The origins of our Guild newsletter date back to the mid-1970s. The first edition, consisting of three pages, was assembled by John Sankey of the Calne Branch. By the time of the sixth issue (January 1977) the Newsletter was managed by Linda Drew of the Devizes Branch. By now a slight change of format saw a production of, on average, four pages with news from various parts of the Guild.
Under the late Reverend Roger Keeley, the Newsletter appeared in March 1978 with a new title Face to Face which it retains to this day. With considerable editorial skills, Roger produced a regular, newsworthy and interesting publication maintaining an average of seven pages. In this task he was ably assisted by the Reverend Bill Pugh of Stalbridge. At that time the publication appeared three times a year – Spring, Summer and Autumn.
With the sudden death of the Roger Keeley in January 1987, the production of the newsletter was taken up by Ivan Andrews of Bradpole, assisted by Donald Lee of Marlborough (Don continuing to assist through the 90s). In 1992 Face to Face first appeared as a quarterly, 20-page production. In 1997 it was decided to enter copies of Face to Face in The Ringing World Newsletter Competition where the Guild was extremely pleased to attain joint second place.
In 2000 the Newsletter first appeared with a front cover illustration and a year later each edition appeared with a different coloured cover. In 2004 the Guild purchased a computer together with all ancillaries. As a result Face to Face appeared with photographs, illustrations and was compiled with most news and correspondence transmitted by e-mail.
Ivan stood down as Editor after 25 years in 2012 and was succeeded by Michael Bailey who has continued to produce a high quality and much appreciated newsletter, helping to bring together our large Guild. Face to Face is now produced three times a year and back copies are posted on the Guild website. It is distributed electronically as well as in hard copy to all towers.
Based an article written by Neil Skelton as Master (Newsletter 42, September 1988) and from the booklet ‘SDGR 1982-2007’ written by Ivan Andrews.