It is the gift of the Guild that awards can be made to members based on service or longevity of membership:
Ringing Members who, over many years, have given conspicuous service to the Guild may be proposed as Vice Presidents by the Guild Executive. Subject to a proposal from the Executive and ratification of such proposal at the AGM, the office of Vice President is granted for the life of the Vice President.
|2016||Ross G W Robertson|
Ringing Members who have given valuable service to Branch or Guild usually over a period of at least 20 years, may be proposed for HLM in writing to the Branch Committee who will then if approved be proposed for HLM at a Branch business meeting. Proposals for HLM must be made, in writing, to the Executive meeting prior to the AGM.
Ringing Members with 50 years’ membership of the Guild (whether continuous or not) are offered HLM automatically on completion of the 50th year of membership.
Proposals for HLM accepted by the Executive shall be ratified at the AGM.
|Elected 2017||Bob Plaskett, Basil Dent, Christopher Barnes|
|Elected 2016||Gordon Lawrence, Peter Baker, Tim Collins, Robin Mears, Malcolm Penny, David Todd, John Bull, Eddie Fry|
Nominations are sought early in each New Year and the Guild Education Committee decide both recipients. Both awards are presented at the Guild Festival in May.
This award was introduced in 2008 as the Most Improved Ringer Award however this was changed in 2016 to the Ringer of the Year Award.
From 2011 we have made two annual awards, one to junior members and one to adult members. Any Guild member is eligible for nomination. For the adult award (over 18 years of age) each Branch is asked to make one nomination only. The award is in the form of a model bell generously donated to the Guild by former President Rosemary Julius.
Suggested criteria for nominations are:
A ringer who has recruited or taught a significant number of new ringers for their tower in the year even though he/she might only able to ring rounds and call changes.
- A ringer who has successfully overcome a disability against all odds.
- A ringer who whilst not being able to ring methods has enabled others to make progress in method ringing by organising practices with assistance from experienced helpers.
- A ringer who helps out at a number of struggling towers enabling progress to be made by the band in striking, call changes or method ringing.
- A conductor who has called a significant number of quarters in a year for those wishing to ring their first quarter.
- A ringer who has made significant improvement in the year.
This is not a definitive list and all nominations will be considered.
For the young ringer award (18 years of age and under at 31st December) each branch can make as many nominations as it considers appropriate. Originally the award to young ringers was a six month introductory subscription to The Ringing World however in recent years it has been ringing related books.
Nominations will be sought early in each New Year and the Guild Education Committee will decide both recipients. Both awards will be presented at the Guild Festival in May.
Previous winners of the awards are:
|2016||Chris Jenkins All Saints, Westbury||Jack Pease All Saints, Hampreston|
|2015||Bridget Luke St. Andrew’s, Heddington||Lewis Hurry St. Mary of the Annunciation, Beaminster|
St. Michael & All Angels, Melksham
St. John the Baptist, DevizesKatie Child
St. Cuthberga, Wimborne Minster
|2013||Mark D Symonds|
St Candida & Holy Cross, Whitchurch Canonicorum
Holy Trinity, Bradpole
St. Michael & All Angels, Shalbourne
St. George, Preshute
St Mary of the Annunciation, Beaminster
All Saints, Hampreston
St. John the Baptist, Devizes
St. Mary the Virgin, Swanage
St. Mary, Collingbourne Kingston