aston
    • Guild Education Officer – Jessica Pugh
    • Peal Recorder – Neil Bennett
    • Report Secretary – Neil Bragg
    • Master Elect – Kris Perruzza
    • Belfries Officer – Ashley Fortey
    • Public Engagement Officer – Nicky Aubrey
    • Tower Stewardship Advisor – Alan Reade
    • Webmaster – Nick Chapman
    • Events Committee Representative – Richard Bracher
    • Central Council Representatives – Anthony Ellis & Abigail Pugh
    • Clerical Representatives – Barney Bell, Anthony Ellis, Nicky Seabright
Our newly elected master, Sue Robinson

The Guild Subscription has increased to £10 for 2025, the reduced rate for under 18s remains unchanged.

The Centenary Shield was awarded to the Committee that had organised the Guild Competition Day in March.


Val Roberts
Val Roberts

Val Roberts was elected as a Vice-President in recognition and appreciation of the outstanding contribution she has made to the Guild. Val was the first lady Master of the Guild in 1968, and became Master again in 1993.  Val has also served as Peal Recorder for 10 years from 1970 and began the huge task of writing the Guild Peal Books.   As well as this, Val has remained a stalwart of the Bridgnorth District, and the Guild, throughout the years.  In typical fashion, when speaking to accept the nomination, Val offered continued help and advice to the Guild in her new role. This honorary post is an excellent recognition of all Val’s hard work, and we thank and congratulate her on this well-deserved achievement.

Fran Watkins (pictures: Nicky Aubrey)