Winchester and Portsmouth DG

Less Formal Gathering

The 10th annual dinner on April 29 was marked by a change to a less formal gathering, with a buffet supper followed by dancing. The Pendragon Hotel, Southsea, was chosen so that members from the Isle of Wight could join with the rest of the Guild at a dinner for the first time.

The master (Mr. K. S. B. Croft) made a brief speech of welcome and mentioned the Ven. R. Scruby (Archdeacon of Portsmouth) and Mrs. Scruby who were the principal guests. Mr. Scruby had been Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight before moving to Portsmouth and is well known to ringers on both sides of the Solent. Mr. Croft also welcomed Mr. Michael Church, master, Guildford DG, and he was particularly pleased to see the members from the Isle of Wight. The master thanked those who were providing the entertainment, and also the Misses Christine Morton and Charlotte Olding for arranging the evening. After the meal, entertainment was provided by “Instant Headache” (Winchester District) and Pip Nabb, Alison Surry, William Geidt and Ian McCallion chanted the first chapter of “The Ringer’s Handbook”, and then their song “Bishopstoke’s Best”.

The evening continued with dancing to “Shimera”. Two of this group (Alan and Ian Russell) are ringers, and we are grateful to them for bringing their equipment over from the Isle of Wight.

The evening was considered a great success. However, next year, when the Guild celebrates its centenary, there will be a formal dinner. - C.O.

The Ringing World No. 3504, June 23, 1978, page 532